Cute or unnecessary?
We'll with the latter...
Although we're seriously jealous of our friends with natural (and totally cute) freckles, most people who actually have them don't tend to rave about it. In fact, it's normally the opposite, with women choosing to use full coverage foundation to cover their freckles up for good.
Until now. Changing the game for freckly women everywhere is the new Duchess of Sussex and proud freckle wearer Meghan Markle.
Along with changing the game for racial diversity within the royal family, standing up as a self-proclaimed feminist and supporting equal gender rights for everyone as well as within her own marriage (did you see her open the car door for Prince Harry?), Meghan Markle has added to her list of total woman goals by openly embracing her natural freckles.
Stepping out at her wedding viewed by billions of people all over the world, Markle opted for a sheer Dior Backstage foundation that left her freckles proudly on show. Inevitably, as with everything the former actress does, it made waves in the beauty community.
Enter freckle tattoos. Yup, for those not blessed with beaut natural freckles, you can now adorn yourself with a sprinkle of Meghan freckle tattoos instead.
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US cosmetic tattoo artist and freckle tattoo pro Gabrielle Rainbow confirmed the sudden rise in popularity of the unusual procedure, telling NewBeauty that she's been 'crazy busy' since the royal wedding and that it 'boosted customers' interest in the whole idea of freckles.'
The tattoo service takes around an hour to complete with the results lasting up to three years. 'When they are freshly done, they will appear swollen almost like bee stings, and the swelling will go down within a couple hours and you'll be left with your cute, fresh freckles,' Rainbow told NewBeauty.
'Over the course of one to two months, the colour will soften dramatically and look more natural. They will fade naturally with time, and if you wish to keep them you can always get the colour boosted whenever you like.'
As much as we love the Markle (and freckles), if you're considering getting your own set of permanent freckles, take your time to think about whether it's really for you before taking the plunge. Mum speech over.
Alternatively, use your eyebrow pencil to dot a scattering of faux freckles across your nose and cheeks for a Meghan Markle-inspired look with less commitment.
When you want a sun kissed look but not the cancer that goes with it. Perfectly healed freckles done by me on this babe ❤️ freckles last about 4 months and fade quickly. Perfect for summertime ! #freckles #freckletattoo #waterproof #beautymark #pmua #pmu #sonomacounty #sonomasmallbusiness #itsthefreakinweekend #sanfrancisco #california #beautiful #memorialdayweekend #walnutcreek #cosmetictattoo #getfrecked #freckyou
This article originally appeared on elle.com