How do models always look so flawless? One word: Photoshop. By now, we all know that what we see on magazine pages is not real, but you may still be shocked by the unbelievable photo tricks that make celebrities look flawless.
Photoshop tricks have been used by retouchers for years to make models look thinner or more curvaceous. But it's not all retouching - there are some other tricks employed by the fashion industry to make models look better. We can thank Kim K for revealing her contouring secrets, but stylists have used bronzer, hair extensions, fake eyelashes, padded bras, and the art of perfectly tailored clothes for years.
So before you start shaming into yourself for not looking like all those models, remember that even those models don't look like those models.
As a Photoshopper for Victoria's Secret explained, “They put a push-up bra under the bathing suit," then retouch it out later.
"When you’re wearing a strapless bikini, in no way, shape, or form [can] you have cleavage," she explained. "It’s physically impossible with the way gravity works.”
No one's breasts look like that - not even the model's breasts. In most cases, the shapes of breasts are retouched to look rounder, bigger, or higher. They sometimes even remove nipples, according to one retoucher.
“The first thing they do is they put in [hair] extensions,” explained one Photoshopper. “I don’t think I ever was on a shoot with a model that had real hair.”
Despite numerous run-ins with the National Advertising Division, cosmetic companies like CoverGirl and L'Oreal still use false lashes in the majority of their mascara advertisements.