The Simple Summer Makeup Trick That Makes You Look Younger

Freckles. They can be a controversial topic - a bit of a Marmite beauty look, if you will. But last week, after I spied Kylie Jenner sporting a load of her natural freckles post-holidaying in Turks and Caicos for her 19th birthday, it made me wish I had some more.

I only have a few over my nose, and they've been there for a long time. However, when the sun comes out, I tend to get a few more (note: it's always best practice to wear SPF on your face each day). While soaking up vitamin D undoubtedly gives me a new lease of life, there's something about the smattering of freckles that also gives me a youthful glow. 

We spoke to Bare Minerals' international makeup artist Sarah-Jane Froom about why freckles are so anti-aging and how to fake them without looking like you've drawn them on.


The easiest way to get this look is to first, prep your skin with treatment, and once makeup is applied, add small dots in the form of freckles where they would naturally occur on the face. Since there's no distinct road map for freckles as they just appear with specific pattern, you don't have to worry about getting their placement perfect. Each step of the process is highlighted below.

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Before I put on the freckles, I prepped my face with my usual products—Eyeko Black Magic Liquid Eyeliner ($22), Amazing Cosmetics Amazing Concealer ($29), Urban Decay Beached Bronzer ($30)—but also used Clarins Beauty Flash Balm ($48) to give my skin an added youthful boost, along with some radiance. 


Taking Froom's advice, I used a light brown color to give myself a few little dots over my cheekbones and nose. I repurposed my eyebrow pencil for the job—Eyeko's Brow Liner Shape & Define ($20). I gently dotted little spots all over my face and then did a couple of bigger ones to give the impression of random freckles, as if I'd been out in the sun. I also used some Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom in Poppy ($30) to give myself a rosy glow. 

Bare Minerals Bareskin Sheer Sun $25
Eyeko Brow Liner Shape & Define $15
Burberry Lip & Cheek Bloom $24

Opening Image: Photoshot/Hutton Archive/Getty Images

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