All over social media, people are painting little intricate dots on their faces to replicate the look of freckles. Faux freckles are an easy way to bring your typical makeup look to the next level. Real freckles haven’t always been the source of beauty trends but we’re experiencing a freckle renaissance with more and more beauty lovers flocking to TikTok and Instagram to learn how to create fake freckles.
While they may seem intimidating to create — after all, you want them to look natural — all it takes is the right makeup products and a light hand. Here, discover seven beauty products (from brow pencils to brown eyeliners) that you can use to adorn your face with faux freckles.
Is It Okay to Do Fake Freckles?
Before we share these product gems for creating fake freckles let's address an elephant in the figurative room. Some beauty lovers think that it’s problematic to wear freckles as a trend — especially with the ridicule around real freckles. Throughout beauty history (and even now) some look at freckles as a blemish that hinders a clear complexion. In reality, freckles (both faux and real) are a beautiful feature that (now) have a connotation with natural beauty. Still, freckles are not a fad but a beautification that should be embraced. If you’re looking to paint fake freckles on your face you should absolutely do it, just be mindful to do so with respect and admiration.
7 Makeup Products to Help You Create Faux Freckles
Brow mascara is a fun way to add faux freckles because it involves “flicking” the product onto the face with the included brow brush to create a splattering of fake freckles. To achieve this faux freckle look, hold the brush close to the area you want to cover in freckles, then using your thumb rub your digit across the brush using a flicking motion with the brush pointed towards your face.
This will create various-sized dots to mimic freckles. Use the Brunette and Dark Brunette shades for a natural-looking finish. Be mindful that your thumb may get some product on it but it’ll wash off easily with a makeup remover. Use the Brunette and Dark Brunette shades for a natural-looking finish.
Creating faux freckles is all about using a product that’ll replicate the small circular and oval shapes of natural freckles. To achieve that look use this ultra-thin eyebrow pencil that doesn’t need sharpening and stays pointed for constant freckle application. For both light and dark skin tones, use the Brunette or Dark Brunette eyebrow pencils to create faux freckles for subtle and natural freckle makeup.
Try the Brown shade to mimic real freckles with the felt tip point that allows for controlled dotting and precise application. This waterproof eyeliner lasts up to 30 hours without smudging so you can enjoy your faux freckles through hot sweaty days and long work nights.
The precise tip of this micro-ink pen is perfect for creating faux freckles because all it takes is a few small taps to achieve a precise, light finish. Try using the Brunette or Dark Brunette shades, which will suit a variety of skin tones, to get the look. This liquid brow pen lasts up to 48 hours so you don’t have to worry about your faux freckles smudging or wiping away.
For a long-lasting freckle finish that won’t budge or smudge, opt for this longwear pencil that lasts up to 36 hours in the color Brown Denim. The creamy consistency makes it easy to apply small freckle-shaped dots on the face for a more natural look. This gel eyeliner is highly pigmented so you can lightly press it on your face for a darker faux freckle.
For an easy-to-use pencil that can help you achieve the faux freckle look, opt for this eyeliner in Brown Denim. Use a light hand to press the tip into the skin in a few spots around the nose, cheeks and chin to nail the look. You won’t need to sharpen this pencil as the tip remains thin for intricate detailing and a transfer-proof finish, thanks to the waterproof formulation.
You can use this brow gel the way you did the Infallible Volumizing Brow Mascara and flick the product onto your face using the included spoolie brush. Or, use the included angled brush and dot your face with the gel for soft, semi-faded faux freckles. The buildable consistency of this brow gel creates a subtle look that’ll have people thinking your faux freckles are real.
How Long Do Faux Freckles Last?
The longevity of your faux freckles will ultimately depend on the type of makeup products you use. If you use one of the above-mentioned brow or eyeliner products to create faux freckles, you can enjoy up to 24 to 48 hours of wear. These products are meant to last and offer waterproof, transfer-proof and smudge-resistant formulas, ideal for mimicking natural freckles.
To extend your fake freckles, use a setting spray like L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray. This setting spray will keep your makeup looking fresh even after multiple hours of wear, so your faux freckles will last. When it’s time to remove your faux freckles, simply use a makeup remover to erase any trace of dots from your face.
Photographer: Stephanie Price, Photo Assistant: Evan Mann, Digi Tech: Sergio Colon, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Creative Producers: Becca Solovay and Hannah Lee, Content Director: Shalwah Evans, Visual Designer: Sarah Duvivier, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Daniel Lutz, Wardrobe Stylist: Rika Watanabe, Wardrobe Assistant: Serena Orlando, Model: Dara Woo
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