Us Irish are WAY ahead on this particular trend

Halleluiah! Freckles are officially cool, and people who don’t have them can buy a special pencil to draw them on.

Freckle pencils have been on the market for a while (Chanel have been selling one since 1995), but if you want super, real life looking freckles, Topshop are launching a pencil that boasts a 3D “marbleized formula”.

Hannah Murray, beauty consultant for Topshop, gives the low down on how to fake freckles if you aren’t lucky enough to have the real ones.

“To create a fresh-faced, youthful glow that will see you through the summer, begin by sweeping matt bronzer or liquid bronzer onto the cheekbones, temples and the bridge of the nose. Then tap the pencil onto the skin in rapid motions and, if necessary pat gently with your ring finger to soften. For the most natural finish, freckles should be random.”

Drawing on freckles is not that unusual really, when you think about it – how many people do you know that draw on eyebrows or a beauty spot?

Finally, we can stop obsessing about covering up our sun kisses (yes, that’s what our mum used to call them) and embrace them!

Would you be prepared to fake freckles all in the name of beauty?