Sometimes, it’s easy for us to forget that social media isn’t the same as reality. But it’s incredibly important to remember that what we see on our screens can often be an altered, upgraded, and airbrushed version of what’s really out there. If we realize it’s partly an illusion, we won’t feel so bad when we compare our lives to those of seemingly ‘perfect’ Instagram influencers. However, some people take photo editing several steps too far.

The “Instagram Reality” subreddit is dedicated to showing how heavily some people facetune their pictures before putting them up on social media. Whether it’s inspired by people’s insecurity or narcissism is difficult to tell. But we collected some of the best examples of fake people pics from the subreddit for you to enjoy.

So scroll down, upvote your fave Instagram photos, and leave a comment below to let us know which images you thought were the most shocking, and why you think these people tend to use too much Photoshop. Also, check out Bored Panda’s previous posts about expectations vs. reality right here, here, here, as well as here. Scroll down for our interview with the "Instagram Reality" moderators about their community and about the culture of excessive photoshop, and be sure to visit their subreddit as well.

#1

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

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varwenea
Community Member
8 months ago

So fake it's funny.

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#2

A Body Builder I Have Since Unfollowed

A Body Builder I Have Since Unfollowed

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varwenea
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like a Star Wars alien.

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#3

Reflections Dont Lie

Reflections Dont Lie

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Panda Angel
Community Member
8 months ago

LMAO what kind of photo is that!!!!

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Bored Panda talked to the "Instagram Reality" moderators about why some people go overboard with photoshopping their pictures. Here's what they had to say: "Insecurity, envy, money. Take the girl sitting next to you in Statistics who's scrolling through her latest selfie shoot and disappointingly thinks to herself, "[Damn], is that a pimple? I can't let people see that, it's embarrassing." She casually opens up FaceTune, smooths out the pimple, and boom—now there's an image she feels comfortable sharing online. Unbeknownst to her, there's a seed that's been planted in her mind now that it's as easy as using this app to change anything she finds unattractive about herself at any time, then it snowballs; from taking in just a bit of your tummy for a more slender silhouette until eventually she's landed on a waist the size of her neck."

"The light improvements are so gradual over time, she stops noticing that the waist she's creating is 1.) of course, not hers 2.) (as we often see on Instagram Reality), anatomically impossible, and 3.) that she's now set an expectation subconsciously for herself (and outwardly for anyone following her) that she needs to keep up this flawless appearance; which means sticking to the edits she's made for every photo she posts in the future. What she doesn't realize is in this process, she's simultaneously creating and constantly reinforcing her own insecurities."

#4

What The Hell

What The Hell

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glassgrassgrossgloss
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like a scenes from sims

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#5

When U Ordered It vs. When It Arrived

When U Ordered It vs. When It Arrived

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EA
Community Member
8 months ago

Upvote for the caption

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#6

Big Difference Between The Photos Of Her At The Event And The One On Her Instagram...

Big Difference Between The Photos Of Her At The Event And The One On Her Instagram...

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Monika Soffronow
Community Member
8 months ago

Plastic fantastic on the left, a gorgeous, real woman with real-life experience on the right.

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We were also interested to know the subreddit mods' opinion about why some people are scared of presenting themselves as they truly are. "Everyone wants to be loved and desired, everyone wants to feel that they belong. The harsh, scary truth of the matter for anyone is that the more you resemble what people around you consider universally attractive, the more likely you are to have access to those things in your life. So, you begin to think, "Well, what do I need to change about myself to fit in? How do I become more attractive?" Based on what magazine covers and many an Instagram Explore page shows you, that image is a tall, long-haired, fair skinned woman with smooth skin, a slim yet hourglass figure—oh, and don't forget, the perfect butt. In comes photo editing apps, offering you the chance to finally be her. Even if it's only online."

#7

Legend

Legend

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Eirik Johnsbråten
Community Member
8 months ago

Not even Bane is that deformed.

Johnnee
Community Member
8 months ago

But the closet behind sure is

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
8 months ago

I don't... does he think people find this attractive? I mean, maybe somebody does, but I'm betting not many.

Toujin C'Thlu
Community Member
8 months ago

My thoughts exactly. The only people who would find this attractive are those who've never seen an actual human being.

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Darlene Wooldridge
Community Member
8 months ago

Feed that boy a burger and get him a spine while you're at it!!!

giovanna
Community Member
8 months ago

Where would his internal organs go?

Gemma Lees
Community Member
8 months ago

He missed waist day.

it's me again
Community Member
8 months ago

Dude you should fix that warped closet problem.

Amazon QT
Community Member
8 months ago

It’s “not to code”! LOL

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
8 months ago

This is sexy....said no one

Amazon QT
Community Member
8 months ago

Hhhahaaaa

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Laura is The bombdigity
Community Member
8 months ago

Look at those wanking arms

Molly Block
Community Member
8 months ago

Yeah! Makes me wonder what his **** would look like after he ps'd it, and you KNOW he has!! GROSS

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Mary Jane Love
Community Member
8 months ago

It’s kind of sad, really. These kind of people are no different than those suffering from anorexia; it’s never enough. What they see and what you see are not the same thing. Body dysmorphia can really hit you hard.

Panda Angel
Community Member
8 months ago

I have no words 😂😂😂

Kristy P
Community Member
8 months ago

Pardon me, where do you keep your organs?

Rosie Larking
Community Member
8 months ago

He only has one organ left now he’s photoshopped the others out

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Zenozenobee
Community Member
8 months ago

I'm kind of concerned about his sight. How could he thought a second "hey, that totaly looks humanly possible!"

Amazon QT
Community Member
8 months ago

It’s self photoshopping! And he’s not good at it at all.

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Mona Khadra
Community Member
8 months ago

Gross

Don Golosso
Community Member
8 months ago

Why would you even want to look this deformed?

Brandy Grote
Community Member
8 months ago

Earthquake going on in the background, lol.

Lisa loves cats
Community Member
8 months ago

Johnny bravo, that you???

Roberto Durante
Community Member
8 months ago

just a new Disney hero...

Dianna Siever
Community Member
8 months ago

this makes me so sad

Lyop
Community Member
8 months ago

HAAAHAHAHA!

Samantha Lomb
Community Member
8 months ago

Looks like a Rob Liefield comic

CORRINE STANLEY
Community Member
6 months ago

im just gonna assume they made this as a joke cuz....

Laur 24
Community Member
7 months ago

this one made me laugh so hard it hurts

Nancy Russell
Community Member
7 months ago

no no no

Michelle Tran
Community Member
8 months ago

This must be intentional.. what the what...

Luna Zen
Community Member
8 months ago

where does he stash his internal organs?

Paul Aasajärv
Community Member
8 months ago

I like her closet - so straight!

Sandy J Renfroe
Community Member
8 months ago

That looks like it's going to come apart.

Mike Borello
Community Member
8 months ago

Photoshop to improve the picture- Don’t distort it - can’t person see the midsection is warped, stretched & shrunk before they post it? Takes away all the looks and hard work to get fit- Now ur a joke. legend-less

Maia Bracksieck
Community Member
8 months ago

When you'r so jacked, your cabinates try to bow down to you.

GenXandEarnedItAll
Community Member
8 months ago

That's not even attractive

Icarus Pendragon
Community Member
8 months ago

Wait, when did King Kong become a bodybuilder?

Tristan McGill
Community Member
8 months ago

that's just disgusting

Zelda Blue
Community Member
8 months ago

How stupid do you have to be to post something like that?

LYNNE DRISCOLL
Community Member
8 months ago

Gross 🤮

Merilyn Horton
Community Member
8 months ago

Ha ha

Lynny Brobst
Community Member
8 months ago

Where's his other boobie??? 😂😂😂

Living_Shadow
Community Member
8 months ago

Okay this one is pretty obviously a joke lmaoo

Vivian Ingram
Community Member
8 months ago

Was this based on stupid, incorrectly proportioned comic book characters?

Celeste Tomaso Smith
Community Member
8 months ago

My husband is a 6’ 4” 310 pound 62 year old powerlifter not a bodybuilder. He is a sexy giant teddy bear. He could pick this freak up and toss him over his shoulder!😃

Celeste Tomaso Smith
Community Member
8 months ago

Good grief!! Steroids. I bet one thing isn’t big!!

Matthew Hignite
Community Member
8 months ago

no just no

Shania Brown
Community Member
8 months ago

no even naurto can be strong like that you know he doing that for the ladies

Amanda Windsor
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh god oh god my eyes my eyes!

Lucian
Community Member
8 months ago

No. Nope. No.

KT Trondsen
Community Member
8 months ago

talk about body dismorphia

Kadin Thompson
Community Member
8 months ago

OH MY GOD THIS IS SO FAKE.

Axel Baer
Community Member
8 months ago

🤣

Nevi Løvfelt
Community Member
8 months ago

It's amazing they dont see they totally mock themself, when it (the photoshopping) is so obvious.

Faruk Akşit
Community Member
8 months ago

ugliness

Sarra R
Community Member
8 months ago

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!

Trash Panda
Community Member
8 months ago

Homie's body wouldn't function without the essential organs that this bad photoshop removed.

Bettye McKee
Community Member
8 months ago

Now I'll have nightmares.

Pandana
Community Member
8 months ago

It kinda looks like if he twists anymore, his waist will snap.

Pandana
Community Member
8 months ago

AHH. This one scared me....

BG Rey
Community Member
8 months ago

Not Even!

Amaranthim Talon
Community Member
8 months ago

This one is epic- lol

AMYAH MINOTT-STARLING
Community Member
8 months ago

naruto is being born!

jenjie.newt
Community Member
8 months ago

Pretty sure I've dated this

okpkpkp
Community Member
8 months ago

Where did he put his liver?

Laura Martin
Community Member
8 months ago

Eww, just eww

Paizleypie
Community Member
8 months ago

#9 & #1 need to hook up

Ellen Turner
Community Member
8 months ago

Jotaro???

Kathi Keegan Chang
Community Member
8 months ago

Something is gonna pop out of his silly jeans, cos it's really there.... btw.. MY muscles look better than his... well... so I lie.

Jo Choto
Community Member
8 months ago

For those who have no internal organs...

Lynne Stankard
Community Member
8 months ago

Just upchucked my coffee - yuck

Punyasloka Sahoo 17198
Community Member
8 months ago

May be confused about whether to be a man or a woman? lol

Kat Khatib
Community Member
8 months ago

Eww.

Ana M
Community Member
8 months ago

Hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!!!!!!!!

everybody_do_the_scarn
Community Member
8 months ago

what and why the hell??

Marlene Ricker
Community Member
8 months ago

OMG Laughing my ass off!

Mari Bryant
Community Member
8 months ago

Something is really wrong with his closet.

Willajune B
Community Member
8 months ago

The feck-

C.S.
Community Member
8 months ago

He sucked in so much it broke.

Grumble O'Pug
Community Member
8 months ago

LOL!!!

Debra Robinson
Community Member
8 months ago

RIDICULOUS

Mikyla McEwen
Community Member
8 months ago

Ew

Suzanne McHenry
Community Member
8 months ago

They said I could be anything, so I became a cloud!

Taylor A
Community Member
8 months ago

I screamed on the inside. Absolutely terrible.

David Jones
Community Member
8 months ago

I like how the closet in the background is distorted too.

The Zen Panda
Community Member
8 months ago

WTF

Samantha Robinson
Community Member
8 months ago

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Donna Leske
Community Member
8 months ago

He's such a hunk the shelves cower in fear.

Ximena Aldana
Community Member
8 months ago

the closet has suffered a deformation of space and time by that waist ....

Elizabeth Dunlop
Community Member
8 months ago

The fact that 743 people liked the post is making my brain short-circuit

Callie Ge
Community Member
8 months ago

Eewww

Raine Soo
Community Member
8 months ago

He has reduced himself down to a cartoon.

TrashPandaru
Community Member
8 months ago

AAAAHAHAHAHAnoHAHAHA

Jo Johannsen
Community Member
8 months ago

OMG, seriously?! 😂

Lauren Baker
Community Member
8 months ago (edited)

What the f*ck?!

PandaPiñata
Community Member
8 months ago

He must be VERY hungry.

Pryjmaty
Community Member
8 months ago

WHY would ANYONE think this is attractive?

Molly Block
Community Member
8 months ago

This is absolutely off putting! And gross! I mean, really.... all of those veins sticking out and those muscles and all, and not even a bit of fur on his chest. Blechkkk! It's so vain when women ps their photos, but when men do it, it is more heartbreaking to me.

Bored Birgit
Community Member
8 months ago

Hahahahahaaaaa!

Helen Haley
Community Member
8 months ago

Eeeeeeww

Slune
Community Member
8 months ago

Same meat is hanging in the butcher shop

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#8

Yeah, No

Yeah, No

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Antonia
Community Member
8 months ago

this is really funny

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#9

When One Right Hand Isn’t Enough...

When One Right Hand Isn’t Enough...

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Antonia
Community Member
8 months ago

it's not the 2 right hands, that shock me... it's the friggin face 😬

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"Instagram Reality" moderators told us that the community greatly supports inclusivity: "The Instagram Reality team is a huge supporter of inclusivity. All races, body types and genders need to be fairly represented in the media. Sanity Sunday was created as a day for our subscribers to share an ad (or influencer) they've seen which support that idea as well. In the long run, the only way to reduce our obsession with self-image is to normalize those we see in the media; not just celebrating how they look, but who they are as a person."

The "Instagram Reality" subreddit was created just under two years ago. "u/Zaza9000 began to notice IG models who looked insanely different in real life. She wanted to create a platform that exposed the fakeness to people who were being fooled."

#10

I Don’t Know Where To Start ...

I Don’t Know Where To Start ...

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
8 months ago

Even the dogs are scared

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#11

Those Abs Were Made In Ms Paint

Those Abs Were Made In Ms Paint

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Bill
Community Member
8 months ago

Extra from the movie 300?

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#12

He Colored His Eyes Over His Glasses Frames

He Colored His Eyes Over His Glasses Frames

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Night Owl
Community Member
8 months ago

Is he Superman?

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It’s very easy to feel insecure in the information age. Every day, we’re bombarded by images of beautiful, successful, healthy, wealthy individuals. While this inspires some of us to aim for greatness, others can feel insecure because they realize the huge gap between their dream lives, and where they currently are.

Melody Lyons explains that having grown up in the United States, she was raised to be dissatisfied with the way she looked, which meant she felt ashamed of herself. However, she still advocates not using photo-editing apps or keeping the editing to a minimum: say, for removing a big red spot that would simply ruin the pic.

But according to her, if you start radically changing who you are in photos, you start believing that there’s something wrong with you. And that just increases any feelings of insecurity you already had. In other words—the less photoshopping you do, the more comfortable you feel being yourself. After all, nobody is perfect and never will be. Even models think they eyelashes/jawline/pinkies could look better.

#13

I’m Speechless

I’m Speechless

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Samantha Lomb
Community Member
8 months ago

She amputated a leg

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#14

Shes Not Fooling Anyone With That Steering Wheel

Shes Not Fooling Anyone With That Steering Wheel

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varwenea
Community Member
8 months ago

Clearly someone who's never even seen one.

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#15

*gasp*

*gasp*

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The Alchemist
Community Member
8 months ago

Its like 2 mannequins. Little disturbing

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Also, the more people there are out there who photoshop their pictures, the stronger the culture of ‘perfect’ Instagram pics. This means that there are even more individuals who feel insecure because they have to compare themselves to endless masses of photo-edited pictures.

Meanwhile, Michelle Linker told The Guardian that the pressures of social media are very real. “People are publicizing usually something really cool or fun that they’re doing, or at least they make it appear that way. I absolutely feel insecure.”

She continued: “I do feel a pressure to look particularly good. I would never post a photo that wasn’t flattering of me. I feel anxiety over how many likes I get after I post a picture. If I get two likes, I feel like, what’s wrong with me? Some people judge Instagram by deleting photos that don’t get enough likes. I wouldn’t do that, but I would definitely second-guess my intentions with posting them.”

#16

... She Very Obviously Was Not In This Photo Before She Photoshopped Herself In

... She Very Obviously Was Not In This Photo Before She Photoshopped Herself In

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CrunChewy McSandybutt
Community Member
8 months ago

Attack of the 50 ft influencer

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#17

Most Severe Case I’ve Ever Seen Tbh

Most Severe Case I’ve Ever Seen Tbh

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Hello it Smee
Community Member
8 months ago

The real person is prettier than the anime photoshop

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#18

Whats The Point Of Photoshopping A Starbucks Logo On Your Cup..? Had A Good Laugh Bc Of It

Whats The Point Of Photoshopping A Starbucks Logo On Your Cup..? Had A Good Laugh Bc Of It

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varwenea
Community Member
8 months ago

Probably trying to score a sponsorship.

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Do you photoshop your pictures, dear readers? Have you ever been in a situation where you post a photo and constantly check to see how many likes it got? Share your experience with everyone in the comments.

#19

The Difference Is Day And Night, Literally

The Difference Is Day And Night, Literally

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My O My
Community Member
8 months ago

White nose tip

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#20

I Love Playing “Find The Distorted Background” Game With Everything She Posts

I Love Playing “Find The Distorted Background” Game With Everything She Posts

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EA
Community Member
8 months ago

Why does her head look so small??

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#21

Mua Posts Christmas Inspired Look, Flat Out Denies It's Photoshopped In The Comments

Mua Posts Christmas Inspired Look, Flat Out Denies It's Photoshopped In The Comments

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Blakkur Sverrir
Community Member
8 months ago

Its not photoshop if you print it out. Put makeup on the photo and than take a picture of it

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#22

No Way Her Waist Is Real, That Shadow Has A Different Angle

No Way Her Waist Is Real, That Shadow Has A Different Angle

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B
Community Member
8 months ago

I've never understood why people do this. Why would you want a huge backside or a face that looks like a duck? Just so unattractive.

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#23

Edited vs. Unedited

Edited vs. Unedited

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Hocus Pocus
Community Member
8 months ago

I've seen worse.

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#24

Forgot To Edit The Mirror

Forgot To Edit The Mirror

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Rae
Community Member
8 months ago

She didn't leave room for her ribs. LOL

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#25

Jesus Christ, She Even Smoothed Over Her Tongue

Jesus Christ, She Even Smoothed Over Her Tongue

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Helen Haley
Community Member
8 months ago

Nothing about this looks ok. It's disturbingly fake.

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#26

“Ugly Sweater Dinner Date! ” Dear God... I Didn’t Need To Sleep Tonight Anyway

“Ugly Sweater Dinner Date! ” Dear God... I Didn’t Need To Sleep Tonight Anyway

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Femur!
Community Member
8 months ago

Oh, this "muricans" LOL I'm ugly and I have no problem with that, none of my pics have filters. Only when the filter is funny, only that.

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#27

Mom Take Me Home I’m Scared

Mom Take Me Home I’m Scared

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Hocus Pocus
Community Member
8 months ago

I think this might be apart of one of those trends where you make it look like that on purpose? Like, I've seen 'eye tutorials' on youtube where people purposely try to make their eyes look like that. Sorry if I'm wrong.

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#28

Same Girl I Posted Before, She’s Actually Nearly At 2 Million Followers And Will Block Anyone Who Claims Photoshop

Same Girl I Posted Before, She’s Actually Nearly At 2 Million Followers And Will Block Anyone Who Claims Photoshop

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My O My
Community Member
8 months ago

But she is so pretty on the left

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#29

Am I Insane Or Did He Photoshop The Exact Same Face Onto Two Different Photos

Am I Insane Or Did He Photoshop The Exact Same Face Onto Two Different Photos

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Gemma Lees
Community Member
8 months ago

I thought that Photoshop was supposed to make you look good, not scary af.

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#30

I'm Speechless

I'm Speechless

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Antonia
Community Member
8 months ago

what.. is he still a thing?

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