There’s something undeniably playful and cute and playful about a face with freckles. Freckles are always a good idea and have become an increasingly popular makeup trend in recent years. If you don’t have natural brown skin spots but are dying to have them, we’ve got good news: you can definitely replicate fake freckles. We’ve rounded up several ways that can help you fake the look and paint freckles with henna on your face.
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What Are Freckles?
Freckles are extra patches of color (or pigment) under your skin. Doctors call them ephelides. You have them because of the genes you were born with. Skin spots often appear in childhood and you may get more and more of them by the age of 20. People with fair skin or red hair are most likely to have them.
These skin spots:
- are genetic.
- first appear between the ages of 2 and 3 years, often after exposure to the sun.
- usually appear on the arms, chest, face, and neck.
- can be red, dark brown or light brown.
- can disappear with age.
- may fade in winter.
- are usually 1 – 2 millimeters or larger.
- have irregular edges that are not very pronounced.
The harmful rays of the sun can make your freckles darker and easier to see. This is more likely if you have fair skin.
Important tips for freckles with henna:
- Hydrate your skin: Make sure you have a proper skincare routine so you can provide a healthy foundation for your fake freckles. Fake freckles look better when your face is clean and well-moisturized.
- Protect your skin: Think about tanning, not sunburn. If you skip foundation, consider using a moisturizer with SPF to prevent sun damage.
- A henna freckle can last up to a week.
- You can store fresh henna in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
- Make sure the henna cone is chemical free.
- Consult a doctor if you have skin problems.
- Avoid frequent use on face.
- Use natural henna cones made with clove and eucalyptus essential oil.
Freckles with Henna: The Right Type of Henna for Your Face
Henna is a herb used primarily to dye hair and decorate body parts such as hands and feet. It is also used as a traditional hair growth stimulant in Asian countries.
Henna leaves are usually dried, crushed and used in powder form to make henna paste. Most often, henna freckles are made using henna cones that look like tubes that you can use to create interesting henna patterns. But you can also use henna powder and make your own paste.
Our face is the most sensitive part of our body. So before you do anything wild, make sure you’re not sensitive to the treatment. Also, make sure you only use fresh henna on your face.
How to Make Naturally Looking Freckles with Henna
Henna cones are best for freckles as it is already available in paste form. However, you can also use henna powder and mix it with warm water to get a soft mixture. Here is a step-by-step guide on how to use henna for freckles.
- Step 1: Clean your face
To apply freckles to your face, first clean it with warm water. You can use a soap or facial foam to get rid of all the dirt.
- Step 2: Prepare the henna
Cone: Cut off the tip and squeeze a little to get the paste out. Use a piece of paper to check the coloring.
Powder: Mix the powder with warm water. Stir it until you get a paste. Use a very thin brush to apply the paste.
- Step 3: Apply the henna
Apply tiny dots of henna around the edges of the nose, all the way to the cheeks. Change the size of the dots to achieve a natural look. Repeat the process to achieve different sizes and patterns.
Pro tip: Darken some spots and lighten some for a natural look.
- Step 4: Let the pattern dry
When you’re done with all the freckles, let them dry for at least 1 hour. The longer you wait, the darker the spots will become.
- Step 5: Wash your face
Wash your face with lukewarm water to remove the dried henna. Use a gentle cleanser or nourishing oil to moisturize your skin.
An Alternative: Fake Freckles Pen
Yes, freckle pens are real and they make our life so easy when it comes to faking freckles. In order to use the pens properly, you need to lightly apply the fake freckles on the face to make them look natural. The more you practice with the pen, the easier it will become. The more space you leave between the freckles, the better and more authentic they will look.