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Before and After Photoshop – 40 Images of Celebrities That Reveal Unrealistic Beauty Standards

Before and After Photoshop – 40 Images of Celebrities That Reveal Unrealistic Beauty Standards

Ever looked at a magazine cover, Instagram feed or movie poster and admired how pretty the man or woman looks? Fresh clear skin, no grey hairs or wrinkles, no bones sticking out or unattractive belly buttons in sight, right? Yeah, me too. But then I remember that the image has been photoshopped and airbrushed. Not “likely” to be, has been.

Everyone does it. How many of your friends are using a Snapchat filtered-floral crown photo for their Facebook profile picture? Maybe you’ve used a flattering Instagram filter? Hell, I’ve even done it using Photoshop! Brightened my eyes, removed blemishes, airbrushed a wrinkle or two…

Nobody is perfect, of that we can be sure. Even Chrissy Teigen has stretch marks, just like most of us mere mortals.

The thing is, between the media and all these terrific apps, we’ve created a false vision of what we look like. And it’s not just the magazines anymore. Celebrities are posting their own altered images to their social media accounts just like we do.

We’ve set unrealistic beauty standards that are unachievable in real life.

It is impossible to see the original unretouched copies of many photoshopped images on social media, as the owners of the altered versions hardly want their wrinkles and touching thighs on display for the world to see.

So let’s get real for a minute. Here are forty ‘before and after’ Photoshop images. Let’s play spot the difference.

Adriana Lima
Adriana Lima
freckles removed, skin tone evened and airbrushed, eye colour changed, brows neatened
Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone
freckles/moles removed, makeup brightened/added, wrinkles removed, skin airbrushed
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie
freckles removed, dark under-eye circles removed and skin evened out, eyebrows darker, makeup better defined, eye colour changed, hair thicker looking
Ashlee Simpson
Ashlee Simpson
skin airbrushed, hair tone changed,
Avril Lavigne
Avril Lavigne
skin tone altered and airbrushed, hair tone changes, shadows removed to the left of her face
Beyonce
Beyonce
complexion heavily airbrushed, lips defined, face and jaw thinned, nose altered, makeup refined and brightened, blush added
Britney Spears
Britney Spears
cellulite removed, legs and arms slimmed down, natural creases in back of legs removed/altered, waist thinned, breasts lifted, spray tanned, hair tone deepened
neck wrinkles removed, skin tone airbrushed, eyebrows neatened, beauty spot removed
skin airbrushed and brightened, makeup enhanced, chin cleft removed
Candice Huffine
Candice Huffine
waist and tummy slimmed down, thighs smaller, arms thinned, altered skin tone
Cindy Crawford
Cindy Crawford
skin airbrushed to remove wrinkles, thighs slimmed down and shadowed, neck and upper chest evened out
Eva Mendes
Eva Mendes
skin airbrushed to remove under-eye bags and dark circles, clavicle and shoulder bones minimised, stray hairs neatened around her hairline, skin tone changed completely
Faith Hill
Faith Hill
slimmed down drastically – look at her back. Her waist is now so small that her other arm is visible. Eyes retouched, wrinkles removed
Fergie
Fergie
complexion heavily airbrushed, wrinkles removed around eyes and mouth, skin tone and hair brightened, neck wrinkles removed
Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani
skin smoothed and airbrushed removing blemishes and marks, hair and skin tone brightened
Jennifer Aniston
Jennifer Aniston
complexion air brushed and blurred
Jennifer Lawrence
Jennifer Lawrence
waist slimmed, skirt wrinkles removed, face thinned, skin tone evened out and makeup enhanced
Jennifer Lawrence
waist, thighs and arms thinned, rib and hip bones enhanced, face slightly thinner
Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba
breasts enhanced, waist, hips and thighs slimmed
Katy Perry
Katy Perry
breasts enhanced, stomach wrinkles removed, thighs slimmed down, skin tone enhanced and face heavily airbrushed
Katy Perry
pores, wrinkles and blemishes removed, eye colour changed, chin cleft removed
Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley
aside from the obvious background changes: enhanced breasts, hair thickened, lips different shape, makeup enhanced, shadow under arm removed, neck altered
Kelly Clarkson
thighs and bum slimmed down, hair different tone, face slimmer, skin airbrushed
Kim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian
hairline altered around her face and neatened at the back of her head, waist, hips and thighs slimmed down, cheeks seem to be slightly smaller too
Kristen Stewart
Kristen Stewart
they closed her flipping mouth, you guys! Also, changed her hair tone and skin tone, removed dark circles under her eyes, brightened her eyes and removed shadows around her hairline
Leighton Meester
Leighton Meester
thinned her waist from both sides as well as making her breasts higher, makeup enhanced
Madonna
Madonna
changed lip shape, face shape, eye colour, defined cheekbones, airbrushed skin to high heaven, thickened hair, enhanced makeup, straightened fingers
Madonna
brightened everything, evened skin tone, removed wrinkles and eye sockets, neatened eyebrows
Madonna
evened and airbrushed skin tone removing bags and wrinkles, thickened hair, changed hair colour, eye colour, enhanced makeup, tidied up her hair
Megan Fox
Megan Fox
heavy airbrushing on this one. Brightened hair and enhanced makeup too.
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
changed the shape of her nose, removed wrinkles in her neck, slimmer waist and more defined breasts, airbrushed complexion
Miranda Kerr
Miranda Kerr
complexion airbrushed to remove shine and reduce wrinkles, hair lightened
Naomi Watts
Naomi Watts
freckles removed, skin tone evened out and airbrushed, wrinkles removed, makeup enhanced, armpit wrinkled minimised, clavicle shadow removed and neck smoothed out, eyes different colour
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman
eye bags removed, makeup enhanced, eyes brighter, skin tone evened out – and is her nose slimmer?
Nicole Scherzinger
Nicole Scherzinger
complexion airbrushed, nose slimmer, hair filled in around hairline and evened out, waist cinched in and hips curvier
Penelope Cruz
Penelope Cruz
skin heavily airbrushed, wrinkles removed, dark circles under eyes removed, eye brows neatened, makeup enhanced, hairline filled in, neck wrinkles removed, hair removed from the back of her hand
Rachel Weisz
Rachel Weisz
legs heavily edited, hips and thighs slimmed down, neck lengthened, hairline filled in, arms slimmed, skin airbrushed
Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone
skin airbrushed to remove freckles, wrinkles and smile lines, makeup enhanced, eyes and hair brightened
Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks
bags and circles removed from under her eyes, skin tone evened out, eyebrows filled in, eyes changed colour, hairline neatened, stray hairs removed
Zendaya
Zendaya
waist, hips and thighs slimmed down, skin tone and hair colour change

It doesn’t have to be much. A freckle here, an undereye bag there. Maybe a slightly different hair tone or a slightly cinched in waist or slimmed down thighs. Some of these were subtle, others not so much. But it all adds up to a vision of perfection that slowly and quietly eats away at our insecurities.

Why don’t I look like that? 

Because they don’t even look like that.

 

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Jill Slater

Jill Slater

Jill is a busy wife and mother of four young children. She loves nothing more than making people giggle, and loves to settle in with a glass of wine (or four) and wander about the internet. Feel free to follow her to see all the cool stuff she finds!

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