Love bite on your neck or anywhere else that people can see? You can try to pass it off as an accident from the hair straightener or curling iron, but you aren't really going to be fooling anyone. How to cover a hickey so they go unnoticed by your boss, friends, parents and everyone else when you are out in public can be a difficult task. To help save you from embarrassment, try out these helpful tricks.

Cold compression

Once you notice the hickey, you'll want to apply a cold pack to it. Since a hickey is a type of bruise, holding an ice pack or ice cube on the area will help make it less noticeable.

Apply Vitamin K

To help reduce the redness of your hickey, grab some vitamin K. When applied to the area, vitamin K will help reduce the visual appearance of a hickey so it is not so bright and red.


Using a color correcting concealer is the go-to way to cover up a hickey. If your hickey is still fresh and has a purple tone to it, then you will want to reach for a more yellow concealer. For reddish hickeys, go with a green colored concealer. If the hickey has turned a more yellow color, then cover it up with a peach toned concealer.

Grab a toothbrush

Use a new toothbrush to stimulate blood circulation to the area. Brush the area without applying too much pressure so that you don't make the hickey more noticeable. Use a stiff-bristled toothbrush on the area for 15 minutes and then apply a cold compress. After 15 minutes you should see your hickey start to fade, don't be alarmed if you notice slightly more swelling or that the redness has spread; after 15 minutes this should fade. If the hickey is not too bad, this method can be effective after one attempt; but you may need to repeat the process a few times to completely eliminate the hickey.

Frozen spoon

This is an age-old trick for reducing the appearance of hickeys. How to cover a hickey with a spoon? Freeze the spoon first and apply it to the hickey as soon as possible. Leave the spoon on the area for at least ten minutes and massage the spoon into the area to further break up the congealed blood.

Hot compresses

For especially difficult and noticeable hickey you might need to use a hot compress. Hot compresses are effective because the heat will allow for new blood to circulate to the area. Grab a washcloth and run it under hot water for a few minutes. Wring out the cloth and apply it to the hickey and let it sit for a few minutes. If needed reheat the washcloth so it remains hot.

Use rubbing alcohol

Rubbing alcohol provides a cooling sensation to the area while also disinfecting the hickey to help it fade away faster. This trick is usually only effective if the hickey is only a few hours old. Use a cotton ball to apply the rubbing alcohol to the area and massage the area for a few minutes. Repeat the process a few times a day for two days and apply a hydrating moisturizer after the rubbing alcohol has dried to avoid dehydrating the skin.

Use Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera can help speed up the healing process naturally because it contains anti-inflammatory properties. Apply the Aloe Vera gel to the hickey three times a day and gently massage the area and you should see the hickey fade.

Use banana peels

How to cover a hickey with a banana peel? Simply use the peel from a ripe banana and cut it to the size of your hickey. Apply the inside of the peel to the hickey and leave it on for 30 minutes. Repeat this process three times a day and you will notice a significant reduction in the size of your hickey.

Natural cocoa butter

Cocoa butter is often used as a moisturizer but it also contains properties that promote skin tissues to grow. Massage the cocoa butter onto the hickey after you have applied a hot compress to the area. This trick will help your hickey heal faster and become less noticeable.

Cover it up with your clothes

Depending on the season turtlenecks, scarves or collared shirts can be an easy way to hide your hickey. You do not want to draw attention to the area so be careful with how you use this method. Stick with plain or solid colors so it not so eye catching and use other accessories that will draw attention away from your neck and to other parts of your body.

Use your hair

This trick may mean having to constantly check to see if your hair is effectively covering your hickey throughout the day, but when done right, it can be a quick fix. Styling your hair so that it covers the hickey on your neck might expose it every once in a while but if your day doesn't involve too much chaos, this can be an easy way to hide your hickey.

Arnica salve

How to cover a hickey using this little known trick which is highly effective? Arnica salve is an ointment that is medically proven to reduce swelling, redness and soreness hickeys cause. The salve will repair the broken blood capillaries in the area which will help you hickey heal quickly. Simply rub it on your hickey. 


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