I don’t know why #NoFilter is even a thing.
Recently, actress Laverne Cox was accused of getting a nose job. The truth? She explained it all with an Instagram post.
For everyone who thinks I had a nose job, the surgeon is snapchat. The first photo has #nofilter. The second has the #snapchat beauty filter. I try to love, embrace and accept myself everyday, filter or no filter, make up or no makeup, weave or no weave. Filters are fun but they are no substitute for me waking up, looking in the mirror and seeing the unfiltered me as beautiful and worthy of acceptance and love. #TransIsBeautiful
Whether you’re using a Snapchat filter or lens, it’s all for the fun of it, right?
I use Snapchat to update friends and family about what I’m doing, send silly photos using lenses and to post live content during events.
Let’s talk about how some lenses change the way we look and the similarities.
The photo below is me with no makeup on and with no filter or lens.
This is the oh-so-famous flower crown lens. Notice how pale my skin got. You can’t see my pores anymore, and my eyes look glossed over.
This golden butterfly lens has the same glossy-eyed effect as the previous lens. But notice how my skin looks a little more golden than my actual skin tone. Because of this, you can see how white my teeth suddenly look. Also, I know makeup mavens are obsessed with highlighter these days, but do you see the area under my eyes? It looks so bright and light. Has anyone else noticed this in Snapchat lenses? It kind of creeps me out.
Here, my skin went back to being a little more pale, but my teeth are just as white. And the glowing sun beams are coming down from the heavens. Look at how they’re lighting up my under-eye area again so perfectly.
My skin looks so “flawless” even when I’m in black and white. If only the giant red lips fit my small ones.
This is one everyone’s familiar with. It’s the lens where you can really see it drape over your face from left to right on your phone screen. Your screen goes from showing your normal face to a lens that brushes over a glowy film over everything. Look at how my prominent forehead lines that I’ve had since childhood just disappeared. Not even foundation and concealer can do that! The skin looks smooth and the under-eye area is yet again, highlighted. It’s like a toned down version of a sepia photo.
So what do Snapchat lenses say about our society’s beauty standards?
They tell us that a slimmer nose is nice. Flawless, fairer skin should be what we want to achieve. Light skin, a glowing complexion and highlighted faces are key. Anyone see a problem with that?
Obviously these lenses shouldn’t be taken seriously.
Snapchat lenses are like the new Photoshop. Sometimes, you really can’t believe what you see online, which is sad. So don’t take things too close to heart. Strive for your own version of beauty.