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How to Make a Fake Hickey on Your Neck

Updated April 17, 2017

When you suck on an area of the neck, it forces small blood vessels to break. This, in turn, releases some blood beneath the skin creating what is known as a hickey, love bite, or simply a bruise. They are associated with moments of passion, but a simple search online shows that getting rid of them is more desired than actually having one. Still, faking a hickey is useful when you want to prank someone or just to show off. Creating a fake hickey is a simple project anyone can try.

Purchase a special effects bruise make-up wheel. They can be found in theatre supply shops or online.

Wash your hands and neck and pat your neck with baby powder, where you want the hickey. Theatre make-up only sticks on a clean surface.

Put a small amount of the yellow make-up onto your finger and lightly make a rough circle on small area of your neck. It should be 1 to 2 centimetres wider than the size of the hickey you want to have. The yellow should be just noticeable, but mostly transparent. Wipe your finger clean of the yellow make-up.

With a small amount of the red make-up, lightly pat a small, rough circle on top of the yellow. Slowly add more red until it reaches the desired natural redness of a fresh hickey or bruise. Do not let the red look too solid; a hickey tends to be slightly splotchy. Wipe away the red make-up from your finger.

Add one or two light daps of dark blue make-up over the red to add more depth and texture.

Set the hickey with a light brushing of baby powder. This absorbs the moisture in the make-up and helps it to stick onto the neck without smudging. The baby powder also removes the sheen of the make-up to make it look more real.

Things You'll Need

  • Special effects bruise wheel
  • Baby powder
  • Mirror
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About the Author

Amanda Gamm has been a freelance writer since 2011. She works for Daily Glow and Essay Writers. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in marketing communications from Middlesex University.