Faux freckles have become quite the trend over the last couple of years, thanks in part to Pinterest ideas that include everything from using glitter to getting semipermanent face tattoos. The latter, in fact, is more popular than ever, according to a well-known cosmetic tattoo artist who credits the new Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, with the uptick in clients requesting cute little spots on their noses and cheeks. Yes, people want Meghan farkles — er, freckles.
One of Markle's most celebrated features, her freckles were on full display at the royal wedding — perhaps because she might have been wearing Armani Luminous Silk Foundation, which she's said to love due to letting her natural complexion show through. And since the May 19 event, Gabrielle Rainbow has been "crazy busy," NewBeauty reports. Atlanta's go-to pro for freckle tattoos, Rainbow says she didn't expect Markle's fame to spark an increase in appointments, but can now confirm it has "boosted customers' interest in the whole idea of freckles."
Rainbow has previously told NewBeauty that the service typically takes about an hour, and the results can last up to three years. She said that "when they are freshly done, they will appear swollen almost like bee stings, and the swelling will go down within a couple hours and you'll be left with your cute, fresh freckles. Over the course of one to two months, the color will soften dramatically and look more natural. They will fade naturally with time, and if you wish to keep them you can always get the color boosted whenever you like." The tattoo artist also emphasizes how important it is to go to a professional with extensive experience in this kind of cosmetic tattooing and to not attempt it yourself.
If you love the look of Markle's freckles but aren't into the idea of semipermanently poking your face, that's completely understandable. You may want to consider a painless and far less lasting option by using makeup. DJ and Instagram influencer Chantelle Jeffries once told Allure that she uses an eyebrow powder to get the most realistic results.
"I see a lot of people doing it with eyebrow pencils or eyeliner, and you can tell that it doesn't look real," she said. "I use the coarse bristles of my eyebrow brush to gather some brown powder in the same color I use for my eyebrows. Then I tap the brush to sprinkle little dots of powder randomly over my nose. The trick is using a stippling brush and foundation. I take the stippling brush that I also use for my foundation and tap the powder to set the freckles in place. I don't clean the brush before in order to give the powder a little bit of coverage with the remaining foundation. I go over the freckles so it looks like there's makeup on them." Revlon's ColorStay Brow Kit is a great option for brow powder, along with the Sephora Collection PRO Small Stippling Brush.
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