Photoshop Experiment Shows Every Country Has A Different Standard of Beauty

If you pick up a dictionary and look up “most ridiculous beauty test in existence,” you’ll find yourself looking at Asia’s Finger Trap Beauty test. Fine, it may not be in the dictionary, but that’s certainly how we feel about a “test” that judges beauty based on whether you have a tall nose, a small jaw and really long fingers.

Twenty-four-year-old journalist Esther Honig seems to be on the same page as us about these ridiculous and unattainable standards of beauty. Honig recently did a experiment about ideal beauty around the world and the results reinforce what we’ve believed in all these years: There is no one standard of beauty.

Think about it. If the Asian Finger Trap test determines beauty, then what about those, like myself, who don’t pass this test? Does this mean we should go cry ourselves to sleep because no one will ever find us attractive?

Nope, I don’t think so.

Honig recognized that one person’s perception of beauty is completely different from the next. How can we think of a single test as the all-knowing judge of beauty when the definition of beauty is constantly changing? In Asia there’s the finger trap test, but in America there’s the “thigh gap” obsession. Clearly, those are two very different scales and yet they both “determine” beauty. Confused? You should be.

To prove her point, Honig contacted 40 Photoshop-savvy individuals from more than 25 different countries. Their task was simple: edit her photo and make her beautiful.

The results blew her away. All the Photoshopped images were drastically different from one another.

“I hope this forces viewers to reconsider their concept of beauty and the expectations they hold themselves to,” Honig says. “When we compare unobtainable standards on a global scale, achieving the ideal remains all that more elusive. It almost neutralizes the belief in a universal beauty.”

So the next time you feel ugly because your strong eyebrows simply can’t conform to the trendy short and straight “K-pop eyebrows,” remember in India, you’d be gorgeous.

You’re welcome.

Before & After: Indonesia

Before & After: Indonesia

Before & After: India

Before & After: India

 

Before & After: Philippines

Before & After: Philippines

Before & After: Vietnam

Before & After: Vietnam

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Before & After: Morocco

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Before & After: Argentina

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Before & After: United States of America

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Before & After: Chile

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Before & After: Kenya

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Before & After: Serbia

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Before & After: Pakistan

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Before & After: United Kingdom

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Before & After: Bangladesh

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Before & After: Bulgaria

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Before & After: Sri Lanka

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Before & After: Israel

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Before & After: Greece

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Before & After: Bangladesh

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Before & After: Italy

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Before & After: Serbia

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Skin Care Products, Not Just for Women Anymore

Ladies, be prepared to move all your eyeshadow palettes, lipsticks, eyeliners, and your hoards of lotion and bb cream’s aside. Men’s skin care products are on the rise and you know what that means – we’ll have to share the bathroom sink every morning. Gasp.

You can thank those fair-skinned, pretty boys in K-dramas for this latest craze of men’s beauty products in Asia. Apparently we’re not the only ones these days who are swooning over them – men are too. Well, maybe not swooning exactly, but they are definitely taking notes on how to attain silky, smooth skin.

According to an article on Wall Street Journal, the largest market for men’s skin care is China at $974 billion, and is expected to increase up to 1 billion dollars by next year. Korea is closely behind at $635 million, and North America is at $286. With this craze, you would think these products come with Scarlett Johansson’s face plastered on them or something.

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For now, we’re not complaining (too much) at least…unless all their products start taking up too much of our space. Then, we’ll definitely have a problem.

Editor’s Beauty Picks: Summer 2014 Issue

We feature dozens of beauty products every issue, but this is the post that’ll tell you what we’re really coveting for ourselves here at Audrey. Check out the best of our Summer 2014 issue:


Rodial Glamstick

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These tinted butters go on super smooth (like butta); contain vitamin E, cocoa butter and hyaluronic acid spheres, which attract water to the skin; and smell amazingly like coconut. The colors may look bright (my favorite is Psycho, a rosy coral that looks a lot like Korean actress Jeon Ji-Hyeon’s famed lip color from the mega-hit Korean drama My Love From the Stars), but they go on creamy and sheer — perfect for summer.


Laneige BB Cushion SPF 50+

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Audrey‘s art director is obsessed with Iope’s new Air Cushion XP SPF 50+, a liquid foundation in a compact that also provides SPF 50 protection. If you can’t find it online, try the BB Cushion from Laneige, its sister company. They’re both made with their signature signature mineral water, but Laneige is now available at Target.

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Get amazingly dewy skin like Yulia Saparniyazova at Tracy Reese.

 


 

Koh Gen Do Cleansing Spa Water Cloths

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These cleansing cloths (the cotton is certified organic in Japan) are just so good. They’re not oily like some, and they don’t even feel that wet, which is amazing considering how well they remove makeup and even sunscreen. (And they’re the perfect size for getting at every corner of your face.) Infused with nutrient-rich thermal water from the Yumura Hot Springs in Izumo, Japan and white birch sap, harvested for only three weeks in early spring, these cloths are on my short list of beauty products I’d actually buy.

 


M.A.C Alluring Aquatic Lipstick in Pet Me, Please

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At first I thought this frosty nude was a bit too Miami old folks’ home, but apply it over some lip balm and you get a glowy-y sheen that brightens the entire face.


Ioma Flash Youth Eye Contour Concentrate

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With a high concentration of active ingredients (a rare 26%), this serum works 360 degrees all around the eye contour, not only addressing the downward drag of the subcutaneous fat in the orbital region which causes eye bags but also lifting sagging upper eyelids, a major sign of premature facial aging. I absolutely love the immediate cooling effect when you apply it, and throughout the day, I literally felt a tightening (at first I thought my eye cream wasn’t working!) as the lifting element went to work. This one’s a bit pricey ($165!), but worth every penny.


Osis Dust It

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This mattifying hair powder really separates and texturizes and yet is not stick and leaves hair just malleable enough to reshape throughout the day.


Get Audrey‘s summer 2014 issue here!

 

The Ultimate Beauty Food: Avocados

Avocados aren’t just for eating anymore.

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Native to Mexico, Guam and Central America, avocados contain vitamins, antioxidants and a number of essential nutrients that leave skin and hair healthy and moisturized. They contain over 25 vital nutrients including vitamins A, B, C, E, and K as well as minerals such as copper, potassium, iron, magnesium and phosphorus. Clearly, avocados are a natural way to to nourish and better your physical appearance without the harsh chemicals of beauty products.

Check out some of our favorite avocado beauty secrets below!


 

Avocado Hair Mask

1) Mix one ripe avocado, one egg, and one tablespoon of lemon juice.

2) Apply to damp hair and secure hair into a bun.

3) Leave in hair for 30 minutes, then rinse with shampoo.

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Avocado Face Mask

1) Mix two ripe avocados, natural honey, and natural yogurt in a bowl.

2) Apply paste to face, and let sit for 15 minutes.

3) Rinse with warm water.

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Avocado Eye Mask

1) Mix a ripe avocado and aloe vera gel in a bowl.

2) Spread evenly under your eyes, and let sit for 10 minuntes.

3) Wipe gently and splash face with warm water.

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Look For Less: Urban Decay Naked Palette

Everyone has been raving about the Urban Decay Naked Palette ($54) with its twelve gorgeous neutral shades from shimmer to matte textures. But who wants to pay over fifty dollars on eyeshadow?

NYX’s Nude on Nude Palette ($25) is a medley of 20 neutral eyeshadows and 10 vibrant lip colors, and it doesn’t break the bank.

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Let’s compare the two palettes:

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Urban Decay Naked Palette:

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NYX Nude on Nude Palette:

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Both palettes have similar colors and a variety of shimmery and matte eyeshadows. Would you rather pay $54 for twelve eyeshadows or $25 for twenty? You’re welcome.

 

 

Summer Beauty Trend: 3 Steps For BRIGHT LIPS That Last

This summer the new trend is bright lips. Of course, it takes more than  just the perfect lipstick to create lasting lipcolor. Lucky for you, we have some quick and easy ways to make sure your lips stay perfectly bright all summer long. Here are 3 tips for getting the perfect bright lip.


1. Exfoliate your lips before for smoother application.
Fresh Sugar Lip Polish ($22.50)
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2. Store bright lipsticks in the fridge to prolong its life.

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3. Use a lip liner to prevent feathering and to extend the life of your lip color.
Makeup Forever Aqua Lip Waterproof Lipliner ($19)
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Beautybox : The Most-Wanted Korean Cosmetics Delivered to Your Doorstep

Have you ever wanted to try new products without buying the full size bottle? Are you looking for the most trusted and best-loved Korean beauty products, but you have no idea how to get a hold of them? Well it sounds like it’s time for you to try out a beautybox.

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The beauty box by Memebox brings together products that are sourced, packaged and shipped directly from Korea.

“There are couple of reasons behind this,” The Memebox website explains. “Firstly, we want to make sure that you get the widest choice of products, and that means not limiting ourselves to a small warehouse outside of Korea. Secondly, beauty trends evolve incredibly rapidly, and shipping directly from Korea allows us to stay on top of that.”

The best part about this is all variation between the different beauty boxes. For instance the original Memebox ($23) contains 4-8 full sized products and deluxe samples that vary from hair and body products, to skin care and cosmetics. That’s right, you get to choose specifically what type of beauty products you’re looking for.

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There are special edition boxes that focus on masks ($23), scents ($15), or colors ($15).

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Additionally, there is the Superbox which contains full-sized products and the Luckybox which combines the most popular items selected from previously sold-out Memeboxes. There are even boxes for men ($29).

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Beauty Trends Made Easy: DIY Sheet Mask

Ever wanted to get a facial without breaking the bank? We’ve got just the thing. Today, we’ll show you how to make your own sheet mask that caters to your personal needs.

Sheet masks originated in Korea and are becoming popular all around the globe. Not only is application quick and easy, sheet masks are a great way to soothe and improve your skin. Plus they are very easy to make!

 

All you need is a facial mask sheet ($2.95) and your liquid of choice:

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FOR DRY SKIN: 
Mix coconut water with five drops of coconut oil and half a teaspoon of honey. Coconut water and oil are hydrating while honey helps lock in the moisture.


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FOR SENSITIVE SKIN: 
Mix a tablespoon of aloe vera gel with a couple drops of olive oil and a cool cup of natural green tea. The aloe vera and olive oil will combat dryness, while the green tea will soothe the skin and calm any redness.


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FOR ACNE-PRONE SKIN:
Mix ¼ cup of witch hazel, ¾ cups of water, and a teaspoon of aloe vera gel. Witch hazel removes excess oil from the skin and minimizes pores, while the aloe vera will soothe irritation and redness.


 

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Soak your mask in the liquid, and then apply it to your face. Leave the mask on your skin for about 10-20 minutes and once removed massage the excess liquid into your skin. A simple and affordable at home facial, what more could you want?

 

Top 5 Sweatproof Makeup Products For The Summer Heat

During these hot, summer months, everyone is looking for makeup that lasts. Take on the heat, with these must-have beauty products.


Smashbox Primer

1) Smashbox Photofinish Foundation Primer ($36) 
Prime, protect, and correct your skin in just one step! This primer helps reduce the appearance of fine lines and pores, and helps foundation last longer. SPF 20 helps protect skin against harmful UVA/UVB rays.

 


 

Aqua Cream

2)  Make Up Forever Aqua Cream ($23)
Aqua Cream provides rich pigmentation in just one application. Its waterproof formula will not crease or smudge under the most extreme conditions.

 


Stila Eyeliner

3) Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Eyeliner ($20)
This waterproof, liquid liner glides on smoothly without skipping or smudging. The thin marker-like tip is easy to use, and creates a thin line.


Cannonball Mascara

4) Urban Decay Cannonball Mascara ($20)
This Japanese formula refuses to budge. A special microcrystalline wax works with the wand to increase length and volume, while never flaking off.

 


Cargo Blush

5) Cargo Water Resistant Blush ($26)
This sweatproof blush has a longwearing silicone formula that withstands moisture.