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.
Things You'll Need
Purchase a special effects bruise makeup wheel. They can be found in theater supply shops or online.
Wash your hands and neck and pat your neck with baby powder, where you want the hickey. Theater makeup only sticks on a clean surface.
Put a small amount of the yellow makeup onto your finger and lightly make a rough circle on small area of your neck. It should be 1 to 2 centimeters 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 makeup.
With a small amount of the red makeup, 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 makeup from your finger.
Add one or two light daps of dark blue makeup 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 makeup and helps it to stick onto the neck without smudging. The baby powder also removes the sheen of the makeup to make it look more real.
References and Resources"American Slang;"Barbara Ann Kipfer, Robert L. Chapman; 2008
Mayo Clinic; "Bruise: First Aid;" 2009
Medicine Plus; "Bruise;" Linda J. Vorvick, MD; 2009
ResourcesMehron; ProColorRing Bruise
International Fun Shop; F/X Color Wheels Ben Nye