The end of the world must be nigh—people are getting Meghan Markle tattoos. Granted, they aren’t tattoos of Markle’s literal face, but they are getting tattoos of some of her best features, aka her freckles. Every summer it seems like people are trying to recreate freckles, either with makeup or cosmetic procedures.
According to NewBeauty, Atlanta tattoo artist Gabrielle Rainbow has been getting more requests for fake freckle tattoos since the Royal Wedding.
Initially, Rainbow didn’t think Markle’s freckles would mean more business, but her dotted cheeks have “boosted customers’ interest in the whole idea of freckles.”
She warns that there are certain risks associated with facial tattoos though.
“Because this is your face, it’s important that you do your research and find artists who aren’t afraid to show their portfolio and healed work. Even if this is ‘semipermanent,’ there are risks, such as technicians who will go too deep or not use the proper inks.”
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If you do plan to take the plunge, then be prepared to spend about $250, and to experience some “bee sting-like swelling.” In the end, the freckles should last anywhere between 1 to 3 years, depending on your skin type and other environmental factors.
But makeup artist Courtney Larrabee says that you don’t have to go all-in if you want to recreate freckles at home.
“I’ve been asked to recreate Markle’s freckles a lot lately,” she said. “The secret is using a sharp felt tip eyeliner or brow pen. You want something in a brown or taupe that is soft and natural. It is important to remember to only use the tip of the pen to create the freckle, and dab it instantly with the flat of your fingertip to soften the look. A favorite of mine is Milani Brow Tint Pen in Natural Taupe 01.”