Beauty Ideals: Pictures That Show How Much They Vary Across Countries
Photoshop artists from all over the world show which beauty ideals apply to women in their country. 23 completely different faces result from the experiment
It is an impressive experience. The journalist Esther Honig took a picture of herself. Without makeup, completely pure. Then she asked 23 Photoshop experts from around the world to make this photo more beautiful - in the way they themselves perceive beauty. The assignment was very simple: "Make me beautiful!" Their self-experiment reveals the different beauty ideals for women in different countries.
23 very different faces are the result of the experiment, all of which tell their own story and provide insight into other cultures.
One woman - 23 ideals of beauty, but which one is the most beautiful? In her experience, Esther pointed out that it is possible to get closer to a certain ideal through Photoshop - but in an international comparison, you will never match all beauty standards. We agree: to achieve this would not only be laborious, but also impossible. Yet the most beautiful thing is to appreciate your own beauty.
You'll see the impressive photos of the experiment, which were summarized in a video on the YouTube channel Beliectionator, on the following pages...
A German Photoshop artist made her complexion look a lot paler and added a reddish shade to her hair color.
With quite heavy makeup, Esther becomes the ideal of beauty in Argentina.
In South American Brazil, a young woman made a conscious decision not to conform to a beauty ideal. She has a large birthmark on her face and has not had it removed!
The Australian Photoshop professional conjured up pink cheeks and blue eyes for Esther. The focus is clearly on the lower part of the face.
Here, a fringe has been added, but the look remains quite natural.
This photo editor gave her steel blue eyes and a cool skin tone.
Chile emphasized jewelry, a fresh complexion and slightly more almond-shaped eyes. Her eyebrows were also altered, appearing both thinner and somewhat bar-shaped.
The Greek beauty ideal brought her long eyelashes and rosy cheeks.
A darker skin tone, dark hair and dark blue eyes were considered particularly beautiful by an Indian artist.
Pale, but with big, googly eyes – this is how Esther was depicted in the Indonesian version.
A very tanned version of Esther came back from Israel.
The country provided her with a very subtle makeup and made her eyebrows narrower.
Bright blue eye shadow makes her a beauty in Kenya.
The Moroccan Photoshop artist gave her a headscarf and almond-colored eyes.
Dark skin and bright eyes turn her into a Pakistani beauty.
Here, no makeup was "applied", but Esther got dressed with business clothes, standing before a colorful background.
The Romanian Photoshop artist changed almost nothing about her face.
A Serbian Photoshop professional gave her huge, turquoise eyes.
#18 Sri Lanka
Some green eyeshadow and bright coral lips for Sri Lanka.
#19 United Kingdom
A British artist added highlights to her hair, gave her almond-shaped eyes and a glowing skin tone.
Esther was left very natural by a Ukrainian photo editor. However, her skin appearance was made very even.
#21 United States of America
In the US, Esther's face probably underwent the biggest change: her nose appears much more narrow, her eyes are dark green, and she's a blonde.
A rosy skin tone and a soft tone on the lips were enough for the Venezuelan Photoshop professional.
Last but not least: In Vietnam, Esther remained almost in her natural state. Only her skin and lips were a little bit brightened up.
The Whole Experiment
On the YouTube account Beliectionator, you can see the whole experiment. It strikingly shows how much beauty is in the eye of the beholder and how significantly it depends on cultural norms and.