The Freckle Friendly Beauty Edit
Over the years, I've learnt to embrace and enhance my freckles instead of hiding them away with heavy full coverage bases. There are some great products out there that can help me achieve that. I've rounded up my favourites to share with my fellow freckled girls that find makeup can be a little bit of a battle.
YSL LE TEINT TOUCHE ELCAT: It's obvious that something lightweight will be the best option for letting your natural beauty shine through. Not only is this a beautiful base in general, it adds so much radiance and life to the skin without looking totally fake. But it can be built up in the areas that you need it. So for me, my problem areas are my chin and around my nose but I like to keep things looking lightweight on the cheeks.
CLARINS HYDRAQUENCH TINTED MOISTURISER*: When I think of the epitome of a tinted moisturiser, this is it. Clarins make beautiful moisturisers and their base products are just as dreamy. So the combination of the two is bound to make a dreamy base product. You can either use this alone or it works well underneath something else to add a light base layer. It deposits a beautiful lightweight coverage on the skin. Even though it's so light it can still cover up anything unsightly you might not want on show.
RODIAL INSTAGLAM SKIN TINT*: If the typical tinted glow-inducing moisturiser formula isn't your thing. This lightweight base behaves more like a foundation but still contains skin benefits. It's not as radiance inducing as your standard tinted moisturiser or BB cream, so it works well on oily skin. It's got great coverage for something that feels so lightweight on the skin. It has an SPF of 30 so during the summer months. If you want something that can offer up coverage and SPF this is a great option. The only downside to this base is the price, it's incredibly expensive. Something that is along the same lines as this is the new La Roche Posay BB Blur Creme.
HOURGLASS AMBIENT LIGHTING BLUSH: As my freckles cover my cheeks. The combination of blush and a highlighter can sometimes be a little too much. Especially in summer when my freckles really come out. So a blush that combines colour and luminosity is something that I like to go for. The Hourglass Ambient Lighting Blushes are beautiful. Even though they are a powder formulation they don't look chalky on the cheek. I don't think these blushes are quite worth the sky-high price tag. But they are beautiful products to use and that beauty transcends onto the cheek with ease.
TARTE BLUSHING BRIDE BLUSH: Bright pinks and berries can be a tough shade to wear. They can make the cheek look muddy and dirty. This shade from Tarte is a bright but somehow muted and almost dusky pink that leans slightly to the berry side of the spectrum. It's one of those blushes that you only need a small to deposit a pretty wash of colour on the skin. As always Tarte blushes surpass most other cheek options. They are always long lasting, highly pigmented and have buttery soft formulas.
NARS DOUCER/TARTE EXPOSED BLUSH: Bronzer isn't a product that suits me at all. It doesn't look right with my colouring or skin tone. If I want to add more definition to my cheeks as well as a subtle hint of colour. Shades like Tarte Exposed and Nars Douceur [sadly discontinued] are the perfect option. They're dirty pink shades that have a brown base. Not only are they great for adding definition to the cheek but they're also perfect for makeup looks that might be a little bolder on the lips or statement on the eyes. Even though they're brown based they don't look muddy or dirty on the skin.