7 Foundations for People with Freckles
Freckles are, in essence, a sign of skin damage. Unless you have a genetic predisposition to freckles, these pigmented spots appear due to increased melanin production as a result of exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet rays. For many, freckles are a reminder of sunscreen negligence, or the mistakes of their youth basking under the sun for hours and hours. It’s not all that surprising that some people wish to cover them up and “hide the evidence” so to speak.
But there has been a very noticeable shift in the outlook on freckles in recent years, so much so that plenty of people without natural freckles want in too. A “faux freckles” trend calls for drawing temporary spots onto the face with an eyeliner pen to mimic the appearance of freckles. And for those who do have natural freckling on their faces, well they’d like to show them off in all their glory. If the latter is you, keep reading. We’re sharing six sheer foundations and CC creams—from the L’Oreal portfolio of brands—for people with freckles.
How to Wear Makeup When You Have Freckles
If you have freckles on your cheeks and nose, then you likely know all too well how difficult it can be to avoid covering up your freckled spots. The key? Look for a foundation shade that matches your skin tone, not the color of the freckles. In other words, the skin that’s underneath your freckles is what you should be shade matching with, otherwise you not only risk using a foundation shade that’s too dark but also covering up those beautiful freckles as well.
The Best Foundations for People with Freckles
If your main goal is to even out the look of your skin while allowing your freckles to shine through, we recommend opting for a light coverage foundation, BB/CC cream, or tinted moisturizer with a sheer finish. Below are a handful of our favorites.
L'Oréal Paris 24 Hour Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight
This foundation may deliver long-wear benefits, but the good news is that it’s lightweight. Formulated to allow the skin to breathe, this thin, liquid foundation goes on smooth and blends evenly for a fresh-faced look. Plus, it comes in 30 different shades so you can pick the one that best matches your skin tone.
Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation
This soft-matte, hydrating foundation won’t leave your skin feeling dry or rough. In fact, you can expect hydrated skin along with a soft matte finish. It’s ideal for normal to combination skin, and can be applied around your freckles.
Maybelline Dream Velvet Foundation, $10 MSRP
Yves Saint Laurent Touche Èclat All-in-One Glow Tinted Moisturizer
Tinted moisturizers are great because they’re a hybrid of a moisturizer and foundation. This tinted moisturizer, with SPF 23, is formulated with skin-loving ingredients and pigments, and can help even out the look of skin and deliver a natural-looking glow.
It Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream
A heavy foundation isn’t always needed; sometimes a CC cream will suffice. Those looking for a natural-looking finish should try Your Skin But Better CC+ Cream. This multi-tasking product helps camouflage imperfections, reduce shine, and control excess oil.
Lancôme Bienfait Teintè Beauty Balm Sunscreen Broad Spectrum SPF 30
Indulge in natural, even-looking coverage while getting your daily dose of vitamin and antioxidant enriched hydration. This unique formula contains Broad Spectrum SPF 30, and can give skin a healthy hint of color and a bit of a glow, all without sacrificing the look of your freckles.
Kiehl’s Skin Tone Correcting & Beautifying BB Cream
This dual-action formula conceals imperfections while providing all-day hydration. This BB cream is formulated with vitamin C and Broad Spectrum SPF 50. It’s also free of fragrance, silicone and mineral oil, and can be used by sensitive skin types.
L'Oréal Paris Magic BB Anti-Fatigue
This BB cream features four beautifying actions in one product: hydrate, correct, perfect, and revive. Plus, it delivers a flawless, bare skin finish.
L'Oréal Paris Magic BB Anti-Fatigue, $10 MSRP