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Need An Afternoon Pick-Me-Up? Watch This Video Spoof On Photoshop Retouching

Fotoshop by Adobé from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

Whether it’s makeup companies getting busted for enhancing eyelashes or beauty ads making a splash for refusing to retouch, Photoshop has been getting lots of attention lately. Naturally, it was only a matter of time before someone made a spoof video of the situation. A big thanks to Liza from FOOD CURATED for sending us this clip, which is well done and hilarious. We especially love the tag line: This commercial isn’t real, neither are society’s standards of beauty.


MAKE UP FOR EVER’s New Unretouched Ad Campaign…Starring You?

The Photoshop scandals of the last few years haven’t seemed to deter most fashion and beauty brands from digitally enhancing their images. But at least one big makeup company is listening. MAKE UP FOR EVER made a big splash this past spring when they released the ad above with the headline, “You’re looking at the first unretouched makeup ad.” It was covered everywhere and made a huge statement about their makeup — it’s good enough to look amazing on camera without help from Photoshop. Still, there were detractors who said the ad looked great because the model was young and, well, a model. The brand responded by offering an open casting call for their second Unretouched Campaign this winter. 

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Reading List: The Hottest Cities, Daphne Guinness for MAC, Vintage Beauty Ads & Model Beauty

Welcome to December! This week we’re reading about the most attractive cities in the US, the latest celebrity to create a collection with MAC (isn’t there a new collaboration every week?), and ways to calm down our freaked out skin. Plus, learning about a new organic skincare line from a model and laughing at crazy vintage beauty ads. Keep reading for our favorite links this week.
  • Travel and Leisure has released its annual reader survey of the cities with the most attractive residents. Among them are Charleston, Denver, and Miami. Our home town, New York, didn’t even crack the top ten. Hmph, obviously a mistake. [Huffington Post
  • Daphne Guinness designed a collection for MAC! The 21 piece collection will be available December 26th through February 9th and looks like it’s going to inspire quite a few post-holiday shopping sprees. [Refinery29]
  • It’s funny how much beauty standards have changed over the years. The Gloss dug up some vintage ads extolling the virtue of adding few extra pounds, something we don’t think we’ll be seeing in our magazines anytime soon. [The Gloss]
  • Sometimes, no matter how many awesome products you’re using, stress and other emotional problems get in the way of clear skin. This slideshow of some common issues and their solutions will no doubt come in handy this season. [Allure]
  • Speaking of clear skin, model (and Orlando Bloom’s Wife) Miranda Kerr has got it. Kerr, who studied nutrition before her career took off, will now be releasing an organic skincare line, Kora, in the US. It’s apparently been available since 2009 in Australia and is just making its way over here. We can’t wait to try it! [Vogue]

— Lorelei

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