If you are a regular to my blog, and have read my “about me” page. You are aware at my dislike for retouching and photoshopping (and passing it off as real life). So take this as a warning, this post is probably going to offend some people. I’m not sorry, but at least I warned you!
I don’t own a copy of Photoshop, but I have used it before. As of right now I use Google Picasa for all my cropping and collage making. I created a blog button recently and I used a program that has photo retouching tools, so I signed up for a membership so I could do this post.
I thought I would show my readers what my pictures would look like retouched and matched up to their originals.. I didn’t do a good job of this by any means, and I used only basic tools, but you can tell which ones I did first, and which I did once I got the hang of it. I did these in one afternoon, which goes to show it doesn’t take much time to create a lie. It really only takes one swipe of the airbrush tool around your eyes to change everything.
I can understand someone having a huge volcano blemish and not wanting it to gross people out, or if you’ve blown a blood vessel in your eye. There are a million reasons why photo retouching is a blessing. However, at some point a line is crossed and it becomes a problem.
My least favorite makeup looks around the internet are the collages that show only the eye, with the whites whiter, and the blending is smooth and gorgeous, with no wrinkles or lines of any kind on their eyelids.
” Umm excuse me can I get a before and after of your whole face next time? “
There are bloggers teaching people how to do makeup looks, but their not giving retouching tips. I’ve noticed that vloggers even retouch their thumbnails. I think I would like it more if people were honest, and shared the pre edit photos.
I can appreciate the beauty in the edited photos, however I can only do so when there is full disclosure. If you find yourself looking at a blog post, and you can’t see pores, wrinkles or individual hairs…. it’s not real. I refuse to support any bloggers or vloggers to edit themselves to oblivion.
Starting my own blog has taught me how to be happy with what I have. I’m almost 30, my teeth are not perfect, or white. My eyelids are heavy and wrinkly. I have a pair of parentheses on either side of my nose from the way I sleep, some pretty noticeable pores, and very textured skin….but you already knew all that, and would be able to recognize me in public!
I can’t even imagine if I retouched my photos for every post, and then ran into a reader…
” Holy shit, where did all those pores and wrinkles come from?”
” You look like shit today.”
“Amy, you forgot to spray on your Photoshop today.”
Sure makeup isn’t real either, but you can only do so much with makeup. Programs like Photoshop can take one person, and literally turn them into someone else… and I hate that. The worst part is there are people who think its real, who assume that it’s all makeup, and by applying a 4 inch layer of foundation and concealer you can look like Photoshop. Nope, all you’re doing is suffocating your skin (and looking like a bag of ass)!
Sure, not everyone edits and good for them. Chances are if you made it to the end of this post, you don’t retouch.
This is an issue with many levels, celebrity retouching is one thing, and blogger/vlogger retouching is another. Blogging is supposed to be a “real”, “regular” person helping other regular people by giving them a real world view of things. Where does retouching fit into this?
“Look at my holy grail lipstick, but ignore where I edited my liplines with concealer and Photoshop? “
“Whoo these new eyeshadows go on so smooth, but ignore where I airbrushed my blending?”
“Look how well my pore filler works, oh wait you cant even see that I have pores… nevermind!”