Those who have freckles hate them, and those who don't want them. It may seem crazy to those freckled women who spent hours rubbing lemon juice on their freckles to get rid of them, but people have started tattooing on freckles as the latest beauty trend.
Cosmetic tattooing has been around for a while. Tattooed eyebrows and makeup are nothing new, so it's almost no surprise that cosmetic tattooing has expanded to include cosmetic freckles. This procedure is (obviously) known as "freckling."
The procedure is about $250 for a session, and each session usually takes about an hour. However, sometimes follow-up sessions will be needed and can increase the price and time spent on the freckling.
Oddly enough, tattooing on freckles saves your skin from the sun damage you would receive trying to get freckles the natural way. Hours of sun exposure can lead to wrinkles, and even cancer. So freckling can give you that natural, sun-kissed look without looking sunken.
"When they are freshly done, [the freckles] will appear swollen, almost like bee stings. The swelling will go down within a couple hours, and you'll be left with your cute, fresh freckles. Over the course of one to two months, the color will soften dramatically and look more natural. They will fade naturally with time, and if you wish to keep them, you can always get the color boosted whenever you like," says Gabrielle Rainbow, a Montreal-based cosmetic tattoo artist.
“Beforetattooingher, I experimented on myself — I really don't recommend tattooing your own face — but once I saw that it worked out, and I liked the effect, I decided to do hers," said Rainbow in an interview with New Beauty.
Normally, beauty trends skew towards giving women a flawless complexion. The thing that makes freckling so different is that it leans away from that impulse and deliberately creates flaws in the skin in the name of beauty.
Not everyone is a fan of freckling. “When you're young, freckles can look adorable even though they're a sign ofsun damage. But when you're over the age of 30, they are distracting to the eye and reduce attention to beautiful features in the face such as the eyes," says Ava Shamban, a dermatologist in Beverly Hills, CA. To each his own!
Rainbow says that anyone who wants to try out this look should do their research. “I think cosmetic tattooing or permanent makeup is really on the rise, and obviously with any trend, you will have people who will want to take advantage of that. Because this is your face, it's important that you do your research and find artists who aren't afraid to show their portfolio and healed work. Even if this is ‘semipermanent,’ there are risks, such as technicians who will go too deep or not use the proper inks," says Rainbow.