Perfect365

Friday, February 21, 2014

This week got away from me and I've been a terrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrible blogger. My sincerest half-assed apologies!

I took notice of a Huffington Post article this week titled "New Self-Help Apps Are Airbrushing Us All Into Fake Instagram Perfection", a short piece discussing one of the newest trends in social media vanity: The Airbrushed Selfie.

The article as a whole was kind of ridiculous because as long as we keep making it technologically possible, people are going to keep using manipulation to achieve perfection (or our society's idea of perfection). I mean, God forbid a less than perfect picture of you circulates the internet. 

According to the article,

While many claim social media has provided a more authentic and unvarnished view into people’s lives, the popularity of these selfie-help apps suggests precisely the opposite. We’ve always cherry-picked what we share online, but more than ever, what you see isn’t what you get.
This article (and the airbrushing apps themselves) raise all kinds of questions like, "Are we putting too much pressure on ourselves to be flawless?" and "Is editing everything we put on the internet teaching this generation that their authentic self isn't good enough?"

Personally, I think we're all just a bunch of vain, shallow idiots who can't bare the thought of a blotchy, pasty picture of ourselves being seen by the masses because yes, social media has groomed us to believe that we should always frame our lives in the best light possible (both literally and figuratively). We're desperate for others to view us as "perfect" or someone worth envying. We're desperate to look like we lead interesting, glamorous lives and honestly, I blame a lot of it on our infatuation with celebrities.

We're more obsessed with Hollywood culture than ever before. I mean, we made Kim Kardashian famous for doing absolutely nothing! Then we have the audacity to turn around and say, "Ugh, Kim Kardashian is famous for being famous" when we're the ones who follow her on Twitter, watch her asinine family on TV and obsess over every pictures she posts of her butt on Instagram. Is it really her fault for riding the gravy train we've so readily provided her?

And when we're thumbing through a magazine and see a Photoshopped picture of an already gorgeous model (or Kardashian) why wouldn't we feel inadequate, gross and lumpy in comparison? Even if we can acknowledge that the image in front of us is fake and unrealistic, it can still cause self-doubt because real or not, that is clearly what America values. OF COURSE we're airbrushing our selfies! Heck, I've been untagging unflattering pictures of myself on Facebook since 2004. THIS IS NOT A NEW TREND.

Ever the Curious George, I downloaded one of these "airbrushing apps" on my phone to see if I could make myself look like a Cover Girl with a few swipes of my index finger. I took a photograph of myself brushing my teeth (because all of my best ideas comes to me in the bathroom) and used an app called Perfect365 to add the airbrushing effect. With Perfect365, you can adjust key points on your face and choose from a wide range of manufactured looks that are guaranteed to smooth imperfections and give you a nice, rosy glow. By strategically placing the key points to mark your lips, eyes and cheekbones, Perfect365 will know exactly where to lay color saturation and enhancements.

I selected an airbrush filter called "Ocean" because it sounded breezy and fun. Here is my "before airbrushing" image:


And here is my "after airbrushing" image:


Perfect.

Watch out Kim K., there's a new sheriff in town!

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