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Drawing on fake freckles has been a booming beauty trend for the past two years. 

From Kylie Jenner showcasing her sprinkle of natural sun spots to huge influencers like Lissy Roddy adding statement freckles to their faces, the youthful, quirky look is still going strong since it emerged in popularity in 2017. 

While drawing them on with eyeliner or transfer tattoos (and real tattoos!) has become popular, mega makeup and beauty guru Katie Jane Hughes popularised a method that has a little more longevity than drawing them on with makeup. 

The beauty guru created a tutorial in which she applied her freckles using fake tan – and we had to give the trick a whirl to test out iof it really worked.

Fake tan is a beauty essential in most Irish households, so discovering a second use for it is a major breakthrough. 

Here's how to achieve the look – it's slightly different to Katie's, and allows the tan time to stain your skin. 

Step 1: Locate a medium or dark and an extra dark tanning mousse or lotions.

Step 2. Clean a tiny detail eyeshadow brush and an eyebrow spoolie. 

Step 3. Ensuring you keep your distance from stainable fabric, squirt some medium tan into a washable bowl or dish. 

Step 4. Using the detail brush and medium tan, apply a general layer of freckles to your nose and cheeks – or wherever you want to feature them. 

Step 5: Go in with the extra dark tan to add another layer onto the same areas, this time taking care to use both the detail brush and the narrow tip of the spoolie to create freckles of different sizes. 

Step 6: Leave on over night and wash off with warm water in the morning. 

The key to creating believably realistic looking freckles is to make sure you create random constellations, and do not create similar patterns, It is also essential to make sure your drawn on freckles are different sizes and vary in shape. Perfect dots look fake, so try to create misshapen circles, not perfect circles. 

Concentrate the freckles on the sides and bridge of your nose, before spreading them out across your face in a wider pattern. Don't forget to dot a few subtle ones on your top lip and under your eyebrows,

If you want freckles right now, or for an event the same day, you can apply your base as usual and apply the freckles using the same tan method. 

After they are drawn on, simply blot them with a damp beauty blender to blend them in to your skin, to leave a natural, realistic freckled complexion. 



Growing up as Irish teenagers, many of us covered and concealed our natural freckles with foundation layered an inch thick.

However, the tide is turning for the sun speckles, with mega-models, bloggers and superstars like Kylie Jenner embracing their natural look.

Faux freckles have been a major beauty trend this year, with hundreds of tutorials springing up online instructing the freckle-less to embellish their complexions.

Most tutorials preach dotting on the freckles one by one using an eyebrow pencil, which can be painstaking work. 

One entrepreneurial brand has caught onto the trend, and launched Faux Freckles

Remember the flash tattoo trend? Well these freckles work the same way, using a water activated transfer to pepper some pigmentation across your features. 

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However, not everyone is impressed with the finished look. 

"They look like the beads from the antibacterial hand soap…" commented one Instagrammer.

"You cannot fake freckles… if they're not meant for your face then don't bother. Looks odd," said another.

"So obvious it's fake!" added another commentator, suggesting that the plaster-like shape of the transfer didn't convey an air of authenticity. 

The video of the Faux Freckles has since gone viral, racking up over 1.3 million views. 

While the transfers may not be well received, any excuse to embrace our pasty, freckled complexions is good enough for us.



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?

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