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Why Your Makeup Will Never Look Flawless Like Your Favorite Influencers’ —

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By Obiageri Nneoma Ogbonna

24 March 2024   |  
1:19 pm

In this day and age of social media it’s been widely discussed that our generation’s habit of doom scrolling and overuse of social media as a yardstick for life has led us into being subconsciously influenced to desire to be like other people and imitate the lifestyles that are being portrayed online. Therefore, it is…

In this day and age of social media it’s been widely discussed that our generation’s habit of doom scrolling and overuse of social media as a yardstick for life has led us into being subconsciously influenced to desire to be like other people and imitate the lifestyles that are being portrayed online.

Therefore, it is no surprise that anyone who loves to use makeup would want theirs to be “popping” exactly like the pictures and videos of their favorite beauty influencers they engage with online.

However, these expectations have been unmet as no matter what an everyday makeup user does, they would still end up with skin texture, deep acne scars, enlarged pores, fine lines and smile lines.

Here are some of the many reasons why your makeup will never look flawless and pore less like your favorite influencers, even if you bought all the products they used and followed their tutorials step by step:

Your skincare routine
First of all, it is worth considering that one of the keys to achieving a flawless and non-cakey makeup look is by having a healthy and glowing skin. The best way to achieve this is by investing both time and money to curate an adequate and consistent skincare routine which consists of products that work your skin shade and type.

Using skincare products that do not cater to your skin or even having no skincare routine could be one of the things hindering you from achieving the flawless makeup look you desire.

Dermatologists recommend that one should incorporate a simple regimen of cleanser-toner-moisturizer-sunscreen with the appropriate serums and acne treatments into their skincare routine in order to enhance skin appearance over time.

Filters
Since the advent of social media there has been a swarm of filters in the beauty industry. It is no longer news that influencers use face editing apps such as FaceApp to hide their natural appearance which they may consider as flaws. These apps can be used to edit videos and pictures to a point where they appear real.

Even in apps such as Instagram, these filters are already made to contour, hide, and fade every pore, acne, make up error, etc. Some of these filters can even give a free face lift for anyone with an asymmetrical face. Hence, the filters alter the natural appearance of a face with makeup on.

Lighting and HD camera angles
Lighting is one of the least considered properties in makeup. The appearance of a makeup video taken in front of a ring light cannot weigh the same on a scale with one that was taken under natural light.

As it is most known, most influencers record and take their pictures under these LED lights. Also, camera quality and angles heavily impact the appearance of videos and pictures, some angles may take away lines and scars leaving a picture crisp and clean.

Professional Editing
A lot of influencers and makeup gurus make a living from these pictures and videos. So, most of them hire professionals to shoot and edit these pictures and videos in order to maintain a professional profile.

These editors may even use professional tools and filters to enhance the appearance of the face, thereby eliminating any flaws and adding new features to the face. It is even rumored that some influencers pay media houses heavily to only release hyper-edited pictures of them.

Unrealistic makeup expectations
With the aforementioned discussions made above it’s safe to say that no foundation or primer or contour kit can give one a “glass-skin”, poreless, flawless makeup.

Anyone making such demands is rather unrealistic as a face with makeup on, in real life, will always have skin texture, enlarged pores, acne pitted scars, facial lines, etc, and that is absolutely alright.
Remember to embrace yourself as you are and understand that makeup is meant to enhance your natural features and not eliminate them.



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