Editing photos for blogs and instagram is always a bit of a touchy subject – should we photoshop them/should we be natural/are we allowed to edit out a spot or two? I’m not ashamed at all to admit I photoshop all of my photos and get rid of all of my spots.
I’m one of those girls who has had a bit of a tough time with my skin and I have so many problematic areas around my chin, the sides of my face and my forehead. When I take close up photos (selfies, make-up looks etc) I always edit out my spots and that’s a choice I make because I want to do it. I get a lot of comments about how flawless my skin is, but in reality it’s the complete opposite – so I want to show you guys exactly what my photos look like before I edit them and that it’s okay to photoshop spots out.
At the end of the day, my blog is my blog and I want to show you what make-up I’m loving and what clothes I’m wearing. If I want to blur out my spots then I’m gonna blur out my spots. Why should I be told otherwise? (also I know you’re thinking ‘doesn’t make-up cover it?’… no, I still look mega lumpy).
The only issue is, am I promoting people to feel bad about their skin, just because I do? I feel like I’m in a constant battle of trying to promote the right things but trying to be happy with myself and my photos at the same time. Personally, if I were to upload photos where I’m looking all acnaic then I’ll feel really bad about myself and know I’ll get loads of negativity about my spots. But this is my internet space, and I want to project myself how I want to. See my dilemma?
I don’t want to give the wrong message out to people, but at the same time I produce content that I want to share and I would prefer it if I edited out the lumps and bumps. It’s not like I’m changing the way I look, I’m simply clearing up a few red marks, where’s the harm in that? Call me selfish, but I do what I want *insert South Park meme*.
This comes on to me wanting to remind me that people on the internet aren’t always flawless-skinned, perfect beings. A lot of things on social media show an image of what they want to look like and although you look at some celebs in magazines and feel down about yourself, you need to remember that everyone hides a thing or two and so many photos are touched up and altered. Myself included.
What do you guys think about photoshopping? Should we be fully natural, or is it okay to blur out a zit or two? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this!