Freckle Face

Connect the dots


Someone once told me that freckles are kisses from angels. I’m not exactly sure who — it’s probably the same person who told me that every time a bell rings an angel gets her wings, which makes me wonder if a when a bell rings, the angel who gets her wings is so happy that she just goes ahead and kisses whoever rang the bell.

My mom has freckles all over, like she’s a professional sleigh bell ringer or something. Her brother, when they were young, would take a ball point pen and connect the dots that covered her — an art project their mother very much appreciated on the days before school pictures. I used to be jealous of the way it was almost impossible to tell where the little bits of splattered color ended or began on my mom’s peachy-tan skin. If hers are the Milky Way, mine were a few unknown constellations. A minor dappling in comparison and I wanted more.

In fact, I remember being 10 and watching an old episode of The Brady Bunch — the one where Jan tries to get rid of her freckles by rubbing lemon juice on them. I wondered why she didn’t like her spots, and if maybe I could have hers instead.

My wish was granted as they gathered around my face and arms over the years. Once in a while, at the height of young vanity, I’d mark myself with a brown eyebrow pencil in strategic homage to the freckle’s more glamorous cousin, the beauty mark. My current collection is forgotten every winter and then returns with the first burn, prominent enough at the beginning of each July that I’m identifiable by my otherwise unremarkable complexion: the girl over there with the freckles.

There’s no real moral to the story here. No moment of clarity, no Rorschach test for what currently looks like brown ink flicked across my skin, no intended punchline. Just a celebration of summer skin (wear sunscreen, yadda yadda), and an excuse to ring bells and get kissed by angels.


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  • I love, love, love freckles. I used to have a bunch when I was younger…littered across my nose, cheekbones, etc. Then puberty hit some years later — something about melanin distribution evening out in the skin at this time — and a majority of them disappeared. I no longer had all white-blonde hair (how I miss my naturally platinum locks), and my nose was no longer a Fun Zone for lil brown dots.

    Guess it only exemplifies that notion wherein we want want we don’t have, and take for granted what we do have. Never take freckles for granted….and always get the oblong ones checked by a doctor. x

  • ee_by_cc

    2 things: 1) the quote from the kid you babysit for is SO ADORABLE. 2) totally recommend the Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer to anyone. Everytime I put it on, someone comments that I’m glowing or how great my makeup looks. I have fooled them all! It’s not makeup, it’s just moisturizer! 🙂

  • ha, my parents said the same thing about freckles and moles (BEAUTY MARKS) to my brother and me because we are covered in them. When my brother got some removed when he was 3 my mother told him the angel kisses were going to a new baby. In the hospital elevator he saw a newborn baby and said, “OH THAT BABY IS GETTING MY ANGEL KISSES!” Idiot. I used to hate my freckles, now I can appreciate them.

    • Amelia Diamond

      hahahahahah “idiot.” that’s so cuteeee

  • GapToothedGirl

    I’ll definitely try Laura Mercier…I love her products!!

    XOX, Gap.

  • I think it was Jan on The Brady Bunch who tried to get rid of her freckles….unless there’s another episode where Cindy also tries the same method. I remember this only because, for some reason, Jan was my favorite character. I think it was because I liked her skin tone. Very strange memory…

    • Amelia Diamond

      OH my gosh you are so right! I just youtbed the episode and it was Jan. I pictured Cindy doing it maybe because I was closer to her age? I loved that show.

  • Freckle Faced Blog

    check our my blog I wrote my own story about freckles ‘My time to shine: Freckles are ‘IN’

  • I absolutely love this post! It’s high time the freckle was appreciated! I am absolutely covered in them and remember as a little girl my mum telling me they were kisses from the sun! I rarely wear foundation because of them, but I would live to know I you find a perfect one!

    • Amelia Diamond

      I use this Dior primer (it’s in the bar above) — it doesn’t cover freckles at all but it makes skin look all perfecto like a baby butt.

      • Hahahahah! Perfect! I will try it! I can’t wait for my face to look like a babies butt! Xx

    • Work those freckles girl!
      Much Love, AnnCates xxxx

  • I also am in LOVE with freckles. So much that I may or may not have gotten a freckle (or beauty mark I guess you could call it) tattooed on my face. Yep, and I keep going in to get it touched up. AND I want more 🙂


  • Ingrid

    Best freckle pep talk I ever heard – a face without freckles is like a night without stars.
    Unfortunately, I am a starless night.

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  • Kate Barnett

    i have secret freckles and i love them. they will see you next month.

  • Charlotte Fassler

    I have freckles, but I used to have more. Since moving from California they have somewhat disappeared as my natural sun exposure has diminished.

    I distinctly remember in 1st grade I wanted bright red hair and freckles. I wanted to look like this one model for the Girl Scouts of America on the cookie box/ little Lindsay Lohan. I one time stole my mom’s brow pencil and drew them on my face…. it more closely resembled the chicken pox….

    • Seriously concerned about what leaving California is gonna do to my blonde hair. No more sun hair, no more natural emphasis of the blonde.

      How’d you cope with leaving behind the fruits the weather brings? Does it get easier to leave them all behind?

      • Charlotte Fassler

        Maybe this is extreme vanity but I do feel like my eyes are less blue here… my pupils are more dilated or something?

        Vitamin D deficiency is very real!! You learn to embrace looking like a porcelain doll and become a vampire muahahah

        are you coming east MS. HAGER????

        • Charlotte…you’re making me nervous, girl! I don’t want to be less blonde or less blue-eyed, as vapid as that sounds!

  • Holly Gardner

    You’ve inspired a post for my own blog. Well written, Amelia!

  • Aubrey Green

    “just like a ladybug” that is so sweet. I love freckles. I have very light freckles on my nose. I have a lot of ‘beauty marks’.

  • Holly Gardner

    You inspired an article of my own! Check it out at

  • Freckles are so gorgeous! I remember watching America’s Next Top Model and seeing a girl who’s face was covered in freckles, Every time I saw her I thought why wasn’t blessed with cute little freckles? Soon I discovered that I was staying at the height of 5 feet and I would slightly resemble a leprechaun if I was born with freckles! So guys for me having freckles have some advantages and disadvantages.

    Much Love, AnnCates

  • I actually wish I had freckles, but nope, just moles in sporadic places.

  • Erin S

    If you loved Amelia’s post, you will love this short film. It always makes me smile and it always makes me happy to have dots.

    • Amelia Diamond

      that’s a cute video!

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  • Kristen

    Also this beautiful picture of Julianne Moore that I am in love with; she and her freckles are gorgeous

  • Estela Ujka

    I would kindly invite you to see this project on the freckles. J’adore.

  • sutoro naruto

    ooh this face very beautiful .. laptop

  • Best freckle pep talk I ever heard
    – a face without freckles is like a night without stars. Unfortunately, I am a starless night.

  • Anna Fiore

    When I was little, and actually up ’til like last year, I hated my freckles. I thought they were too “cutesy” and made me look childish. I actively searched for images in magazines where the freckles weren’t airbrushed out, and the women looked stylish, sexy, “adult” with their freckles (Every so often you can find some freckles on Penelope Cruz). Recently, I’ve realized that I look sunnier and healthier with my freckles. I don’t try to hide them, and neither should anyone else! Show off your spots!