So the freckle beauty trend…it’s kind of cute right? When supermodels or beauty experts draw them on, they look like a mix of pixie-ish and cool. Naturally we thought we’d give it a try too.
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It’s not a tough trend to follow, you really just need a good eyeliner (liquid for a more dramatic look, or a pencil for something more subtle) in the right colour (most of us who did this went for brown). Also useful is to have some concealer handy to cover up mistakes — and there will be mistakes. It’s not as easy to do as it looks so be prepared for a little trial and error! See how the CLEO team fared when giving this a try.
Sophie, Features Writer
It’s hard not to feel self-conscious about the freckles, because who deliberately goes HAM on their face with with a brown eyeliner? But I can see why people do this, it’s a cute look and can take a couple of years off your face.
It’s so tricky to get right though — if you don’t blend the dots out well enough, you’ll look like a badly drawn cartoon character, and if you over-blend it, then you’ll just look like something smudged on your face.
Karen, Associate Editor
I actually think I have freckles already — but according to a certain colleague that’s just pigmentation from ageing (so sad). But I figured they would be a good indication of where to draw the freckles on (using a waterproof brown eyeliner pencil).
Drawing them on is NOT easy and I definitely ended up slightly lopsided because the freckles on my left were better than the more smudgey right. I really liked the way it looked in pictures but it looked a lot more fake in real life! I’m not sure I’d be comfortable having them on all day looking so unnatural.
Cynthia, Senior Beauty Editor
Those who have them think they are hideous but for me, I’ve always found freckles cute. It is one trend that I’ve been dying to try on myself.
To draw, I used a felt-tip ink eyeliner to dot around the cheeks and a few on the nose bridge and quickly dab off with my finger to fade the intensity and make it appear more natural. However, I think mine were drawn a tad too dark – colleague said they reminded her of her doll, another thought that they were mascara flakes.
Hidayah, Senior Digital Writer
When I was told to try the freckles trend, the first thing that crossed my mind was EXO’s new album. The K-pop boy group tried the trend for the album photo shoot. So naturally, I took inspo from them (pictured) because if it’s done by a Korean makeup artist, surely it’ll look flattering on Asian skin!
The only problem? I lack the skills. I started by dotting my face using a brown pencil eyeliner. To make it appear more natural and vary the shade of brown, I also used a Benefit brow palette. In real life, the freckles looked obvious, but after I took a photo, I realised the freckles didn’t show up well, so I had to add more. Which means while it looks 10/10 in photos, IRL, I look like a mess. Would I wear this trend out? Probably not because I’ll just look like a walking mess instead of effortlessly chic like runway models or the members of EXO.