Before and After | Retouched photographs of Bette Davis, 1932
“Flattering makeup and hairstyles, and beautiful clothes and backgrounds, embellished, of course, by expert lighting, were some of the devices employed by photograpgers to alter faces and achieve that “utter perfection” demanded by the studios. Minor and, sometimes, major miracles took place during and after a photo sitting. Expert retouchers airbrushed the faces for a faultless skin and reshaped any feature as desired! Mouths, teeth, noses, eyes and eyebrows could be “improved.” That also included figures, which might be “too thin,” “too fat,” “too busty.” Here are two examples of retouching in 1932 when Davis was a young twenty-four!”
— From More Fabulous Faces by Larry Carr
Same pose, different shots, one retouched, one not. I seriously didn’t realize how much airbrushing they did in the black-and-white glamour shots we admire so much. Now I know!
Last week I compiled a group of photos celebrating lovely (cosplay) ladies sans-makeup. The prospect of photographing a fresh face was intimidating for some, and second nature for others. Either way the message is the same - natural beauty deserves its time in the spotlight, too.
I’ll keep posting these as long as photos are sent my way. Show me what you’ve got, ladies! You don’t have to be a cosplayer - I just know a lot of them. :P
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I love this idea and I’m proud to be a little wee part of it :) Do you recognize me, all makeup- and wig-less?