In the age of Facetune, Photoshop, and "Instagram bodies," it seems like way too many people are more interested in altering their features instead of accepting them. The practice of editing photos has become so commonplace that it's hard to tell exactly which photos have been touched and which ones have not.
We know we're looking at hard work and excellent skills; it's just become impossible to tell if those skills are beauty- or technology-related. In the beauty community, the biggest debate is whether or not this editing practice is fair to followers who turn to influencers for makeup, fitness, and skin-care tips.
More and more, beauty fans are holding the influencers they support accountable for creating illusions instead of showing true results. Most recently, YouTube influencer Tati Westbrook was recently called out for using a "pretty filter" on her makeup videos. Fans suspect that the backlash was so significant that she quietly stopped using the filter to avoid more negative commentary. In an interesting turn of events, another UK-based influencer has pulled back the curtains on her own former photo-editing practices to address the Instagram beauty standards.
Her followers seem overjoyed that Sel Khan is getting real about what "influencer beauty" really looks like.
"I recently started to get adult acne [and] although it’s starting to clear up (Alhamdulilah), I’ve always been confident in my (acne) skin. This is so inspirational. I hope others suffering from acne too take something from this post," one person wrote.
They're grateful for an influencer who doesn't mind speaking about self-love and acceptance *while* she talks about makeup and skin care.
"Thank you so much for the impact your making. I’m so happy that I came across your account. You’ve really helped me heal years of not accepting myself," one person wrote.
It's not that other YouTubers are doing it wrong; it just feels great to have a person who doesn't mind being entirely relatable. Let's hope we get to see less Facetuned selfies and more of our favorite beauty influencers sharing their skin-care journeys.