Social media often makes us believe the impossible, from enviable lives to polished looks. Many Insta selfies posted out there have that dreamy, kinda “too good to be true” quality…

Call it a deception game or mad makeup skills applied at the right place, right time, but some influencers have surely left us scratching our heads. So this time, we are taking a look at some of the most hard-to-believe “catfish” makeup transformations as revealed by the TikTokers themselves.

#CatfishChallenge was initiated a couple of months back by Australian TikToker @moldogaa, who amassed a whopping 409.3M views. She got others to share their unrecognizable faces too, but many people are not convinced catfishing is the most appropriate way to use the art of makeup. What are your thoughts, dear Pandas? Let us know in the comment section!

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Rissie
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1 month ago

Humble bragging much? No, but really, beautiful face, great make up skills is all I got here!

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Rissie
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1 month ago

I'm not sure which look does the cat fishing...

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Social media often makes us believe the impossible, from enviable lives to polished looks. Many Insta selfies posted out there have that dreamy, kinda “too good to be true” quality… 

Two months ago, the #CatfishChallenge was all over the headlines as the big TikTok challenge for women comparing their super glammed-up looks to what they look like underneath the makeup. The bare-faced TikTokers asked their followers to judge whether they could be considered “catfish” or not.

The hashtag #CatfishChallenge alone had 409 million views on the app, and it still remains one of TikTok’s most popular trends.

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Nafisatou Diop
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1 month ago

A F**KING QUEEN

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Tiredpossum
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1 month ago

damn. That's a big change.

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Yet the whole concept for the challenge started all the way back in April 2020, when a TikToker @mzznofilter uploaded a video where she compared a photo on Snapchat to what she looked like in reality.

The TikToker was seen laughing while saying “I just took this photo on Snapchat. I don’t look like that. Catfish… MEOW!” The video blew up on social media eight months later and amassed 2.1 million views.

Essentially, a TikTok video trend emerged, aimed at debunking a common myth that everyone looks perfect in their daily lives. By revealing their genuine faces behind the makeup and photo editing, the TikTokers made a point that the picture and reality don’t always coincide. And often, the difference is extreme.

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rabbitsrabbit
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1 month ago

It will be so much more satisfying if the before after photos are taken at the same angle.

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rabbitsrabbit
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1 month ago

Oh ok, this is convincing

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Ooooomangos
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1 month ago

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I have many questions

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HufflePuffleGothleGay
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1 month ago

before better than after

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S
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1 month ago

This one isn't a catfish to me. Very obviously the same beautiful girl.

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Previously, Bored Panda reached out to social media influencer Shanae Thompson, who goes by the TikTok handle @itsyagirlshaeee. Shanae also joined #CatfishChallenge and her video went viral, amassing 163.6k likes two months ago.

The TikToker said that she enjoys doing challenges on the platform, but this one she made at random. “I didn’t plan that video at all, that content was taken after a single take and it ended up getting a lot more attention than I ever expected!”

Shanae also said that she enjoyed being able to “play with makeup and change my look.” However, she stressed that by the end of the day, “taking all that off and relaxing is the best part of the day.”

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Austyn Gudgell
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1 month ago

The 2nd one looks like a celebrity I forgot the name tho

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Znaya
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1 month ago

Lighting and distance along with makeup, same person, good before great after 😀

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Roland Gosselin
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1 month ago

So... silly faces notwithstanding, they pretty much all look better before? Social media is messing up peoples' beauty standards in a major way...

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Rissie
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1 month ago

Yeah, everyone can pull in their chin and look terrible.

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YourGenderfluidFriend
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1 month ago

Ooh their hair matches their eyeshadow!

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The TikToker wanted “to remind everyone to love themselves for who they are.” Especially in the moments when you don’t look your best. “Be comfortable and confident in your skin,” she said.

And while the #CatfishChallenge grew widely popular, many people felt like it promoted online deception. The internet is a perfect place to facilitate deception through the manipulation of identity by using makeup and filters and to create an unreal representation of self.

Some say it thus sends a wrong message to others, making them believe a person is someone they really aren’t.

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DDmaybeandor
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1 month ago

Very 80's look

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PANDA BOOM
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1 month ago

after shower VS after styling look. no catfish whatsoever

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Dreamwolf
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1 month ago

They both look the same except one has makeup. Not really a catfish.

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Austyn Gudgell
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1 month ago

Just do your hair!

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Little Dino
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1 month ago

Is it just me, or does she look kinda like Sophie Turner? Either way, she's gorgeous :)

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Jayson Hammer
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1 month ago

Might as well just have a completely white screen if you're going to overexpose so much

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Catmomma
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1 month ago

Is it me or she looks like Rachel Green in the after picture?

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Jada Christine Whiting
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1 month ago

Black girl beauty I love it queen YASSSS

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Red Hair Blue Soul
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1 month ago

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Stop plucking your eye brows!

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1 month ago

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BorPand8
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1 month ago

She aged like 20 years in the 'after'.

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Amaranthim Talon
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1 month ago

not sure making stupid before faces counts..

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Bob Jones
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1 month ago

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BS

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Thindy
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1 month ago

I love her hair!

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Arctic Fox Lover
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1 month ago

You can see her forcing her chin back so much--anyone can do that and have a double chin lol

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Lynn Morello
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1 month ago

Seeing all these photo's and how much, Make-Up is damaging their natural skin, some look really frightening.

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