Is Photoshop a villain?


"I’m not in the habit of taking photos without makeup on my face. I don’t wear tons of it, but I am fond of concealer, mascara, blush, powder and lipstick. The Big 5. When I wear them, they change my appearance. Not drastically, but it does change. I like the change, and I don’t even really know what I’m doing with the makeup. In the hands of a trained makeup artist, the difference is really astonishing.

"Now, do I loathe my appearance without makeup? No.

"Do I think it’s the stuff of nightmares? No.

"Do I think I look hideous? No.

"Do I think that when I go to the grocery store without makeup on, people run away in terror, screaming: 'WHAT IS THAT THING?' No.

"(At least if they do, they do it quietly.)

"But ... do I feel prettier with makeup on? Heck, yeah.

"So, I wear it. I usually don’t wear so much that you can scrape it off with a putty knife, but it’s definitely on my face. It’s still me; it still looks like me, but the version of me I choose when I want to feel my best, because I look my best.

"Makeup doesn’t change me ... but it enhances what I’ve got. I don’t HAVE to wear it; I don’t always wear it; but when I do, I really like it. How much makeup I use, and if I use any at all, really depends on what I’m doing.

"I view Photoshop much the same way I view makeup: sometimes I use a lot, sometimes I use a little ... it all depends on what I’m doing. But Photoshop, like makeup, is about embracing and enhancing the beauty in and around us."

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