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Here’s Why Your Nose Looks Bigger in Your Selfies

Angles are everything.
Here’s Why Your Nose Looks Bigger in Your Selfies
IMAGE Mark Buenaobra
Angles are everything.

Thanks to countless photo-editing apps out there, not all selfies on the internet are as realistic as they seem. It's become way too easy for us to alter our facial features that we can hardly tell anymore whether people have retouched their photo or they really do look that flawless in real life. Not that there's anything wrong with editing your selfies, of course—by all means, you do you. At the end of the day, however, angles can make or break a picture. Regardless of what photo-editing app you choose.

According to a video by Vox, our love for taking pictures of ourselves is quite literally changing the way we see our faces. To look better in selfies, many are actually turning to cosmetic surgery, and research suggests an increased demand in rhinoplasty or nose jobs in the recent years. But why the nose, of all things? Simple: our usual selfie angles make our sniffers look bigger than they actually are.

In the video, Vox explains that we typically position our camera 12 inches (about an arm's length) away from our face for selfies. While that's a reasonable distance, that proximity actually makes the base and tip of our nose appear 30% and 7%  larger, respectively. That's a crazy difference.

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Vox further explains that this happens because selfies position the nose in the foreground, making it appear larger, while the rest of our features stay flat in the background. But in reality, our faces look much more symmetrical.

IMAGE YOUTUBE/voxdotcom

So the next time you're dissatisfied with a selfie, you could try taking it from a farther distance. Maybe even consider getting yourself a selfie stick!

Watch Vox's full video below to know more about it:

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