Face filters on social media platforms are the most common use of augmented reality today, not video games. According to the survey, about 20% of social media users in the US have used a beauty filter on a photo before posting it online.

Furthermore, the rise of selfie culture is leading individuals to new degrees of fakery on social media, despite the obvious harm they do to people’s sense of self-worth and confidence. It’s evident that makeup artist and TikToker Holly Cockerill has had enough.

She exposed the superficiality of the online community despite her insider knowledge of the cosmetics business. Holly ‘exposed’ her own Instagram vs. reality selfies in a series of TikTok videos that went viral and amassed millions of views. The caption stated, “Social media is phony. Don’t be misled, “and as you scrolled down, you could see exactly what she meant.”

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Blackburn-based social media developer and makeup artist Holly Cockerill, 27 years old, became famous after posting a series of videos on Tik Tok that went viral. Cockerill works as a support worker for adults with learning impairments.

I like to make people happy, so I started producing hilarious videos on Tik Tok, but then I realized I had a real passion for beauty, so I made a makeup website and moved my “Instagram vs. real life” films there instead.

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When asked in an interview, Holly added that she got the idea for her viral “Social media is false, don’t be misled” videos after she posted a few pictures from when she had acne and received positive feedback from viewers who could relate. “From then,” she continued, “it all began.”

“But I’m guilty of continually browsing through Instagram and seeing ‘beautiful’ photos with the perfect life, and it made me feel so horrible about myself and I’d constantly compare myself to these fake images,” Holly admitted in an interview. Then I started seeing social media accounts that compared celebrities’ and influential people’s online and offline personas, and I couldn’t believe the contrast.

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When she realized how different Instagram photos were from actual life, she decided to start her own Instagram vs. real-life photo series. Girls messaging me to say my posts were helpful was a huge confidence boost, so I kept doing it.

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Holly is certain that the widespread use of aesthetic enhancement tools has a profound effect on society at large, particularly on the younger generations. These young individuals aspire to live up to the standards set by those they admire. She continued, “If influencers are using an app to alter their appearance, it’s causing the general public to wonder why they don’t feel attractive.”

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She elaborated, “People start to despise themselves, which subsequently can cause major mental health problems. It’s terrifying how they’re equating themselves with nonexistent “avatars” who have the qualities of real people. Even though many celebrities’ online personas don’t match up with how they look in real life, young people still try to get plastic surgery to look like their heroes.

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@hollycockerillmua

Reply to @ctab0713 part 3 of why you should never believe what you see on social media 🤯 #fyp #fakevsreal #instagramvsreality #loveyourself

♬ Praise God – Kanye West

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