Wednesday 17 January 2018

Beauty Dilemma: Foundation to compliment freckles

Evangelina Lily played a character Kate whose nickname was 'freckles' in Lost. Photo: Getty Images
Evangelina Lily played a character Kate whose nickname was 'freckles' in Lost. Photo: Getty Images

Sinead Van Kampen

I have lots of freckles on my nose and cheeks yet the full coverage foundation I'm currently using makes it seem as though I'm trying and failing at hiding them. Is there a way I can get my foundation to be a little more complimentary?

It can be tempting to try and mask freckles with foundation but what usually happens is you end up with a base that's much to dark. As heavy products tend to cover rather than work with skin it may be best to change to something lighter altogether.

Light, natural and dewy complexions tend to be best at complimenting freckles, so swapping your full coverage foundation for a tinted moisturiser would be a great first step. A tinted moisturiser like Benefit's You Rebel will be much more flattering as it will iron out imperfections without making your freckles disappear.

Swapping to tinted moisturiser can be a bit of a change, so it's best to really find the shade that suits your skin type. A light hand is also important here so try not to apply too much product. A foundation brush is a great way to apply if you're a little heavy handed as the bristles will take up just the right amount of foundation and can be worked more lightly over skin.

If you would prefer a little more coverage a sheer foundation that is close to your natural skin tone is a good option, as it will give you the desired coverage without masking your natural complexion. As with tinted moisturiser, don't expect to find your ideal right away and be prepared to exhaust the patience of the counter girls before you find the right one for you!

Finally, applying a heavy powder over either of the options mentioned above will leave skin with that caked on appearance that you're desperately trying to avoid. if you must use a powder, make it as light and as sheer as possible. Try MAC's Sheer Pressed Powder which seals and eliminates the shine but will allow skin to breath. As you are probably taking down your foundation by a layer or two, if you still find you're a little pale a light swirl of bronzer on the apples of cheeks will add a flush of colour.

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