Stars, they're just like us! Except for the fact that they're always seen as the pinnacle of perfection. Whenever they leave the house, not a hair is out of place, not a stitch of makeup is smudged. Celebrities are already genetically blessed, and use makeup to enhance their already beautiful features. A smoky eye draws attention to an eye that looks like it was crafted by Michaelangelo himself. A glossy lip draws attention to a lip that is naturally glossy and doesn't need lip gloss to make it even more glossy that it already is.
But now there's an app that allows you to remove all of the smoke and mirrors of a star's smoky eye. With just a click of a button, the professionally done makeup is completely gone. In it's place, is a more "natural" look.
It's called MakeApp. The app, which is available for the iPhone and Android, digitally removes any and all traces of makeup from a photo. In just one click, a beautiful face is left bare. You can even "remove makeup" on a photo of someone not wearing makeup. Don't question it. It's an app.
In order to show how MakeApp works, photos of celebrities have been run through the filter to show what they would look like with a "make under." Technically, you can run anyone through the filter, but it's funner to do with celebrities. Celebrities are like regular people, but they're famous.
The filter replaces soft, smooth skin with a more natural texture - presumably what that person would look like without foundation. Ruby lips are toned down to a more fleshy hue. The eye area is given more crow's feet (for some reason?) and those dark circles that someone would work so hard to conceal are brought back. This app is great? Yay app?
In other words, it can turn your phone into the "Stars Caught Without Makeup" segment in a tabloid. Now you don't have to shell out $3.99 for an US Weekly! You can have the same fun of taking down celebrities a peg right from the comforts of your own home.
Of course, celebrities still have amazing bone structure. So even if the MakeApp app takes away their contouring and even skin tone, they still manage look ah-mah-zing. And life it still not fair. Even Kim Kardashian still looks gorgeous when you're running her face through a filter designed to make her look gross.
With MakeApp, you can take an iconic portrait and see what the subject would look like au naturale. For example, you can remove all of the professionally done makeup in Melania Trump's official First Lady portrait. You can't remove those amazing Eastern European cheekbones, though. Those are results of some damn fine Soviet-bred genetics!
Of course, these days you don't necessarily need an iPhone app to find out what your favorite celeb looks like sans-foundation. You just need access to their Instagram account. Many celebrities are open about posting candid photos of their face without a stitch of makeup on. Us mortals are given a glimpse into how our favorite on-screen personas live off-screen.
Of course, you don't need to be a celebrity to have your face wiped of makeup on MakeApp. You can do it with a photo of yourself. You know, if for some reason, you need to find out what your own face (the face you see everyday) looks like without makeup. Because you don't know what that looks like already?
Some people view MakeApp as harmless fun. Other people view MakeApp as the work of the devil. Revelist has called MakeApp, "a subtler form of shaming," and the creators of MakeApp, "beauty-hating trolls." Clearly, they have some strong opinions. "If a woman steps out with makeup on her face, it's because that's the image that she wants to convey that day," says Revelist.
"It's not up to us, or up to some creep with an iPhone, to determine what she 'really,' looks like underneath her makeup. If a woman is wearing makeup, it's presumably because she WANTS to, and robbing her of that right is totally unfair," says Revelist. But isn't that what technology is for? Why else would God give man the intelligence to invent the iPhone if we don't use it to manipulate the images of celebrities?
MakeApp doesn't just work on still photos. You can also remove the makeup from a celebrity in a motion picture! Let's face it, you've always wondered what Reese Witherspoon giving an interview would look like without make up, didn't you?
You can also use MakeApp to put even more makeup on! if you ever feel like a celebrity isn't wearing enough makeup in a photo, you can use your phone to correct it. They're celebrities! They should always be completely glamorous at all times, even when they're shopping for milk!
Now that you know that MakeApp exists, have fun with it! Just make sure you use your newfound power for good and not evil. With great power comes great responsibility! Even if you're just using MakeApp!