“All that is gold does not glitter,”—J.R.R.Tolkien wrote in The Lord of the Rings. The opposite is also true: not everything that shines is gold. And it’s something that we should keep in mind in our modern world which is dominated by the internet and social media.

We’re constantly bombarded by seemingly ‘perfect’ photos of people on Instagram but a lot of the images are heavily photoshopped. The Instagram Reality subreddit is dedicated to collecting the most retouched IG photos and we’ve collected some of the freshest examples of what not to do to your pics. Scroll down, upvote your faves, and read on for our earlier in-depth interviews with the subreddit’s moderators.

When you’re done looking through this list and if you want to see more examples of mindblowing Instagram photoshops, check out Bored Panda's previous articles about the Instagram Reality subreddit right here, here, and here.

#1

I'm So Glad This Greek TV Host Has Her Own Personal Cloud That Follows Her Everywhere She Goes

I'm So Glad This Greek TV Host Has Her Own Personal Cloud That Follows Her Everywhere She Goes

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A M
Community Member
5 months ago

Friend of mine is a photographer, she takes photos of normal pretty skies with normal pretty clouds all the time. Then she can swop the sky when they have to shoot summer theme outdoor shooting in not so summery settings. Clear sky with some white clouds instead of grey ones changes the whole spirit of the images. Could be that a Greek TV host has guidelines that her photos needs to be themed to look like a perfect summer day we foreigner imagine Greek to be.

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#2

Maybe Just One More Filter...

Maybe Just One More Filter...

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Ruby McPherosn
Community Member
5 months ago

OH DEAR GOD

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#3

Damn He's Ripped

Damn He's Ripped

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

Ripped all right. Ripped his arm straight out of a magazine page.

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The Instagram Reality moderators previously told Bored Panda that the coronavirus quarantine had slightly increased the subreddit’s membership but the amount of edited and photoshopped photos that people upload hasn’t decreased much during the pandemic.

The mods told Bored Panda that what people want to see are natural photos of influencers and celebrities, not done up and “edited to hell” images. “The influencer is going to realize that, I’m sure," the mods said about how they expected popular IG users to react to being stuck at home during the lockdowns which are now being eased or ended all over the world.

#4

I Don't Even Know

I Don't Even Know

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
5 months ago

That's creepy

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#5

Half Person Half Cartoon?!

Half Person Half Cartoon?!

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Biljana Malesevic
Community Member
5 months ago

They didn't even try.

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#6

Found One In The Wild. I Bet She’s Never Late With Those Legs

Found One In The Wild. I Bet She’s Never Late With Those Legs

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SweetCee
Community Member
5 months ago

Does she have to sit in the backseat to drive you think?

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According to the Instagram Reality team, “insecurity, envy, and money” are the forces driving some people to photoshop their pictures so heavily before uploading them on social media. That and wanting to avoid embarrassment because of real or imagined imperfections.

What can start out as a few simple edits or adding some minor filters can eventually lead to major photoshopping. And that creates a huge difference between how the person looks in real life and how they present themselves online.

To be fair, most of us try to show the best sides of ourselves to people. But there’s a rather obvious line between that and turning yourself into a completely different individual online.

#7

The Baddest Indeed

The Baddest Indeed

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
5 months ago

Quick, call the emergency doctors!

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#8

Such A Pretty Sunset :)

Such A Pretty Sunset :)

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Tabitha L
Community Member
5 months ago (edited)

The sunset doesn't go behind trees. Everyone knows that.

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#9

This Is... A Lot To Take In

This Is... A Lot To Take In

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EA
Community Member
5 months ago

Omg. His hip has a boner. That’s a photoshop first

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#10

I Have No Idea What This Is...

I Have No Idea What This Is...

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DforDorothy
Community Member
5 months ago

Reminds me of some kind of bug.

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#11

Where's The Nose?

Where's The Nose?

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Ruby McPherosn
Community Member
5 months ago

Hey look, it's Voldemo- oh shit, forgot about the taboo

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#12

Well That's Something New

Well That's Something New

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Lynn Donovan
Community Member
5 months ago

I used to admire this lifestyle. Beauty gurus in their big mansions, youtubers turned millionaires, "influencers" with their pretty hair and make-up always on point. And then I realized how tiresome their lives were. All the fakeness of it. I don't want to live a life where it takes me 20mn to post a photo so people I don't know and I don't care about click a button that magically makes me "worthy". The lack of self-esteem, the level of body dismorphia they suffer, the sadness they must feel every morning looking in the mirror and failing to see the true beauty in themselves. I'll pass, thanks. I left this world of consumerism and found myself a new dream: owning a piece of land to grow my own vegetable garden. It was truly a breath of fresh air.

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#13

She Looks Better Without It Though....

She Looks Better Without It Though....

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ADHORTATOR
Community Member
5 months ago

Even the billboard....

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#14

The Face Of A Ps3 Character

The Face Of A Ps3 Character

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Martha Meyer
Community Member
5 months ago

Not even the cat escaped the photoshopping!

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#15

The Queen Of Makeup

The Queen Of Makeup

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varwenea
Community Member
5 months ago

Much cuter in reality

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#16

Turns Out Those Organs Did Exist After All

Turns Out Those Organs Did Exist After All

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Jessica Cole
Community Member
5 months ago

I don't understand... Body dismorphia I suppose.

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#17

Something Out Of An Indie Horror Game

Something Out Of An Indie Horror Game

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Tomasz Jackowski
Community Member
5 months ago

Slenderwoman

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#18

She Could've Just Said The Truth..

She Could've Just Said The Truth..

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hispanic! at the disco
Community Member
5 months ago

What a pointless lie

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#19

Post vs. Profile Picture.

Post vs. Profile Picture.

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
5 months ago

She looks so much better in reality. Do some people go for the extra large, square forehead look?

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#20

Linkedin Now Too

Linkedin Now Too

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Lucas
Community Member
5 months ago

Clearly from another planet.

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#21

This Fake Influencer Likes To Pretend She’s Rich, Constantly Posting Pictures Like That With Captions Like „short Trip To Clear My Mind“.

This Fake Influencer Likes To Pretend She’s Rich, Constantly Posting Pictures Like That With Captions Like „short Trip To Clear My Mind“.

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DforDorothy
Community Member
5 months ago

Yeah, she's trippin for sure! 😏

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#22

This Girl Has A Disney-Themed Account, For Her ‘Travels’... Most Of The Pics Are Like This

This Girl Has A Disney-Themed Account, For Her ‘Travels’... Most Of The Pics Are Like This

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RaroaRaroa
Community Member
5 months ago

No shadow.

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#23

A$$ So Phat Even The Car Had To Make Space

A$$ So Phat Even The Car Had To Make Space

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Francis
Community Member
5 months ago

they put the airbags in the wrong place :D

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#24

Why Do Women Want To Look Like This??

Why Do Women Want To Look Like This??

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Lucas
Community Member
5 months ago

Oh my effing hell... Why?!!

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#25

Who Needs Organs Anyway?

Who Needs Organs Anyway?

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Tracey Hirt
Community Member
5 months ago

Why do people do this? Do they think anyone finds a 12-inch waist attractive?

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#26

I Think We've All Wondered What She Really Looks Like

I Think We've All Wondered What She Really Looks Like

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Lauren Caswell
Community Member
5 months ago

I have always wondered (I saw this person on another panda thread) she actually has really nice real life proportions it must be so hard for people with body dysmorphia and or low self esteem (I mean my self esteem isn't great as I'm a heavily scarred from various surgeries etc and im not exactly fit, but i can own it)

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#27

Profile Pic On Twitter vs. Still From Interview

Profile Pic On Twitter vs. Still From Interview

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Francis
Community Member
5 months ago

nice chin hiding technique :D

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#28

This "Makeup Artist" Advertising Her Work...

This "Makeup Artist" Advertising Her Work...

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Tabitha L
Community Member
5 months ago

Yep. Just make up.

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#29

Such A Beautiful Home

Such A Beautiful Home

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Rae Black
Community Member
5 months ago

She looks like a stalker hovering outside someone's house.

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#30

This Can't Be Just "Angles"

This Can't Be Just "Angles"

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EA
Community Member
5 months ago

Her eyes are at different levels! What on earth happened to the original photo

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#31

Literally A Different Person Every Single Photo

Literally A Different Person Every Single Photo

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EA
Community Member
5 months ago

She’s paid all that money on plastic surgery, completely altering her body. And still not happy, otherwise why would you photoshop every picture to oblivion

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#32

Armpit? I Don’t Know Her

Armpit? I Don’t Know Her

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Gilda
Community Member
5 months ago

I didn't know my armpits were a source of shame now they are coming for earlobes next

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#33

I’m Sorry But His Edited Nose On The Left Literally Looks Like It’s Going To Collapse

I’m Sorry But His Edited Nose On The Left Literally Looks Like It’s Going To Collapse

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DforDorothy
Community Member
5 months ago

Sipping the invisible straw.

Val/Malibu/Dante/Bob
Community Member
5 months ago

I mean, some peoples lips just kinda naturally part? Like mine?? So, i don't see the need for the hate??

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EA
Community Member
5 months ago

In what world does the photoshopped nose look good :/

Marlowe Fitzpatrik
Community Member
5 months ago

And for what purpose? His nose is really nice-looking in reality.

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GFSTaylor
Community Member
5 months ago

Again: Michael Jackson was not a role model for how to fix your nose.

Doggo Georgia
Community Member
5 months ago

lol 😊

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Jude Bennett
Community Member
5 months ago

Nothing wrong with the original imo

Charlotte Stewart
Community Member
5 months ago

You could draw blood with the tip of that nose.

FÛŁŁ_ÊFFÊČT
Community Member
5 months ago

James Charles gives me the creeps

Mad Mar
Community Member
5 months ago

Dude is so fake. I refuse to buy his products and anything with his name. Just normal people doing makeup is nice for normal people's faces. Not aliens or plastics. An SIstaaaaaa don't forget in real life ya gotta wash it off eventually. Someone will see what's hiding. This is insecurity and need for constant approval in all these pics.

Amy Pattie
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow he must be so good at makeup even his individual eyelashes are identical.

Erna Potijk
Community Member
5 months ago

What's with the ear?

SF Angel
Community Member
5 months ago

I honestly thought this was a mannequin

CatWoman312
Community Member
5 months ago

He’s overrated anyway

Chris Watson
Community Member
5 months ago

Crawl back into the womb and give this some serious thought.

Weishaar Jamie
Community Member
5 months ago

What is wrong with his real nose? Self hating

Cal Capone
Community Member
4 months ago

that's just not really... ugh... no.

Randy Klefbeck
Community Member
4 months ago

He stole that nose from Micheal Jackson.

Lydia Reaves
Community Member
5 months ago

Disturbing considering he is gorgeous naturally.

Laura Rudgers
Community Member
5 months ago

https://stylesatlife.com/articles/james-charles-without-makeup/

Lynn Spalding Jr.
Community Member
5 months ago

WTF is this?

starhunter64
Community Member
5 months ago

is he eating one of those fake edible lip candys? no? then what up with that?

1337
Community Member
5 months ago

That guy (?) is creepy AF

Donald Holder
Community Member
5 months ago

My inspiration was MJ.

Al Reilly
Community Member
5 months ago

Going after the Michael Jackson look on the nose I think!!

Mike Mischak
Community Member
5 months ago

Are we sure it is a "he"?

Alexandra Ghobrial
Community Member
5 months ago

SNATCHED

Fred Bigox
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks ridiculous

Peter Chee
Community Member
5 months ago

This is downright scary

Garth Robinson
Community Member
5 months ago

......... His ??????

Marilyn Holt
Community Member
5 months ago

That nose could stab someone.

Aneese
Community Member
5 months ago

Why do all these lip poses look like they are missing a straw?

Lillukka79
Community Member
4 months ago

Too much fillers, he can't close his mouth.

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Janice Cawyer
Community Member
5 months ago

looks like the same eyes as #28.

Smithereens
Community Member
5 months ago

Looks like he likes boxycharm

Michelle Smiles
Community Member
5 months ago

Why? I'd like a little something. I'm 46 but not that

Jenifer Halpern
Community Member
5 months ago

Are there seriously people alive who do this!? You need to get a grip!

Anna McHugh
Community Member
5 months ago

But inside, he's a soda fountain, you know?

AlexG
Community Member
5 months ago

weirdo

Orionpax75
Community Member
5 months ago

Vomiting again :/

Blackheart
Community Member
5 months ago

The eyebrows are kind creepin my out too.

Lilac Poet
Community Member
5 months ago

Michael Jackson but white and gay.

Sandra Gomez
Community Member
5 months ago

This guy creeps me out badly. I'll never buy or watch his garbage

KT
Community Member
5 months ago

nasty

Ami Temi
Community Member
5 months ago

WHY?

Vicky Zar
Community Member
5 months ago

His? Is that a man or a woman? Because I thought it's a woman. Is that a new trend? I'm intrigued

Sasha Haley
Community Member
5 months ago

Man. James Charles.

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Debster
Community Member
5 months ago

Bleach and he'll end up like MJ and he was fukcing hot before his surgeries.

Nymphadora Tonks
Community Member
5 months ago

....makeup???

Miruna Elena Barti
Community Member
5 months ago

TBH nose contour does the trick but i know he edits his photos

Pretty Pangolin
Community Member
5 months ago

He's adorable in the 'real' pic - he looks like Original Barbie.

2BFunny
Community Member
5 months ago

They need to realize that they are far more stunning on the right, blessed with the perfect nose

Emperor Kitten
Community Member
5 months ago

You think anything about him is natural?

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Lola
Community Member
5 months ago

What is this?

Mieke Fabry
Community Member
5 months ago

his??? nose...

Pseudo Puppy
Community Member
5 months ago

This is James Charles. A guy, who identifies as male. He is a makeup artist. He demonstrated his skills, by doing "how to do your own makeup" tutorials on youtube - which of course meant doing makeup on himself. As a result, he was the first male spokesperson for Covergirl. Just like men across many nationalities and cultures, including anglo-christian straight men in history.... he just happens to like wearing makeup. :)

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Sandy Feuerbacher
Community Member
5 months ago

So.........THIS is a Male, Female? Bet " IT" doesn't EVEN KNOW!!!!! What a SAD, SAD WORLD IT'S BECOMING!!!!!!!!!

Kate Mitchell
Community Member
5 months ago

He still beautiful though....

Arenite
Community Member
5 months ago

He looks awful in both pictures.

Susan Mercurio
Community Member
5 months ago

That's what Michael Jackson's nose looked like.

Blackheart
Community Member
5 months ago

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Hafida
Community Member
5 months ago

I respect each one, I only don’t understand why men wear make up.

Niko Alarcon
Community Member
5 months ago

Some men just like to feel pretty... in my case its usually to get my eyelashes out of my eyes [mascara] and for cosplay.

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Luisa Vasconcelos
Community Member
5 months ago

Wow, who is this person ?!?!? I like his / her jaw. Lokks so androgynous that I don't even know if is a he or a she. Beautiful

Plumpkin_Pie
Community Member
5 months ago

James Charles wtf

Cathelijne van Weelden
Community Member
5 months ago

The nose is not photoshopped but this is make up and overlighting a picture... I think it is called contouring in the make up world

Jayne Kyra
Community Member
5 months ago

Yea, no. This has been long since debunked to be mere "contour". Each and every one of his before and after images has been enhanced.

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#34

I Posted The Left One Yesterday And People Were Not Believing That The Hair Don’t Belongs To Her

I Posted The Left One Yesterday And People Were Not Believing That The Hair Don’t Belongs To Her

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.gas.
Community Member
5 months ago

I were not believing that Bored Panda don't thinks grammar check is important.

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