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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Photo-shopping for all our ego and vanity needs.

I was looking at some online pictures of a lady friend I know for some time now. We've become good friends through the years. She's always been a really pretty girl and guys have always noticed that. So why then did I come across a few pictures where she looked like a smoothed over rock? Not only did her skin have no blemishes, but it had no pores either. It was like someone had buffed her skin down to one fine, continuous layer of, well, satin.

I know that we all want to look our best in pictures just as we do in person, but does picture manipulation applications such as photo shop do the trick? I think if we have unsightly blemishes or if we need to cover a cut or something, then yes. I really do think that it should end there though.

I'm writing this particular blog to remind the ladies, although men manipulate pictures too, that you are beautiful! Yes, I've said it before and I'm saying it again, natural looking ladies are beautiful. Your eyes, hair, nose and skin are very attractive. Have you ever seen a woman with a tremendous amount of makeup on her? You know, where you wonder why she doesn't realize that she has way too much on? It's kind of the same thing to over due manipulation of pictures.

I know the beauty industry tells us how we can't possibly look good without this product or that one. How they use young, attractive models to show us what we'll look like after we use these products. We all have common sense and hopefully, know these statements aren't exactly true, are they? Using just the right amount of makeup can really accentuate a woman's looks, or even just one facet of it. I can and do appreciate that. But please, don't forget to use your natural looks as well. I'm sure I'm not the only guy in the world that sees how beautiful you are, in pictures or in person.



  1. If you go on Youtube and search for "airbrushing" you can see some amazing before-and-afters. This Dove, evolution of a model video is amazing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=s2gD80jv5ZQ


  2. Wow Christina, that is exactly what I'm talking about. It becomes a totally different person!

    Thanks for the link :)

  3. I think make up has kind of winded down a bit with using all these mineral make up. But natural is pretty ok to go as well. I guess being raised by a mother who accentuated on the natural helped me. So I do not use make up but maybe twice a month when I go out, but not a daily thing. I just say moisturizing daily is key.

  4. I like your mindset Lucid Dreams!

    Thanks for the comment!

  5. Its all in the light! A good picture with good lighting is going to show off a person's true self much better than a pic with the personality airbrushed right out of it!

    Winkles and scars are sexy because they tell stories. And Joy is the best makeup.

  6. @Singlutionary, I really wish I had put it that way! Thanks so much :)

  7. this little light of mine, I'm gonna let it shine...
    and ALWAYS know that advertisements enhance our insecurities...or we wouldn't feel as incomplete enough to NEED their products

  8. Great point Special K, great point!


Thanks so much for your comment and input! :)

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