Years ago, I went to a blogger event in Chicago. Upon meeting a few bloggers I had known online, one of the bloggers said something that took me aback.
She said, “Oh, from your images, I thought you were a college girl.”
I joked, that she meant I was OLD. But you see, I used to Photoshop my images to try make myself look “perfect.” I hadn't realized that I was doing so to the point where I didn't look like I did in real life. Sure, as I've gotten older, my love for taking selfies has dwindled. It's opened a whole new can of worms in terms of my own insecurities. Plus, selfies don't do so well on my Instagram account. So there it is.
Of course we ALL want to put our best face forward, but does retouching to the point of “flawlessness” hinder authenticity?
Anyway… Recently I came across this new iPhone app on Look Sharp, Sconnie, (don't worry you Android users, it's coming to you soon!) called Facetune. Facetune is a photo-editing app that is really revolutionary in the way of making photo retouching super simple. Just tap the image to smooth, address your hyperpigmentation, or hey, even fill in your hair a bit. What's more, is that once you get to know what the tool does, you'll start to notice it's prevalence in the world of selfies. People are really loving getting their faces tuned.
Even though I'm very open about my 39 years of age, in this world of the “flawless no-makeup-selfie” (did you see JLo???) I'm wondering if it really matters that you're not wearing makeup if you have great photo retouching skills. Of course we ALL want to put our best face forward, but does retouching to the point of “flawlessness” hinder authenticity?
Sure, of course I LOVE how I look retouched. I wish I could look like that in real life. The reality is that I STILL use Photoshop to make minor “corrections” that I feel hinder the look of the photo. The line is still fuzzy, and a case by case basis.
Seriously, what is the difference between wearing makeup and retouching your photo? Or getting a facial, laser, plastic surgery, teeth whitening, hair dyed… Whatever peeps are doing these days. Perhaps at the end of the day, we just want to BELIEVE perfection exists, and feel lied to when we discover it doesn't.