How To Cover a Hickey With Red Lipstick. Make the Embarrassment Go Away!

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Sure, the process of getting a hickey can be exciting! But what it leaves behind is not. It can be embarrassing, and they are easily noticed.

Unfortunately, you cannot cover them with messy excuses. Everyone will know it’s a hickey. When a hickey is noticed, you will get 20 questions.

In this article, we’re going to show you how to cover a hickey with red lipstick. This works best when the hickey is on the lips, or near the lips. If it’s on your neck or another body part, stick with concealer.

We’ll discuss it all below!


How to Cover a Hickey With Red Lipstick

Yes, that’s right! You can use red lipstick to hide your lip hickey from the world.

Lip Hickey

If you have hickeys on the upper or lower lip , lipstick is your best bet to hide them. Lipstick is preferred over lip stain because the color lasts longer and is deeper than a lip stain.

Based on the color of your hickey, you might need purple or matte lipstick. Apply lip gloss as you would usually. Avoid nude lipsticks as they will not cover the hickey like red shades. Tinted lip gloss can be used when your hickey doesn’t stand out too much. 

Based on the color of your hickey, you might need purple or matte lipstick.

Always double-check that the shade of tinted gloss or lipstick has completely covered the hickey mark.

It is important to note that hickeys that lie on lips usually extend past the lip line. If this is the case, use a lip liner to expand your lips to cover the hickey.

Neck and Face Hickey

If you have a hickey on your neck or your skin, you’ll probably want to stick with a concealer and foundation to cover that up.

You can apply concealer to the areas of the hickey that are on the skin. Afterward, apply a nice red lipstick, and no one will be the wiser.

How Long Do Hickeys Take To Heal?

In most cases, hickeys are gone within 1 to 2 weeks. They are basically a bruise that fades over time. Unfortunately, for some, 1 to 2 weeks can seem like a lifetime when your hickey is a secret.

The time it takes for your skin to heal depends on the amount of damage under the surface. Dark skin marks result from trapped blood that breaks down and returns to your body.

You will be able to see a change in color as your hickey heals. 

A fresh hickey will be red and purple. This is due to the blood leaking from damaged vessels. After the first day, the hickey will get darker. This is because the hemoglobin in your body changes color. Red blood cells contain hemoglobin, a protein-rich in iron, which carries oxygen.

Up to day five, the hickey will be starting to fade. As it fades, it can start to look blotchy. This is normal. After one week, the hickey should look yellow and almost gone.

What Else Can I Do to Help My Hickey Heal Faster?

Take Care of Your Skin

As your hickey heals, you shouldn’t rub or poke it. Also, be careful not to injure the area. 

Inflammation should also be kept to a minimum so that your skin isn’t further irritated.

Cold Packs Should Be Applied Immediately

Cold packs are effective in slowing blood flow out of a new hickey. For this, you can use an ice pack or cold washer. Hold it on the bruise for 10 minutes at a time. You can do this a couple of times a day. 

After the Second or Third Day, Switch to Heat

Apply heat to your hickey on day two or three with a damp cloth or a heating pad. Heating the area increases blood flow, allowing for faster healing.

Don’t Touch It

It might be tempting to keep rubbing your lips together when it is sore, but avoid doing that. This can irritate the bruise and slow down healing. Try not to nibble the bruise with your teeth, as tempting as it is.

Use Banana Peel

It may sound strange, but banana peels are powerful antioxidants and vitamins. Rub a banana peel with gentle pressure all over your hickey. Even though it won’t erase it, it will speed up its recovery (and, in the long run, make it less painful).


Hickeys are just another fun part of love (and some people even fake them!). Most people are not worried about you having a hickey on your lip. However, you might get questioned by nosey friends.

Using lipstick to cover a lip hickey works well when you want to hide it from prying eyes. Choose a nice shade that hides it, and no one will know. Look after your hickey when it is healing to ensure it doesn’t take longer than it needs to.

Written by Kayla Young

Kayla is the founder of LuxeLuminous. She has worked professionally in the tanning industry for years. She has been interested in esthetics since childhood, and has tried every hair, skin, and makeup product ever produced (more or less).