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Trend Alert: Tattooed freckles – will you try it?


Royal weddings inspire many things, but a freckles frenzy has got to be a first. Freckles have never been hotter, and we’ve got Ms. Meghan Markle to thank for it. Her naturally pigmented face has had a major impact on “freckling”, a tattoo procedure whereby freckles are hand poked into the face with a needle.


Women who view freckles as “cute”, “youthful” and “adorable” are getting faux marks on their cheeks, nose and forehead (just like Meghan). Some say they are a great way to detract from acne scarring and hyper pigmentation, too.

Those who prefer the porcelain look simply aren’t convinced. Along with Botox and fillers, lasers and lightening creams continue to be popular aesthetic treatments and products. Both genders use them to minimize pigmentation, such as freckles, melasma and age spots.

There is no discounting this new trend though. A push for au natural is on the rise in other areas, too. It can be seen everywhere from Alicia Keyes’s “no makeup” movement to Victoria’s Secret very public battle to stay relevant (and profitable) in an era where women are demanding comfortable, female-centric undergarments.


“I’m not surprised by this actually,” says IYAC founder Dr Isabelle Yeoh. “It’s just another way to stay youthful, which is ultimately what people want. IYAC has always been about subtle, naturally looking results – and these freckles actually do look pretty natural! So if these women love this look, they should go for it.”


Admittedly, tattooed anything is far from natural, but it does beg the question: how far are you willing to go for a more youthful appearance? If you’re considering trying out this trend, here’s one more tidbit: unlike other face tattoos, these faux freckles are semi-permanent. They last anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on your skincare routine and sun exposure.