I recently came across this question in the MichellePhan.com forum: how can I cover my freckles? According to SheKnows, a freckle is a heavy deposit of melanin in one particular spot on the skin – the cells that produce melanin are triggered by sunlight. However, freckles are also genetic; people with light skin have less melanin, which causes them to freckle instead of tan. As my subbies have explained here, some people have freckles year-round, while for some, freckles only emerge during sun exposure. Some people say one DIY way to fade freckles is with lemon juice – lemons have skin-brightening properties that may be able to fade the look of freckles over time.
I personally think freckles are a unique and beautiful trait that you should be proud of! But if you insist on having a bit more coverage, try these steps…
1. Begin with a cream concealer. If you have dark freckles, dab a bit of concealer over them; use concealer 2-3 shades lighter than you skin tone for best coverage. Dab gently with your fingertips and don’t worry about blending all the way – the foundation will even it out.
2. Choose the right foundation. For an even, natural finish, I recommend using a damp sponge to apply a powder formula, then finish off with a brush of loose powder. The key here is to remember that you are not trying to cover every single last freckle – doing so will make your makeup look caked on and unnatural.
3. Apply makeup that highlights other features. If you’d like to draw attention away from your freckles, try exemplifying your best features—if you want your eyes to shine, try a dramatic eye shadow look; if you want a pop of color, try a bold lip.
Make sure you are always wearing SPF, whether or not you have freckles! And no matter what you do, remember that you will always look your best when you’re comfortable in your own skin. Instead of covering up your freckles, why not celebrate them?
Would you cover up your freckles? Share your thoughts in the comments below.