How to Make a Fake Hickey on Your Neck

Written by amanda gamm
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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.

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Things you need

  • Special effects bruise wheel
  • Baby powder
  • Mirror

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  1. 1

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

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

  4. 4

    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.

  5. 5

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

  6. 6

    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.

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