How to Give Someone a Hickey

Rites of passage during adolescence, hickeys are an obvious sign of romantic possession.


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You Will Need

  • A willing partner
  • Lots of suction


  1. Step 1

    Select location

    Pick the location for the hickey. Hickeys are generally located on the neck where they are easily visible.

  2. Step 2

    Position mouth

    Form a circle with your lips and place your mouth against your partner’s skin.

  3. Step 3

    Use suction

    Draw your breath inward, essentially sucking their skin into your mouth. Be sure not to use your teeth, and stop immediately if your partner is in pain.

  4. Hickeys are bruises and will go away in a week or two .

  5. Step 4

    Wait for results

    Wait a few moments for the result. If the redness fades away, try again, but with more force.

  6. Hickeys are a result of broken blood vessels and blood leaking into tissues below the skin.