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Beauty Ice Breakers

BIC is the place to talk about beauty!  There are lots of fun threads, from mask to makeup (and even photo A Year of Beauty- Photography Challenge ) challenges all the way to pet paradise.  In my early days, I kinda wanted to talk to everyone, but I didn't know what to talk about, I just knew I loved makeup and had found my people.

With threads like Monthly Favorites: May 2024 Edition! or
Community Favorite Concealers: Tag your Holy Grails!  , Beauty Pet Peeves 2 I feel the most comfortable when chiming in because I can talk about makeup.  I figured, hey, let's open up some discourse amongst ourselves; a thread with getting to know you questions could be kind of fun.  (And, I still get to talk about makeup.)


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I'll post a question and a phrase with a blank and change it weekly? periodically. Answer one or both.

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@danielledanielle @Sunnysmom @Samtian @itsfi 

And a few others I'm forcing to attend ๐Ÿ˜‚

@CookieGirl1 @CynthieLu @ather @CorgiMommy 



Welcome to BYOF, Bring your Own Freckles.


The guide below is how I usually do my freckles and along comes freckles come the responsibility of great cheeks (that's what what he said?)


Now, I am not an expert but over the years, I've learned what works for me and my large cheek real estate. Depending on your face shape and your desired/preferred look, you can definitely edit this up or down. The guide is really meant to be a 101/starting point.


Items you'll need (really, everything is optional)

  • Primer (if needed)
  • Foundation/skintint/any type of base (if needed)
  • Concealer (if needed)
  • Contour (if wanted)
  • Bronzer (if wanted)
  • Blush (if wanted)


Freckle substitute:



[PSA: please be warned youll be seeing some close up images of my greasy hair, skin, bare brows, and large pores]


1. Prep your base, however you like. I find that better the base, better the cheeks. Really. Your bronzer, blush, contour pops out more and it's much nicer to blend on top of a foundation or concealer or skintint vs bare skin.


2. Take any straight, pencil like object, find the hollows of your cheeks. If it's your first time, maybe try to find before your base so you're not leaving finger prints. 

Once you find your hollow, place the straight, pencil like object flat against your hollow. this will be your contour


3. Once you find your contour, you'll place your bronzer above that (it's OK if you need to overlap against your contour, remember, I just have a lot of real estate) and your blush will go on above that bronzer line.


3a. Please contour anywhere else you see fit, for me, it's the sides of my forehead and jawline and double chin.




Now I've place both contour and bronzer for demonstrative purposes but irl, I'll apply these step by step so they don't muddle together (is muddle a word?) I'm using MAKEUP BY MARIO Softsculptยฎ Multi-Use Bronzing & Shaping Serum so I was very generous with the amount of bronzer applied. 


4. Blend. Brush choices are important, for contour, I use a small rounded brush and blend upwards for my forehead and hollows of the cheeks but downwards for my jawline. 


5. Over lender? This is where your base brush or sponge you used to apply your base comes in clutch. It should still have some residue of your base on it, simply take the brush/sponge and clean up the edges (before and after in the picture below). Or if it really got out of hand, place a small dot of concealer in tha area you want to remove and blend out the edges using your brush or sponge.





6. Now time for blush placement. Because I'm getting older (๐Ÿฅฒ), I tend to place my blush quite high, it helps lifting the overall shape of your face vs if you place your blush too low, your face will droop slightly.


Look straight ahead, and draw an imaginary line down from the pupil of your eye to your jaw (demonstrated in the picture) and ideally, this is where I'll place my blush and I don't let my contour go past this line.


I place 2 dots of Rare Beauty by Selena Gomez Mini Soft Pinch Liquid Blush Encourage in the places I want the most color payoff, center of my cheeks and tops of my cheekbones. I usually blend a little on the tops of my nose because I like to blend I'm still young and cute ๐Ÿ˜‚


7. Blend all together. Be careful here not to overblend your blush too low towards the bronzer and the contour, don't let the hard work go to waste!!!


7a. Now if you did let your brush get overblended, it's A-OK. Just repeat steps 3 and 4 with a light hand.





Now, comes the freckles! 

Freck Beauty Freck The Original Freckle Freck XL is my absolutely freckle product. I've tried a few others (because it's so pricey for so little product) but I find that it's worth the money plus, little goes a loooong way.




8. Brush off the excess product and start dotting in sections. I start with my nose and at first, you'll look like your have chicken pox (picture 1 below) but it's OK, it'll get better.


9. Blend quickly. Use your finger tips for super natural freckles. Use a puff for medium, noticeable freckles. If you like a really strong, beautymark status freckles, let it sit for about 5 seconds and then blend. It kinda stains (not your skin) and it'll stay put.


9a. If you want natural looking freckles, space them out. Don't cluster too close. Try a few, step back and see how you like them, go in for more or stop there. Now you can stop at the nose but if you're like me and like being extra, follow your blush and dot them randomly. get creative!! Just remember to work in sections and blend in between so your freckles don't set.


9b. If you're using an alternative like eyebrow pencil, the method will be the same but you may have more playtime. Unless you're using a product that sets, take your time, see what looks good, what looks bad. Eyebrow pencil worked great for me and found that it was very easy to remove the ones I didn't like (just take a puff and some powder and tap tap, gone!).


10. If you feel extra fancy, finish with highlighter on the tops of your cheeks, brow bone, and tiny bit on the point/ball of your nose.







Voila. now you are ready for summer.


Hope you guys enjoyed! Stay tuned for our other BIC tutorials! ๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ๐Ÿซก๐Ÿ™Œ

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You look gorgeous @jaaayp ! Your base looks fantastic and the freckles are the cherry on top!

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@jaaayp Wow amazing! Uh I wish my skin looked like that.

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My skin does NOT look like that @Samtian nice Primer and foundation has been slapped on ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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Amazing job!!! @jaaayp 

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Thank you @lmaster ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

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@jaaayp  First off I see no large pores, greasy hair or skin and can certainly see your eyebrows.  Now that said, you are a wonderful teacher.  When is your next class.  I want to be in the front row!   Your freckles look amazing!   I may try a few ๐Ÿ˜ƒ๐Ÿ˜ƒ

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Too kind @Cissy63! I would love to see how yours come out on you! I feel like freckles are one of those things that have no rules, it takes a little bit of practice but you can definitely master this after a couple tries!! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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Thank you for inviting me to your class @jaaayp that was fantastic! You presented everything so clearly and I feel so much more comfortable with the idea of trying something like this now. I definitely love the idea of some fun cute freckles. ๐Ÿ˜œ Well done lady! ๐Ÿ‘

Please sign me up for any future lessons ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿซ๐ŸŽ 

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Aw, thank you @CynthieLu I definitely need to take some of your classes on the eyeliner!!! I hope it was helpful, I feel like because I gear towards natural looks on the eyes, cheeks and contour is definitely more of my playground and thought I shall share ๐Ÿ™‚ Encouraged by Dean Queen @danielledanielle ๐Ÿฅฐ

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Wow @jaaayp  I have always wanted to jump on the freckles train but Iโ€™ve always been afraid to look ridiculous! I love that you really broke it down. And how amazing is it that I got my very own jaaayp tutorial on how to do the most amazing contour. And Iโ€™m sure youโ€™re not that old like me. But I usually just throw my blush on and didnโ€™t really pay attention to my placement but Iโ€™m definitely going to try your trick now. I love how your bronzer and contour looks so perfect!!


Ok but Iโ€™m still looking for the large pores and greasy hair. Is it like a whereโ€™s Waldo? I canโ€™t find it!!! And pffft your brows look so amazing with no product!!! ๐Ÿคฃ

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Same @ather I see no pores, or greasy hair here. It is a tricky find and seek, I can't find no matter how hard I look. ๐Ÿ‘€๐Ÿ”Ž

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@CynthieLu  I agree!! I think @jaaayp  has perfect skin and hair! 

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@ather @CynthieLu you guys are just way too kind. I almost zoomed in on my own picture to show you them pores and my greasy hair ++++ my mustache (TMI, I know...) 


Freckles are so fun @ather I think anyone can pull it off at any age/face/tone!! I feel like it makes me too fresh even when I don't feel like it LOL I think you should try! (If not out in public, start with days at home?!)

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@jaaayp  I still disagree! I will trade you my old wrinkles and big pores for your perfect skin!!! And pfft greasy hair. Come see mine. I canโ€™t even photo it because itโ€™s bad. (Not entirely my fault we have a critical water issue in my town right now) 


I definitely will try! Iโ€™ve always wanted freckles! I remember my mom putting them on her skin with an eye liner pencil when I was a kid! 

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@jaaayp I love your tutorial!  Not only that but freckles look so cute on you ๐Ÿ™‚

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Hehe thank you @CookieGirl1 ๐Ÿฅฐ

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Thank you Professor @jaaayp .  You look awesome and provided us with some excellent tips. 

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Hehe thank you @CorgiMommy ๐Ÿฅฐ hope you get to try and provide us with a few tips?!?!

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This is just fantastic @jaaayp youโ€™re so talented, thank you! ๐Ÿ˜Not sure which Iโ€™m loving more, your contour, bronzer, blush , highlighter or darling freckles! Keeping this info to use and learn! Muddle me a drink anytime btw! โ˜บ๏ธ Looking forward to your next class! ๐Ÿฅฐ

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