This will be my final post in my Photoshop series and so therefore my final long diatribe. Below you will see a very graphic image. An image no one really wants to see but must. This is me after a few weeks of being too lazy to wax my eyebrows. What I should have done was get up and go immediately do it but in the end it is what inspired me to put the PS series together.
It's a huge blown up picture I know but I did it on purpose so you could study every imperfection and see what I am about to do to it. The picture below is the same exact picture, I didn't pluck, tweeze, wax, apply makeup or anything. All changes between the two were digitally manipulated by me. Once again I am a hack in Photoshop so you can only imagine how good the pro's are doing it on the celebrities.
A quick rundown of what I changed or added here.
1. I removed the leftover mascara chunks
2. Completely cleaned up the eyebrows to the point of what looks really fake to me but I have seen the exact look done before in photos.
3. Filled them in where my brows were sparse.
4. Trimmed my bangs to make them even and not have the uneven crazies.
5. Cleaned up the lines on my forehead and under my eyes.
6. I went so far to remove the crease from the inner corner of my eye that always makes my eyes look even more hooded than they are.
7. Blended out any darker age spots or freckles.
8. Added the obviously fake eyeliner above and then lightly below.
9. Added additional eyelashes on the bottom.
10. Whitened my eyes.
11. Lightened the pink of my waterline.
I am sure there is more I messed with but am forgetting. The sad thing about this is that I am still and you are probably as well looking at this and seeing the flaws that are still left. I could have sat here for a few more hours but the more you go the faker and faker it looks. It is so easy to get carried away as you can see I did in a few places.
The eyeliner is so fake but here is a picture I found on the internet that has had some of the same exact things done with it, and I am sure if I hunted it down on Pinterest many people would be in awe of how perfect it is and striving for it.
Once you see the changes that can be made you become addicted and want all the things fixed on you. Could you imagine if we saw all the originals to the photos we see in magazines and on the internet. What would our society be like if Photoshop and other photo editing software didn't exist?
Would we see the real size of models thighs? Would we realize that most women and some men end up with stretch marks and that is completely normal?
There are celebrities out there that are now standing up saying they do not want to be photoshopped anymore. Jamie Lee Curtis was the first, followed by Gisele and Heidi Klum. Anyone else feel like the last two might still be cheating lol? I have a not so secret crush though on Heidi Klum because she is hilarious and just seems awesome on everything I have seen her on or read about her.
If you have two minutes to spare this video is worth the watch, sad but interesting in a frustrating sort of way.
And here is the question you are all wondering I am sure. In my photos that I post do I photoshop and the answer is yes. Do I feel like a hypocrite? Yes! Then why do I do it? Because sadly in my business if I want to keep up and have my work more widely seen I have to do some clean up. Below here is my before PS and after. I try to keep it as minor as possible. Colors really get washed out in photography and because of that I will re intensify the colors so they are what they actually look like in person. I fixed the eyeliner wing to make it look more steady handed, whitened the eye and I probably spot fixed a few freckles. I would never ever shave down someone's body though or face structure because that is just pushing it too far in my opinion.
My very bottom line on my entire series is this. We always talk about teaching our girls about realness and loving our body but rarely do we personally strive for that for ourselves. We want perfection like we see on the TV and magazines but that perfection is all a sham. Many times it is because they want you to buy their product and by making you feel like that could change you into perfection you will. Do I want you to come see me and let me create art on your hair and with your makeup? Yes of course because it is what I love and do but I promise I will always be honest with you about the outcome. No one is perfect, all we should do is love ourselves for all our messes and realness we have in our life and be ok with ourselves.
Thanks for following along with my huge photo editing series, I hope it was eye opening or at least made you think a little.
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