It was recently revealed that Meghan Markle loves her freckles to show through her make-up. “Every time I’d do her makeup, she’d say, ‘Can we just make sure my freckles are peeking through? I don’t want a ton of foundation’,” her former makeup artist Lydia F. Sellers told Refinery 29. We were delighted to discover that Meghan embraces her natural beauty, and it encouraged us to find out how exactly we can enhance our freckles, rather than hide them. To help us out, we called on celebrity makeup artist and COLLECTION ambassador Francesca Neill.
Choose a light formula
Don’t opt for a heavy foundation, instead create a sheer layer over the skin using a tinted moisturiser or a BB cream. If you only have high-coverage foundation to hand, try mixing it with a bit of moisturiser to create a more sheer effect.
Conceal with precision
Make sure you’re as targeted as possible with your concealer, and use a precision brush for application. You need to avoid any of the good skin around a blemish and just keep the full-coverage concealer to the spot itself. This will create the illusion of healthy skin overall, without covering the freckles.
Set with translucent powder
If you use finishing powders, make sure you use a translucent one rather than one that matches your skin tone in order to avoid adding further coverage.
If you want to use a bronzer, use a big, fluffy-haired brush to softly sweep on the colour. This will ensure your freckles don’t end up looking muddy. Apply where the sun would naturally hit the face – across the forehead and across the nose. When contouring, don’t apply too much product to the brush as this will mask your freckles.
Not naturally blessed with freckles but want to rock the look? Just use a waterproof formula, like COLLECTION’s Brow Pomade, £3.99, that’s a shade or two lighter than your hair colour. Dot across your cheeks and bridge of your nose in an uneven manner. After you’ve applied, gently press each freckle with your fingertip to blend and then set with some translucent powder.