Are Filters Necessary?



One of the things about Instagram, or any photo app, are the various filters that can be applied to photos to alter how they look.

Wayne Goss recently posted a photo of himself where he compared a photo of himself with a filter and one without. He wasn’t saying that filters were bad, but expressing the opinion that we need to see our own natural beauty without altering things. At least that is what I got from the words under the photo. I’ll copy a screen dump below and see what you guys think.


I love the message and I did take part in the hashtag. He actually does these clean beauty campaigns quite regularly to allow women and men to be confident with applying makeup without overusing some products, whether that is contouring or brows.

This recent image has got me thinking about the pros and cons of filters. I will start of by saying that I like filters, and use them occasionally. I would be a hypocrite if I said that filters were bad. At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference; I am not trying to change anyone’s mind. These are just thoughts that came to me.


Pros of Filters

They can improve your complexion: On a bad skin day where I may not have had a lot of sleep, I find that some of the filters do blur over those things that could make a photo look worse, in my opinion. I hate it when my dark circles show up in photos, and I tend to use the Nashville filter to blur them over. I don’t know what it does, but it makes me look a lot healthier and gives the impression of eight-hours sleep. Of course, it’s all in the mind, you guys might not see what I see in the original photo.

They add warmth to an overly ‘flashed’ photo: What I mean by this is when a photo has been over exposed to the flash or lights and you look like a ghost.  Some of the filters add a hint of warmth to these photos, making them useable.

They’re fun: At the end of the day, it’s a feature of Instagram and it’s fun to play with. It’s weird seeing how your makeup looks alter with different filters, and I enjoy playing around with them.

Cons of Filters

They warp your makeup looks: If you are a beauty blogger, advertising your work, or showing off how a specific product looks on the face, filters make the product look so different in real life. It’s not a fair review of the product or your work if you have to change things with a filter. I have only used the filter if the flash has paled out the look and the filter will give a more true to life look.

Increase negative body image?: This is not one that I personally believe but I have heard this opinion voiced a fair bit. What are your personal thoughts? Does applying a filter give you a negative sense for your own face? Do you think that your ugly without applying that X-Pro Filter? Probably not, but this is an opinion that I wanted to mention since I have heard it muttered. In my opinion, negative comments on social media contribute more to negative body image more than a sodding filter!


So those are some thoughts on the use of filters. What are your personal thoughts?

Have a great day guys! Bye for now!



5 comments on “Are Filters Necessary?”

  1. I think they can have a negative effect on self image if you don’t have a lot of self esteem about your appearance to start off with. Often I wish I looked like I do when I put filters on.

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