While sucking neck with that Edward Cullen look-alike may have been fun at the time, the angry, purple hickey attracting Grandma’s evil eye is not. Fortunately, there are some ways to keep the evidence in the dark.
According to Su-Ting Teo, Ryerson’s Director of Student Health and Wellness, it is impossible to make bruises heal faster — coverage is the only option.
Fourth-year theatre production student Paul Beauchamp has had to deal with hiding hickeys in the past.
“I was excited to get my first hickey, but then my mom pointed it out. I denied it, but ever since I’ve been really careful,” he said.
Beauchamp uses winter scarves, turtlenecks and the occasional popped collar to hide his hickeys. In more desperate situations, he gets a friend to cover it with makeup.
Makeup artist Alisa Lyons said colour is most important when covering a hickey. Dark purple bruises in the early stages need a yellow-based concealer, while salmon tones are best for yellowish- green bruises. For best results, warm a small amount of matte makeup between your fingers before applying, blending, and setting with loose powder, Lyons said. If the shiner does not fade, repeat the process in thin layers.
Jamie Metzger, a third-year fashion student, has a different staple to camouflage her bawdy blemishes. When every type of foundation at the drug store failed her, she sought a last resort — Sally Hansen spray-on nylons. “I’ve always got a bottle of it now,” she said.
So the next time you watch an episode of True Blood before a night on the town, don’t feel guilty. It is possible to have your neck and suck it too.
— Carly Maga
Plan B to the rescue
For contraceptive mishaps and drunken lapses of judgment, you may have more than a hangover on your mind.
Plan B, also known as the morning after pill, is emergency contraceptive available at your local pharmacy.
If taken within 72 hours of a bedroom blunder, Plan B can prevent pregnancy. The sooner it is taken, the more effective it will be.
The dose consists of two small pills and is known for having side effects such as nausea and vomiting.
Plan B is prescription-free, however pharmacists and physicians advise that you keep your doctor informed.
Mistakes come with a price, and this one costs about $40.00. You’re better off with birth control, which is a lot cheaper.
Plan B is not an abortion pill and doesn’t protect from STIs or HIV/AIDS.
You got ink’d
So, you passed out last night. All right. But when that random design — thought to be done with a sharpie — won’t wash off, you’re going to need some damage control.
While 36 per cent of people 18 to 25 years old have a tattoo, yours may not be one that you want to keep.
The removal of the tattoo will be more painful and costly than the actual procedure.
The most common modern removal method is laser tattoo removal and in Toronto it can be done at places like Toronto Laser Tattoo Removal, located at 1033 Bay St. and Fading Fast Tattoo Removal at 120 Eglinton Ave. East.
For a five square inch tattoo the cost can be around $325 per session and can take anywhere between eight and 12 sessions. If your account can’t take the hit, keep it as the night’s memento and invent a sweet story about it.
— Michael Duncan
Get over the hangover
Nothing ruins a good night like a morning of headaches and vomiting. Different body types, alcohol tolerances and health conditions make it difficult to pinpoint one hangover solution. Try these potential treatments:
– Have prickly pear juice before going out. It reduces dry-mouth and nausea.
– Rub a lemon under your armpits; it prevents dehydration.
– Pinch your hand between your index finger and thumb. According to an Irish remedy, it minimizes headaches.
– Snack on crackers and orange juice while you put your feet in cold water. Even though you’ll look ridiculous, the crackers help with nausea, the vitamin C with headaches, and the cold water is a migraine relief tactic.
– Check out De-Rex, a hangover pill developed by Ryerson graduate Peter Wojewnik. It can be found at Nutrition House at the Eaton Centre.