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How To Fake Freckles

How to Wear Full Coverage Foundation, Minus the Full Coverage Look

The beauty world, of late, is abuzz with full-coverage foundations. And if all of this newness is anything to go by, then we can be certain that the full-coverage base is well, and truly, back!

Full-coverage means a blank canvas, and while ideal for covering hormonal acne, pigmentation flares, scars and rosacea, if you're not used to it, full-coverage can leave you feeling unlike yourself. The key to avoiding this crisis of identity? Faking freckles.

Before you roll your eyes, we know it's nothing new, in this case we're not talking from a trend perspective. The purpose of faking freckles is to bring life (and youth) back to the face. And whether it's re-drawing the natural freckles you just covered up, or adding in a few extras, we asked Chanel makeup artist Victoria Baron to show us how it's done.

According to Victoria, the key to faking legit looking freckles is all in having a range of brown-coloured pencils to work with, which makes sense if you think about it. As for placement, in order to mimic a natural look, you mustn't be afraid to be erratic with your application. "I erratically draw the freckles on the parts of the face that the sun would naturally hit. The bridge of the nose, the sides of the cheeks" explains Victoria. Next, she recommends using the warmth of your fingers to press the product into your skin, which will soften any colour, and create a skin-like finish. Lastly, Victoria finishes the look with a spritz of MAC Fix Spray to set the freckles in place.

And there you have it, the key to achieving realistic-but-fake freckles and nailing a natural, full-coverage base all in one step.

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