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Ye gods, will we ever see the end of gormless gawp selfies?

Discussion in 'Personal' started by phatsals, Jul 11, 2019.

  1. phatsals

    phatsals Senior commenter

    I've yet again seen a picture of a normal woman, looking like a gormless gawp. Head tilted forward, eyes blank, open mouth, looking for all the world like a half dead fish. There's hundreds of them, nay, thousands, posted by the score on facebook. If you're very lucky there could be 10 versions of the same gormless look posted one after the other - not one of them representing a person you'd recognise if you were to bump into them in the street.

    I'm struggling with this and 'contouring' to keep a straight face. I had a visit recently from a 17 year old who needed some help. I could barely avert my eyes from the dark triangles on the cheeks, stripes down the nose and lips with what appeared to be a severe allergic reaction

    Now, I agree this make-up can make for a lovely pic, but when you're 2 feet away it's a very different matter. This, combined with the gormless look, I can't wait to see the back of.

    Bring back animated faces - pleeeaaaase!
    knitone and nomad like this.
  2. nizebaby

    nizebaby Star commenter

    Oh no! The trout mouth look!
    catmother and grumpydogwoman like this.
  3. stanley4shoes

    stanley4shoes Occasional commenter

    Friend of mine has a pose that she uses for every Facebook profile image. It’s terrifying!

    I’m pretty sure that’s not the reaction she’s looking for!
    nomad likes this.
  4. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    Maybe it's clever marketing by the Guild of Fishmongers?

    "I know, let's start a social media trend where selfies look like what's in our shop windows - subliminal advertising, bound to increase sales on the High Street."
    grumpydogwoman, needabreak and nomad like this.
  5. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    And what is it with these cartoon eyebrows that look like their mates have held them down in the playground and been really silly with a black marker pen? How many hours and pounds is it taking to turn them into Mr Spock?

  6. Aquamarina1234

    Aquamarina1234 Star commenter

    I see no gawpy woman, bit typinghard.
  7. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    I dont see gawpy women either but I'm very particular who I befriend.
  8. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    I think they are tatooed on :eek:
  9. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    It’s the men and women with the cheeks sucked in duck faces that bug me. Life lived on social media ... says she talking to strangers on t’internet ...
  10. needabreak

    needabreak Star commenter

    You're talking to strangers on the internet now are you not?

    Those poses are funny, I prefer a smile wry or otherwise, or artsy b/w but it's all about fashion... There was a makeup thread a while back not much talk of saving the environmental there though I'm afraid...or of boycotting a multi million pound/dollar multinational industry either, but I've said before and Smith before me that people are innately selfish... my good selfiless self included.
  11. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Faecebook. Don't. *simples.
  12. phatsals

    phatsals Senior commenter

    Ah yes, the eyebrows. Groucho Marx would be very proud.
  13. coffeekid

    coffeekid Star commenter

    I see these women walking around my town every day - who needs Facebook for it? Fashion fads come and go - I hope this one (the heavy contouring and daft eyebrows) dies its inevitable death soon.
    It's quite a British/American trend, which can easily be traced back to Kim Kardashian. We were in France recently and I didn't see one woman who'd used contouring. Not one.

    Can I just add my own fashion-horror-dislike? Leggings being worn like trousers - fine (kind of) if the material is thick enough, but omygod the number of times I've had to hold my tongue walking behind crowds of schoolgirls. Why don't their parents tell them their Primark leggings are too sheer? You can see EVERYTHING. Also, and I don't know if this is just in my neck of the woods, but the elastic mini skirts that are en "vogue" are often so short you can literally see bum cheeks.

    Right - I've officially entered middle age. I've joined in a thread moaning about young people's fashion. Shoot me now.
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  14. vannie

    vannie Star commenter

    Yes, that’s what I meant!
    needabreak likes this.
  15. lindenlea

    lindenlea Star commenter

    And we never wore silly make up and joke eyebrows. Ooh that's quite big!
    needabreak likes this.
  16. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Has she been crying .... symmetrically?
  17. grumpydogwoman

    grumpydogwoman Star commenter

    The fashion when I was a lass was NO eyebrows.

    But we retained individuality. These days I really can't tell the difference between any of them. I sometimes think: is that my daughter or her best mate, not sure.
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  18. nomad

    nomad Star commenter

    I understood it was wanting to emulate Cara Delevingne which started the eyebrow trend.
    racroesus likes this.
  19. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    What about "scousebrows" which started a few years ago.
    Even Mick Jagger would have trouble snogging this!
  20. BertieBassett2

    BertieBassett2 Star commenter

    So true, Grumpy! In 1973, I tweezered most of my (very bushy) eyebrows away. I got carried away (probably because it didn't hurt) but knew I'd plucked them too much. 'Not to worry', I thought, 'they'll grow back.' They never did...

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