There are dozens of apps out there that you can use to make your selfies more polished than you look in real life. If you want to smoothen your skin, darken your eyelashes, or add cat ears (no judgment), technology has you covered. But in “features that we’re pretty sure literally nobody asked for,” here is a photo editing app that does just the opposite by removing makeup from photos.
MakeApp actually has a number of functions that it can perform on photos or videos, using a neural network to imagine what a person’s facial features look like with more or less makeup. It’s the makeup removal feature, though, that has had the most controversial results. Here’s what happens when it’s tested out on celebrities.
It’s probably fair to guess that most people aren’t using this feature on themselves. Commenters were quick to point out its sinister uses, saying that it encourages viewing makeup as deception and would most likely be used to jeer at the supposed shortcomings of women’s un-made-up faces. Some called it “a plot to make men think all women are ugly” and criticized its ability to “strip women of their makeup without their consent.”