Freckles Stencil

January 31, 2018

 

Freckles as a social phenomenon are weird. For their entire childhood, people with freckles are made fun of for having spotty faces. They're made to feel insecure with foundation specifically targeted towards their cute coloration and are told that they'll look better in pictures with even skin.

 

Then they grow up and are told how quirky and cute they are. Having freckles as an adult is unique. If you browse on any image centric social media platform long enough, you'll probably see it trending as a new look. The 21st century has brought in a new age of makeup, and having fake freckles is just one ultra stylish weapon in its aesthetics arsenal. They're right up there with fake cheekbones, baby hairs and corsets.

 

Making fake freckles can be a bit harder than contouring, brushing your hair a certain way or putting on a piece of clothing. Unrealistic looking freckles tend to come off as sort of weird unless it's for some sort of costume. If they're too big they look sloppy. If they're too circular and they're all over your face it can still attention away from your actual features. Don't get me started on actual splotches.

 

It can also be pretty time consuming to draw on freckles every time you want them. So what's the solution? A stencil that makes perfect freckles every single time.

 

All you need to do is get a foam sheet, which you can usually find at a craft store. They're like normal sheets of paper, but soft. Jab holes through the foam sheet with a pencil or pen, making sure not to linger too long -- you might accidentally make the hole too big -- or to jab it so quickly as to barely break the surface.

 

When using the stencil to apply freckles to your face, the best foundation to use is one three shades darker than the one you're putting on the majority of your face. Powder foundation works the best, as liquid foundation can get very messy. If you don't want to splurge on new makeup, you can try pouring some of your liquid foundation in a spray bottle and adding the slightest bit of water, making sure not to dillute the foudnation too much. The downside of this later alternative is that the stencil will eventually change color, just like it would've with the liquid foudnation. However, it won't be as gunky and you won't have wasted as much foundation. It's much easier to wipe off the spray excess and you'll be able to keep the stencil much longer before you have to replace it.

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