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Before, left, and after some “mild” retouching. (Facetune screen grab / Kurt Schlosser)

I shaved over the weekend to achieve a youthful and presentable appearance. But I’ve never been as smooth as Callista Gingrich, the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, and her husband Newt, the former U.S. Speaker of the House.

An Instagram selfie shared by the power couple in honor of their wedding anniversary has attracted a bit of attention online because of the Gingrichs’ flawless skin and the muted, cool tones they achieved in the image.

Happy Anniversary to my husband, Newt!❤️

A post shared by Callista Gingrich (@callygingrich) on

Some, including New York Magazine, called out the retouching app Facetune as the likely reason Cally and Newt looked so spectacular. And the image came on the heels of another notable Washington couple who stopped aging sometime after the invention of this app.

So I downloaded Facetune to give it a try for myself.

I skipped through the app tutorial a little too quickly, it seems. In my rush to achieve a forehead with no wrinkles and a chin and cheeks with no Monday morning beard shadow, I ended up pretty much smoothing away my mouth and nose.

My head looks like it’s supported by a mannequin neck.

But I guess if I wanted a selfie that looks like it was taken through the shower door, then I would call my attempt a success.

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