When I was younger I wanted freckles, hair so long I could sit on it, rose red lips and jet black hair.
When I entered my teenage years I still wanted Freckles, a perfect ’emo’sweep fringe, jet black hair and rose red lips, I also wanted my nose pierced….BADLY.
I was never allowed to dye my hair black and I was only allowed to get my nose pierced if I got a tiny stud at the side ( ABSOLUTELY NO WAY was I allowed my Septum pierced)
Now that I am old enough to make these permanent changes to myself I find that I often just use make up and accessories to make the illusion seem real.
I guess every image we put online is some kind of Illusion no one really puts up the candid snapshots do they?
I thought that I would share with you today the power of make-up, the right accessories and what playing around with some photo apps can achieve. In a digital age with all of these things at our finger tips what is real and whats an illusion? Can we even tell anymore?
Nose Piercings,Freckles&Big Hair
Nose Piercings&Freckles&Emo Fringe&Rose Red Lips
Rose Red Lips,Freckles,Emo Fringe&Nose piercings
So the four images above I created using make up, Hair spray and Fake clip on rings that I brought from EBAY (Side note:I now seriously want my nose pierced!!)
Now for the Photo Edits. I am all for a good filter and I love that make-up an accessories can change your appearance this was a fun way to spend my evening creating an alter ego almost this is the brave side of me that wears bold lipstick and gets her nose pierced! I am all for having fun and experimenting just make sure not to take it too far because all I used for these next photos is the preloaded photo editor on my laptop, there isn’t a HUGE difference but they have been manipulated and this is where problems start happening, I have had my personal photos taken before they have been used to set up fake Facebook profiles, fake Skype accounts, fake dating profiles some had just blatantly used my image as is and some had used apps to filter and flip my images which was creepier!! Its so easily done though!!
Hair has changed colour, Skin has been smoothed and tanned.
Hair is A LOT darker. Lips and eyes are darker,skin is smoother and darker
Subtle change, hair looks a slightly different colour and so do the lips
I just thought this would be a fun little post to do to highlight the power of make-up and accessories and to kind of give a heads up to some of my younger readers about how easy it is for images to be manipulated, I wish back in secondary school that I knew that the celebs in my magazines had been heavily airbrushed and that no matter how much I starved myself or how much makeup I threw on my face I was never going to look like them because even they didn’t look like that its all digital manipulation and I for one would like it to stop. This year I am really wanting to campaign about body image and self confidence and mental health being more recognised and taught in schools and I guess subconsciously that is why I did this post to start myself and you guys on this journey with me. So I have rambled on for long enough. Lets start taking action.