This is my beautiful friend Jen.
She bought a foundation one time like 7 years ago, used it once, decided it looked horrible and there it sat in her makeup bag for nearly a decade.
The freckles were the issue.
Either the foundation covered them up altogether and made her look like a completely different person or it looked white and uneven with freckles shining through.
I get that. I have done makeup on many freckled faced beauties and this was a conundrum that I had run into before.
One, there’s no way in HE-double-hockey-sticks that I’m going to cover up a gals sun kisses. I am a genuine freckle fanatic. I’ve drawn freckles on my face more than a few times, so I’d be crazy to go covering up the real deal. At the same time most all of us like a little evening of the skin tone.
There’s no reason a girl can’t have both.
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My take is this:
First things first, picking a shade of sheer foundation. I like the “meet in the middle” approach meaning, you take your natural skin tone and the darker tone of the freckles and you find a foundation somewhere in between (closer to the skin tone for fewer freckles and closer to the middle for more) I find this really smooths you out whilst still letting the natural texture shine through.
Next, freckles generally show up where the sun hits you and more often than not, your neck doesn’t see much sun. That can cause your neck to be much a much lighter tone, so you could drag your foundation down to your collar bone area but that would be expensive and time consuming. Instead, I just sprayed a quick coat of Tomas Airbrush Tan on her neck and decolletage. It took one second and made it match perfectly.
Last, just spot conceal. That way even on a troubled skin day you can still get a away with the sheer foundation.
The rest of her makeup:
I filled her brows with MAC Charcoal Brown (it looks much warmer on her than on most peeps)
Blushed her with Maybelline Bouncy Blush In Fresh Pink
Lined her upper lid with Loreal Gel Liner in Black
Contoured her cheeks and the sides of her nose with Bobbi Brown Bronzing Powder
Highlighted her brow bone, the pie under her eyes, and in the inner corner of her eyes and above her lips with my concoction which is similar to E.L.F. Shimmering Facial Whips
Then I topped her lips with Maybelline Color Whisper in Bare To Be Bold (which is usually quite neutral but everything went VERY pink on her so…)
For her hair I just ran a 1.5″ barrel through the front pieces down and away from her face to create a swept bang effect. I pout some lifting powder in her roots for body and then tousled the rest with a few curled waves and some scrunching with a little sea spray.
Hope you guys found this helpful!
FYI: I very much underestimated the response I would get from the eyebrow experiment. So it’s taking a bit longer than I expected. I wanted look at every single email before choosing the brows to makeover so that I have a really good idea of the basic questions. It’ll be done asap. But I must say, YOU GUYS ARE GORGEOUS! Seriously. It has been so much fun to put names to faces and I keep thinking “Who am I to be teaching these girls about beauty!? They should be teaching me!” Anyway, thanks so much for joining in, this is my favorite experiment ever.