After nearly a year of annoying friends and family members about my longing to write a personal blog I have finally plucked up the courage to do so. Not wanting to bore my first few reluctant followers I waited for a topic I was truly passionate about. Thankfully, the seed was sown when I read Image Magazine’s recent article on Freckles. The article explains that not only are freckles ‘IN’ for 2014 but also for those freckled-free amongst us there is a new make-up pencil available in Topshop to give you that ‘freckled look’. (http://www.image.ie/Beauty/Beauty-Buzz/Team-Freckle/).
Being heavily freckled myself this article got me thinking about my own experience with baring the freckled ‘trend’ for the past 24 years.
Growing up with freckles means that I know that freckles are not always on trend. Could this freckled fashion be a first and how have freckles been viewed in the past? I found that freckles much like high waisted skirts and crop tops have been going in and out of style for quite some time now. It is believed that the rise in popularity of tanning made it acceptable to sport a freckled completion. Following this freckles were linked to youth, with freckles quickly becoming a symbol of a carefree summer spent lounging under the sun’s rays. Lancôme became one of the first to release a Freckle Crayon as part of their summer 2003 collection. The mind behind the pencil, then artistic director Ross Burton, declared “freckles are a symbol of freedom”. As a child growing up in the midlands in Ireland this ‘freedom’ was not always evident!
In primary school I was the definition of an Irish Cailín, red hair and freckles. Being the oldest of my family and having my dad of the same completion I didn’t know I was any (for want of a better word) – different! That was until one day in 4th Class where I vividly recall a girl shouting ‘why is she allowed play she has freckles?’. It was only then that I realised it wasn’t the norm.
Secondary school to a teenager is undoubtedly life’s greatest battle. You have to deal with hormones, boys, school work, begging your parents to go places and making sure you fit in whilst also believing ‘no one understands you’. For me fitting in was not a problem and I was lucky to have a close group of friends but in my head I despised my freckles. Make-up became my saviour and I religiously donned a full face of thick foundation which left me looking like I had a mask on. Somehow mask wearing was more acceptable than freckles!
Somewhere between my later years in secondary school and going to University I learnt to embrace my freckles. In truth, I got tired of trying to be like everybody else and realised that my freckles were here to stay. That realisation only took like 20 years or so! Once I learnt to love my freckles everything became a lot easier.
Today I fully embrace my very freckle faced complexion and manage to smile politely when people jokingly suggest ‘maybe someday they will all join up and you will have a fine tan’. A common misconception is that I only get my freckles in the sun and I must not wear adequate sun factor. Well let me say once and for all that yes I use SPF moisturiser everyday and factor 50 when on holidays and yes I have freckles in December.
Now like a 90’s kid who has just learned that those flared leg NOPE trousers which they have been hoarding in the attic for years, are back in fashion, I am delighted about this new trend. So to those thinking of investing in Topshop’s Freckle Pencil, enjoy the ‘freedom’! This freckled faced blogger knows that like the classic leather jacket or LBD my freckles will be an accessory I will be wearing for years to come.