Ok, I cheated a little on this prompt. It's actually a Snapchat photo which happens to be my profile picture.
I don't post my kids on my public profiles so I chose this one to prove a point. Here is my picture, taken with full makeup, good lighting, a flattering pose and a pretty Snapchat filter.
|Makeup, filters, lighting, pose|
This is by far the most flattering picture of me I have had taken in recent years. Now compare it to the photos below. The first picture is one where I actually used makeup to make myself look ill. The lighting is natural but there's no filters
|Made up to look ill, no filters|
Finally this is just a selfie I took at home, bad lighting, no makeup, no filters.
My point is that it is very easy to look at instagram and other social media and wish you could look like the people posting selfies. But no-one actually looks like that in person, especially without makeup. Makeup, lighting, flattering poses and filters can make a huge difference. And are great fun! But always remember that it's all an illusion.
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