'Beauty is only pixel deep'

Last updated 05:00 16/12/2013
Anna Hill

INDUSTRY DECEPTION: The first photo in Anna Hill's series advertises 'All-in-One Beauty by Photoshop'.

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Next time you look at a magazine cover and marvel at the flawless vision of beauty staring back at you, keep these clever photos in mind.

American photography student Anna Hill has created four self-portrait images for her final project Beauty Is Only Pixel Deep; and the mock ads show just how far digital editing can go.

"I thought it would be fun to poke fun at how much beauty ads are overly manipulated," she told the Huffington Post. 

She says fashion and beauty marketing is often altered so much, they may as well be trying to sell Photoshop instead of the products they are actually advertising.

The 24-year-old, who taught herself how to use Photoshop at age 14, says her eye is now trained "to see exactly where models have been altered."

With this project she saw an opportunity to remind people that the beautiful models they're surrounded by on a daily basis are completely unrealistic: without the extensive makeup and editing, "many don't look that much better than the rest of us."

In the series, Hill has cheekily advertised airbrushing techniques such as leg-lengthening and pore removal to the viewer as actual products - prompting the question, who needs real makeup products when you can use airbrushing?

Check out the rest of the startling images below:

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