I just finished watching my “Beauty & Portrait Retouching” tutorials. Wow, I can’t believe everything they do to “improve” beauty photos! I’ve talked about this before, but it’s amazing what designers do using Photoshop.
I started with this horrible picture of me at the Great Wall. What better way to work on beauty portraits than with a really ugly photo? The morning we took this photo, I didn’t shower, apply make-up or even bother with my hair. As a result, I looked awful in 99.9% of our pictures. Maybe that’s an exaggeration, but I certainly looked tired. Using everything I learned in this DVD tutorial, I evened my skin tone, removed the bags and brightened my eyes, added eye liner and lashes, smoothed my skin, removed a zit, applied blush, contoured my cheeks, plumped my lips and whitened my teeth.
I know I talked about this in my “Five Minute Makeover” blog, but is it any surprise women have such low esteem? Is it any surprise men have such ridiculous standards? These are the things the media subconsciously tells us: have long lashes, smooth skin, perfect teeth, defined cheek bones, plump lips, etc. This is not normal! I am aware of Photoshop and photo manipulations, but a lot of people (my mom included) have no idea how much editing goes into photos. The photo used in this blog took almost an hour to edit, and it’s just a face shot!
I like a good photo as much as the next person. However, it’s easy to get carried away and hold yourself to impossible standards. Remember that Photoshop Land is a magical place with endless possibilities, but once you leave you’re still the same person. Embrace your chubby cheeks, crooked nose, butt chin or pointy ears. No one is perfect. Plastic surgery doesn’t make you happy with what’s inside and Photoshop is just a computer program. Love your looks and embrace your quirks, because if you don’t, who will?
*Click on my photo to view full size. Can you spot my changes?