Yes, that’s right – the naturally-occurring facial markings have been declared “on trend”.
This means that now, everyone who doesn’t have freckles must rush out to Topshop to purchase a Freckle Pencil, $10.62, and then follow a complex online tutorial on how to draw on freckles with Michelangelo-like precision. Right?
The freckle ‘trend’ has been rumbling around since late 2014, with the likes of film star Emma Stone and catwalk model Natalie Westling inducing envy with their swoon-worthy spots.
Now it seems some woman are so enamored by freckles they’re attempting to replicate them using makeup.
Last week, KIIS radio hosts Kyle Sandilands and Jackie O asked British girl-band Little Mix (they’re like the female One Direction) if they drew their freckles on. The girls confessed, and Jackie later admitted she’d dabbled with faux freckles herself.
Look, I love a beauty trend as much as anyone, but this is just ridiculous.
When will we just accept our faces for what they are, instead of trying to dramatically alter them? Don’t get me wrong, I love using lipstick to warm up the natural pink tones of my lips, and the heavy-duty concealer that I use under my eyes is always helpful after a late night. But drawing on freckles? No thanks. Too much effort, with little purpose.
It’s a confusing message. It feels like just a moment ago, makeup gurus were sharing all of their tips on how to disguise freckles with heavy foundation and concealer. Our very own Ricki-Lee Coulter, who is rightfully proud of her natural freckles, was abused online and called “ugly” for daring to bare her natural skin.
But now freckles are "in", which means that for anyone without freckles is... out of fashion? (Post continues after gallery.)
Guess what? Skin isn’t a fashion statement. Skin is just something that covers our muscles and bones and other stuff (I didn’t study Biology in high school, sorry). It serves a purpose. No skin colour or markings can or should be considered “in” or “out”.
It seems there are always pressures to “fake” certain facial traits. Not a day goes by without yet another story on how to achieve Kim Kardashian’s contoured cheekbones, or Kylie Jenner’s puffy lips. “Unnatural” seems to be the new “natural”, and the beauty press won’t rest until you’ve purchased every new makeup product to achieve the latest look.