How to Fake Freckles

It sounds silly, but the results speak for themselves.
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It sounds silly, but the results speak for themselves.

Beauty tutorials are big on YouTube — a search for “makeup tutorial” and “hair tutorial” yields more than 5 million videos. In this weekly series, we put a mix of popular and under-the-radar tutorials to the test and show you what’s best.

The concept of drawing on fake freckles with makeup is scary. It's probably conjuring up images inside you right now of Raggedy Ann, Pippi Longstocking and Little Orphan Annie. And I get it! It's scary, and usually looks ridiculous and Halloweeny.

But hear me out for just a second: I LOVE my freckles. I love getting them, I love having them, and I love how other people seem to love them, too. What I don't love (or am, health-wise, not supposed to, anyway) is all the sun damage that goes along with acquiring them.

So, per usual, I turned to the Internet to help me in my quest for sun damage-free frecks. And lo and behold, I found two pretty incredible YouTube tutorials that give super impressive and totally realistic results. The techniques really are different, so I wanted to show you guys both of them. 

The first is more straightforward, while the second uses a creative method involving a sponge. Depending on what kind of freckled look you're going for — be it more controlled, or a bit more scattered — you can choose between the two. But I'd highly recommend watching both, even just to see how sweet those little spots look on YouTubers Sillycon Drop and Glam&Gore

Forge on, freckle faces! 

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