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It was no earlier then the newest member of the British household walked the aisle with her gorgeous freckles visible to all, that the world went crazy about it. Since then, many opted for this semi-permanent treatment known as freckle tattoos, but since its quite new, you probably still have some unanswered questions, don’t you?
Here is the ultimate freckle tattoos guide to help you.
One of the newest treatments in the world of semi-permanent makeup, freckle tattooing is a procedure in which a makeup artist inserts pigment in your cheeks and nose, to give you the perfect freckly look. The number and location of these cute brown spots on your face is completely up to you, so if you want to have them on your forehead and/or chin, why not?
Now finally, you don’t need to wait for summer and expose yourself to hours and hours of harming sunlight in order to have those freckles, and the best thing is – you can have them all year round.
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The biggest difference between these two treatments is that regular tattoo uses permanent ink that also goes deeper into your skin, whereas freckles tattoos use a semi-permanent ink (pigment), that fades after year, year and a half. Also, freckle tattoo machines are smaller and lighter than the ones used for regular tattooing.
The procedure usually lasts around 30 minutes to one hour, depending on the number of spots you want.
The first step is always a consultation with your chosen makeup artist, where you will discuss the procedure, how it is done and what to expect. When you come to your appointment, the artist will firstly map out your face with a desired number of freckles in the places you want, using a simple eyeliner pencil. Once you agree that this is the look you imagined, the procedure starts.
By either using a tattoo machine or a stick-and-poke method, the artist will place these tiny tattoos in your skin. Using a tattoo needle, a more popular method, each freckle is created manually, which allows the formation of irregular shapes and colors, resembling natural-looking spots.
Unlike real tattooing which uses ink, here, the makeup artists will use the same pigment used for microblading, because of which the freckles won’t be permanent but will fade in time, lasting for up to three years, depending on your skin and your lifestyle.
The faux freckles should be scattered around your cheeks and nose and placed asymmetrically so that they look as natural as possible.
Needling your cheeks and nose does indeed sound very painful, and honestly, it isn’t very comfortable, but many aestheticians put a numbing cream to ease the pain. Our faces are rich with nerve endings and because of that, the treatment can be little unpleasant but as one of the clients say: “It’s more of an odd sensation than anything; it’s funny because when it goes over your nose, it triggers you to sneeze”.
Some aestheticians even opt for the option of giving pain relief medicine before the procedure and placing the numbing cream after the treatment because it is more effective when put on open skin, relieving the discomfort and preventing blood flow.
However, don’t worry, although uncomfortable, the sensation is more similar to someone pinching you than anything else. And if you have ever done piercing or real tattooing, this is simply a slightly gentle version of it.
There are some risks that should be taken under consideration before opting for the procedure. As Dr. Zeichner, a dermatologist says: “Anytime there is a cut in the skin, it is possible to develop an infection — so it’s very important to make sure that the skin has been cleansed appropriately [ahead of the procedure], and that sterile instruments are used”.
Therefore, it is of utmost importance to follow these instructions and properly clean your skin, and find a reputable salon that keeps everything in pristine conditions.
Another potential problem, although very rare, may be an allergic reaction to the dye used for the process. This is easily solvable by doing a patch test before the treatment, and in this way avoid potentially bigger complications. Luckily, there are different kinds of pigments so even if you have allergy to some of it, there are others which can be used, so you can have your freckles no matter what.
Very rarely, something called granulomas may appear which are kind of lumps that form around anything that the body perceives as foreign, including the tattoo pigment. However, these are extremely rare, and can be avoided by simple testing your skin to the pigment before the treatment.
Finally, since it is not easy to re-create the look of the real beauty marks, which come in different sizes and shapes, it is really important to find a skilled artist with experience to perform this procedure. Not only will you be unhappy with your looks, but also it will be really hard to get rid of them in the next year or so.
PMUHub tip: The process of removing freckle tattoos is really difficult and you can end up having permanent scars, so choose your makeup artist carefully.
First things first, find a reliable aesthetician who has a lot of experience. Also, make sure you really like his or her style, since every artist has their own personal style. Look at the before and after photos of the treatment, find if you can, people who underwent this procedure and ask them everything you wish to know.
After you have found the salon, make sure you prepare your face by cleaning it properly, and by following all the instructions given by the artist on your first consultation.
PMUHub tip: Note that after the treatment you won’t be able to use any makeup on your cheeks and nose until the redness subsides, so plan the procedure in that way that it doesn’t affect any important event for which you need a glowing makeup look.
Unlike microblading, which involve a longer period of recovery, this procedure is not as invasive and its aftercare is not as demanding. However, it is crucial that you follow the aesthetician’s instructions carefully.
You can put as much makeup as you want on your eyes and lips, but it is essential to avoid the treated area, so by all means, avoid anything but prescribed moisturizers during the healing period. After all, your skin suffered a sort of trauma and it needs a period to heal and for the tiny wounds to close up. So, if you have any important event coming up, plan your freckle tattooing accordingly.
Depending on your skin type and sensitivity, the tattooed freckles can heal anytime between 3 days and two weeks.
In the first couple of days you will experience tenderness, swelling, redness and possibly itchiness in the area, which is all perfectly normal. Usually the irritation subsides by the day 3 or 4, and your freckles do not look “lifted” from your face that much. With each following day, the pigment will fade and the tenderness will diminish, and in maximum of two weeks you will be able to put your foundation on, if you still desire it, and have a natural look.
During this healing process, it is also important to stay away from sunlight and use SPF 15 or higher to prevent pigment fading, and also, you do not need to be exposed to sun’s harmful rays anymore in order to have sun-kissed beauty marks, do you?
Unlike, microblading or microshading which require one mandatory touch-up, freckle tattoo treatment is usually a one-time-appointment, during which these pretty micro tattoos are inserted into your skin.
However, if you feel like your pigment has faded too much, or you wish to do some sort of correction, this is usually done 6 to 8 weeks after the original treatment. Apart from this, your fake freckles will usually last anywhere between one to three years, depending on your skin type and general lifestyle.
Most commonly people do touch-ups every 12 to 18 months, depending on how quickly your skin absorbs the pigment. If you are iron-deficient you will have to do the touch-ups more often because your skin will absorb iron-based pigments faster.
However, if you feel you had enough of your freckles, just be patient and they will gradually fade after a year or so, and you will again be freckle-free.
Depending on your skin type and lifestyle, they can last up to three years. However, if you are constantly exposed to sunlight without sunscreen, or you do many chemical peelings, smoke excessively, you should know that your fake freckles will abandon you faster.
The color of your skin won’t affect your freckles, since there are suitable pigments for every shade of the skin, so don’t worry about it.
Also, regardless of having or not having your own freckles, this treatment can be done on anybody.
If you just wish to draw attention to already existing beauty marks and make them more striking, this treatment more than suitable for you.
If you don’t have them, and wish just a few freckles here or there, or to cover your face with them, you are the perfect candidate as well.
As with any procedure involving needles, there are certain side-effects and the most common are:
All of them, apart from infections and allergies, are perfectly normal and common for any kind of semi-permanent makeup treatment.
In the case of freckle tattoos, the swelling, redness and tenderness will subside usually in a day or two, with itchiness lasting a bit longer. The cure for this is patience and following the instructions of your aesthetician.
Regarding infections and allergies, these can be avoided by choosing a reputable salon and the artist with lots of experience who will make sure that you are not allergic to any of the materials used before the start of the treatment and who will have perfect sanitary conditions.
Since not many artists are experienced in this new technique, it would be good to do a really thorough research on both the treatment and the artist before you decide for this.
Removing these tattoos is a risky business, especially due to the fact that they will be all over your face, so you might end up with scars, which you most certainly do not want to. So, first decide if this is something you really desire, and then imagine how exactly you wish it to look, and finally, find the makeup artist who is up for the task. Once you do it, the fake freckles will be on your face for at least a year, so this should be something you are sure in.
It is strongly advisable not to do any freckle removal due to potential risks, so if you really dislike them that much, you can always use strong foundations or expose them to sunlight in order to make them fade as quickly as possible.
The price usually depends on the experience of the makeup artist and on the popularity of the treatment in the area. The prices usually range between $200 and $500, depending on the number of freckles you wish to have and on the experience of the artist.
Only one treatment is included in this price with the complementary consultation before the appointment. All additional touch-ups are charged separately.