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Are Fake Freckles the New Fake Tan?

By Klaudia Tirico / September 19, 2014

Freckles have been slowly making their way into beauty trend territory for a few seasons now. We’ve seen Charlotte Tilbury add freckles to the models’ cheeks for Rachel Zoe’s Spring 2012 show, and even Gucci Westman added some faux spots to models’ noses at Lisa Perry’s Fall 2013 presentation. Those looks were pretty subtle, and they’ve got nothing on the mega freckles on Preen by Thorton Bregazzi's Spring 2015 runway. 
At the show, makeup artist Val Garland gave models some seriously spotty pigmentation. Inspired by the '80s sporty look and Maasai warriors, Garland used a variety of different colored MAC Cosmetics pencils and brow markers to cover models’ entire faces and necks with freckles. But what Nichola Joss for St. Tropez did on the shoulders, arms and legs is seriously next-level stuff. She used the brand’s Self Tan Dark Mousse to splatter freckles onto the models' bodies with a large round paintbrush. The result was a sun-kissed look that made the girls look like they’ve spent their entire life in the sun sans SPF. 
Getting this unique look doesn’t mean having to splatter yourself with self-tanner or go out and buy 10 different colored brown eye pencils. You’ve got two other options. First, you can go the A Détacher route and apply silver and gold star stickers on your face as “freckles.” Or you can buy Topshop’s new Freckle Pencil for seven bucks. It’s made of a long-wearing wax formula that contains two complimentary shades of brown swirled together to give you precise, natural-looking dots. We vote for the latter, but hey, it’s up to you. 
Images: Getty