How To Make Yourself Look Fabulously Ugly With Makeup Apps

Over the summer, I joined a group on Facebook for makeup tips, and one of the geniuses there alerted the group to the existence of makeup apps, specifically ModiFace and Perfect365. The apps are meant to apply makeup to your pictures so that when you post them on social media you don’t look like a hermit. Theoretically, these apps were perfect for this particular group of people, because we were all writers and freelancers and other creative types who work from home and therefore have very little impetus to put a lot of thought into our appearance. We could have made them work for their intended purposes, to make us more presentable in our photos. Instead, we chose to make art.

So, first, you have to take a photo of yourself. You can do it with flattering photos, but why would you?

#nomakeupselfie. What? I wrote about my skin problems a few days ago. It’s getting better. I work from home. I’m going out later, I’ll put makeup on then. I have so many excuses. I’ll never run out.

Here’s some of the work you can do if you put it through ModiFace.


ModiFace makes you calibrate the app to your face manually to make sure everything gets placed right. That can be a lot of fun if you choose to put the calibration points WAY outside of where your facial features actually lie, but for the sake of this review, I didn’t do that. Past that, ModiFace has a pretty extensive menu of makeup options with an optional expander pack for $2.99. Of course, I bought it, because I want the most options possible for my digital beauty regimen. You can alter your hair, face, lips, and eyes, plus the app comes with pre-set “looks,” some of which are totally ridiculous, but not more ridiculous than what you can do by setting your makeup yourself. In addition, you have the option to draw on the photo, whiten your teeth, and add art and filters once you’re done applying your makeup.

Then there’s Perfect365:


Perfect365 is actually a pretty good app for its intended purpose — the app scans your face for calibration, and it’s way more accurate than ModiFace’s calibration. Both apps have options for getting rid of blemishes, but ModiFace’s is nothing to write home about. Perfect365, on the other hand, actually does get rid of your blemishes and can convincingly make your skin look softer. However, using it for its intended purpose is nowhere near as much as fucking with it, because it allows you to actually alter the structure of your face along with the normal makeup application function. You can enlarge and brighten your eyes, change the color of your irises, lift your cheeks and your smile, and thin your face. With all of those options, what incentive would you ever have to go subtle?

But the real magic is when you run it through both, preferably multiple times:


Awwwww yeah. I’d hit that.

I’d be uncomfortable with saying that the fact that I’ve made a hobby out of this is social commentary, because mostly I just find it funny, but there is something to the idea of subverting our beautification routines, taking them to their most extreme lengths and making them make us ugly. And there’s also something cathartic about allowing yourself to look bad on the Internet. It’s like saying, “No, you AREN’T entitled to the prettiest me all the time, society!” I’m OK with looking bad without an app, but for some women who are particularly anxious about their self-presentation, having the app to give you a fun excuse to look bad, a ridiculous mask over a real imperfect face, is the only way they would get that catharsis. For all of $2.99, I’ll take it.



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