From The Straits Times    |


Some of them can look like innocuous bug bites on your neck, while others can look like we’ve been attacked by a vacuum cleaner. Whether you call it a hickey, kiss mark or a love bite, those red badges of honour can happen in the heat of the moment. And whether or not you like it, the bruising can linger for quite some time. If you’re tired of telling people that “it’s a mosquito bite, lah”, here’s some quick tips to help you cover up unwanted love bites like a pro!


The first thing that you can do when you realise you have an unwanted love bite is to smack the person that gave it to you (I’m only kidding. Actually, well…) All joking aside, do keep in mind that the following techniques are only effective when you act early, so get on it, stat!

Cold compress


Love bites are essentially bruises which happen when blood vessels under the skin have been broken. The first thing you can do is to gently ice the area around the love bite, which helps heal the broken blood vessels. This reduces swelling and generally keeps it from getting worse. Alternatively, press a cold spoon directly onto the area and massage gently.

Fruit compress


Aloe vera juice boasts anti inflammatory properties, which makes it perfect for helping to speed up the healing process. Apply it every few hours.

One of the weirdest things that you can do is to apply orange and banana peels on the hickey. The fruits have to be fresh, and it’s advisable to leave it there for about 10 to 15 minutes. Oranges are rich in vitamin C, which is great for its healing and lightening properties, while bananas have a cooling and soothing effect. One thing to note – from personal experience, at any rate – is that this can only be done in the first few hours of getting the love bite.

Rub it out


If all of the above steps haven’t helped, grab a toothbrush with stiff bristles and brush the love bite out firmly but gently. The aim is to facilitate blood circulation and disperse the clotted blood that’s lurking beneath the skin. If you want do this super effectively (but painfully!) use a comb and scrape away at it. Do it firmly but not enough to break the skin (duh). It’ll hurt and get pretty red for at least 15 minutes, but when the redness fades the love bite will be much less obvious.

Warm compress

After a day, your love bite would probably have turned purple-ish or yellow, which is all part of the healing process. This is when you pat on a warm compress and leave it on for about 5 to 10 minutes at a time, depending on how bad it is.


A combination of all of the above will go a long way in helping love bites to heal a lot quicker than usual. But let’s be realistic here: The hickey will still be visible no matter what you do. More often than not, we need an immediate fix, which is where makeup comes in.



First, we have to colour correct. If your love bite is still red, apply a green colour corrector with your clean fingers and blend it in. If it’s in the healing process and has turned a darker purpley-blue, neutralise it with a yellow concealer, and if it’s a bruised-yellow colour use a lavender tone. Get as much coverage as you can while blending the edges out.

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Next, apply concealer that matches your skin tone (I know that seems like an obvious statement, but some people really don’t seem to get it). Aim for a nice and even layer and blend, blend and blend as if your life depended upon it. See some of our favourite concealers here.


Finally, set it with translucent setting powder and a spritz of setting spray if you’re feeling sassy. Voila, no love bite!


If all else fails, wear turtlenecks, scarves or thick ribbon chokers. Covering up with clothing is by far the fastest way to keep a love bite under wraps.


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