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At first glance, the above video seems like any other beauty commercial: beautiful women, a flashy soundtrack, and promises of perfection. Keep watching, though, and you'll find that the key "product" is Fotoshop by Adobé. Filmmaker Jesse Rosten created the faux commercial as commentary on the prevalence of Photoshop, and we're betting his video will reach a million views by the week's end. We caught up with him to find out why he created the spot, what he hopes people will take away from it, and whether he's a Photoshop user himself.
BellaSugar: The idea for Fotoshop came to you while watching an infomercial with before-and-after pictures that looked identical, just Photoshopped. What moved you from watching the commercial to do a project about the subject?
Jesse Rosten: I suppose I just like to make things. They say when you have a song stuck in your head the remedy is to listen to the actual song. It's like that with me and ideas. If I get an idea that I'm passionate about, I tend to obsess over them. The only cure is to go produce the idea. The beauty of modern filmmaking tools and internet distribution is that one doesn't need permission anymore to go make something. This required a lot of work, but was relatively inexpensive to put together. Plus, it was a lot of fun!
BS: I have to confess — I actually expected you to be a woman when I saw the video, but I'm glad to see a man tackle the issue. Why do you think men should care if women have their wrinkles airbrushed away?
JR: I thought it would be funny to have a men's version of the product, putting one's head on a herculean body, etc. But I opted to keep it simple and focused on women since they suffer the most with societal expectations of beauty. This is a complex issue and I don't pretend to have the answer, but as the incidents of eating disorders and anorexia among American women continue to rise, I think it's important to keep the discussion alive.
The look is all about her amazing eyelashes and lips, but instead of going the smoky eyes/red lipstick route, the impact all comes from a few soft swipes of eyeliner, natural-looking mascara, and what appears to be sparing use of lip liner. And as in Estelle's songs, it's a reminder that sometimes understatement and a solid reworking of the basics are more beautiful than piling on a bunch of extras.
Don't think a cleanser can go beyond the basics? Carrie Underwood begs to differ. Olay 2-in-1 Daily Facial Cloths thoroughly cleanse skin deep down to the pore, removing dirt, oil, and makeup — even your super-duty-waterproof mascara. Don't believe it?
Take it from Carrie:
"It's hard to find eye makeup remover that doesn't burn your eyes. The Daily Facials don't burn anything and take off all of the layers of makeup I've managed to put on my face for concerts."
So take off your makeup each night by combining soap-free cleansers and conditioners infused with beta hydroxyl that go beyond basic cleansing to gently exfoliate and condition skin with essential Olay moisture (score!).
- The makeup shades that look good on anyone and everyone — Real Simple
- Chanel's new blush looks like a Hollywood sunset — Stylelist
- Preview Charlotte Ronson's new makeup collection — InStyle
- Could you have a makeup hoarding problem? — Beautylish
- Agyness Deyn gets a scandalous transformation for her new film — The Cut
- Winter's hottest nail polish picks — Glo
- Eye creams for women in their 20s — Refinery 29
It's January, and although where most of us live it's especially cold and dreary, in the world of nail color, it means just one thing: resort collections. That's right, this month marks the debut of bright, bold polishes meant as an escape from the Northern Hemisphere chill. So crank your heater up, grab a mai tai, and get ready for some sweet, cheerful relief in every shade from neon orange to Chanel's latest, prettiest pink.
Source: Flickr User Krystal T
We're delighted to present the following post written by celebrity makeup artist and beauty expert Brett Freedman.
Soft, healthy-looking skin seems like such a challenge in the Winter. The first week you put the heat on in your house is the worst. Whose skin doesn't kind of freak out? We all have Summer and Winter clothes, but how many have a Summer and Winter skin care regime? Address these environmental changes with nudges to your face and body moisturizing routine. I recommend a week of boot camp to get skin in supple shape. So get toned right up with my body-beautiful skin care tips.
My life has been an absolute whirlwind since my last blog for you: six months of filming Tabatha Takes Over, a nationwide book tour for It's Not Really About the Hair, endless press interviews from Seattle to Australia, and a few red carpet events thrown in for good measure.
In one recent instance, my crazy schedule got the better of me; I found myself, just days before an event, without a dress, and even worse, without a "beauty dream team" to get my hair and face red carpet-ready. In the end, everything turned out fine, which leads to the subject of my next blog for you: products and tips for combating your hair problem blues. See what else Tabatha has coming our way when you read more.