No retouching!

Hey Everyone! Its been so long but my summer has been busy and fast so I haven’t had much time to dedicate to this blog. Something did catch my attention and reel me back to my blogging ways though! Recently there has been a pretty big controversy surrounding the use of airbrushing in advertisements.

Retouched Lancome Ad.

My first thought when I saw this article was ‘What’s the big deal? Isn’t airbrushing used all the time?’. Not that I think airbrushing isn’t misleading and often times over used but this just didn’t seem like anything new. I’m not going to talk too much about the article itself, since you can read it in the link down below but it did bring up some interesting things. For one thing I didn’t know how strict the UK was getting about these advertisements and although this might not sit to well with businesses it would probably help consumers. Think about it, if the effect of the products shown on the models are not enhanced or exaggerated it would be easier for consumers to see the true results of a product. Although this would be helpful to consumers the though must be very scary for a lot of companies, especially cosmetic companies. Another article showed one advertisements that wasn’t retouched by Make Up For Ever and I had to say it looks a lot better than the controversial ads by Lancome and Maybelline.

Unretouched Make Up Forever Ad.

The model in the ad looks naturally pretty and doesn’t look fake or non-human. A lot of over retouched photos, in my opinion, look way too fake to the point you know that glow isn’t natural. I think that having ads that aren’t retouched are not only refreshing but they show the confidence the company has in its products. My final thought is that retouching isn’t bad when used in moderation if your product isn’t good enough to stand on its own without retouching then it may need more developement.

Read more about the over retouched ads click here:http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/loreal-ads-of-julia-roberts-and-christy-turlington-banned-for-airbrushing-2516498/

To see the unretouched ad click here:http://shine.yahoo.com/channel/beauty/finally-the-first-ever-unretouched-make-up-ad-2465394;_ylt=AgrLEva8zygTT9MXdBgAwqppbqU5

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Not your Ordinary Art #1

As always I was looking around the internet for nothing in particular when I found something pretty interesting. I found a slide show of various types of lipstick art. The first picture that it shows kind of disappointed me. It just wasn’t what I expected, don’t get me wrong, it was nice to look at but I was thinking I had found something more artistic. Luckily I decided to go through the whole thing otherwise I wouldn’t have found what I was looking for. The second picture I saw , the heart lips, was pretty cute but it had been done before. The next picture, Halloween one, really blew me away. Not only I love Halloween but the…um…application/painting of the lipstick was really well done. I especially like how the tree continues up to the upper lip and how the sky gets lighter on the upper lip where the moon is. The Pikachu one is pretty good but I wish Pikachu’s nose or mouth was also drawn on the lips, it just seems strange-looking without those features. That being said the panda lips afterward look much better with the panda’s nose included. It just makes it look more like the character rather than a combination of someone’s lips and the character. I thought these animals wouldn’t improve much more but once again I was wrong. The fox lips are very nice. The tail of the fox is also blended very nicely to create a nice transition between the white and the orange/brown of the fox.  The next two are watermelon and kiwi lips and maybe it’s just me but I think the kiwi looks pretty realistic! I love how nicely the watermelon rind was done, the stripes are included very nicely here. The kiwi still remains my favorite because of how unique and creative it is. It’s just so unique and I’ve never seen anything like it before, it also seems so realistic, and I love the seeds! Okay I finally skipped two, now on to strawberry lips. I kind of wish that the color of the strawberry was a little lighter and more bright of a red. I would have kind of liked the lips to have more of a shine to them too, like most strawberries have. Other than that I think this was really well done. The next one is based on a lollipop and I have to say  that I really like this one. This one is also a really unique design and I can’t help but wonder what kind of cool effect the lips would have if the lipstick was worn all day. The crab one is also a very cute look, it’s not as detailed as the others but it makes up for all that with its cute eyes. The last picture is a collection of animal themed lips which are also done very well. I just found some of these really interesting to look at and it just goes to show you that art is everywhere. Stick around for number 2 coming up soon, if you liked looking at these you’ll enjoy my next post!

Check out the rest of them here: http://www.kaboodle.com/beauty/what-rocks/slideshow/omg-lips?fbItemId=AAAAA6ONbBEAAAAAArlOwQ