Claire is currently working on some product photos for our store using photoshop (I'm a model! *preen preen*), just brightening them up and correcting any colour shifts and things. I started wondering about what could be done to my appearance using retouching.
Just in case you were wondering, I never use any sort of photo editing on my blog (well other than cropping and correcting the colour when the stupid camera decides to put a blue filter on everything) I don't even know how to use photoshop for those things.
I am not completely adverse to using photoshop, I understand why it's used on adverts and for artistic reasons. I would do it myself to get rid of small things like pimples if I could be bothered but I am far too lazy for any of that. What I don't like is when photoshop is used as a lie. By which I mean when it is used so excessively that you can't tell what is what anymore. Take the recent ban on those 2 foundation adverts in the UK, while I'm not going to underestimate the general public like the Advertising standards comittee and say that they might believe the foundation being sold could give them the flawless mannequin skin of Julia Roberts airbrushed face, but I do agree it is decieving because they are selling a product and basically faking the results. While people may not fall for it (hopefully) it's still not good business. And the same goes for Beauty blogs in my opinion. I have no problem whatsoever with people using photoshop to iron out minor flaws, or if you're trying to show off an eye or lip colour I don't see a problem working on your face. But if you're trying to review a foundation it's just not fair to airbrush your face, or to brighten a colour or anything that significantly changes the results of a product.
So I decided to get Claire to go to work on me. She probably could have changed me more but we wanted it to look realistic. Like me but better. Have a look!
I'm not sure about how I feel about them, I find it very odd! It's fun to see the 'perfected' me but I certainly wouldn't want all my photos to have this treatment done to them. I think I'd find it very depressing. I don't have very much confidence in how I look but I certainly don't think I need to change myself before sharing pictures. I'm much happier showing the real me. And at least that way I know compliments aren't stemming from a false image of me.