Don’t hide your beautiful freckles

Embrace them! These facial products, used by freckled stars like Julianne Moore, Molly Ringwald and model Mari Kyianytsia, enhance your glow without covering up your God-given skin.

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For many women, freckles aren’t just a sun-kissed summertime look—it’s a year-round way of life. And a beautiful one at that. Every beaming “freckle face” has a perfectly imperfect constellation, whether it spans her forehead to her chin or just dapples her nose. Scientifically, they are just dots of pigment called melanin caused by sunlight, but we prefer the darling term “angel kisses.”

As natural makeup makes a welcome comeback (thanks #nomakeup selfies), there’s no better time to ditch the thick cover-up and go sheer to show off those be-speckled rosy cheeks. Don’t know where to start? These products from some of our favorite freckled stars let your true skin coloring shine through, while still giving your God-given beauty a boost for work or a night out.

Molly Ringwald’s go-to reflecting powder

Molly Ringwald

Molly Ringwald at the Premiere of Disney’s “Cinderella” on March 2015 in Hollywood. Gregg DeGuire | WireImage

“As a teenager, I wore so much makeup because I was always trying to cover up my freckles. Now I like my freckles,” the Pretty in Pink star told the New York Times.

Ringwald, who is now 47, is not alone in her freckle growing pains. So many teenagers have a tormented relationship with their freckles (and moles and sunspots, too, for that matter). By college, we may begrudgingly accept them, but it often takes freckled ladies decades to be happy with their complexions because it’s “different.” Now all grown up, Ringwald not only appreciates her freckles, but even brightens them up with a little reflecting powder after applying small dabs of concealer for other areas of her face.

The actress says she prefers using a tad of YSL Touche Éclat concealer ($42, YSL) for concealer first, then applies Laura Mercier Mineral illuminating powder ($35, Saks Fifth Avenue) that lets her freckles dance in the spotlight. If you’re very fair skinned, opt for the Starlight shade, especially in winter, though the slightly rosier color, Candlelight, is good for a subtle evening flush.

Pretty in pink? We say even prettier in freckles!

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Mari Kyianytsia’s favorite foundation

In an interview earlier this year, Model Mari Kyianytsia told Glamour that growing up in Ukraine, she never thought of her freckles as “different” or “notable.” That changed when she started modeling after college. Her agents encouraged her to model in the United States rather than Asia, where many young models launch their careers, because freckles were more popular in America. (See? Freckles are a marketable asset—a sign of beauty!)

When Kyianytsia strutted on catwalks in Milan this past spring, she appreciated how most makeup artists played up her freckles rather than down. One of her favorite looks was achieved with Gucci Lustrous Glow Foundation ($65, Gucci), which she loves because it’s sheer and illuminating. For ladies on a budget, For Her’s beauty squad recommends Nars Sheer Glow Foundation ($45, Nars), which goes on similarly sheer, and brightens and smooths out skin.

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The model recalled being far less pleased when makeup artists attempted to cover up a personal feature that makes her proud. Mostly, she says, because she just didn’t recognize herself. “In my day-to-day life I never hide my freckles, though I always wear SPF to keep them in check,” she said. “It’s only when I’m working that my freckles seem to matter; here in America people get really excited about them. Back in Ukraine they’re normal—so mostly, my freckles make me proud of where I come from.”

Julianne Moore’s preferred facial oil

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore at the 88th Annual Academy Awards on February 2016 in Hollywood. Todd Williamson | Getty Images

One of the most glamorous redheads in Hollywood is the ever-elegant Julianne Moore. And like so many redheads, the Still Alice star has been blessed with more freckles than most. Everywhere. But you won’t catch her piling on the products to cover them up. In fact, Moore has even written children’s books about a girl named Freckleface Strawberry to help kids love their freckles, rather than feel ashamed of them.

Her freckle cheerleading doesn’t end there, though. Moore is a L’Oréal Paris brand ambassador for the Age Perfect Cell Renew Skin Care Range. And she does so showing her freckles with confidence! To steal her glow, try using the product she uses most: the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renew Golden Serum ($12, Target). It hydrates the skin and gives it a golden glow, perfect for showing off the natural beauty of freckles. But her biggest skin secret is something much more basic: sunscreen.

Sunscreen is my number-one thing,” she said in a Redbook interview. “I’ve worn it every day since I was 23. In the morning I use a face oil, then pat L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Glow Renewal Day Lotion SPF 30 on top.” Well, Julianne, it’s working!

Want fuller coverage that’s still pro-freckle?

Need a little more coverage? Maybe you’re breaking out or looking less than well-rested? It’s okay; you’re human, but in your quest for perfect skin, be sure not to bury your lovely freckles. Try this freckle-friendly beauty routine from vlogger Summer Kellsey. She may be young, and just a regular gal rather than a model or movie star, but she knows how to flaunt her freckles like a pro:

At the end of her video, Kellsey says, “I have learned to accept myself for who God made me and I hope this will inspire you to do the same!” We couldn’t agree more. Long live freckled beauty!

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