After fully putting myself into training over the summer I realised how important image has become over social media and in society nowadays. You can post one selfie or workout photo and have more support from people than if you posted a casual life photo. However, it became clear that many people aren’t as confident as they seem and I started to realise that we have such strong opinions on what is shown online.
You see the perfect Instagram famous makeup artists or personalities and wonder why your photos don’t look like that. The reality is, you can do a lot with makeup and photo editing apps. So many Instagram, Twitter or Facebook pictures are edited, not only by these personalities but by photographers and models. You begin to want your own photos to look like them, so you wear more and more makeup in photos and you start to dislike a photo of you without makeup on.
Turns out you actually start to not even recognise yourself in some photos, even though they might be a great photo they aren’t true to yourself.
There is absolutely nothing wrong with either image. However the version on the left is one that I personally posted on my social network sites and the picture on the right is the original. I have never needed to edit my photos that much however like everyone I like to edit the lighting, colour and sharpness to make it look better.
So what’s wrong?
The problem wasn’t only that I felt the need to change all these unnecessary changes to a natural image but the amount of makeup that I am wearing in order for me to feel happy with the image.
Everyone has certain aspects of their looks that they are not as confident with, however I do feel like we need to embrace them as the more you conceal and cover it all up.. The harder it will eventually be to feel confident with it when the time comes.
Recently I decided to go to all my photoshoots without the large amount of ‘photoshoot makeup’ on, no fake lashes or large amounts of concealer. I went with my natural everyday makeup to see that not only would my images still come out as good, but they would also be more truthful to me and how I look naturally.
Above are from my most recent shoot with Kid Circus (Photographer), wearing my most natural everyday look.
I know a lot of people don’t really like certain photos of them, it’s always ‘Delete that’ or ‘don’t put that on Facebook’ if you hate the image. For me, realising that you don’t always need the makeup and fake lashes, was a way for me to be happy with every single photo that was shot during this photoshoot. I realised these photos are a more realistic representation of the real me.
Don’t get me wrong, sometimes it’s great to get all the amazing makeup and to be pampered up for photos. But a BIG TIP.. do not get used to it, embrace your beauty and learn to not care what society or your social network followers think. After all, you are better off looking the same in both reality and online.
Never change who you are for others. There is no reason to compare yourself as you are unique.
You are YOU.. Nobody else can be a better version of yourself.
-Until Next Time..
Giovana Braia x