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    Here Are Our Honest Thoughts About The Freckle Makeup You Keep Seeing On TikTok

    Could a tiny $28 bottle of freckle makeup give us the freckles of our dreams? Well, yes.

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    If you're anything like us, you probably spend a solid 2-3 hours scrolling through TikTok every day. And if you've done that, then you've probably seen the #FauxFreckles trend over the last few months.


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    Basically, there are types of makeup that you can apply that will look like real freckles. Are you bored? Add some freckles! Like other people without freckles, our curiosities were piqued. So we decided to get to the bottom of this trend and test it out for ourselves to see how it ended up. We enlisted the help of one of the makeup brands that started it all — Freck Beauty.

    An image of the "Freck" makeup
    Freck Beauty / Via

    Before we dive in, here's an Instagram video from Freck's account that demonstrates applying these faux freckles.

    Here's Delia's face before applying any of the Freck makeup! For context, she was wearing some of Glossier's Futuredew serum prior to applying the freckles.

    An image of Delia before applying Freck beauty
    Delia Cai

    And here's Delia's face after applying the Freck makeup!

    An image of Delia after applying Freck beauty
    Delia Cai

    Delia chose the "Go Wild" method of applying Freck:

    An image of Delia after applying Freck makeup
    Delia Cai

    Delia's thoughts about the Freck makeup: I still remember drawing little dots on my face as a kid to fake freckles, so I've been dying to try it out for myself as an adult (and this time without, uh, a Sharpie). Plus, I live in New York, and it snowed for weeks, so the appeal of faking a nice, sun-kissed look for all my Zoom pals was very attractive.

    The Freck product was super easy to use. The first time I tried it, I realized I didn't actually know where freckles go, so I did a lot of googling "freckly Asians" as part of my research (tl;dr, start with the bridge of your nose and under your eyes, and broaden them out across your cheeks from there). The Freck team gave me some great advice about just doing a few dots and then using my finger to "copy and paste" them across my face — this was key, because if you don't "blot" the dots, they end up looking too dark and drawn on.

    So I will say the process of giving yourself freckles does take a while — you're drawing 4-5 dots on at a time, blotting them before they dry, and then repeating that process until you've covered all the area you want. At the end, I felt like a little American Girl doll. The only sad thing is that I can't show the look off in public just yet — as with all makeup, Freck does not mix with heavy duty face-masking!

    And here's Lara's face prior to applying the freckle makeup. For context, she was wearing Tatcha's dewy skin moisturizer, which she recently got as a sample. Love that for her.

    An image of Lara's face prior to applying the freckle makeup
    Lara Parker

    And here's Lara's face after applying Freck!

    An image of Lara's face after applying the Freck makeup
    Lara Parker

    Lara also chose to apply the faux freckles using the "Go Wild" method!

    An image of Lara after applying the freckle makeup
    Lara Parker

    Lara's thoughts about the Freck makeup: OK, not going to lie, I was nervous to try this out because I have little to no makeup knowledge and even less artistic talent and I didn't feel like being dragged in the comments for how bad my freckles looked. The thought of putting dark dots all over my cheeks and nose made me more than a little nervous at what the end result may look like! However, I will say that I was pleasantly surprised at how foolproof Freck is. When applying Freck, I opted to go with the 'just go wild' route because I don't contour my face and honestly don't really know how.

    I pulled out the tiny little wand from the Freck bottle and just drew little dots all over my face. Admittedly, some of these dots got too big and looked a little too faux. But for the most part, if you were to glance at me from across the room, I feel confident that you would probably think to yourself, "Hm, that girl has freckles. Some of her freckles are a little weird looking, but they have a certain charm to them."

    All in all, the whole process of applying the freckles took me about 15 minutes. I think in the future that it would take less time now that I've familiarized myself with the process. Would I use this again? Yes. I would! And I will. I think it's fun. It's probably not something I will use every single day, but for something that I decided to try on a whim from a TikTok I watched at 12 a.m. one night, I'd call this a smashing success.

    What do you think? Would you try this? Let us know in the comments below!

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