Nicole Keen
Nicole Keen
@keenmachine

I gave myself fake freckles (and you can too!)

I’m not a super-freckly girl, but I’ve been known to have a handful of freckles scattered across my nose and cheeks—and they tend to get more pronounced during the summer months. I’ve always liked them (unlike some people who layer on thick foundation in the name of keeping their freckles covered), and I was pleasantly surprised to see that freckles are actually having a moment.

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I first noticed the trend at Preen’s spring 2016 show where models sported faux freckled faces, and last week at Toronto Fashion Week I was able to take notes as Grace Lee, Maybelline New York’s lead makeup artist, walked us through her fake freckle technique first hand. It turns out you only need one essential tool to get spotty: a blonde or light brown eyebrow pencil, like Maybelline’s Brow Define and Fill Duo by Eyestudio.

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Lee used this pencil to achieve a “Viking strong woman” beauty look for Rudsak’s runway show. I mean, who wouldn’t want to look like that?! To quote Lee, the goal was “beautiful skin that’s never seen the sun before”. (Stop talking about me.) But seriously, I was already half way there with my pale complexion. The only thing missing was dots. “Make some tiny, some big, some sporadic,” Lee advised.

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I took her words to heart and focused on varying the size and location of my fake freckles for a more natural look. In the end, I was pleased with the results, and I definitely felt more youthful…like I’d spent the summer frolicking at the beach making sandcastles. And for the record, I wore my fake freckles home on the subway last night, and nobody stared at me, so I guess they must have looked natural enough to pass stranger inspection.

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Full confession: This isn’t the first time I’ve rocked fake freckles. Exhibit A: my Cabbage Patch Kid Halloween costume from kindergarten. I guess if something works once, chances are it might just work again (I skipped the bright red blush this time).

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Maybelline Brow Define and Fill Duo by Eyestudio

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Maybelline Brow Define and Fill Duo by Eyestudio