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If you’ve got freckles (like this PureWow editor…hi!), you likely have a love-hate relationship. They’re unique and youthful (score). But they’re also a bitch to color-match with makeup. We don’t necessarily want to cover them up entirely, but we also don’t want to go barefaced. What’s a girl to do? Follow these five essential tips, that’s what.

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Swap foundation for something lighter

Coverage is tricky when you’ve got freckles, since heavy foundations tend to make freckles a strangely gray color. Instead, use a BB cream or tinted moisturizer, which evens things out without transforming the color of your freckles. Our favorite: BareMinerals’ Complexion Rescue.

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Conceal wisely

Only use concealer where you really need to spot treat. Never swipe across an entire area, so you don’t end up with an out-of-place, freckle-less patch. For example: If you have a small blemish on your chin, use just enough to mask the blemish, don’t cover your whole chin.

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Make red lips your best friend

Since your face makeup should be fairly neutral (it’s probably better to stay away from Kardashian-level contouring), you’ve got license to go crazy with color on your eyes and lips. It’s not often you see noted freckles-haver Olivia Munn on a red carpet without a bold pout.

RELATED: 5 Tricks for Wearing Red Lipstick

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Consider bronzer

You already have that sunkissed glow (congrats on looking thismuch closer to supermodel Bar Refaeli), so why not complement it with the slightest touch of extra bronzer? Just remember: Less is more. Very gently create the number “3” on both sides of your face, starting at the top of your forehead, then sweeping around your eye across your cheek, and then down along your jawline. 

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Or, better yet, blush

Another foundation alternative in your arsenal should be blush. Harder to mess up than bronzer, a peach or coral color on your cheeks makes your features pop--without looking unnatural. Rashida Jones’s pinky hue is fun, fresh and not at all freckle-covering.

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