Post # 1
I am constantly thumbing through endless piles of girlie magazines for inspiration of my hair and make-up. I’ll find a great inspiration picture and try the new look out on me and it fails. Epically. I always feel like I won’t match up to the beauties on the glossy pages, and disheartened, search on. Vicious cycle, i know. While reading a favorite blog of mine I came across these sites on photo retouching and it made me feel a lot better about my beauty escapades. The power of retouching, its amazing.
Cosmo cover retouch
this ones fun: click on one the the two strips and follow directions.
Post # 3
Oh Missbookworm, don’t ever compare yourself to those pics. They really do get touched up so much afterward. It’s a good point of inspiration but that it’s it. Besides, natural beauty is so much better, in my opinion.
Post # 4
OMG Missbookworm – thank you SO much for showing us that!!! It just goes to show that you really can’t take anything in magazines at face value and how sad for all of the gorgeous girls who are IN those magazines to see how they’ve been tweaked and changed to be made “better”!
Post # 5
Thanks ladies, I just thought it would be good to put it out there, just in case you have one of those “I feel ugly” days 🙁 boo.
Post # 6
Wow, that girl was so beautiful to begin with! I don’t understand why we have to change people so much to sell magazines!
Post # 7
Oh, those are crazy. Thanks for showing us!
Post # 8
That’s pretty neat, actually – thanks for sharing … everybody has bad days once in a while!!
Post # 9
Wow it is so extreme when you dissect it into pieces like that! She looks so “normal” and adorable BEFORE the retouching and so fake after you’ve seen the before. But we are so accustomed to seeing the fake we think it is “normal” on a day to day basis!
Thanks for sharing!
Post # 10
LOL, that was fun! Its amazing though the powers of retouching. I was amazed my e-pics and I know she DEFINITELY retouched some. I was a hot sweating mess.
Post # 11
that’s crazy how they do that. those models look like ordinaary women, not greek goddesses! i have the same problem. i always love a hairstyle, gown. or make up but never think i can pull it off=(
Post # 12
I never tire of seeing what retouching actually does. People love to act like it’s minimal, but in many cases the model ends up looking like a totally different person. Sure, I have my “I feel ugly” days too, but I try to remember that the boy fell in love with the real me–visible pores and all.
Post # 13
I’m of course NOT against retouching and I personally have a big interest in beauty in all forms, but it’s too bad people are sucked into the often very narrow idea of beauty that the popular media portrays.
I think it’s a pleasure to look at a beautiful model in a magazine, but I am also admiring all types of people and their unique features. I think (or at least I hope) most people see airbrushed models and “real women” as two different things (one real, one not). I feel sorry for those who don’t realise this truth. Although there are many models I think are outstandingly beautiful and as a woman very much admire looks wise (perhaps envy), I often don’t see why other women are so exceptionally critical of their own looks and sadly sometimes critical other “real” women’s looks. So I honestly don’t understand why so many women would be in awe many of the plasticy xerox copied looking girls prolific in the media.
I think much of the retouching on certain magazine covers is unnecessary verging on unethical at best, but it happens because someone (we artists) can do it and someone else is spending a lot of money (the advertisers), so they have it done in an effirt to minimise their risks. Looking at the Cosmo cover that’s a typical example of work that looks way, way, to overdone and obvious. Although some areas improvements, I think it looks artificial and not at all a look that I would view as “perfect”… I have to say though there just looking specifically at the Cosmo image: are some improvements that would be fair enough to make the girl appear at her best, but perhaps a mid way point between start and finish two would have been enough.
If the general public thinks women look over-done and fake, sooner or later advertisers and editors realise we’ve figured them out and stop requesting/passing this kind of imagery and the style becomes obsolete. It’s the same story with massive breats implants, hair extensions and fake tan – at first it is amazing rather than markedly artificial because no one has seen it… then suddenly it’s ABSOLUTELY EVERYWHERE in the commercial sector because everyone copies the look, it reaches saturation point and it gets a bit boring – embarassing even.
Unfortunately a lot of women’s feelings of self worth will have been undermined in the meantime – just in time for a new “in look” to catch our attention