By Alyce Collins
THIS NEW beauty trend of ladies tattooing freckles onto their faces is the latest fad amongst adoring fans of the newest member of the British royal family Meghan Markle.
Pictures show how in a bid to emulate the Suits star, 27-year-old, Cass Montgomery had her cheeks tattooed, in a reversal of the plastic surgery trends of removing freckles, which have been looked down on up to now.
Tattoo artist Jaclyn Schultz (35) sees clients pay over a hundred pounds for a full face of tattooed freckles, after “spotting” a rise in demand for freckles amongst her customers.
Jaclyn, from Saskatchewan, Canada, prefers to use a microblading technique to tattoo her clients to give them the naturally freckled look, over the typical rotary tattoo machines.
Over the last few years, Jaclyn has seen a spike in customers requesting this short procedure, which can only take just 20-minutes to carry out and lasts up to three years.
“Freckles are one of those things, a lot of people who have them hate them, and those of us who weren’t lucky enough to be born with them really want them,” Jaclyn explained.
“Tattooed freckles first started trending two years or so ago and they seem to keep getting more popular.
“I currently charge 199 Canadian dollars for a full face of freckles, on the cheeks and nose.
“The entire procedure takes about twenty minutes, unless the client wants numbing and then it takes an additional twenty minutes to numb the area.
“I use the tip of a curved microblade which I find gives the most natural results. Machine work is too uniform, and I find they look more like little dots rather than the natural look of freckles.
“Generally, they last between two to three years as they’ll fade out. But for some they can be very permanent, so it’s important to make sure you’re set on them before having them tattooed on.
“Before I do the procedure I sit down with the client to determine the quantity and shade of the freckles. We pick a colour that suits their natural hair colour and skin tone.
“As a lover of freckles, I wanted to see if I could create something that looked more natural than those done with a machine.”
As the owner of Deviant Beauty Co., Jaclyn is always looking for new techniques to try out to help her clients achieve their dream look.
The technique of microblading consists of tattooing the skin with a semi-permanent pigment to give the illusion of a naturally freckled complexion. The pigmentation appears darker immediately after but fades to a lighter, final colour a few weeks after.
Microblading isn’t the only new beauty trend which is seeing an increase in demand, as Jaclyn also carries out permanent eyebrow shading, ombre eyebrows and hand-poked tattoos.
Jaclyn’s client Cass has had the procedure done twice after loving the outcome so much.
“I wanted to be the subject for something new and exciting with microblading freckles,” Cass said.
“My advice for anyone thinking of getting this done is to do a test on your arm first to check you like it and pick a colour suited to your skin colour.
“At first, they are prominent, but after a few weeks they are absolutely perfect.”
Although being subtle and natural looking, these micro-freckles are still a facial tattoo, so it isn’t a decision to be taken lightly.
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