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How to Make Fake Freckles Look Real and Totally Cute

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There's something so undeniably playful and cool about a freckle-speckled face. And even if you're not blessed with natural freckles or beauty marks, the good news is you can totally—and realistically—fake them. Plus, unlike some of the more precision-oriented trends we've shown you before (hello, cat-eyes and nail art), faux freckles actually look better when you put in less effort.

Want to know how you can get fake freckles of your own? Read on for our tips to getting faux freckles that look just as cute (and real!) as natural freckles below. And make sure to check out our TikTok fake freckle hack anyone can do from home.

How to Make Fake Freckles

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1. Choose Your Products.

You'll get the most natural-looking smattering of specks by using an eyebrow pencil or a product created just for fake freckles. The pencil you usually wear to make your eyebrows look full and lush might be a tad too dark, though, especially if you have pale skin. Instead, start with an eyebrow pencil shade just a touch or two deeper than your skin tone and see how it looks. You can always go darker from there.

Prep Your Skin

Before you begin smattering your freckles, you'll want to make sure your face makeup is finished. For a natural look, follow our tips on how to get glowing skin with or without makeup. Whether you decide to wear foundation or not, focusing on your skin will prime you perfectly for a freckled face.

How to Create Smaller, More Natural Freckles

For a handful of teeny tiny freckles: Use FRECK BEAUTY Freck OG. This felt-tip marker has a super fine tip (like, super fine) that makes it easy to create precise dots. It boasts one of the most natural and longest-lasting faux freckles on the market. Just lightly apply it as a cluster of dots, allowing the formula to sit and develop on your skin. Add as much (or as little) as you’re feeling that day.

How to Create More Dramatic Freckles

For bigger freckles when you already have a few: Try THE BROWGAL Eyebrow Pencil in Espresso. This formula is a bit waxier, so it smudges into your skin more easily. Plus, the medium-sized tip is perfect for creating buildable, blendable fake freckles that will look real against your own natural ones.

Conceal a Zit By Making It a Freckle

To minimize a big pimple: Creating fake freckles is perfect for those days when your skin just won't seem to cooperate. To create faux freckles out of a breakout, apply foundation (here are our favorites for acne-prone skin) and concealer. Then, use your regular brow pencil to create the beauty mark by placing the tip on the zit and twisting the pencil gently. Set the whole thing with powder.

2. Dot, Dot, Dot!

Your fake freckles will look more natural if you don’t try to control the placement of them. Dab those dots onto the parts of your face that the sun naturally hits, concentrating on your cheekbones, nose, and forehead. Diffuse the dots outward from there, being sure not to apply them too symmetrically.

3. Dab and Blend

Remember, no two freckles look alike in the wild. You'll get the most believable results by smudging out those penciled-on dots. Tap, tap, tap at them with your fingertip to blur them into your skin, then reapply the brow pencil wherever you want to make the sunkissed pigment even stronger. You can also blend using makeup brushes. We like using eyeshadow brushes best, but you can also use lip or eyeliner brushes, too.

More Tips for the Best Faux Freckles Ever:

Get Hydrated: When your skin is at its healthiest. Any makeup look you choose will appear more seamless. Make sure your skincare routine is on point so you're giving those faux freckles a healthy base to cling to. Fake freckles sit better when your face is clean and well-moisturized.

Stay Protected: Think sunkissed, not sunburned. If you're skipping foundation, be sure to use a moisturizer with SPF to prevent sun damage.

Bronze It Up: If you don't get those sundrops naturally, give your face a headstart with bronzer. Lightly dust it on the parts of your face where you plan to apply fake freckles and it will make them blend into the skin more.

Set It: Apply a translucent powder after foundation to make your fake freckles last longer. For extra hold, dust your face with translucent powder again after applying the dots.

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About the author
Brittany Leitner
Brittany is an award winning beauty, health, and lifestyle writer and author of the poetry book "23 Emotions." She has eight years of experience writing for brands like Elite Daily, The. Dr. Oz Show, Shape, Stylecaster, Bustle, and more.
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Article Last Updated August 23, 2022 12:00 AM