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The best make-up for emphasising your freckles (without painting them on)

The best make-up for emphasising your freckles (without painting them on)

Of all the natural features redheads get to boast about (and there are many to choose from), freckles is one of the most beautiful.

But using a foundation that’s too heavy can hide your freckles, and can even change the colour of your freckles, too – ever noticed the greyish colour they turn after applying liquid foundation? Not good if you have rather a lot of freckles to brag about.

What you need is something lighter than foundation if you want the natural beauty of your freckles to shine through as much as possible.

Of course, you could go as far as painting on your freckles with an eyebrow pencil, but we thought it would make more sense to learn how to emphasise your natural freckles without painting them on.

BB cream, tinted moisturiser or powder

Liquid foundation is particularly heavy on your skin and will cover up your freckles more than you’d like. Foundation is made to cover your skin, after all.

Instead, try BB cream, tinted moisturiser or foundation powder, which all offer coverage without being too heavy.

Redhead Revolution ‘Love Your Freckles’ tinted moisturiser: £22.75

Ginger-friendly shades: Fair or Light

Charlotte Tilbury Light Wonder SPF 15
Ginger-friendly shades: 1 Fair or 2 Fair

Wowder at Glossier
Ginger-friendly shade: Light/Medium

Laura Mercier

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF 20 Sunscreen
Ginger-friendly shades: Porcelain or Blush

Be frugal with your concealer

If you feel the need to use concealer, do so only on the areas you need it, such as under your eyes and on any blemishes.

Charlotte Tilbury concealer

Charlotte Tilbury Mini Miracle Eye Wand
Ginger-friendly shade: Shade 1

Blush it up

Go for a pink or coral shade. The key with blusher for redheads is to pick a shade that is nowhere near to the shade of your freckles.

And whatever you do, don’t hit the bronzer. It may be tempting as you may feel fairly bare-faced without full foundation coverage, but just say no. Otherwise, it’ll look like your freckles are starting to join up!

Pink blusher

Too Faced Sweethearts Perfect Flush Blush
Ginger-friendly shade: Candy Glow

Of course, the other option is to not wear make-up at all. Freckles are youthful, unique and cute, so we should cherish every last one of them.

Top tip: any products containing glycolic and azelaic acids in them can even out skin tone and consequently fade freckles in the long-term.

By Emma

READ: Freckles – What Are They, Who Gets Them, And Why Do They Appear?
READ: 9 Reasons Why Freckles Are Better Than Tan

Emma Kelly is the Editor & Founder of Ginger Parrot. She dresses herself in mismatched multi-seasonal clothing and has a talent for sniffing out the next opportunity for coffee. She believes that any new band with a female musician is the next big thing and that whoever is currently dating Ryan Gosling is the luckiest lady on earth. Her biggest obsession is shopping online for castles, (probably) fueled by childish fantasies of finding her prince and settling down for a life of luxury, bathing in a pool of gin and bitter lemon. Other than that, though, she’ll be incessantly researching the latest gingerful news to deliver to Gingerkind.


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