#nomakeup #nofilter #wow #amazing #groundbreaking
"You're so brave."
It's sad that this is a common response to someone simply posting a picture of their face without makeup. Existing in a photo as we do in real life - without covering it up - requires bravery?? Enjoy this uncomfortably close-up photo of enlarged pores, blemishes, and broken capillaries.
Don't get me wrong, I love editing software. I use it on every single one of my clients' photoshoots, and on most of my photos for this account. I think that digital work is just as much of an art as the makeup itself in some cases, and I admire people who are able to breathe life into their photos by editing them. This is your artwork, create a final product that makes YOU happy!
This admiration dies off when I see "gurus" and "influencers" posting #NoMakeup photos that are either heavily edited, contain copious amounts of "natural" makeup, or both. We all know about the pressure that society puts on us from a young age through magazines, ads, etc.. but we eventually learn (for the most part) that these are dishonest. Knowing that an artistic photoshoot is not reality is one thing, but now we're suggesting that people should look flawless and radiant WITHOUT any makeup too? To be fair, some people genuinely look like they're wearing makeup all the time - but when there is obvious deceit involved, it breaks my heart. It hurts me that the world has convinced people that their appeal to others is based on things that are entirely out of their control.
I've always suffered from low self-esteem (NOT fishing for compliments, but I appreciate you guys), so I know how deeply things like this can affect people. To this day, I do not leave my house without applying SOME makeup.. but I'll save that for my next [and final] post. How do you feel about dishonesty regarding edited photos and the way that the online beauty community is currently affecting people?