One web user armed with some wigs, a makeup palette and a photoshopping app has published yet another series of images showing just how deceiving photos posted to social media sites really can be. The pictures have gone viral on the Chinese web and may leave you thinking twice next time you’re chatting with a seemingly exquisite looking stranger online.
While it’s known that most people generally like to put their best face forward when it comes to presenting themselves online, the extent some people will go to for a perfect profile picture leaves for some pretty shocking before-and-after pictures.
This woman appears to be relying mainly on makeup and facial angles. She’s seen wearing fake lashes and circle lens contacts, a trend that has picked up across China, South Korea and Japan and is meant to make the irises look larger.
Smartphone users can also turn to beautifying apps to produce similar results. From enlarging the eyes to smoothing the jaw line, app users need only swipe their screen to see touch-up results that would take a photoshop pro several minutes to do. The MeituKiss cell launched by Chinese company Meitu Xiuxi was created for this very reason.
Phone app BeautyPlus caters specifically to Asian females, and allows users to enlarge their eyes, change their skin tones and remove blemishes, among a series of other altering features. As TechinAsia explains “It’s cosmetic surgery without going under the knife, and a slimming center without actual slimming.”
Here, she uses makeup and photo editing to change her skin color completely.
The epidemic has become so problematic that one Japanese company launched an app for phones that actually removes touch-ups from images and restores them to their original, unaltered form.
It probably doesn’t work for wigs, however.
by Luke Sun
[Images via Yuemei.com]