Photoshop: Is That Really YOU?

Here’s the scenario: You are flipping through Instagram, Facebook, etc., and see before and after photos of a woman who just had a makeover. In the first picture, the woman resembles Chewbacca from Star Wars and in the second, she is officially on Beyonce status. I’m seeing way too many makeup artists (and non-artists) posting heavily photoshopped pictures that are not an accurate representation of their skill set. I totally believe in the powers and wonders of photoshop in order to enhance and improve the overall quality of a picture HOWEVER (yes, I’m speaking in my loud voice), some people are going OVERBOARD. When pores no longer exist, when colors that you normally recognize have now taken on alien-like qualities, the photoshopping has gone too far.

When it comes to skills, makeup artists have to be able to create looks that are a true representation of what they have been trained to do. Lately, I’ve been seeing people post “before and after” photos of their work once various editing procedures have been utilized to enhance their work. Granted, there should be some editing done. The problem comes into play when the artist has used several editing techniques to completely change the “after” photo. This is an unfair representation of makeup art. When an ill-informed individual sees these sorts of misleading photos, they may reach out to that “artist” for a makeover, and be completely dismayed when they don’t get the results they admired on the artist’s social media site.

Integrity in what I do is extremely important to me. When I post pictures to this blog, they are for informational purposes and are not heavily edited. Real people have real flaws, and even the best makeup artists on earth (shoutout to Sam Fine, Billy B, and James Vincent) can’t erase wrinkles, frown lines, pimples, and pores. Why take away the things that make people who they are? While I believe artists should do what is right for them, I don’t think it’s fair to mislead potential clients. If you are a current subscriber to  it’s time for you to stop the photoshop and let your true talents shine through.

Until Next Time,



One thought on “Photoshop: Is That Really YOU?

  1. we are having our widedng next year on feb 16 2013. We had a photographer who has had to cancel on us!We are after our photos being done on Wed13 or thur 14.We would like some shots at the mount beach either early in day or sun set,The two of us, and some of our bridal party, 3 daughters, best man and matron of honorWe are having a simple widedng on our balcony on sat, at 5pm, we really just wanted a few arty gorgeous shots of us, and we are happy to do during week so we can spend our day with everyone else, and it will be less stressful!!We are budget restrained too!If thats all we can do, thats fine, but if we found a photographer who could do 1 hour max on our day too that would be great.We want to get our photos on disk so we can print out and do stuff at our leisure and not be tied to always having to go back to a studio if we want more, is this all possible??Look forward to hearing from you with thoughts, prices etc,Many thanksAnnette Webster and Jean Paul De Ville

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