One filter too far? Now people are using Photoshop to create ‘perfect’ knuckles on Instagram by airbrushing their FINGERS

  • Photoshop is now being used to airbrush knuckles and fingers on social media
  • The bizarre trend sees people blurring out wrinkled skin around the hand joints
  • People have blasted the practice with many asking what is happening to society

A bizarre trend for airbrushing fingers has taken off on social media, with people using Photoshop to create ‘perfect’ knuckles on Instagram – all to take a flawless photo of their latest manicure. 

The trend involves blurring natural skin around the knuckles with photo-editing tools to make them appear flawless and smooth with no lines, pores or wrinkles.

Instagram expert Sara Tasker drew attention to the trend on Twitter, sharing a photo of an unusually smooth, wrinkle-free hand topped with a burgundy manicure.

She captioned the post: ‘New in “Instagram trends that quietly frighten me” we have airbrushing out your knuckles for that ‘hot dog’ look.’

Airbrushed knuckles are the latest body part to be Photoshopped, which involves the use of editing apps to blur natural skin around the joints of the hand, making them appear smooth with no lines, pores or wrinkles

People have likened the retouched result to hot dogs, with many voicing concerns about the unnatural and unattainable physical standards social is setting for those using it

Until recently, apps like Photoshop and FaceTune have most commonly been used to re-touch blemishes and imperfections on the face, whiten teeth and slim down waistlines.

But with creative nail art becoming increasingly big business, retouching hands appears to be the next step.

A search for ‘manicure’ on Instagram generates over 25 million associated posts, all showing a wide variety of coloured talons.

In some shots, the skin on each finger is completely blurred to create a peculiarly smooth result.

But hundreds have blasted the practice, with many voicing concerns about the unnatural and unattainable physical standards social is setting for those using it.

‘What is wrong with the world? I wonder what we will be left with when everything else is airbrushed away,’ one woman said.

‘It would be awful to acknowledge that fingers need those wrinkly bits because the extra skin allows our finger joints to bend,’ one woman sarcastically pointed out. 

Another poked fun at the trend by sharing a photo of frankfurter sausages with false nails stuck to the ends.

‘This is literally where the nightmare begins,’ said another.

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