Let me tell you about my secret love… FRECKLES! I love them. From Julianne Moore to Eddie Redmayne who explained in the Telegraph recently that he’d take extra time to slather on sun screen each day before filming Birdsong. See, “when the sun ambushes the skin, freckles are the skin’s first defense mechanism” my dermatologist tells me wagging his finger as I come face to face with him. I’m pale as a ghost so he insists I slap on the factor 20 every single day. But I’ve always loved my few (um, hundred) freckles dotted about my arms, and on my nose. And despite the fact that my freckles might be at odds with my derm’s advice to blanket bomb myself with factor 20 daily because I’m so fair, I do like cute freckles that peep out at the slightest sign of a sun ray – as in the ones that make people go “Wow! Stop! Those are so cute? Are they real? Really? You wouldn’t lie to me would you?” When I saw this girl (in the picture above) backstage at Simone Rocha’s Autumn/Winter 2012 show I immediately said “Wow! Stop! …. etc.” The expert positioning of each little dot made me think that they were real, but Nuh uh! The galaxy of freckles ranged from fakes being ladled on to accenturate real freckles as in this picture above…

…to a medium scattering of fakes in this second girl here…

…to a subtle dusting on this girl in the picture above, as if the sun had just sceretly ambushed her for a few seconds. This type of scattering is currently what my own freckle resemble most.

From far away all the fake freckles were hardly noticeable at all.

While up close even thought they were confined to the nose and cheeks, nothing on the rest of the face called attention and said “Hey look fake freckles here”. The beauty team prepped the skin with M∙A∙C Prep + Prime Skin Brightening Serum to prepare the skin and then added a layer of Studio Moisture Cream to fully hydrate and refresh. A little M∙A∙C Select Moisturecover concealer lightly applied covered any little imperfections.

Then M∙A∙C Pro Basic Chromaline in red was lightly buffed into skin to effect a flush (like when you exercise). It’s a product that I’ve added to my spring/summer make-up kit (yay for a change in the temperature) and intend to try it out even more over the coming weeks. M∙A∙C Pro Basic Chromaline is a gel/cream liner which comes in a pot and isn’t the easiest to find so I’ve found a MAC substitute that works as well accessible to everyone. M∙A∙C Cream Colour base in Shell patted on gently adds a little natural colour to the cheeks. There’s also a shade called Fabulush which has become my little secret recently to pulling my pasty face from ghost land. Try it out yourself and you’ll see how it makes cheeks and freckles pop a little more. Just to say that these Cream Colour Bases aren’t really suitable for eyes or lips (they have been known to irritate a little) and no I didn’t go overboard and end up looking Scarecrow Aunt Sally (well maybe just the once).

All of these products are a great solution for me for the coming months because I’ve always had a problem creating natural make-up to compliment my freckles. M∙A∙C will be laughing their heads off if they ever see this post because even Mr. Goddess knows Le Problem avec Gisèle is that as her nose freckles disappear each winter (just like Gisèle’s twelve freckles in this book he bought me after only knowing me for twelve weeks and witness my sadness and then my joy the moment some new feckless started to appear). Yup he knew early on that I love freckles. Oh well, either way, M∙A∙C wins and I’m going to be visiting them more often now and asking even more nonsensical questions like – “Err what do I do to look naturally tanned in July, even though I’m pale as a ghost and err… how can I make my legs look less blue and lips look more lush?”

By the way this Lip Conditioner SPF 15 was used on all the girls above and gives super healthy and hydrated lips. Oh and the little pencils used to create and enhance a wash of fake freckles on everyone were the M∙A∙C Eye Brow Pencils in the Stud and Strut colours which I have and also in the Lingering shade which I don’t (yet). So with this little lot Le Problem Avec Gisèle will be well and truly solved. When my freckles start to fade I’ll just dot them in.