Snow: The photoshop app I use instead of the front facing camera

I think photoshop is fucked up, and I want to first state that fact!

But….ja girl uses it sometimes. Only in very specific cases, though! So it’s okay!

Allow me to explain.

The front facing camera is misleading. In fact, it’s dead wrong. Different camera lens distances can distort your face in different ways, making you look completely different from reality, and the front facing camera makes you look, scientifically, a lot uglier than you naturally are. (That’s a science term).

For one, it makes your nose look a lot bigger. You would think that Steve Jobs, who kind of had a schnozz of his own (I used to have a big nose, so I can say this) would take this into account when he made the iPhone, but apparently not!

If you don’t believe me, take a look at the below photo.

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The same person, same day, same makeup - but drastically different photos due to camera lens.

The photo at the top left, is taken with a DSLR fancy camera, and the bottom right, is taken with a mobile phone shitty front facing camera. These aren’t exact terms. But I’m hoping you know what I mean.

To sum it all up - lens sizes and distance change and distort photos.

When you open your front facing camera and immediately hate your reflection, know that there’s a reason for it. It’s not what you look like. It’s distorted.

I also use my front facing camera as a mirror, which fucking sucks. I use it to check boogies, see if anything is in my teeth…and…well, mainly for checking boogies. Although sometimes it backfires.

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So what’s a girl to do when you need to check how you look, don’t have a mirror, and don’t want to spiral into a wave of insecurity by looking at yourself in the front camera?

I use a photoshop app called Snow. This is similar to Facetune, but it filters your face in real-time, and you can adjust the settings to any amount that you desire - from naturally attractive, to very obviously photoshopped. 

Here is what I look like in the app with no filters. And this is what I look like with my nose smaller, eyes bigger, jaw sharper, makeup applied (you can virtually do your makeup with this) and more. Pretty big difference. 

I like to set the filters to ‘naturally a bit more beautiful’ (that’s what I call them) and then set that as my default. 

Then, when I’m in an uber on my way to a first date, or sitting in a waiting room before a job interview, and I need to check and see how I look, I pull up Snow instead of the front facing camera. 

Jesus Shannon, you just wrote paragraphs on how you like to look at yourself on your phone, what the fuck?  Could you be any more vain? Also, I hate your blog. I only read it because I don’t like you.

There’s the voice in my head again! But seriously, I want you to download this app, and try using this instead of your front facing camera for a week. Damnit, I really think it helps!

When you’re about to meet a date, or interview for a job, or meet up with an old friend you haven’t seen in years, you are putting yourself out there. We’re already nervous. And the front facing camera does more to your self-esteem than you might think. We open it and think jesus, I have huge pores, my nose is monstrous, I look fat, I have hair everywhere…the list goes on. The front facing camera basically serves you negative affirmations, and the Snow app serves you positive ones. 

Now, you might be thinking “yes, this app serves you positive affirmations, but it’s fake. It’s photoshop. It isn’t real.”

Yeah, photoshop isn’t real. But neither is the front facing camera (see my scientific reasoning in the first part of this). These below photos are my front facing camera, regular camera, and Snow app.

Not gonna lie, I’m looking at these and it looks like my nose is crooked and I’m about to give Dr. Kim a call. Weird.

Anyway, see the difference between the front facing camera and the regular one (aka how we see people in real life)? The front facing accentuates lines, and shadows, and blotches your skin. The regular camera just shows you a face. And so does Snow.

To finalize this long winded post: that’s why I use Snow instead of the front facing camera. This blog post sucks. I’m hungry but I had to get one out today so now I’m gonna go grab a bagel.