5 Ways Snapchat Is Keeping It Real In A World Of Filters And FaceTune

5 Ways Snapchat Is Keeping It Real In A World Of Filters And FaceTune

From unedited rants to unfiltered selfies, here's how celebrites and bloggers are keeping it real on Snapchat...

I could happily spend a couple of hours scrolling through Instagram getting lost in perfect holiday #selfies, #interiorsgoals and #foodporn shots. But every now and then, it can all start to feel a little bit staged and fake. A little bit too perfect for my liking. So that's why recently I've really gotten into Snapchat (you can follow me on @chloemacdonnell) Yep, it turns out that that app your teenage cousin has been obsessed with for ages is actually pretty great even when your 18+. With its hilarious effects, childish text functions and lack of beautifying filters, it's definitely a lot closer to what real life looks like than on Insta i.e. in no way perfect. So it came as somewhat of a surprise when I discovered just how much celebrities liked it too and how  they were willing to totally embrace its unfiltered functions. Here's five ways their snaps are keeping it real...

1. The un-edited rants...

Just hours after Meghan Trainor's Me Too video premiered online, in which she struts around L.A. in a giraffe onesie and embraces a dance off in a blue prom style dress, Trainor took to Snapchat to explain she was taking the video down from the Internet because her body had been digitally altered. 'Hey guys, I took down the Me Too video because they Photoshopped the crap out of me,' she explained to fans in a series of Snapchat clips. 'I’m so sick of it and I’m over it, so I took it down until they fix it.' 'My waist is not that teeny,' she continued. 'I had a bomb waist that night, I don’t know why they didn’t like my waist, but I didn’t approve that video and it went out for the world, so I’m embarrassed.' This beats a carefully scripted press release any day of the week.

 

2. Bikini selfies...

Come summertime, our Instagram feeds are literally spammed with bikini selfies. Sure, some of them give us serious body goals but often, they also leave us feeling pretty meh. With Facetune and other body altering apps rife sometimes it's pretty hard to tell who and what's been edited. Plus we all know how flattering that Valenica filter is. Therefore, when a celeb takes to Snapchat with it's lack of filters (unless we're talking about dog ears or flower crowns) it's pretty much the closet we're going to get to seeing them IRL. Demi Lovato started the trend earlier this month when she snapped her herself while wearing a turquoise bikini grabbing her stomach with the caption: 'My body isn’t perfect, I’m not my fittest but this is me!! And I [heart] it.'

 

 

Meanwhile, after being accussed of photoshopping her body following a series of pap shots, YouTuber Tanya Burr also took to the app to shut the rumours down. 'Basically, paparazzi shots are always going to be the most unflattering because they're photographing you in direct sunlight, you don't know you're being photographed, and so it's not going to be nice,' Tanya explained in a series of videos. 'Whereas when I Instagram a photo of myself of course I'm going to be standing in the most flattering position and I'm ready for the photo, so of course I'm going to look better, but I don't edit them,' she said. The beauty vlogger then asked her friend to film her in full length mode while she explained: 'Guys this is me unedited, video footage of me in a bikini, can't be edited. So haters, take your negativity elsewhere.'

 

 

3. Skin IRL...

While the dog ear and flower crown filters do slightly smooth skin they in no way mask it, meaning that spots and breakouts are visible, no matter how much you try and distract viewers with pulling funny faces. With many celebrities snapping their entire day from morning bed greetings to sleepy selfies this means we often get to see them before they've done their makeup or just after they've scrubbed it off. When Kylie Jenner snapped herself with a spot breakout, instead of freaking out about it, she simply stated: 'Oh no I'm breaking out' and then proceeded to share her beauty tips on what to do. Holding up a bottle of Mario Badescu Drying Lotion, Kylie said:  'If any of you have a little pimple, this is a drying lotion that I love,' before explaining how she applies it. Jenner is pretty notorious for hosting sponsored product features on her social media channels, so we're not sure if this is a total genuine mention but more importantly, at least Jenner is being completly open when it comes to not having perfect skin which is a big contrast to the flawless contoured face we normally see on her Insta.

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4. The flat lay setups...

Sometimes when you're scrolling and double tapping you forget just how perfect everything looks on Instagram and how much time must have gone into setting up those shots. Because come on, who's life really looks like that? So we're pretty into those bloggers on Snapchat who talk you through their flat lay perfecting.  That coffee cup shot ? Yep, it's been carefully sipped so that sponsored lipstick is on the cup. Those blueberry pancakes for breakfast in bed? By the time the right sized plate has been sourced and the bed linen has been crumpled so it's just right, those pancakes have definitely got way too cold for actually eating. And as for those minimalist desk layouts? There's definitely a huge pile of half read newspapers and unopened letters out of shot. Follow our faves @tamarakalinic and @lapetitenoob to see the effort that really goes into those shots.

 

5. Those AAA snaps...

When fashion blogger BryanBoy started Instagramming old fashion editorials and adverts featuring plastic surgery references and captioning them with #MakeOverMadness, it's fair to say no one expected for his own surgery selfies to start appearing. But that's exactly what he started doing on Snapchat. From filming himself waking up post-surgery after undergoing procedures on his jaw, nose, undereyes and chin, to clips of himself going shopping for the first time still wrapped in bandages and footage of himself having post-op appointments and moaning over the swelling, BryanBoy left nothing out. He's completely open that he has done it for vanity purposes not medical and his honesty comes as somewhat of a shock when he could have easily kept out of the public eye like many celebrities do until they have healed. Love it or hate it, at least he's not trying to fool anyone.

 

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