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FRECKS APPEAL; In a love/hate relationship with your freckled complexion? Here, global beauty guru David Horne has all your beauty woes covered.. or not.

HOW CAN I FLATTER MY FRECKLES? Try blending a bronzing cream over cheeks and forehead. David says: "You're not covering your freckles but blurring the distance between them and your underlying skin tone, so you just look sunkissed and glowy. A gradual tan does the same pixelating trick. Choose a facial tan with moisturising and anti-ageing benefits so skin looks smooth and bright.' WE LOVE: James Read Day Tan Face, PS22; Bourjois Sun Illusion Skin Perfector, PS10 WHICH MAKE-UP SUITS FRECKLED SKIN? Freckles plus a bronzy base paves the way for laid-back beach babe glamour - think freckled hottie Gisele. "Rose gold looks feminine and modern on freckled skin," says David. "Try a flash of metallic eyeliner or a wash of golden pigment over eyelids." Add a glossy lip and mascara and you're set.

WE LOVE: Freedom Pro Shade & Brighten palette in Stunning Rose, PS2.50 TRY THE TREND: FAUX FRECKLES Not enough freckles of your own? No worries. Model Kendall Jenner, left, recently posted a selfie with what looked like drawn-on freckles. Copy the look using Topshop Freckle Pencil, PS5 DARE TO BARE David firmly believes the best way forward is to go with what nature gave you. He says: "Freckles are beautiful. Embrace them and you have the perfect canvas for a fresh, beachy look." He advises ditching foundation for a luminising BB or CC cream to airbrush the skin's overall tone while still allowing freckles to show through. He added: "It's far more flattering than a semi-opaque foundation that flattens freckles and kills natural radiance."

WE LOVE: M&S Perfect Radiance Vitamin C Illuminating CC Cream, PS10.50 FRECKLES: FRIEND OR FOE? Women seem to fall into two freckle camps, according to David. He says: "It's either celebrate them or obliterate them. Summer sets off a freckle phobia in some women and they feel very self-conscious. For many others, though, summer is a real confidence booster. When their freckles get darker, they feel that gives their skin a kind of natural coverage, so they need less foundation."

TO BLUSH OR NOT TO BLUSH? Pink blush is dangerous on freckly redheads, as it strays too close to the colour of sunburnt skin, says David. He added: "However, a peach-toned cream blusher looks great on freckled skin. If you're a novice, try the 'bury the blusher' technique - put it on to your cheeks, then apply a BB over the top, so it looks as if the colour is coming from within.' WE LOVE: Sleek Creme To Powder Blush in Gerbera, PS5.99 THE ART OF COV ER AGE What if you're firmly in the "hide my freckles at all costs" camp? David says: "You need a foundation that's full coverage but nourishing, otherwise it's going to look ageing and cakey.

"MAC Pro Longwear Nourishing Waterproof Foundation, PS22.50, is good. But I'd reserve the full-on freckle cover-up for night time, as daylight shows up everything. That 'flawless canvas' look is better suited to evening make-up anyway."

CAN I FADE MY FRECKLES? Many folk are huge freckle fans, but we know some women won't ever be convinced. What options do they have? "It's relatively easy to lighten them," says cosmetic dermatologist Dr Tapan Patel. "Doctor-prescribed vitamin A creams such as Obagi Nu-Derm ( will reduce and in some cases remove freckles over three months.

You'll then need a maintenance regime plus daily SPF50. If you want to target just a few specific darker freckles or age spots, you're looking at two to three sessions with a pigmentation laser."

SHIFT THE FOCUS Feel like your freckles dominate your face? "Redheads often shy away from wearing much make-up, as they worry it draws more attention to their freckles," says David. "Actually, adding a bold lip and brow does the opposite, as it gives different focus points. A statement tomato red or a warm plum lipstick looks amazing on this skin tone."
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Jul 26, 2015
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