Sunday 30 April 2017

Beauty quick-fix: Freckles - once a beauty bugbear, now a beauty must-have

Inspiration: Rachel Bilson.
Inspiration: Rachel Bilson.
NYX wonder pencil
Topshop

We spent years covering them up with heavy foundation, but now our freckles are to be embraced. Many people are putting it down to the Kardashian effect. Almost immediately after Kendall Jenner posted an Instagram selfie sporting a splattering of drawn-on freckles, mass imitation ensued. The fashion world weren't too far behind, and for spring 2016, a heap of top designers including Rag & Bone sent their models out with expertly applied beauty spots.

No less a make-up artist than Charlotte Tilbury has said that she often uses a light-brown pencil to draw tiny points across a celebrity's nose and cheeks to make them look younger.

Freckles are said to be so big for 2016 that many brands are planning to bring out complete freckle kits containing stencils and dedicated products. In the meantime, Topshop offers a 'freckle pencil', €7. Alternatively you could use NYX's Wonder pencil, €5.99 to achieve the desired result. According to the brand, light and medium brown work on those with fair to medium skin and hair, and medium and dark brown look best on warmer skin tones. Avoid using anything too dark for fear of looking like a rag doll. Instead look to Rachel Bilson (left) and Sienna Miller for inspiration.

The most flattering placement of freckles is across the nose and apples of the cheek. Once you have a light base applied, use a freshly sharpened pencil in your desired shade, and press the pencil into the skin and twist gently. Using a warm finger, press very lightly onto each freckle. Uneven and irregular looks far more authentic. Finish with a light dusting of translucent powder to keep them in place.

Irish Independent

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