It’s a fact of life that we all want what we can’t have. Those with curly hair want straight hair, and those with straight want curly. Those with pristine even-toned skin love freckles, and those with freckled faces want to be free of their spots. We are all about embracing our natural selves (and that includes freckles), but we understand the need to cover things up from time to time. We checked in with makeup pro, Emily Oliver, who gave us some tips on how to work with your freckles!
Find Some Middle Ground
When it comes to covering up those cute little dots, Oliver says a strong concealer is key. “Start out with a full-coverage concealer,” says Oliver, who recommends a non-cakey formula like Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer. “Choose a shade that is in-between your skin tone and the freckle. If you choose a shade that is as light as your natural skin, you will look grey due to the freckle’s depth.” On the opposite end, if you go for a shade that’s the color of your freckle, your face will look splotchy and unnatural.
Now that you’ve found your concealer, you have to know how to use it properly to cover up the spots. “Let your concealer “bake” (or sit a couple of minutes) before blending it into the skin completely,” says Oliver. “Lightly powder your face to set the concealer, and give your foundation something to cling to once it is applied. This creates a longer and more flawless wear for your makeup.” Try Lancôme Translucence Mattifying Silky Pressed Powder for a nice finish and lightweight texture.
Like concealer, your foundation needs to be carefully chosen as well. Oliver says to stick to a shade as close to the shade of your body as possible for the ultimate camouflage effect. While this might seem like a no-brainer, you’d be surprised how many people get it wrong and try to go a bit lighter with their foundation. “Faces tend to be lighter than bodies, and my pet peeve is when the face looks disconnected from the body,” says Oliver. “I call it floating head syndrome. Match a medium-to-full coverage foundation to your body’s skin tone.” Do this by testing your foundation shade against your wrist or neck. “Use a beauty blender to stipple a layer of foundation on top of the concealer and powder,” instructs Oliver. “If more coverage is needed, apply a second coat with a flat foundation brush.”