TikTok's Root Spray Hack Promises Perfect Faux Freckles - Here's What We Know

Those of us who were fortunate enough to be born with freckles know how beautiful they can look, especially on the face. That being said, there is a wide array of products on the market dedicated to helping people create faux freckles. These cosmetics can either be used over existing freckles or applied to create the illusion of them on the body. In a pinch, some simply resort to their eyeliner pencil to draw on freckles. However, a root spray has gone viral on TikTok for its supposed freckling properties.


In a video posted by TikTok creator Ollie Rockabilly, L'Oréal's Magic Retouch root spray is used (in medium iced brown) to make freckles. As Rockabilly explained in the comments of her video, all it took was a light spritz onto the face to add a splash of natural-looking freckles to her face — she noted she didn't fully push down on the spray nozzle, resulting in just enough of the product making it onto the skin. Afterward, Rockabilly uses a makeup blender in the video to eliminate any imperfections.

Many TikTok users and makeup gurus alike are turning to this video for a quick freckle hack that promises gorgeous results. However, not everyone is finding the trick easy to pull off.

Is the root spray hack harder than it seems?

One video on TikTok that went viral for all the wrong reasons was posted by Chloe Dillon. In the clip, the TikTok creator grabs a bottle of root touchup spray to try executing the faux freckle hack. However, everything goes horribly awry when Dillon sprays an excessive amount of the product onto her face. After a few more tries, Dillon manages to create a few faux freckles with the spray, but not without making a huge mess. Some commenters on the video noted that Dillon pressed too hard on the spray nozzle, while others pointed out that she selected the wrong color.


In any case, the hack lauded by Ollie Rockabilly in her TikTok video seems a bit difficult for even the everyday makeup wearer to use. If you're still convinced this trick might work for you, some TikTok makeup gurus recommend giving the bottle a good shake before spritzing the product onto your face. Doing so can potentially help you avoid creating a splotchy appearance as soon as you apply the root touchup.

Once you have the look you want, follow it up with a makeup setting spray or powder to seal it. This can extend the longevity of your faux freckles and your appearance as a whole.

How to create natural-looking faux freckles

If you aren't comfortable with using a root spray on your face but are still craving faux freckles, there are alternative methods you can try. First, it's likely easiest to get a hold of a freckle pen — an available makeup tool that allows you to draw faux freckles wherever you please. These pens are also usually available in several different colors to accommodate any skin tone.


If you're having trouble finding a freckle pen, another tool you might want to try is your brow pencil. Most of these pencils have a natural tone that will seamlessly blend with your skin. This makes it easy to draw on as many faux freckles as you want without worrying about them looking unnatural.

When you're in a pinch, you can use an eyeliner of choice to draw on the freckles you want. However, it's crucial to keep in mind that the product you use should be one you know will last through the day. This means it should be able to withstand sweat and water, so you might want to turn to an eyeliner with a waterproof formula. Again, don't forget to seal your look with a setting spray or powder to give your makeup the maximum amount of wear time.