How to Wear Makeup When You Have Freckles

Nidhi Nangia
By Nidhi Nangia. August 28, 2018
How to Wear Makeup When You Have Freckles

Freckles are brown spots on your skin, which can darken with sun exposure. Most of the time, freckles are harmless and often result from an over-production of melanin. When you have freckles, you have two options. You can cover them up with makeup so that they become invisible and you appear to have ‘‘clearer’’ skin. Or, if you are proud of your beautiful freckles, you can accentuate and celebrate them as a unique characteristic.

Here at oneHOWTO, we will discuss about how to wear makeup when you have freckles, by either hiding or accentuating them.

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Steps to follow:


Selecting the right shade of foundation for your skin can be a challenging task. But this task can become even more difficult if you have freckles on your face. Most people try to match the shade of their foundation with the color of their freckles, instead of their skin tone. Instead of matching your foundation with the color of your freckles, we suggest doing the opposite and matching it with your skin tone.

Because freckles are darker than your normal skin tone, if you match your foundation to them, the shade will be too dark for your natural skin tone. When choosing the right foundation, we recommend matching it to the color of your neck, and old trick that works a treat!


Most people assume that using a full cover foundation is ideal for covering up the freckles, but that’s not necessarily always true. If you have a relatively clear skin otherwise, try using a: tinted moisturizer, BB cream or a light foundation. Afterwards, if you wish, you can try applying some concealer to your freckled areas. If you have discoloration all over your face , then you may need to use a full or medium coverage foundation for best results.

How to Wear Makeup When You Have Freckles - Step 2

While applying foundation, even though it may be tempting, make sure that you don’t cover your freckles with it. Rather, as we mentioned before, use tinted moisturizers or foundation with light coverage. According to experts, ‘sheer’ foundations and blushes are thin in consistency and don’t cover your freckles completely.


A dewy skin finish will perfectly blend with your freckles. If your skin does not get a natural glow after applying moisturizer,then you can create this glow with other products. There are glow enhancing products available on the market. You can choose as per your skin tone and type, resulting in a fresh-faced, all-over glow.

How to Wear Makeup When You Have Freckles - Step 4

While freckles are natural and hereditary, exposure to sun can make them darker. So, before you apply any makeup, make sure you protect your skin by applying a sunscreen. we recommend using a sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 30, which provides your skin with both UVA as well as UVB protection. You can also opt for a moisturizer that has SPF in it. Not only do these moisturizers protects your skin from sun, but they also keep your skin moisturized and hydrated.


If you have freckled skin, you will need to give extra attention to the color you apply on your cheeks (blush). Applying a brown blush similar to the shade of your freckles will make your makeup appear muddy and sludgy. While brushing some blush on the apples of your cheeks, opt for pink or peach shades.


While bronzing your freckled skin, use a big, natural haired, fluffy brush only. Use this brush to smoothly sweep the bronzer over your freckles. Warm up the higher parts of your face which gets hit by the sun first, such as your cheekbones, the bridge of your nose, temples and chin.


If you want to accentuate your freckles, you can do this using an eyebrow pencil. Choose a mid-toned brown shade pencil to dot onto your freckles. You can use a blonde and a brown pencil as they will deliver a greenish, ashy undertone that makes your artificial freckles look natural. Afterwards, set them with a makeup setting spray.


If you have freckles on your lips, you can use a lip liner to cover them before you apply lipstick on it. Use a lip liner which is the same color as the natural color of your lips. This will neutralize the freckles and prevent them from show through your lipstick.


Applying a primer is not essential, but it will help your makeup last longer. It will also prevent your makeup from fading, in case you want to keep them hidden. A primer is also effective in filling pores and hiding your fine lines. This allows makeup to appear smoother.


Just as with your moisturizer, choose your primer suitable to your skin type. For oily skin, it’s best to use an oil-free product that can help minimize shine. Dry skin works best with a hydrating primer that helps illuminate the skin.


If you have freckles and pale skin, then you can be more prone to developing skin cancer in the future. So, you need to stay vigilant and go to your doctor at least twice a year for skin checkups. In addition, don’t skimp on your skin protection regime. Always keep exposed skin covered with a UVA/UVB sunscreen of an SPF of at least 30.

Healthy freckles will appear darker when you are in the sun, and fade away, even disappear, when you are inside. But sunspots stay dark whether they are exposed or not. Other noticeable differences in freckles and lentigo can be seen in their size and shape. If you notice any significant changes in your freckles, we suggest consulting your dermatologist for a checkup.

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