When Charlotte Tilbury tells you she gave Kate Moss faux freckles on her wedding day, what do you do? You IMMEDIATELY grab the nearest brown liner and draw them all over your face. If it’s good enough for Kate on her wedding day, it must be one of the best tricks in the game.
Charlotte calls it the “stick of youth” and has been freckling-up the A-listers for years, particularly for cover shoots. Whether you’re naturally prone to freckles or not, it’s the perfect little trick to make the skin appear fresher, younger and healthier. Especially when the sun starts to show its face and makes your little make-up fib a bit more believable.
What’s also great about this trick is that you don’t have to have perfect skin or be wearing absolutely no make-up to make it work. Obviously, slapping on a load of foundation is likely to cover natural freckles. So, adding false ones over the top of your foundation instantly makes you look as if you’re wearing next to no make-up. Surely by now you’re sold.
As a cautionary note, there is, unfortunately, a fine line between Kate Moss on her wedding day and Eliza Thornberry. We are not talking fancy dress school-girl here. Subtlety is key. Practice when you have some spare time; use photographs of freckled faces from the internet, or, even better, photographs of yourself during summertime if you’re blessed with the natural-freckler gene.
Sounds glaringly obvious, but it’s important to choose the colour that your natural freckles could be. This will vary according to skin tones and it’s likely to involve some trial and error. I opted for 3 different tools; Anastasia Beverly Hills Dipbrow Pomade (Dark Brown), Rimmel Lip Liner (Cappuccino) and LA Pro Girl concealer (Almond). You’ll need to find yourself a very thin pointed brush if you’re using a cream product; mine was 3 squids from Wilkinson’s here (goddamnit I love that place).
Whatever you use, it needs to be applied very lightly. Pat the mark with your finger afterwards to soften the edges. The obvious areas are across the nose and cheeks, but also think about where the sun would naturally hit the high points of your face, such as your forehead and brow bone. I also always seem to get some rogue freckles above my lips, so naturally I went overboard and added those too.
Other key products used to create this look:
Sleek Barekissed Illuminator in Pompeii (review here)
I’m obsessed. I wore this all over as a base to bronze and illuminate my skin.
Bobbi Brown Intensive Skin Serum Foundation (3.5)
Just magical. Go and grab yourself a tester and thank me later.
Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel Bronze Universel
I didn’t think I’d see the hype with this one, but now I can’t imagine doing my makeup without it. It’s beautiful *sigh*.
MAC Boldly Bare lip liner & Honeylove lipstick
A match made in heaven.
Soap & Glory Brow Archery 2-in-1
I didn’t want to fill in my brows for this look; the Instagram-brow looks quite out of place with a youthful freckle. Instead, I did a Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and brushed them upwards with brow gel to give a fuller, messier effect.
The Balm Mary Lou Manizer highlight
The love I have for this product is SO REAL. So, so real.
Zoeva Cocoa Blend eyeshadow palette
The only palette you’ll ever need. Promise. Get it on Beauty Bay for quick and free delivery.