After being in this community and spending more time on social media since starting my blog and Youtube channel, I have noticed some things that have been eating away at me.
1) Beauty Face
For those of you who don’t know what beauty face is, let me show you. This isn’t an amazing picture of me by any means but it gets my point across. I am using photos of myself because I don’t want to call anyone out on using it, however if you do, you know who you are.
Basically… it blurs your whole face and gives you a “flawless” complexion. Read: super creepy weird impossibly perfect doll skin with no contours. We are in a beauty industry so I get it, you don’t want to put yourself out there for people to criticize, but don’t use this feature on your phone and act like you don’t. It’s cheap, and you look crazy.
2) Instagram Filters
I know they are there to enhance, and enhance slightly is okay. Recently as I have gotten much more active on Instagram, they are rampant. Products aren’t true to colour, skin tone is completely altered, facial features have no contour, the sun isn’t even the right colour. Stop it. We know the sun doesn’t shine blue. I won’t call specific people out on this either. Sorry for the lack of examples.
3) Photoshopped makeup
How are we supposed to be teaching beginners how to do products that we can’t give an accurate representation to? How are we impacting our readers and viewers positively when we are basically setting them up for failure. I have an example for this. I will filter out the poster, as to not draw specific attention to any culprits.
GURRRRLLLLL!!!? Why you ain’t got no knuckles? You might want to get that looked at… also your face… is plastic? (The watermark on this photo is not who’s account I got this from so it is unclear who actually altered it to this point).
Not to start your Wednesday on a grumpy or negative note. I just… can we be a little bit more real here? No one looks like this in real life, we can make changes and we can contour etc… but why do we need to filter and photoshop everything to the point where it is so obviously fake?