Let me start by saying I'm not mad and im not attacking anyone. I just wanted to be honest with you entirely and give you my thoughts on this subject.
Lately there has been excess amount of photoshop going on with Instagram. For some people this seems to be an issue for others like myself I don't really care, to me it's no different than looking in a magazine which you know is "airbrushed". On some photos yea you can tell, on others it's a little harder. I can still look at photoshopped images and say "I love that makeup and I'm going to try that look tomorrow" I know that's not how they look in real life but it's a beautiful IMAGE.
Do I edit my pics? Yes I do. Point blank. Straight forward.
Do I edit my pics to alter the makeup? No I don't. Meaning I don't filter them I literally don't have any lighting to use other than LED or natural light. So if it's sunny that day my picture is gonna be warmer, if it's over cast its gonna be perfect, if it's raining or snowing it's gonna be cool toned. That's just how it is. I don't have a ring light or awesome lighting set ups as of yet but I hope to. Also I use my phone camera which isn't the best resolution or HD quality. There are cameras out there that people literally call the "selfie" camera cause it edits pictures for you by adjusting redness and evening out skin tone.
Here's my issue: you can look at pictures and know whether or not that's real life, my question is why does it bother you so much that I smoothed out my texture issue on my nose, upper lip or wherever? Kim Kardashian supposedly pays a photoshop artist to be on call 24/7 for her selfies. Does that make her less appealing to you? Does it make you think she's not beautiful in real life regardless of how you feel about her? No it typically doesn't. Instagram itsself was designed with filters and editing tools to let you choose how cool you want your photos to look.
When you look at someone's wedding photos do you think the grass was that green that day or the sky was that blue in the original shot? Could've been but probably someone just wanted that moment in time to not only be captured perfectly but to also look as lovely as it did in person. Rarely we can take a picture that does the actual image justice.
If you have a problem with someone editing their photos that's absolutely fine and I have to say I really respect those people that don't edit at all. I will say though that companies usually only repost images that are absolutely stunning and the "focus" is on their product. Whether that is lips or lashes it doesn't matter if the light can hit it the right way or if the back ground is blurred or if the focus and detailing is hightened just so you can see the beauty of their product that's what they notice. Does that alter the image? yea it does slightly. Does that mean the entire look isnt beautiful? No it doesn't. It means that I want to show you how awesome this lip color or lip art is as if you were right here with me. Or I want to show you how stunning these lashes are and I need these things in the background to not be as noticeable.
There are cameras that film in the best HD quality you can get. Meaning it's as close as your going to get other than an in person experience. It's still not gonna be exactly like the real thing. Not everyone has that camera. My camera from my phone and my real camera that I use often are still not going to have the HD quality needed to show you how it would look if you were right in front of me. I know this, you know this. So I can leave the picture a little dull a little grainy and make it not as cool as what I done that day or I can bring it up to par.
Heres some things that isn't photo shop it's just lighting:
Highlight. If I look super glowy and like I'm glistening then I've found a good spot in my window and the light is shining on my face just right. It would look that way if you were there as well.
Eye color: if I look like my eyes are very gold or Amber then im standing in the light straight on and also eyeshadow color plays a big roll in that for me.
Lip gloss shine: again direct lighting.
No pores: generally I don't care about if you can see mine cause we all have them what I do hate is flaky textured skin so yea if I'm having a day where it's really bad that I can't fix Im gonna take the focus off that area hopefully. But that doesn't always work.
Under eye circles: Lighting can totally help with this it really really can but when they're really not having a good day and sunken in sorta they still show through even the best makeup. Do I take the focus off that? Depends on how bad it is. Does it always work? No it doesn't, cause smoothing it out isn't going to fix it and blurring it would cause you to have to blur your whole face and look a little plastic.
Sparse hairs: I usually don't care about this either. If I've not tweezed so what? I'm not gonna let it get insane. Beside editing it would be more trouble than it's worth.
Lip color: this one is tricky. To get a good lip shot I do usually smooth the skin around it. Only because that brings the lips out more which is what you want, just like when something is blurred behind you so you stand out more. If I have super dry skin on my lips yea I might smooth it out just a little if my lip balm ain't cutting it. I can't do it too much cause then it won't look like I have any texture to my lips and they need to look like suede almost. Or I'll look like I'm wearing lip gloss when it's actually a matte shade and I've smoothed so much the sculpting is gone so I can't go overboard. Does this mean that the skin around my lips is crazy looking? No it's skin, and it looks like skin. I'm just trying to show you this awesome lip color or look I done and I need that to be the focus. Stroll through your Walgreens look at the posters of the model wearing the makeup or just the lip part that's cropped out for the packaging can you see her pores? No you can't.
In conclusion am I a fake? Well that's up to you. I gave you a true honest before and after at the top on what I do to edit and what I don't. Truth is though that I know no matter what, my makeup application was good and that's what I'm trying to get through to the rest of the world. My clients are happy, they feel good about themselves after I've done their makeup and showed them how to do it as well. We live in a world where people can contour themselves into Beyonce and Madonna literally and it looks epic because that's the power of makeup to change your appearance totally and yet your choosing to get upset because someone smoothed out a picture.
Like I said I'm not mad I just think it's a little crazy to get offended or even to say something negative on someone's picture about it. It's not like it's a thigh gap controversy over here cause that for sure ain't happening lol. If you're interested in general about what I use to edit that would be Facetune, I used Instasize to make collages and A+ Signature for watermarks.
I'll continue to like stunning pictures whether they're edited or not and hopefully you will too.
I'm from Tennessee. I'm a makeup and skincare lover. I have always enjoyed creating looks but I love to help people with product knowledge and application even more. I've been able to do these things because God has seen fit to bless me with the opportunity.