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What is Different About This Michelle Obama Picture?

Notice anything unusual about this portrait of US First Lady Michelle Obama?

Michelle Obama after digital makeover - eyebrows are less arched

Yes, we gave her an eyebrow makeover. Softening the angle of her normally highly arched brows gives her a gentler face.

Michelle Obama original picture - before digital eyebrows makeover

Which do you prefer? Her usual I-mean-business brows or the softer, edited one?

Michelle Obama - before after eyebrow makeover

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Debenhams Reveals What Goes Into Image Retouching of a Swimsuit Model

Debenhams Swimsuit campaign showing photos of a model before and after retouching

Photos: Debenhams

Similar to what Britney did in her Candie’s ads exposing her unretouched image alongside the touched up version, Debenhams, a UK department store selling swimwear, has chosen to show an unedited photograph of a model next to the retouched photograph with a sign written “We’ve not messed with natural beauty, this image is unairbrushed. What do you think?”

Debenhams retouching notes on a swimsuit model showing what goes into a "perfect" photo

Photos: Debenhams

Debenham creative director Mark Woods through this campaign shows us what goes on in the editing process, in the creation of a perfect beauty as we see on every cover photos and advertisements. From the image above, about 11 touch ups have been clearly indicated, ranging from skimming of the legs, waist, arms and shoulders to smoothing of the face.

Notes on the retouched photograph:

  • skintones made warmer
  • face smoothed, blemish removed on lip, skin under eyes smoothed
  • outline of hair smoothed
  • underarm cleaned up
  • hair removed
  • shoulder skimmed
  • shadow on cleavage enhanched
  • arm skimmed
  • removed fold of skin
  • waist skimmed
  • leg skimmed (both sides)

Through this campaign, the company hopes to raise awareness of the negative impact that a digitally enhanced beauty can do to both men and women. Besides creating an unrealistic perception of female beauty, it also diminishes the self-esteem of women who obsessively make comparisons of themselves to models and celebrities, most of whose images have undergone the same processes in the editing room.

Will we see more natural beauty in future ad campaigns? Will more retailers follow suit in being more honest about digital manipulation?

Being humans, we are naturally attracted to objects of beauty, be they people or things and ad campaigns for years has been using images good-looking women and men to sell products and capture people’s attention. Until our perception of what constitutes perfect beauty — unusually smooth skin, no loose skin or fat in sight, very tiny waists, large breasts, etc — change, digital enhancements will still have an important role to play in the advertising industry.

Eyebrow Shaping Tip — One Golden Rule for Every Face?

In the previous post, we analyzed Keira Knightley’s eyebrows. It was suggested that Keira’s eyebrows are too dark and close together and that her brows should be trimmed in such a way that inner ends are vertically-aligned to the sides of her nostril.

A quick Google shows that the Internet is rife with tips on how to properly shape eyebrows in order to attain the perfect set of brows to frame your eyes. Many of these rules seem to suggest that the eyebrow line should be in vertical alignment with either the tear duct or the sides of the nostrils for ideal results.

Here’s a classic beauty — screen legend Elizabeth Taylor. She has thick, dark eyebrows framing her beautiful blue-violet eyes. Cyan lines are used here to show the vertical alignment of the eyebrows to the tear duct. In her case, they align almost perfectly to her tear ducts and sides of the nostrils.

Elizabeth Taylor's eyebrows -- beautifully proportionate to her face

American R&B singer Alicia Keys, who is bi-racial (half white, half African American) also conforms to this standard. Hers is run vertically aligned to the inner sides of her eyes.

Alicia Key's eyebrows -- beautifully proportionate to her face

Aishwarya Rai is a popular Indian actress and former Miss World. The Bollywood babe is often labeled as “the most beautiful woman in the world”. Her eyebrows conforms to the rule too.

Beautiful Bollywood actress Aishwarya Rai - eyebrows are proportionate to her face, nicely framing her eyes

So if these beauties conform to the rule, does it mean that it holds true for everyone? Well, it depends on a number of factors, one of which is how wide apart the eyes are set.

Here’s Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi, famous for her roles in films such as Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon and Memoirs of a Geisha. She is delicate beauty with fine features and her eyebrows are set closer compared to the inner edges of her eyes.Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi beautiful face with proportionate eyebrows

Picture on the right below is what Ziyi would look like if her brows start flushed to the inner corner of her eyes. Looks a little short in relation to the rest of the features on her face.

Zhang Ziyi digital makeover -- now with shorter eyebrows

Popular US TV personality, talk show host Oprah Winfrey is also someone who proves that beautiful brows need not conform to the so called golden rule.

Oprah Winfrey's face showing her eyebrows in relation to her eyes and nose

Trimming her brows at the center will emphasize her wide-set eyes.

Oprah Winfrey digital makeover - her eyebrows are trimmed to be in line with the inner corners of her eyes, emphazing her wide-set eyes

Keira Knightley Eyebrows Are Fierce?

Our topic for today is beautiful British actress Keira Knightley. She is famous for her roles in films such as Pirates of the Caribbean, Bend it Like Beckham, Atonement, The Duchess and Love Actually.

Some over at The Gloss has a problem with Keira Knightley brows. She/He feels that they are “just too close together”.

Here are her “caterpillar brows”. Note that this being the cover of a magazine, they’ve probably retouched her face quite a bit.

Keira Knightley face with makeup showing beautiful, thick eyebrows


The writer suggested that the inner part of her eyebrows should start parallel to where the outer part of her nostrils end. Here’s her brows with the 1/4 inch patch nearest to her nose digitally plucked off. What do you think?

Keira Knightley digital makeover - now with trimmed eyebrows

The difference is subtle, so here’s a side by side comparison.

Keira Knightley have her eyebrows trimmed in our digital makeover

It is also suggested that her brows should be lightened to match her hair. Here’s Keira with her shorter (narrower), digitally bleached brows. Here, she looks a lot like Natalie Portman, whom she’d worked with in Star Wars. Natalie played Queen Amidala and Keira got the part of the queen’s decoy Sabe because of their striking resemblance.

Keira Knightley with bleached blond eye brows

How about Keira with thinner eyebrows?

Keira Knightley with thinner eyebrows

Thinner brows + bleach. She looks slightly older here.

Keira Knightley with thin, bleached eyebrows

We at The Look Factor think that her eyebrows are perfectly fine the way they are – thick but well-groomed – but as the saying goes, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. Let us know what you think.

Normal Keira vs Keira with shorter, lighter eyebrows.

Keira Knightley with a digital makeover - eyebrows retouched to be lighter and shorter
Normal Keira vs Keira with shorter, thinner and lighter brows.

Keira Knightley looks older in this digital makeover - we gave her thinner, lighter bleached-blond eyebrows on the right