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The Ugly Truth Behind the Airbrush App

The Ugly Truth Behind the Airbrush App

Perhaps i’ve been living under a rock, (although I like to think i’m hip & with it since, you know, I run a blog), but I only JUST found out like a month ago that there was such thing as an airbrush app. YEA. Did you know?!

If you haven’t heard of this airbrush app, it pretty much does the exact same things that magazines do to their cover models. Gets rid of any and all imperfections. For example, it has this tool called a ‘blur’ tool, which makes the skin appear flawless. No blemishes, no redness – basically no pores. NO PORES! How will your skin breathe?!

The ugly truth behind the airbrush app

Left – No edits. Right – blur tool, lightened eyes, thicker lips, darker complexion & concealer.

There are a couple reasons why I don’t like this app, and i’ll point out the first and most obvious one – it’s all fake. And it bothers me that hundreds and thousands of impressionable people are buying into somebody that has effectively built and lied about their image, using a free application.

You might think i’m exaggerating or overreacting, but I haven’t even mentioned that you can alter your body with this app. Big butt, skinny waist, smaller nose – whatever you want at the swipe of your finger. As someone who works their ass off day in and day out – seeing my hard work get easily replicated and posted online – AGH. Just grinds my frigging gears.

The only time the airbrush app/ resize tool is hilarious!

The only time the airbrush app/ resize tool is hilarious

This brings me to my second point as to why this app frustrates me: it is shaping and sabotaging the minds of young, influential females to believe that this is a standard of beauty that they need to achieve. And since they can’t attain that sort of perfection, it wears down on their self esteem and self confidence, while misrepresenting what true and real beauty is.

Even I was swept away by it all. I believed that these ‘Insta-famous’ models had gorgeous skin and/or were incredible in the make up department. I actually believed that their faces were flawless.

Except, the difference between myself and the young influential females that I just mentioned, is that I am no longer young, nor am I influenced by such things. Luckily I have enough self confidence and experience to know there is nothing gained from trying to meet these ridiculous standards of beauty (that, now we know, are NOT REAL).

The Ugly Truth Behind the Airbrush App

I also don’t know if you know this about me – but I effing HATE the Kardashian’s. The fact that I just wrote their last name on my beloved blog makes me want to vomit a little bit. The fact that they are considered an ‘inspiration’ and entertainment to so many women out there is truly terrifying.

Their skin is not that perfect, their waists are not that tiny, and their lips are not that big (naturally, anyhow). This isn’t a post to bash the K-family (literally, NOT worth my time), but to prove that so much of what you see on their social media channels is edited, altered, and not real.

WHY, is society so obsessed with personalities that base their entire life around distorted and unrealistic photographs?

And before you say it – I KNOW that what you see on Instagram can be an inaccurate misrepresentation of a persons life. That, I cannot change. But supplying an application so women and girls can edit themselves to imitate their social media icons is something I cannot keep my mouth shut about. I created this website to help inspire and motivate through the power of exercise, and this app and ideology is SO conflicting with my beliefs and values, that I felt something needed to be said.

Okay so where am I going with all this? I could try and preach to you to not fall prey to this trap of lies, but there is only so much I can say. Instead, i’ll leave you with this promise:

I, Beverley Cheng, will never airbrush my own face or body, alter my image in any way, or misrepresent myself to you, in hopes of getting more followers, likes, sponsorship or traffic to this blog.

I never want to portray my strength, physique, or workouts as something that is unattainable – that’s not what Born to Sweat is about, and I would be a fraud if I chose to fake it.

Plus, when you’re as attractive as this – you don’t need an airbrush app to make yourself feel good.

The Ugly Truth Behind the Airbrush App

What about you?

  • Did you know about the airbrushing app?
  • Is there any app/new invention out there that riles you up?
  • Thoughts?

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  1. Amy Parmley

    29 April

    Thank you so much Beverley – this was a very well written article and I couldn’t agree more ! I , like yourself, also am old enough to not let these things influence me as well and have the confidence to just be myself without alteration. However it’s so sad for al those poor young women out there that will feel all those pressures. Thanks for being YOU ! Love your blog xoxo

    • beverleyc

      2 May

      Thank you Amy!! That’s such a kind comment. I’m glad that you enjoyed it and hope to keep putting out good content for ya xx

  2. I’d never heard of that app before either! I totally agree with you – it’s infuriating that someone can copy our hard work with the swipe of a finger in an editing app – yuck! I like to earn my accomplishments and I like my face the way it is – pores, pimples and all 😉

    Good for you for never faking it!

    • beverleyc

      2 May

      ahh im glad you haven’t! its the worst. and yes i know it seriously bugs me so much, but we have to keep our heads high!

  3. I love this post! Thank you for keeping it real. I too think it’s sad that society pays so much attention to the Kardashians or anyone else who values themselves based on possessions or appearance. Seeing companies like Aerie show pictures of girls that are not retouched is so inspiring. It makes me want to buy more of their stuff. I wish Victoria Secret and everyone else would do the same. Women’s flaws are what make them beautiful. And, by the way, you don’t need one bit of retouching. You are naturally stunning!!

    • beverleyc

      2 May

      Hi Sarah! I’m so glad you liked it, and thank you for your comment!! I’m glad you have the same sentiments as I do. Haha and thank you – I would never use the app seriously but it was interesting to see how far it could be taken.

  4. I haven’t heard of this app either, but know how to do a lot of the same stuff in Photoshop and Lightroom. It is frustrating and I blame a lot of the confidence issues I had in high school on comparing myself to perfect models in magazines. But a picture will never replace a live person and it’s not authentic if it’s been edited to “perfection”. I hope that social media and internet popularity has improved things for the high school aged a bit giving people access to more unedited pictures of friends and celebrities compared to just perfectly edited printed images.

    • beverleyc

      2 May

      Amen Christine!! I don’t think I realized for the longest time that models in magazines were airbrushed, which is so embarrassing and sad for a 16 year old. Hopefully society will eventually change overtime, but i dont see it happening anytime soon

  5. I have never heard of this app before either. I use to really really struggle with comparing myself to images in magazines/ tv until recently when I’ve been learning how to use photo editing tool. Uhhhhhh you can do ANYTHING with technology these days…kind of scary!

    • beverleyc

      2 May

      Yes!! There are even Instagram accounts that are built to call out all those fake fitness models/icons who sell their courses/programs online and scam people.

  6. Haha I have a similar picture of me eating pineapple off a knife. My sister sends it to me sometimes as a hilarious joke (for her). I’ve seen some people get really carried away with that app to the point where you can tell it’s SUPER fake. I’ve never used it but I do love that you can make cats fat haha

    • beverleyc

      2 May

      Hahaha oh Erin no, no. That is a picture of me making my cat SKINNY. He is really that fat… (we’re working on it, dont worry haha)

  7. Yes yes yes THIS. I’ve heard of the app but never used it, nor would I. I can’t even imagine being, say, 12 in this day and age, with all of the apps. I feel like when I was younger, I just had magazines to look at (which was bad enough–heyyyy airbrushed everything!), but today they have Instagram, and while I love Insta, it really can be so fake. Thanks for writing this–you’re awesome.

    • beverleyc

      2 May

      Thank you Erin for this comment! I agree, I would HATE to be in high school/jr high with everything that is going on right now. It was bad enough 10 years ago before technology really played a big part.

  8. I didn’t know about this either! I do know that if I try to play around with any filters on picmonkey that I end up making myself look worse, so I just leave my pics as is. I agree that i’s crazy how many pictures are just so fake!

    • beverleyc

      2 May

      Hahaha I love that!! Good for you. I could probably even tone down the filter use myself some days.

  9. I didn’t know that app existed but I’m totally not surprised by it. Let’s all be our imperfect, goofy, totally rockin’ awesome lady selves and show the world the beauty in being REAL!

    • beverleyc

      2 May

      Yes Laura!! I totally agree.

  10. Shannon

    30 April

    I have never heard of this app! So sad that this is what society has become.

  11. I HATE THE KARDASHIANS TOO. Sorry, but I think they’re proof why some people hate Americans. I’ve never heard of that app but I agree with you! I would never airbrush my body either! Thank you for sharing this! 🙂

    • beverleyc

      2 May

      Haha THANK GOD there are some people who agree with me. It seems like everyone is so obsessed with that family, there is no one left with a brain. Thanks for commenting girl xx

  12. AMEN girl. I hate how fake everythings gotten. it’s given girls this false sense of needing to be perfect, when in reality, no one is!

    • beverleyc

      2 May

      exactly! hopefully they will learn to love themselves without all the filters/airbrushing/apps someday

  13. masala girl

    30 April

    that last picture = GOLD. lol love it.
    okay so, i actually haven’t heard of the actual “airbrush app”, but knew there had to be something like that out there. my biggest peeve- what happens when people see you in person? your face isn’t perfectly made up and smooth, your waist isnt as thin, etc. THAT is what makes me self conscious about it.
    ugh, i hate that people even do these things. in a way, it makes it so hard for people who naturally try and achieve their goals.

    • beverleyc

      2 May

      Haha so glad that you liked it!! and i know hey – i just think they’re probably so caught up in their make-believe online world that they start to believe the photos are actually legitimate representations of themselves. Isn’t that terrifying?

  14. I love your authenticity and that’s why I love your blog! It’s kind of sad how airbrushed so many blogs/instagrams/etc. are 🙁 But I love your real-ness!

    • beverleyc

      2 May

      Thank you so much Liz!! Glad you like these articles, that means a lot xx

  15. This post is SO important. Literally in my “About” page on my blog I make the vow to never airbrush, never edit, and never filter myself. I would never want any woman to look at me and feel badly about herself for something that isn’t even real. I hate that apps like this exist. And I hate even more that it’s become part of a cycle where beauty bloggers, fitness models, etc choose to edit themselves because they feel like if they don’t they’ll be the odd man out in their field. The fact that airbrushing and all that is the norm now is truly heart breaking.

  16. Brian

    12 May

    Goodness gracious, I just stumbled upon your blog. Are you sure ALL of your pictures aren’t airbrushed? Talk about perfect 😉

    • beverleyc

      13 May

      Haha Brian! So kind =P But NO airbrushing!

  17. Preach preach preach sister!!!! Oh I love you so much (I mean, I always have but you know) for posting this! What are we telling young girls when we promote editing every freaking photo to make it look unrealistic? UGH. I actually didn’t know of this app either. Stupid. I hate Kardashians as well and I feel sorry for your cat 😉

    • beverleyc

      20 May

      Hahah aww Chrissa, I love you too!! And i knowwww, i’m so glad you feel the same way. Haha, my cat loves his life. He just needs to lose a few pounds (like, 10 to be exact).

  18. Bodynsoil

    17 March

    I’ve just discovered airbrush and like how easy it is to use. Your enlarged cat is definitely funny.

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