Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Perfect 365

A few weeks ago I came across this app called Perfect 365, I not sure how popular it is so you may or may not have heard of it. Basically you take a photo and you can do some major editing and airbrushing to yourself. I had a play around with it, which started as a bit of a joke, but when I finished the seriousness of it kicked in.

I can understand that it's a fun app and its interesting to see what you look like airbrushed. You can add make up, get rid of blemishes and whiten your teeth. However there were some elements which I didn't feel comfortable with, the major ones being slimming your face and nose or making your eyes larger. When I was going through and experimenting I didn't realise how big the changes I was doing. You think to yourself I'll enhance my brows a bit, lift my cheeks a small amount and add some lashes. Bit by bit the changes look minor, however at the end you can click forward and backwards to see the photo before and after.

Before and After
The results shocked me. I couldn't believe how different I looked, I was a completely different person. The worst part is that I thought ''OMG I look amazing, I didn't realise my face was so fat, maybe I should lose some weight". Now I know I am not fat, I am a size 6 for gods sake, but the thoughts that cross your mind are extraordinary. I was upset at how bad I looked in the before photo, even though I had no make up on. I then quickly snapped out of it, this was just a photo that I created myself on my phone and I remembered that no one is perfect. I felt a bit disheartened I didn't want to use the app again.

I have never overly been against airbrushing, as I thought it wasn't that extreme. But it has now crossed my mind that celebrities and models in magazines probably don't look like that at all, like me they most probably look like a completely different person. If I can look this great from a free app on my phone then think about what professional editors can do with a massive budget and expensive technology. This is totally false advertising and leads people to get the wrong impression. Apps like Perfect 365 and airbrushing in magazines are trying to make everyone look the same and not unique. It is encouraging the thought that apparently there is a 'Perfect' look in which we need to aspire to. 


Before and After
Luckily I have always been quite happy and confident with my body, I eat what I want and don't care what people think. I know that I will never look like how I look in the enhanced photo's so there's nothing I can do about it. However if I had been an impressionable, insecure teenager then this might be a different story. I might have thought 'Yes I do need to lose weight' or 'I definitely need to wear more make up to look beautiful' or 'I need surgery to look as amazing as a model'. NO! JUST NO! 

Beauty comes from within and no one needs products or treatments to look good and make them a better person. You are who you are and make the most of what God gave you. Make up can be used to bring out the features you have, you certainly do not need to change anything dramatically. If everyone was the same then the world would be boring. Just remember if this app can make my smile bigger and make me look thinner, then it can do with same with celebrities when they are shown in advertisements. Do you really think that they don't suffer from dark under eye circles or blemishes like everyone else? 

Overall I am not one to take things like this too seriously, I know it's just an app and some people probably really like it so I don't necessarily think it should be taken down. But I do believe that you don't need an app to show you what you have and haven't got. As long as your happy that's all that matters. 


Thanks for reading

Chloe x


P.S. I would love to know your thoughts on Perfect 365. Do you think it's harmless fun or damaging to peoples confidence? 

24 comments:

  1. I totally agree with you that it would be loads of fun to play about and tweak yourself, but it has a very real risk of making people feel like they're not good enough aesthetically and that, I think, is very damaging.

    As for you - you're stunning without the app xx

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    1. I can see the appeal in the app because it is quite enjoyable getting rid of all your blemishes. I think all the outside stuff is not too bad, it's just changing the fact shape and actual features which is a bit too far.

      Aha thanks love... Wish I could have put a bit of make up on but it wouldn't have had the same affect x

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  2. Aw you shouldnt of felt that,and thats the problem with these things,they're great for fun and tweaking and every now and then,but i can imagine some people think they need this,but genuinely your were naturally pretty before! before I read this though I didnt realise it was an app? looks really natural,like you just put some glam eye lashes on etc,Ive never come across one that looks real after editing x thanks for sharing and you dont need the app x thanks for your comment x

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    1. Thanks so much hun. To be fair it is a good app and does look real but it's just so shocking how much it changes you, and how it makes you feel. I can't think to imagine what some celebrities look like before the editing. It totally messes with your mind x

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  4. I can imagine it been a lot of fun, but I also think well why is everyone so obsessed with being perfect it's people's flaws that make you unique and special (without sounding cheesy) I don't know it's a nice idea just not for me haha it'd make me notice things I'd not noticed before haha x

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    1. It makes me wonder who thought of the app in the first place, obviously they want everyone to look the same. Exactly! And I definitely noticed loads of things I had never noticed before, like I didn't realise my skin was so red x

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  5. Oops I meant to say I love your new blog design by the way very pretty :D

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  6. Hey Chloe!
    Wow, what a great post! I think its so awesome of you to post about this. Seriously cool reading your thoughts on it and what it made you think after you saw the before and after.
    I also wanted to thank you for following our blog Pretty Lovely Girls on Bloglovin! We most definitely appreciate the support so thanks so much! :) Also I totally dig your blonde hair, haha super cute!
    xo T
    www.prettylovelygirls.com

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    1. Thanks lovely and no worries. I am glad you enjoyed reading this post. Hehe not sure the blonde hair will be around for much longer! Ahh x

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  7. It's ok if it's just for fun. as long as you are conscious that it's just for play. It's terrible if it's taken too seriously, it can be really damaging to any girls self esteem :(

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    1. I totally agree with you. I guess people should not take it too seriously and try and laugh at the end result x

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  8. Apps like this kind of worry me, to be honest; the other day, my friend's 13 year-old sister was playing around with something similar (not sure if it was the same app or not), and what started out as her messing around ended in her and her friends all agreeing to book themselves in for eyelash extensions, threading, and talking about getting chemical peels...and it just completely freaked me out. I was insecure enough as a young girl, without having some completely unobtainable image of myself, of how I could/should look, in my head. I just think it's really sad. I guess, on the flipside, you could argue that it raises awareness of how unrealistic those photos in the magazines are xx

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    1. OMG that's ridiculous, they don't need any of those treatments at all, as if they don't have enough to worry about at 13. I am glad we didn't have this kind of thing when I was younger as I would have probably have felt the same, its horrible that they are subjected to this kind of thing. It really does raise awareness of airbrushing in magazines, but I guess they probably wont stop this x

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  9. lovely pics my dear ! have a nice weekend :) xx
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  10. wow, very clever app! i bet it will be really popular with a lot of girls (and probably some guys too!)
    especially with all the no make up selfies going around at the moment :)

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    1. I believe it is getting more popular, it is very clever but worrying at the same time x

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  11. I totally agree with you on this. I'm against it for many reasons. I embrace my flaws because they make me, well me. These apps are creating a false image for young girls (and guys). There's a really funny south park episode in the latest season about photoshop that sums it all up! :) x

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    1. Yes it totally encourages a incorrect image of people and celebrities and that everyone should look perfect. Oh really I haven't seen it, I'll try and hunt it down x

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