“Blemish-”, freckle-free skin might have once been considered the ideal standard of beauty – natural spots on the face seen as flaws and hidden with makeup or rid of with freckle removal creams.
However, 2021 has seen freckles become trendy, now spotted on catwalks, social media beauty influencers, and so many users on TikTok. We’re not just embracing natural freckles, we’re also applying faux freckles to our faces to create youthful, playful and sun-kissed looks!
To help you hop onto the fake freckles trend, we share seven ways to make fake freckles, plus the best fake freckles makeup products (most of them TikTok-approved) that you can find in Malaysia!
Dot them on with a fake freckles pen
How to make fake freckles? The most intuitive way to put on fake freckles is to dot them on – and makeup brands have created products dedicated to helping you enjoy long-lasting and natural-looking freckles.
Get your hands on a fake freckle pen from brands like Freck Beauty, the OG of freckle cosmetics that stormed the internet, Colourpop, or the Lime Crime, and dot across your nose, cheekbones – even above your brows.
Finish by tapping across the dotted areas of your face, so that the freckles blend into your foundation and give an easy, effortless look.
Freck, Faux Freckle Cosmetics Neutral
Freck’s freckles sink into your foundation or skin instead of sitting on top, thus giving you freckles that last longer and appear natural.
Freck is the brand that created the first freckle beauty product, and it made waves on social media – this tiny freckle pen will do big things for your faux freckle look!
Freck Faux Freckle Cosmetics Neutral retails for RM84.59.
Colourpop, Freckle Pen
Colourpop’s freckle pen uses a felt-tip and ink formula that makes it easy to apply fake freckles on your face. You can press the pen onto your skin harder or lighter to control the size of each freckle, and dab it out to create a natural look.
It comes in soft brown and dark brown shades to match fair to medium skin tones.
Colourpop Freckle Pen retails for RM33.34.
Lime Crime, Freckle Pen
Lime Crime’s Cocoa Freckle Pen is housed in a metallic rose-gold and pink packaging for an extra fun time as you dot fake freckles across your cheekbones.
It has a felt-tip applicator and comes in four shades: amber, cocoa, magenta, and mocha – so you can pick the best shade for your skin tone. The pen is also quick-drying so you don’t have to worry about your freckles smudging!
Lime Crime Freckle Pen retails for S$27 instead of RM103.05 on Lookfantastic.
Flick to create a natural spray
If slowly dot, dot, dotting fake freckles onto your skin feels like too much work for you, then you’ll love using Pseudo Lab’s Fake PHreckle Kit to flick clusters of freckles on your face! It doesn’t just save time; because the dots are sprayed unevenly onto your face, it creates an ultra-natural quality that’s unlike the dotting method.
Pseudo Lab’s Fake PHreckle Kit comes with a wand applicator and a narrow pick. All you have to do is open the bottle, hold the applicator close to your cheekbones, then use the pick to brush through the applicator. Doing that sends a spray of fake freckles onto your skin!
Simply finish your fake freckles look by tapping the pigment into your skin, which blends and lightens the pigment as well as creates more spots. You can use the pick to create some more obvious freckles on your face too.
Pseudo Lab, Fake PHreckle Kit
Pseudo Lab’s Fake PHreckle Kit creates an uneven spray of freckles that blend into the skin for a super-realistic faux freckle look. It is available in three shades, from a light (Shade 1) to dark brown (Shade 3) so that you can find the perfect colour for your skin.
It’s clinically water-resistant for the first 80 minutes, can last on the skin for four to eight hours, and the compact 4.3ml bottle can last you four to eight months if you use it daily.
Psst: You’ll receive a free faux leather pouch too – so you can easily take your Fake PHreckle kit with you anywhere you go!
Pseudo Lab Fake PHreckle Kit retails for RM158.42.
Make the most out of your fan brush and eyeshadow palette
Not sure if you want to invest in fake freckles makeup products? You can use what you already have at home: a makeup fan brush and brown eyeshadow! The trick is to spray your makeup brush with water so that it has several sharp points that lets you create small, precise dots on your skin.
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Dab your brown eyeshadow palette with the moist fan brush, then tap the areas on your face you want the freckles to appear – your cheekbones, bridge of the nose, and brow bones.
This method doesn’t typically create very dark or pigmented fake freckles, plus it applies many freckles on your face at once, so it’s great for saving time and giving a natural effect. For those of you who want to reuse the makeup products already on your shelf, this is the way to go!
This hair concealer spray surprisingly work too
Using hair products for your face might sound kind of crazy, but trust TikTok beauty enthusiasts: hair root concealer spray to create fake freckles works. Not just any hair root concealer spray, TikTokers are using L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Brown to create surprisingly realistic faux freckles.
It might take a little practice to get the fake freckles on where you want them to go, but the results are really natural-looking freckles with just a few sprays. Plus, it’s a much larger bottle than other faux freckle cosmetic products, so you’ll enjoy keeping your fake freckles on longer for less!
L'Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Brown
L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Brown is a brown root concealer spray that is normally used to cover grey roots with just a few sprays. The colour blends well with popular salon shades, so you don’t have to worry about uneven colours on your hair.
For fake freckles, simply close your eyes and spray this hair root concealer onto your face.
L’Oreal Paris Magic Retouch Brown retails for RM42 on Guardian.
Henna freckles that last for days
Besides creating beautiful art on your hands, you can use henna to dot fake freckles on your face! A natural dye that is prepared from the plant Lawsonia inermis, henna lets you sport a youthful, freckled face for about two weeks at a time in an organic way.
After applying henna to your face, you leave it on until it dries, then peel away the dried pieces so that you’re left with fake freckles that have been stained onto your skin. If you make a mistake with the henna, don’t worry – wiping it off before it dries helps you avoid unwanted marks!
Repurpose your eyebrow gel
Get twice the use out of your eyebrow gel when you use it to apply fake freckles to your face. You can use the eyebrow gel in a similar way to a faux freckle pen: create dots on your cheekbones and nose, then gently tap it out to let the spots blend into the skin.
NYX Professional Makeup, Tinted Brow Mascara
NYX’s Tinted Brow Mascara is made to help you tint, fill, and set your brows with ease – all whilst keeping your brows soft and natural.
It comes in blonde, brunette, chocolate and espresso shades, which are good for brows; but if you’re using it to create fake freckles then choose darker browns.
NYX Professional Makeup Tinted Brow Mascara retails for RM26.37.
E.L.F., Wow Brow Gel
Giving a natural finish to your brows, E.L.F. Wow Brow Gel is also long-lasting so that you can keep your fake freckles on your face all day long. It also has a fine applicator tip that makes it easy for you to create those playful faux freckles on your cheeks!
E.L.F. Wow Brow Gel retails for only RM17.39.
Fake tan solutions can make faux freckles too
Sun-kissed doesn’t stop at a faux tan when you can use a self-tanner solution to make fake freckles too! TikTokers are using Coco & Eve’s Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam not just to tan, but to create fake freckles too.
Squeeze out a generous amount of bronzing foam onto a lid – remember not to foam it into your hands or your hands will be dyed a warm, golden colour too. Use your fan brush (again) to dab into the foam and tap the faux tan solution onto your face.
Like henna, you can expect to wait about 10 minutes for the self-tanning solution to dry. After that, it should take about 2 hours to develop and last you about a week.
Coco & Eve, Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam
Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam comes in medium to ultra dark shades. The best part about it is that it squeezes out from the bottle as luxurious foam (so fun) and is lightweight as well as non-sticky.
Just remember to use this self-tanning solution on dry skin so that it stays!
Coco & Eve Sunny Honey Bali Bronzing Foam retails for RM146.75.
Featured image credit: @gladys_romeron on TikTok, Lime Crime