I've never been one of those girls who can admire herself in the mirror for hours on end. While I'm not physically repulsed by my own reflection, I'm also not enamoured by it. It's easier for me to notice my flaws than to praise my pretty parts.
Occasionally, however, somebody or something comes along that can really make you feel totally crappy about the way you look. Recently, for me, that thing was Perfect365, the makeover app that has become a bit of a thing lately.
When I first downloaded the app, I was amazed by it. I could subtly change my eye colour! My skin could be smooth and splotch-free! Everything was happening!
When you first take a picture of yourself (or upload one), you must align the key points to match the correct features. After this, you can alter your makeup, eyes, mouth, teeth, nose, cheekbones and more. The possibilities are sort of endless.
It is truly the best makeover app I have ever used on my phone. The changes are generally good enough to make you look substantially better-looking, yet subtle enough to not look comical (unless you want that).
The problem with the app is that you can switch between the original picture and the edited one in a quick click. If you've ever looked at yourself in a regular mirror followed by those super-magnifying mirrors in quick succession, the feeling is quite similar.
When I wear makeup, I can notice slight differences, but I have never known of a concealer that could completely erase all of my under-eye issues, or a highlighter that could physically lift my cheekbones. Makeup can only do so much and, while this fact is sometimes frustrating to me (especially after a spectacularly expensive purchase fails to make me look like the actress in the Photoshopped advert), in the long run, it is much better for my self-esteem.
If wiping off my makeup at the end of the day made as drastic a difference as the Perfect365 app did, I would struggle to look in the mirror to even apply it.
So yes, Perfect365 is an amazing app that makes me look like the supermodel version of myself. But the "before" picture is my reality, and it's hard not to notice every single flaw when they're so neatly erased without you even noticing they existed beforehand.
Let me give you an example:
I know what you're thinking: Which is the "before" and which is the "after" picture? Just kidding.
As you can see, the comparison can hurt the ego a bit. So if you're going to download or use this app, do so with caution. As I said, it's a really well-designed app. The undesirable emotions are just a side effect that some may experience.