We know you don’t have oodles of time to browse through everything on the Birchbox blog and in the magazine each week. Here’s a short list of the top blog posts, articles, videos, and news that we don’t want you to miss.
1. Birchbox x Youtube: Do you subscribe to Birchbox on Youtube? (You should!) Our Youtube channel is packed with videos sharing advice on a variety of things, from how to apply liquid eyeliner to how to pack the perfect travel case, and more. Come take a look!
2. Movember Inspiration: Douglas Friedman—respected photographer, daring traveler, and the charismatic face behind a serious ‘stache—kickstarts Movember in this charming video interview.
3. Beauty Buzz: UK Edition: Our team across the pond quizzed their beauty editors on what makes them tick, from their go-to treatments to the “non-beauty” treats they’re looking forward to this fall.
4. Brow Tips from #AskBenefit: This week the brow experts at Benefit schooled us on how to handle everything from bleaching to over-plucking. Here, we share our top five most useful tips.
5. An Unsettling Photoshop Transformation: We couldn’t help but weigh in on the controversial Photoshop GIFs that made the rounds on the ‘net this week.
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We know airbrushing is a reality. The models and celebs we see on the covers of our favorite magazines are almost always Photoshopped to achieve the insane level of perfection that has become standard.
While the debate continues (Are we teaching teenage girls to strive for something impossible? Is it right to idolize this kind of beauty? How much airbrushing is too much?), one BBC reporter, Tulip Mazumdar, wanted to know what it felt like to be the one having her imperfections erased virtually.
Did Vogue Photoshop Away Claire Danes’ Leg?
Claire Danes is the newest celebrity to get caught up in the great Photoshop debate. Vogue's August cover girl was photographed along with her Homeland co-star, Damian Lewis, for a steamy spread and the images are stunning. The only problem is that many people are finding it quite difficult to locate Danes’ right leg in a shot of the two actors lying together on a bed. It could be hidden beneath the folds of her gorgeous gown, but it’s speculated that Vogue may have accidentally photoshopped it off.
We’ve actually had several staffers take a look at the photo and try to find the missing leg. (It’s actually a pretty fun activity, sort of like an adult version of Where’s Waldo!) We’re unable to tell where the heck her appendage has gone and we’ll be interested to see if the magazine releases a statement now that the Interwebs are buzzing about the image.
What do you think? Can you see her leg?
Follow in the steps of this Seventeen Magazine reader to see what you might able to do about the Photoshopping exercises of your favorite magazines.
We’ve all used Instagram filters to make our selfies look a little brighter and rosier. But now there’s a new iPhone app that takes it one step further: Pixtr. The app enhances your pics by using facial recognition software to erase wrinkles, fade zits, enhance skin tone, and tweak prominent features like your nose or jawline. It performs the kinds of retouching magic once reserved for Photoshop artists, yet it doesn’t require any technical savvy (all you have to do is select the pic and the app does the rest). Pixtr even takes your gender into consideration, so if you’re a girl you won’t have to worry about ending up with the jawline of Jon Hamm.
Gisele Bündchen has been in plenty of fashion editorials and ads, but that doesn’t mean the supermodel doesn’t take issue with all-too-common photo retouching. In fact, when she partnered with BLK DNM’s creative director Johan Lindeberg for the brand’s latest campaign, the pair made a point to go sans Photoshop or professional styling.
While that might make some models uncomfortable, Gisele was more than happy to pose for something more real:
Dove’s New Ad Campaign: Photoshop Trick or Reality Treat?
Dove is back with another installment of its decade-long “Campaign for Real Beauty,” which aims to inspire confidence in women when discussing beauty.
While Dove’s previous efforts (commercials like “Evolution,” “Onslaught,” and “Amy”) were directed at consumers to convince them to rethink their perceptions of beauty, this one targets those who create the ads.
The beauty brand built a Photoshop action, which is a downloadable file that can apply a certain look to an image in one click. This action file, which promised to add a skin-glowing effect to images, was released online in forums where art directors and other photo retouchers would stumble upon it and hopefully download it. In reality though, the action would revert the Photoshopped image to its original state with the tagline, “Don’t manipulate our perceptions of real beauty.”
What do you guys think? Is Dove making a good point about the beauty industry by targeting photo retouchers?
Photoshop has been the center of controversy for many years. Find out more about this great debate here.
Even models like Karlie Kloss are routinely photoshopped for magazine spreads. (Photo: MagXOne)
How skinny is too skinny? If you’re a model, casting agent, or magazine publisher working in Israel, that question has just been answered for you. Israel has enacted a new law—effective as of January 1—forbidding models with a body-mass index (BMI) below 18.5 from appearing in ads and editorial spreads.
As the Wall Street Journal reports, the law also requires publications to tell readers when they’ve altered images of models to make them look skinnier. The measures are designed to put healthier-looking models in the spotlight, but it should be noted that they only apply to images produced in Israel, not those imported from other countries.
What happens to a re-touched image before (left) and after (right), according to one Photoshop pro. (Photo: iStock)
Want to know more about the conversation around retouching? Find out about the Great Photoshop Debate.