it’s time for a real talk.
let’s dig into the topic of facetune and the harm changing appearances does to impressionable minds.
i’ve loved makeup since i was young, ever since there was a beauty community on youtube i was watching videos of people creating looks that i could only admire and one day hope to replicate. on youtube, there’s only so much one can do to hide their flaws. you can trim clips, cover things with pngs or other clips, and you can even cut out whole sections to begin with. i began to see this editor’s nature when i first started filming and editing my own makeup videos. i started to notice how picky i became with what footage actually made it to the video. i was worried about a flyaway hair here, a bad blending clip there, just about anything that showed any kind of flaw within my video. facetune in and of itself is an app designed to do just this: erase and edit your flaws. anyone with the app is familiar with the heal tool; you can erase blemishes and acne in a matter of seconds. i can tell you now the only reason i downloaded facetune was to cover up my acne in my instagram photos.
𝘁𝗵𝗶𝘀 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘅𝘁𝗿𝗲𝗺𝗲𝗹𝘆 𝘂𝗻𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗹𝘁𝗵𝘆, 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗱𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝘀 𝗲𝘃𝗲𝗿𝘆𝘁𝗵𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝘄𝗲 𝗵𝗮𝘃𝗲.
but where does this behavior even come from? what in our nature of human beings leads us to believe there’s something wrong with the skin we’ve been given? what tells us to cover our imperfections and hide what differentiates us from others? why do we hide what makes us unique? i’m no psychologist, but my best guess leads me (and i’m sure many others) to draw the conclusion that we aspire to be perfect because that’s how our idols are portrayed to us. when we see red carpet photos, we are conditioned to believe that all the makeup, glam, flashy outfits, etc. are the norm. we start to rely on the idea that we must be perfect. if your skin is bumpy, there’s an app for that. don’t like the lighting in your picture? there’s an app for that. someone photobombed the best selfie you took? there’s an app for that too.
our phones, and the programs that we have on them, are training us to hate ourselves. why?
what do you think?