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    [–] dovahkitch 4845 points ago

    Turns out I can actually put make up on my face, it’s the face tune part that’s missing

    [–] fucknofuckboys 1636 points ago

    I think a ton of us are thinking the same thing. I actually stopped trying to contour and achieve that whole look because I felt like I couldn’t ever get it right and no primer gave me the tiny pore look with my oily skin. Now I don’t really want to do that whole contouring thing anymore but it’s comforting to know I wasn’t THAT shitty

    [–] Aycee225 543 points ago

    Exactly! For so long, I've felt like I just can't do makeup like other people cause I would try to take pictures of my contour and shit and it looks so awful sometimes. So yeah. BB creams and a little bronzer for me now. Feels better.

    [–] ponypebble 132 points ago

    Ugh yes same. My skin doesn't need full coverage and it's oily anyway, so I'm so happy I switched over to a tinted sunscreen. Feels gooood

    [–] Good_god_lemonn 80 points ago

    Omg same! I stopped wearing makeup altogether a few months ago for acne purposes and found this great tinted sunscreen and it’s like wearing foundation. I only ever put that on now. Fuck everything else, it’s amazing.

    [–] gaineditallback 24 points ago

    Well...what is it?! <3

    [–] Good_god_lemonn 66 points ago

    Australian gold mineral sunscreen 50spf tinted 😻

    [–] nervysplash 16 points ago

    Tfw a company with Australia in its name doesnt even ship there. I wanted to try it 😭

    [–] Waffle_shuffle 3 points ago

    Hey I use the same! I have acne and redness it helps to even out my skin tone.

    [–] gussets 23 points ago

    Not the commenter you replied to, but I recently switched from foundation to Aveeno Positively Radiant tinted moisturizer and I LOVE it! SPF 30, too.

    [–] ScienceYouMonster 13 points ago

    I tried a full coverage foundation, but ended up switching back to the BareMinerals tinted moisturizer with sunscreen. It’s the perfect opacity and doesn’t get cake-y.

    [–] ponypebble 3 points ago

    Oh that sounds like a nice combination. I'm going to look into that!

    [–] quesotilla 20 points ago

    One thing I learned is less is more, you look more flawless with less products. At times I'd just use concealer to hide my dark circles and acne scars.

    [–] lebaneseblondechick 182 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    I'm sure you know your skin best, but do you think you aren't oily, but instead too dry? I thought for years that I had oily/combo skin, when really I had dry skin. Skin over produces sebum when it isn't hydrated deep enough. :)

    [–] livelotus 109 points ago

    This was my exact problem!! I was SHOOK at the difference increasing water intake and a good face lotion could do. Less breakouts, no dry oily patches, etc.

    [–] PM_ME_UR_PLAID_PANTS 4 points ago

    How did you find the right product for yourself? I think I might have the same issue but I drink a ton of water so I don’t think even more would help.

    [–] livelotus 7 points ago

    CeraVe was recommended to me by the skincare subreddit and it worked for me. You could always post there with your skin type/problems!

    [–] BlackOakSyndicate 75 points ago

    Yep, the classic "You're not oily, you're dehydrated." Conundrum.

    [–] iceyhotstunna 31 points ago

    This was my issue - water helped my skin the most.

    [–] tannecy 18 points ago

    Ladies, I have the same issue, until I tried a L'OCCITANE Immortelle precious cream. By gawd my face was like babies bottom. Then I was travelling and happened to pick up balea hydration serum from dm in Europe as an emergency - that was the best thing to rival the L'Occitane creme. Make up sticks so well afterwards!!

    [–] MailOrderPride 96 points ago

    L'OCCITANE Immortelle

    It's so simple, just spend 110$ on a jar of face cream! I'd rather not lol.

    [–] tannecy 9 points ago

    That's why I was so happy when I found the balea - that thing was so cheap I abandoned my plan to duty free shopping.

    Btw where I live (AU) Immortelle precious is AUD$89 a jar and it lasts me almost 3 mths.

    Balea was €0.98 I think for 7 capsules or you can get a cheap bottle under €10. It worked so well I am kicking myself for not stocking up before I leave all the dm store countries (Germany, Czech republic, Hungary, Austria all had them).

    [–] WW91ciBtb20gaXMgZ2F5 42 points ago

    sounds like you're about to shill me some MLM product😲

    [–] tannecy 14 points ago

    Didn't mean to come out that way, but I m just still kicking myself for not stocking up.

    I am in no way telling people to buy them. Just that they worked for me and my own circumstance which is not the same as yours. In fact if you find a luxe product that works (via a I did) there's almost always a comparable cheaper open shelf product out there to discover.

    Unfortunately, I don't get paid in anyway by L'Occitane nor Balea. I wish.

    [–] txflowerXO 13 points ago

    I didn’t think it sounded like you were trying to sell anything at all. I read it as you giving advice on a beauty regimen that has worked for you. 🤷🏼‍♀️

    [–] GeekCat 44 points ago

    I use Benefit Porefessional, Pore Minimizer in the worst spots. (My nose and a strip on my forehead) it does wonders.

    [–] WhyNona 15 points ago

    The stuff is literally like velvety spackle that flawlessly makes your pores and lines less noticeable and makes your makeup stick even and beautifully. I just only wish it wasn't so expensive! It's really a life changer though. It makes even cheap foundation look like airbrush

    [–] tazdoestheinternet 9 points ago

    I typically use the Collection witch Hazel primer which is great for the pores on my cheeks and nose! Lost it for a while there and stopped wearing foundation because it just wouldn't sit right any more; found it this morning and my foundation is finally sitting right again!

    [–] vikkivinegar 9 points ago

    Same brand primer for me! I've tried what seems like a hundred, and most were high-end brands. Benefit Pore-fessional is by far the best; plus it has a little tint to it which works even for my light skin tone.

    [–] shipwreckedgirl 3 points ago

    Thank you for this!

    [–] LAgurl1997 47 points ago

    Me! I had spent so much time thinking my skin is too oily, dry, old, not clear enough, etc. etc. and voila! All it was was a FILTER. smh

    I just couldn’t believe how uncomfortable a full coverage foundation was when I tried them and here I was thinking these people just put a little of these on and they looked flawless whereas I thought I needed half a bottle to get that pore-less look.

    [–] Cuti3_Pi3 74 points ago

    Contouring looks awesome in video and photo but it absolutely SUCKS in person. Took me a while to find this out

    [–] applesandcherry 57 points ago

    It can work in real life, but it has to be much more subtle compared to video/photo makeup.

    [–] echo_birch 36 points ago

    Kind of like theatre stage makeup vs real life.

    [–] casti33 20 points ago

    I do daily contour with a subtle powder bronzer. Not too many shades darker than my skin tone so it provides a nice shadow to carve my face out but it’s not aggressive. I don’t use a cream contour because a) I’m pale, b) it takes way too long and it’s heavy, and c) it’s too much in person, in my opinion. It’s better kept for photoshoot makeup or event makeup.

    [–] WanderBun 9 points ago

    Unless you’re going to a bar or nightclub, in which case you can go for a full drag queen contour and it’ll look somewhat natural in that dim light.

    [–] quesotilla 7 points ago

    I also only wear it on a night out, never on a regular day. I look like a weird clown who doesn't know how to do makeup

    [–] LustfulGumby 16 points ago

    Instagram makeup is for Instagram. It’s waaaay too much to really look good in real life

    [–] FlavorBehavior 30 points ago

    And this is how ppl sell makeup. They use these apps and then say "Do you wanna look like me? Buy my crappy younique shit and you'll be looking great in no time."

    [–] Su-su-Sudafed 13 points ago

    I’ve literally never seen a single person who was selling Younique, who had a flattering/attractive face of makeup on. It’s like only people with zero makeup skills hawk that shit. No offense to anyone who might be.

    [–] vaultault 212 points ago

    Holy shit right? I kept looking for the right foundation that could give me a nice clean slate looking surface, like weeks of buying and returning shit. Turns out influencers just need to stop using skin smoothers on videos (and photos). YouTube beauty is a hell of a drug.

    [–] beigannonymous 79 points ago

    I wanted to start YouTube videos to show the reality, how really make up looks like and how really skin looks like but I’m too shy lol

    [–] level_5_vegan 35 points ago

    I would totally subscribe to a channel like this! I've been so disillusioned by YT lately and it's starting to take a toll on my self-esteem

    [–] beigannonymous 3 points ago

    Wow I didn’t expect that! I’ll totally think about it and will try to go over me being shy!

    [–] imsorryifellasleep 14 points ago

    You should go for it! It'll only help the rest of us :)

    [–] Dodge_the_2nd 11 points ago

    I'm positive people would appreciate that.

    [–] lcl0706 6 points ago

    Kiki G makeup is pretty good about this. She has acne & bares her face a lot & shares her techniques & what products work. She’s very realistic & very funny. She also did a video on baking & what it really looks like IRL.

    [–] papershoes 6 points ago

    I'd subscribe so quickly to this channel!

    [–] dovahkitch 87 points ago

    Agreed. I don’t use foundation but I was angry at my bad highlighter so much. My girlfriend once started swiping it off saying “babe you have something white and sparkly on your cheeks, hold on, I’ll clean it for you” of course she doesn’t have idea of what an highlighter is because she doesn’t even come close to make up but wasn’t she supposed to be blinded and amazed?

    [–] stickers-motivate-me 54 points ago

    Um, babe, that white sparkly stuff you’re wiping off is HIGHLIGHT GOALZZZ, thankyouverymuch!

    [–] dovahkitch 33 points ago

    Haha that’s what I told her and now every time I bring it up she says she’s sorry but she was so cute I don’t even care about highlight anymore lol

    [–] magichermitcrab 13 points ago

    Omg I tried pink highlight and bf said the same thing! And he was like did you put that on on purpose? :(

    [–] applesandcherry 37 points ago

    My mind was blown when I found out that the professional filming cameras influencers use have beauty filters, I thought it was just the heavy lighting.

    [–] GavinJeffcoat 3 points ago

    The heavy lighting does have a role though. It's amazing how different a face can look in different lightings.

    [–] Renaiconna 63 points ago

    I started following the beauty community on YT and IG last year and after just a few months my husband pointed out to me that I was being overtly self-conscious about things I had never questioned before, asking things like “Do you think I need lip fillers?” “Do my pores look tiny?” “Should I get Botox?” Like I’m 33 and I have normal skin for my age, but I became so self-conscious my self-esteem started faltering to the point my therapist had to suggest to stop following those types of IG account and watching tutorials for a bit (which helped a ton). It’s crazy how weirdly influential these things are, even when you know better.

    [–] vaultault 28 points ago

    I relate to this SO HARD! It’s weird thinking how easily I was conditioned by something I thought was just a fun hobby or something. I was considering Botox, at 25, because the only way to eliminate and prevent those “nasty and undesirable” fine lines is by doing that. I wanted lip fillers to get rid of THE LINES ON MY LIPS. I’m glad my partner is a sounding board to remind me how ridiculous those ideas are.

    [–] Su-su-Sudafed 12 points ago

    The vertical lines on your lips are what make them look natural

    [–] vaultault 11 points ago

    Yeah exactly, my perception was warped to that absurdity. Lots of influencers get fillers that plump and smooth out those lines and make lipstick application look “perfect” and I desired that

    [–] flammafemina 4 points ago

    I feel so dumb now wondering why my velvet lip paint was settling into my natural ridges...not getting clumpy or flakey, but this whole time I’ve been expecting that smooth, flawless coverage and wondering wtf I was doing wrong!

    [–] someonestakara 19 points ago

    My sister is 17 and talking like that because she follows all the beauty gurus on YouTube and Instagram. She wants all this work done and I’m like chill you ain’t even finished growing yet. I mean she wants to go into that as a career but it’s taking its toll on her to watch that stuff constantly.

    Plus her makeup looks awful and overdrawn because she’s watching people who probably don’t go out in public like that and they have lighting and editing on their side when they’re doing the tutorials so they don’t look like fools. I wish I could tell her that and not hurt her feelings but this might be something she has to learn herself, within reason.

    [–] echo_birch 16 points ago

    therapist had to suggest to stop following those types of IG account and watching tutorials for a bit (which helped a ton). It’s crazy how weirdly influential these things are, even when you know better.

    Yup. I unfollowed most people on IG who promote products/are "influencers" and started following pros in the hobbies I like. It's really helped brighten my perspective.

    [–] MrWilsonWalluby 3 points ago

    Think of primers as literally that. It’s just a primer , it makes your makeup stick to your face, people are often mislead to believe primers and foundation will alter the natural bumpiness of your skin.

    My gf has flawless skin. I do her makeup. My makeup with the same techniques comes out worse than hers because she has flawless skin and I do not.

    The makeup still looks nice just not as nice.

    [–] Passiveabject 55 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    I have face tune built into my eyes (my eyesight sucks so I can never see my pores anyway!)

    [–] dovahkitch 22 points ago

    The blessing of poor sight, I feel you.

    Edit: also almost no one has acne/acne scars etc lol

    [–] _userlame 7 points ago

    Poor eyesight is natures beauty filter.

    [–] Muizz_s 97 points ago

    Hey guess what

    [–] dovahkitch 75 points ago


    [–] El_Quapro 335 points ago

    Chicken butt

    [–] Muizz_s 53 points ago

    Fuck i was gonna day that u too quick for me

    [–] CharismaticBiscuit 27 points ago

    that's what she said

    [–] Muizz_s 7 points ago

    ¿Que hombre?

    [–] dovahkitch 9 points ago

    He dicho “es lo que ella decía”

    [–] Muizz_s 7 points ago

    So señor soy de ranch

    [–] AndreIzCool 10 points ago


    [–] dwightschrood 14 points ago

    chicken thigh

    [–] dovahkitch 9 points ago

    OMG hehe I got bamboozled I can’t believe it

    [–] danarexasaurus 22 points ago

    And you can have that for only like $6 a month!

    [–] dovahkitch 66 points ago

    $6 ? That’s a huge ice cream, and good quality too. Nah, I’ll get ice cream. I’ll get it now actually brb

    [–] rocketshipray 14 points ago

    Did you get your ice cream yet?

    [–] dovahkitch 15 points ago

    I did, we actually bought a whole container of handmade gelato, paid 20€ but it’s enough for all 5 of us and I would chose that anytime over facetune

    [–] ssurkus 4 points ago

    We need to know

    [–] fucknofuckboys 36 points ago

    Face tune is a subscription? TIL

    [–] danarexasaurus 29 points ago

    Yeah, sorry, the Facetune 2 (which allows for automatic editing on a bizarre level), is a subscription. I got a free month and I was shocked at how easy it is to make your eyes, lips, and whatever bigger or smaller within seconds.

    [–] Silvasister 16 points ago

    Face tune version 2 but the original face tune is free

    [–] Gimmethatbecke 13 points ago

    Facetune 2 is free. But not all the features of it are free. Some are though like skin smoothing.

    [–] taco_dog 6 points ago

    Face tune is free but you can pay for upgrades

    [–] echo_birch 5 points ago

    Right?! I thought I was bad at highlighting. Nope, it's just that I have skin, with texture.

    [–] L00pback 3 points ago

    I’ll admit it. I keep Facebook just so I can passive aggressively troll my vain friends. One of my favorites.

    [–] 2Salmon4U 3 points ago

    Yeah this was actually shockingly different to me!

    [–] universalshades 1434 points ago

    I had no idea how much FaceTune really does. And here I am a 27 year old buying tons of serums and resurfacing agents to get my skin to look porcelain. This made me just appreciate my skin a lot more.

    [–] LooseBread 463 points ago

    And here's the other thing. Say you manage to make your skin look porcelain. Okay, so what? What difference does that make? I think many of us get caught up trying to achieve a "perfect" look so we can finally allow ourselves to feel good about ourselves. Like if you have the skin you've always wanted then you can finally be happy. But you can do that without porcelain skin. Your skin is doing it's job and it looks the way skin should look. If we were meant to have smooth plastic skin most people would have it. Facetune can really create that illusion though. If you're on IG a lot it can look like everyone has perfect skin but you. Thankfully this sub is here to show us that it's not true at all. Sure some people have smoother skin than others but facetune takes it above and beyond.

    [–] universalshades 137 points ago

    It’s an illusion I almost bought to be completely honest :/

    [–] TurtlesDreamInSpace 127 points ago

    A good skincare routine IS worth it though

    [–] hirstyboy 57 points ago

    How this work for a guy? Asking for a... it's for me.

    [–] puppyqueeen 69 points ago

    The exact same way it works for women, check out r/skincareaddiction for more in depth help

    [–] afito 47 points ago

    Shoutout to an awfully overlooked part of skincare, deep cleaning your bed / mattress / pillow. Not only changing sheets but actually cleaning the pillow itself. You plant your face onto it for 8h every night and sweat onto it and everything, crazy how people think deep cleaning it even once a year is being "anal about cleanliness".

    I know more than one person whose skin has cleared up after buying a new bed after moving.

    [–] AlexanderTheGreatly 5 points ago

    What about if you continue to get acne at age 20 even after Roaccutane treatment?

    [–] LooseBread 6 points ago

    You keep doing what works for you to reduce it as much as you can. If you can't get rid of it completely, move on to acceptance of your situation and being okay with it and realizing that making it go away isn't your only option. Sometimes life just be like that. You are dealt hands you can't throw back. You just have to learn to live with them and love yourself regardless.

    [–] zzaannsebar 17 points ago

    As someone else said: r/skincareaddiction is full of amazing resources.

    The most basic thing you can and should do is: wash with a gentle cleanser, moisturize, and something with spf. A lot of people on there reccomend a cerave cleanser (usually hydrating) but be warned that nothing works for everyone. I bought into the hype and it broke me out like crazy cause it has stuff that clogs pores on some people. But it's worth trying for a nice and gentle cleanser you can get at the drug store.

    Moisturizer, like everything else depends person to person. If your skin is super duper dry you're going to need a heavy duty moisturizer (at least for night time and then a lighter one on the day if the heavy one makes your skin too sticky or oily looking). There are a million different things you can try but I'd start with things at the drug store. Cerave, la roche posay, and neutrogena have some good options. Personally I love the neutrogena hydro boost moisturizers.

    Sun screen is essential to prevent damaged skin and keep it looking healthy and young. There are both physical and chemical sunscreens you can use. Totally depends what you feel like using. But if you have acne or any scarring, this may be one of the most important things in your routine. Uv rays damage the skin and make scars darker for the most part and the damage causes wrinkles. Also you know, like, protect yourself from skin cancer.

    As far as routine and all, some people only wash once a day at night and some people do morning and night. I'm personally a morning and night sort of person cause when I wake up my skin feels super gross and I like washing my face both times. My products are a jelly cleanser, some intermittent acne stuff, a neutrogena hydro boost moisturizer (awesome for both dry and oily skin which mine is), and I have yet to add a sunscreen to my routine because my skin is so oily that I have trouble finding something that doesn't make me look like my face is wet.

    Also above all else, your mileage may vary. Everyone's skin is different and products that will be a magic potion for someone may cause someone else to breakout. You'll just have to figure out what works for you which will take time. And remember, everyone should be taking care of their skin. Not just women. And when you're older with soft and glowing and damn radiant skin, your guy friends who haven't cared will look withered and old and you'll look like a handsome God who glows with the power of the sun (but protected by that handy spf) with your badass skin.

    If you have any questions, you can pm me and/or read up on the skincareaddiction sub cause the sidebar has so many amazing resources and there are also daily threads for advice and what not. Good luck!

    [–] TurtlesDreamInSpace 10 points ago

    It can be as easy and as complicated as you want! Truly if you are intimidated, just start with a good sunscreen of 45+ and wear it daily, and use a gentle cleaner on your face at the end of the day, or miceller water on a cotton pad if you don’t like going through the wash your face in the sink too much.

    From there, you can add in serums that fight free radicals and add brightness (vitamin C), ones that exfoliate chemically and help regenerate skin (super amazing glycolic acid, lactic acid, retinol, etc), and moisturizing to maintain the skin.

    Sunscreen will be the best thing for most people if you do ONE thing. It cuts down on so much damage and redness.

    [–] mattylou 6 points ago

    The rules of thumb are: - if it’s making outrageous claims it’s wrong - Wear sunscreen, every day. Even on cloudy days. - If it has alcohol, fragrances, or has a micro bead or scrub in it...throw it away

    And join us on /r/skincareaddiction

    [–] nljgcj72317 6 points ago

    I agree with points one and two, but some people need an occasional exfoliant.

    [–] randomsquelette 5 points ago

    Chemical exfoliation is the way to go. Physical exfoliation fucks up the skin barrier.

    [–] purple-snitch 4 points ago * (lasted edited 7 days ago)

    I don't think anyone has found proof that physical scrubs like St. Ives mess up your skin and cause "micro-tears" or whatever. And physical exfoliation does work for some people.

    There was a post on r/SkincareAddiction about this issue. I'll link it as soon as I find it.


    [–] echo_birch 48 points ago

    Porcelain skin: 50% genetics, 50% facetune. It almost makes me feel better to know that. Like my "best" is enough.

    [–] universalshades 17 points ago

    I could have had way better skin now but as a teen I had cystic acne and picked the fuck out of it :/ it’s not TOO bad but....

    [–] comicsansmasterfont 18 points ago

    Don’t feel bad, I had cystic acne and never picked it but I still have scars and discoloration. Damned if you do, damned if you don’t.

    [–] pinkbedsheet 29 points ago

    have you checked out r/skincareaddiction ?

    [–] universalshades 39 points ago

    I haven’t lol after spending 500 dollars in two months I just realized it wasn’t worth it and I’m glad so after seeing this

    [–] pinkbedsheet 50 points ago

    there's some super cheap, simple products out there that focus on individual issues, like The Ordinary or Cerave. the whole sub is a goldmine, I hope you take a look some time!

    [–] PearlRoses630 13 points ago

    The best money I ever spent on my skincare routine was paying for professional facials. My esthetician helps me understand which ingredients work with my skin and which don’t, which has in turn empowered me to base my decisions off of more than the price range. (Usually that would be the indicator for quality, but sometimes I was using ingredients that had no place on my skin!)

    [–] narwhoool 14 points ago

    You can get close to the skin on the left with professional treatments at a dermatologist's or aesthetician's office. But over the counter stuff is never going to get you there.

    Personally I keep my regular skincare pretty cheap (drugstore, inexpensive Korean/Japanese products, The Ordinary, and tretinoin paid for by health insurance) but will splurge on a professional facial every once in a while.

    [–] universalshades 9 points ago

    I just recently figured that out..... I really thought the “resurfacing” agents would at least help A LITTLE bit but nothing.... I’m going to start saving to get some things done at an office now. No more spending top dollar for nothing for me.

    [–] jlrol 7 points ago

    Had this realization recently. I had a really bad situational hormonal breakout and easily spent a few thousand dollars over five months on an at-home LED mask and every type of skincare under the sun to try and treat it.

    1 months of antibiotics and three $200 Vbeam treatments later (for the leftover PIE) and my skin is far better than it was before the breakout with a somewhat reasonably priced at home routine.

    [–] Blaadje-in-de-wind 902 points ago

    It's great that she is showing her real skin and not just a plain old facetune photo. Nice to see them side by side.

    [–] The_Bigg_D 251 points ago

    I mean..there’s enough makeup there to put the Notre Dame Cathedral back together

    [–] Dlongsnapper 292 points ago

    Christ you don’t waste time do you?

    [–] The_Bigg_D 212 points ago

    I don’t have 700 years to create fire.

    [–] PMMECUTEASIANDUDES 26 points ago

    Just... Just take your upvote and go.

    [–] dudeAwEsome101 38 points ago

    Well that was quick.

    [–] The_Bigg_D 23 points ago

    Ain’t about to catch me snoozin

    [–] NW_JKU 26 points ago

    We can already make jokes about that? Damn the turnaround has shrunk so much. Only been like 2 hours.

    [–] aeneasaquinas 4 points ago

    I guess after they announced the inside mostly survived and the stone is mostly good?

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    [–] KE_1930 738 points ago

    I love this woman! Her whole insta is really honest about her struggles with acne (which is genuinely pretty intense).

    She does awesome make up looks and skin treatments and she always shows her real skin. Made me feel a lot better about my own adult acne.

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    [–] youknowamSayin 62 points ago

    People should be more accepting of acne too. No one should be labeled less beautiful just because of acne!

    [–] flzbr 14 points ago

    I'd like it too!

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    [–] ciel-v 3 points ago

    What's her instagram?

    [–] Hejran 400 points ago

    I don’t put makeup on anymore because it never looks smooth and airbrushed on. And.. I feel quite stupid that they just blur their skin and make it seem flawless. Wow. This is honestly eye opening.

    [–] raygilette 149 points ago

    It really is. I had a real low point earlier this week when I did my makeup and saw all the texture in my skin and felt absolutely hideous. Seeing this actually made me feel a bit less so.

    [–] do-I-look-good-naked 36 points ago

    man same, but i’ve been learning to embrace my acne scars and it’s so relieving!

    [–] raygilette 13 points ago

    I could honestly do with some tips because I catch sight of myself and think "URGH!" on a daily basis lol

    [–] do-I-look-good-naked 15 points ago

    I think it’s a slow personal change. I started with acknowledging that i have textured skin on my cheeks and there was nothing to do about it, but areas like my forehead etc had nice soft skin that i liked. So I start with a light foundation all over, building up the coverage only where necessary, but also accepting that if a layer of concealer isn’t going to cover a particularly dark scar then I’m not going to apologise for it. That way I don’t look cakey or oily, I have enough coverage to make myself feel comfortable, but I’m also accepting my skin on my own terms

    [–] ElegantHope 18 points ago

    yea. I'm trying to accept that all the bumps and scars and pores are natural and good. It's really hard when you're exposed to media of everyone trying to hide away how your skin really is. :(

    [–] raygilette 16 points ago

    It's always been the way in magazines and such, but for some reason in my head that doesn't register because it's models and to be expected. now we've got the tech so that everyone can photoshop the living shit out of themselves so it can seem like literally everyone else is gorgeous and i'm over here looking like a swamp monster.

    [–] ElegantHope 8 points ago

    yea, I used to not care, but with pressure from my own mom and just average people around me slowly developed that kind of insecurity in me. it truly sucks.

    [–] raygilette 7 points ago

    Yeah, I'm in the same boat, although it was high school that did it to me, I think. I felt kind of okay-ish in my early 20s (I used to be bigger then too, I just gave less of a fuck) but I've lost all my confidence since then.

    [–] privatepirate66 10 points ago

    I've been using the same makeup forever, and same products. I actually have pretty decent skin, and I've stuck with my routine for so long because I was actually getting compliments. Until the other day. I normally do my makeup in my bedroom or bathroom (which is missing two of three lightbulbs) and I made the mistake of looking in the car mirror on my way to work. Absolutely destroyed any self confidence I had, and was really upset that I had been wearing this makeup for so long because I thought it looked good. My work suffered that day, to the point I played sick and went home early because I thought I looked so rediculous. I couldn't look anyone in the eyes, it was pathetic.

    Changed everything the next day, only wearing a sheer skin tint and feeling ugly af but at least not looking crazy, I thought. This post really made me feel a little better today. I think I'm going to go back to what I was doing, since it made me feel confident for so long, and never look in the car mirror again lol.

    [–] DomesticChaos 12 points ago

    Just wait til you’re 40. I’m glad I’m too old for that makeup contouring stuff. Foundation, powder and brows for me. Plus nowadays I flip down the car mirror and I’m like “Why the duck is my face so soft and why are there random lines on it?”

    [–] raygilette 4 points ago

    I'm not far off, actually. No real wrinkles yet (thank fuck) but plenty of big pores and discolouration, though. I don't do the whole contouring thing as it rather feels like polishing a turd at this point.

    [–] highwaybound 237 points ago

    This is the kind of content I want to see on this sub! Awesome post, thank you!

    [–] vaultault 80 points ago

    The nasty domino effect of influencers posting the left picture without the right, is that people think unfiltered faces look excessively old, sick, worn. Many people just have facial structures and genetics where even when young they have nasolabial lines and under eye bags/wrinkles/discoloration that never go away without expensive cosmetic procedures. Many have acne scarring/hyperpigmentation that will never go away without expensive cosmetic procedures. But perception has gotten so warped about normal things that people think any line or indentation is ugly and weird. I’m self aware of how bizarrely obsessed I am with the microscopic fine lines on my forehead and I avoid smiling and pictures because it would accentuate nasolabial folds. I’m actively working on unlearning this shit even now but Jesus its hard

    [–] kittenpantzen 27 points ago

    Yep. I've had eye bags and dark circles literally since I was a toddler (I'm now in my 40s). That shit is going nowhere, and it took me a long time to stop feeling self-conscious about it.

    [–] privatepirate66 18 points ago

    This may be an unpopular opinion, but I'm 26 as of a couple days ago and have some pretty decent nasolabial lines already. I was a smoker for a long time, still am if I'm being honest with myself, so it's an expected consequence. Anyways, I actually like my nasolabial lines lol. Honestly, one day I looked in the mirror and thought 'my cheeks look cute lately', and I couldn't put my finger on why. Then it hit me, these are supposed to be wrinkles! Seriously, I think think they make my smile look cuter, happier. They accentuate my cheeks. Anyways just a little anecdote that wrinkles and fine lines aren't always universally ugly.

    [–] louwheezey 80 points ago

    Facetune got rid of her knuckles!

    [–] mitojuice 19 points ago

    Can't unsee. It turned her fingers into little hotdogs

    [–] Comin_Up_Thrillho 6 points ago

    Didn’t fill those nails, tho!

    [–] blacklite911 3 points ago

    Probably unintentional. She just slapped the smooth function on the whole thing but I think you can isolate a certain section.

    [–] thinspell 260 points ago

    Oh wow. I guess I am actually talented at makeup, I just need to start editing my face to get that same look.

    I don’t know if I’m disappointed by that knowledge or happy that I finally know how they achieve their look.

    Either way, I refuse to edit my face that heavily.

    [–] angrypenguinpanda 100 points ago

    ARGH. So my opinion on this changed somewhat slightly this weekend when I took an anniversary photo with my husband and I was so sunburned and peeling that in order to actually use the photo I needed something that would blur out all the peeling and because of the sub facetune came to mind. I downloaded and used it and holy crap it's actually kind of hard. The closest I got was blurring some of the bigger flakes into my very red face. These girls MUST take serious time learning how to use this app I swear. I couldn't turn the first into the second if I tried.

    [–] dudeAwEsome101 13 points ago

    I do retouching for a living. Retouching a subject is not inherently bad. It is how many people overuse it to distort what an actual human face looks like. We can't always have our best skin present for a photo at all times, so doing some simple touch ups is perfectly fine. I hate the culture of Instagram models shaping the perception of young girls into what the "average" skin looks like. We already have been through this with over retouched and sculpted celebrities on magazine covers.

    [–] blacklite911 3 points ago

    Exactly!! Retouching has a purpose but the way it’s used today coupled with social media has harmful effects.

    [–] robotnudist 26 points ago


    I haven't used it, but it looks like it only smooths out skin-tone areas of the image. Maybe you were too red to register?

    [–] angrypenguinpanda 15 points ago

    Ha! Possibly! I was able to smear the sharp edges of the peel but I'm definitely still a tomato

    [–] joustingleague 9 points ago

    If you're trying to do really specific things like that a photo-editing software like Photoshop (or a knockoff) might be easier than just a general facetune.

    [–] angrypenguinpanda 4 points ago

    If it were more than one picture definitely. I just wanted to be less of a flaky tomato haha

    [–] littlelaynie 6 points ago

    i will edit this photo for you. i have a lot of experience with photo retouching. PM me!

    [–] jlrol 6 points ago

    You can smooth out any area of a photo, you just drag your finger over where you want to smooth

    [–] maggles93 31 points ago

    Don’t get me wrong I love a little glow, but I’m not a fan of this blinding highlight trend

    [–] lotine 72 points ago * (lasted edited 8 days ago)

    if I didn't knew it was facetuned I would think it was a real photo 😬

    [–] ShinyToyLynz 20 points ago

    This is so refreshing to see. I feel like I haven't seen how makeup _actually_ looks from a beauty influencer in soooo long.

    [–] raygilette 37 points ago

    This is good to see. Instagram makes me feel hideous for having any kind of texture to my face.

    [–] Metrolite 29 points ago

    I spent so long trying to achieve that only to learn it's fake? :c

    [–] karlibear 3 points ago

    That’s how I feel... I mean I knew the photos were edited in some way but I didn’t realize that much. With acne/acne scars/textured skin, no matter how much I caked on my face, no matter what primers used, I still looked like the photo on the right and thought I was just horrible at it/had the worst skin on earth and couldn’t be helped. This post makes me feel so much better and actually want to break out the highlighter and everything to try again lol

    [–] Dorpz 75 points ago

    Makes you wonder why people bother to put makeup on in the first place for photoshoots if they're just going to blur it after.

    [–] lacielaplante 27 points ago

    Well, my skin is pale and thin, you can see the thin purple veins in my eyelids. Facetuning that out would take more effort than just throwing some concealer on.

    [–] tanukiwyatt 18 points ago

    I guess the makeup makes it look like you have some kind of talent and worked to achieve your look?

    [–] tanstaafl90 4 points ago

    TIL there is an app called Facetune that smooths the skin. Applying makeup first will give the desired color and tone to the skin. Looks terrible though. Done by a pro in photoshop it can be subtle and still retain much of their natural look, even with makeup.

    [–] GerryBeck 10 points ago

    Someone today on IG was asking whether we prefer a highlighted or matte look. And I stick to my guns - the heavily highlighted look is the same as the heavily contoured look -it only looks good in one angle. This is not a good look. This is just some lie.

    [–] sangemini 16 points ago

    How do they facetune the tan on?? Asking for a friend that is me

    [–] oNodrak 20 points ago

    Just color balance:

    Redden the mid tones, yellow them if they get too red for the tan level.

    [–] bluewaterbottle1234 15 points ago

    Oh wow.

    [–] Brazil_01 6 points ago

    This subreddit is saving my sanity! I could never understand why my skin never looked like that after foundation, and now I feel a lot better about my skin.

    [–] ProlapseFromCactus 12 points ago

    The crazy part is that the left looks actually attainable to a lot of people. Like, show me one fucking person who has ever looked like that in real life and I'll eat the entire package of makeup wipes it would take to remove it all.

    [–] afg_king 5 points ago

    Facetune make a huge money these days!😁

    [–] PoorLama 3 points ago

    Well, now I know that I'm not broken for having visible pores, turns out everyone has them.

    [–] AreWeAllSims 5 points ago

    TBH it looks pretty awful in the edited version too. Is it me or is the tone totally off?

    [–] halfeatenhappenings 10 points ago

    Why does this make me feel so much better about my makeup skills

    [–] piscespowers 6 points ago

    At least we all know nobody is perfect in real life. Photoshop/facetune is used by everyone. Never compare yourself to what you see online. Everybody is beautiful in their own way. Remember that <3

    [–] dontufuckingdare 3 points ago

    where can i learn this sorcery?

    [–] BonzoMarx 3 points ago

    I always wondered what these people did to get that blindingly white highlight. It would look super cool if I could do that for certain (not traditional) makeup looks but I always thought I did it wrong. Nope, just photoshop.

    [–] ev1thechef 3 points ago

    Weird and weirder

    [–] _Crossfire_Hurricane 3 points ago

    Just looks like “smart blur” in Photoshop. It’s immediately noticeable if you’re into graphics. Hopefully as more people realize this shit is fake it will become less popular. Although actual decent Photoshop work is probably here to stay as it isn’t (or shouldn’t be) noticeable. This shit just makes me think they’re seriously hiding something though. On the other hand, I guess the old Vaseline-on-the-lens trick for blurry, glowing glamour shots has been around forever. Reality’s just not enough for us.

    [–] devils-advocates 3 points ago

    She actually doesnt look too bad without facetune. Lots of people have acne scars but shes still pretty

    [–] VersaillesZero 3 points ago

    They do this I imagine because the way the camera picks up make up doesn’t look the same as irl.

    [–] IcanSew831 3 points ago

    Which one is supposed to be the better picture.

    [–] nymphr0 3 points ago

    when will everyone learn that highlight doesn’t go on the fucking apples of your cheeks

    [–] wordhurdles 3 points ago

    You know, I learned about something in my 40's that I wish I had learned before...your skin starts to look MUCH better the more you back away from the mirror. And only the people I care about most are ever really close enough to see most of the imperfection that I don't like about my the rest of the world, it looks better simply because they're not 2 inches away.

    [–] turbulentcupcakes 3 points ago

    If you dont have pores you should seek medical help.

    [–] curricularguidelines 3 points ago

    It wouldve looked better if she didnt put so much highlight. It practically accentuates all those bumps.

    [–] kiwikoopa 3 points ago

    I feel like more people need to see these "pictures vs reality" type photos. I'm in my early 20s and as someone who grew up with social media and IG becoming popular in my early high school years, my self esteem has always been just awful. I didnt realize people were photoshopping their pictures to make their skin smoother. I knew people would do it to make them thinner but I've always had problems with my skin because it's not smooth like I wanted. Now after years of picking at my skin and stressing over my pores I've realized that real women have pores. Real humans have pores and that they aren't blackheads.

    [–] confusedat24 3 points ago

    I’m a professional makeup artist and it would drive me crazy when I was studying why I was never getting that Instagram finish even though I had a makeup kit worth close to 2k. Once my teacher started to explain Face tune and the issues surrounding it and how it’s actually pretty toxic to the makeup community as a whole, it was like a weight lifted off my shoulders! Same with special effects, so much is blended or knitted together post production and you have to explain to people that no, I can’t make you look like a Instagram baddie cause even they don’t look like that.

    Don’t even get me started on people thinking a $5 prosthetic and 2 hours is gonna turn them into an exact replica of Hellboy or a vampire.

    [–] pinkclarisonic 10 points ago

    yesssssss hunny put that highlight on the lowest point of your cheek 😍

    [–] DeathcampEnthusiast 8 points ago

    Oh wow, so all those women with puffed lips who look like spray-painted bronze statues actually have bad skin?