Beauty / Freckles
Ok, you’re going to have to bear with me on this one, because its highly likely this is a trick only for the brave. Fake freckles. I know, I know – if you have them you hate them – you have curly hair, you hate it – you have straight hair, you hate it – we always want what we can’t have. BUT, this is the 21st century. If you want long eyelashes, you have them semi-permanently attached. If you want brown skin, you get yourself to Boots for a quick fix. We’re getting more and more high maintenance as the years go by, but this is no new revelation. Didn’t you learn about the Georgians and the Ancient Greeks at school, who painted their faces white and got wigged up just so they looked the part amongst wealthy peeps? (Poor women had to work outside therefore became suntanned) – we’ve always done it and we always will. So, after that little lesson in justification, lets get down to the nitty gritty. Freckles have been used for years by well known makeup artists such as Pat McGrath, Terry Barber and Val Garland to add youth to the already flawless face of a model. They’re so well done, us regular bunch would never even know the difference. At Preen S/S15, MAC eyeliner pencils were used to dot models’ faces, necks, shoulders and chests with fake spots for a sunkissed, California girl statement that looked surprisingly realistic – its not hard to do, however it has to be just right for it to be believable. Various colours, sizes and shaped freckles are the key to ultimate fakery, placed randomly across the nose, the cheeks, the forehead if you dare. If you’re keen to try this before the sunny weather eventually arrives, always use an image as a reference point, and gently dab your warm finger over them once you’re happy with your freckle-layout, so they’re not too bright or perfect. And apparently, Topshop’s Freckle Pencil is a good tool for longevity throughout the day – I use an eyebrow pencil when I’m feeling brave, which is generally when I’m at home alone. Why not? If the Georgians and the Greeks could get away with it, then it only seems fair we give Californian sun kissed skin a shot.