The faux freckle trend has been around for a while, and I’m giving it a try. Have you tried it yet?
Today I wore a smattering of freckles for fun, and ya know…it’s a little weird to touch up your real freckles to make them blend in and look as “freckle-y” as your fake ones, but hey, ya gotta do what ya gotta do in the pursuit of makeup experimentation!
How to fake freckles
This sprinkling of speckles comes courtesy of a drugstore brow pen in a warm brown shade.
Here’s what I did:
- After finishing my makeup (base, blush, eyes, everything), I lightly dabbed the pen on top of any existing freckles to darken them, since they were hidden under tinted moisturizer and concealer.
- Next, I stippled a few extra faux spots for funsies.
- Then, I waited a couple minutes for the freckles to dry.
- When they were completely dry, I diffused the spots a tad by gently dabbing a skunk brush that I’d used earlier to blend my base… It just took the edge off so they wouldn’t look as obviously fake.
And that was it! If you don’t have a brow pen, a brow pencil works too — either option creates a lovely semi-transparency, so your freckles don’t just look like dots drawn on your face, and has a longer wear time than, say, a creamy pencil liner would.
If you don’t have a brow pen or pencil around, you can also regular pencil eyeliner; however, if you’re going to go the liner route, you’ll want one that 1) has a matte finish and 2) is long-lasting and/or waterproof to prevent your spots from smearing all over your face.
No winged liner woes here
Also up in the mix of this look? Winged liner! I haven’t done wings in a minute, so I’m very rusty. So I cheated a little and used surgical tape on the outer corners to set the angles.
You can use regular tape too, but I prefer the surgical tape because it doesn’t pull my skin as hard.
Whatever tape you use, wait until your liner is completely dry before lifting it off; otherwise, the tape might remove product where it’s still wet and leave your dots with fuzzy edges.
This is particularly important if you’re using runny or runny-ish liquid liner.
Oh! — and to make sure the tape doesn’t remove any of your base, do your eyes before your foundation, concealer, etc.
One last thing — everything in this look is drugstore.