After a friend shared it on Instagram, I started playing around with BeautyPlus, a wildly popular photo app in Japan and Korea. If you haven’t tried it, it’s like a quick hit of Photoshop on steroids, letting you smooth and “perfect” selfies.
With a few quick taps and swipes—and a fairy-godmother sound effect—it removes wrinkles and acne, slims your face, gets rid of undereye circles, and miraculously makes eyes look bigger and brighter.
There’s even a leg-stretching function if you want to go full Karlie.
I futzed around with the app, tweaking old photos for a few days, with varying results—from creepy and doll-like to pretty damn attractive, if I say so myself. Then, over the days that followed, something strange happened: I got so used to seeing my unnaturally porcelain face that my real human face looked so…human. Did my forehead always do that when I raised my eyebrows? Why did I suddenly look so tired? I even started to overanalyze my hands. I’d always had bony fingers, but now they looked old and wrinkled.
And then a moment of: d’oh! I regrammed a picture of myself with a friend—she had posted the unedited image, while I’d passed mine through BeautyPlus. We have mutual friends, and frankly, I wasn’t fooling anyone. A lot has been said about the unattainable ideal set by models and celebrities. But what happens when the unrealistic image you’re comparing yourself with is you? In a small way, I can understand why some people who get plastic surgery sign on for more procedures. Read More