monica selfie digital makeover 2
I took a selfie the other night and thought it was a good picture to use for practicing my digital make-up skills.

So I put on some digital fake eye-lashes. And I digitally perfected the art of concealing under eye bags and other flaws. I also gave myself the illusion of sharp cheekbones. And I changed the color of my eyes to a lighter shade of brown from their usual black-brown. I probably should have plumped my lips to make them look more youthful and supple but I figured that would have made the alteration of my appearance too drastic.

You could say this is a picture of a fake me…

But I prefer to think of all variations of myself as being part of the real me. I wasn’t born with all the flaws I’ve accumulated over the years. So my various imperfections are no more my real skin than the skin in this picture. In fact, if you think about it, my real skin would more likely resemble this picture if nature and time hadn’t done what they do to skin. We were all born with blemish free skin. So if you make the argument that people shouldn’t wear make-up but should accept the skin they were born in, well, they weren’t born in blemished skin.

Q&A Intermission

Q: Why would you change your eye color? Is there something wrong with your real eyes?

A: No, there’s nothing wrong with my real eyes. I love my real eyes. I think my eyes are my best feature. They’re beautiful and I wouldn’t trade them. I changed the color in this picture just for the fun of it. Because colored contacts exist for cosmetic play, and anyone who wants to try them out should be able to try them out (whether they do it for real or using photo editing as I did) without having to worry that people are going to accuse them of hating their real eyes.

Fake Fake Fake you’re so fake

I wish my skin was this smooth and blemish free in reality…

I do think that going natural is better than wearing make-up. Personally I don’t wear make-up all that often. And if my skin was as smooth and blemish free as in this picture I would probably never wear make-up at all, except maybe for some lipstick and occasionally some eyeliner and/or mascara.

Side note: Back in the day you would never find me without makeup on my face. I wore make-up all day every day. I only removed it when I washed my face in the mornings. 

These days I couldn’t give a damn who thinks what about my face. I’m comfortable enough in my skin to go out without putting on any make-up whatsoever. And I’m able to appreciate my natural beauty while knowing that no one else can see beyond my blemished, aging skin, the bags under my eyes and all the other crazy things that happen to your face when you reach a certain age. I value everything about myself, but that doesn’t mean I don’t try to improve my appearance.  And when it comes to my work, that often means wearing makeup to cover flaws that my skincare routines haven’t yet managed to eradicate. It also means digitally enhancing my pictures to make them more suitable for posting on my blog and my social media forums.

Check me out on Instagram at @monicacubed. I have a few ‘real me’ pictures posted.

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Singer songwriter Adelamonica AKA Avenue Sixty editor in chief. Writing as Monica for The Monica Archives. Writing has always been one of my passions. In fact, when I was a teenager, I used to tell people they should remember my name, because I was going to become a famous author. I used to live to write and write to live--not in the sense of writing for income but writing to combat depression and to feel a sense of purpose. I've written novels, poems, articles and essays that I tried unsuccessfully to get published over many years starting in my teens. When I discovered blogging several ages ago, I turned to that avenue as a means of doing what I love without having to worry about publishers and their rejection letters. Modeling is also something I have always enjoyed and something I wanted very badly to do as a teenager. So badly that I used to lie and tell people I was a model. I would carry around a large portfolio style photo album and claim it was my modeling portfolio. But, as with my writing, the people with the power to make my modeling dreams come true saw nothing in me that made them stop me in the streets of New York to offer me a modeling contract with their agency. So when I discovered the ability to photograph my own self (before cell phones and selfies) I took up a hobby of pretend modeling at home and that hobby has remained with me throughout my life as a form of self expression and self therapy. I ask that you kindly excuse my lack of worldliness and any instances where I demonstrate lack of tact or lack of knowledge and even lack of basic intelligence in my writing and posing. I'm just here trying to have a little fun doing the things that make me happy. I'm just an average human for whom writing and posing and singing and dancing and the other things I do are ways I express myself and keep myself going on this ever challenging journey of life. I hope you will find something even remotely useful or interesting in the things I share.


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