VIDEO: What happens when you put Doncaster celebs through photo beautifying app Meitu? Here are the hilarious results

It is the bizarre selfie transformation app that's taken the world by storm - and we've used it to give some of Doncaster's biggest stars a makeover.

Friday, 20th January 2017, 11:53 am
Updated Friday, 20th January 2017, 11:57 am

If you've ever dreamed of big sparkling eyes, glowing, wrinkle free skin and rosy red lips, then Meitu is the app you need to get on your phone to make your selfies something else.

The Chinese have been using the beautifying app since 2008 but this year Meitu has gone viral, with 456 million monthly active users around the world.

Louis Tomlinson, Ed Miliband and Jeremy Clarkson after the Meitu treatment.

And we decided to put it to the test - putting some of Doncaster's biggest and best stars through the Meitu mill.

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Former Labour leader Ed Miliband is given a disturbingly soft focus "Pierrot" look, complete with a crescent moon beneath his eye, while television motormouth Jeremy Clarkson has his famously craggy features smoothed out by the app.

Bearded and booming Brian Blessed takes on a rosy red glow while England footballing ace Danny Rose ends up with a lovely pair of pouting red lips.

While some are clearly enjoying the novelty factor others are addicted to the dramatic results and the app holds a rare five-star rating in the US app store.

Louis Tomlinson, Ed Miliband and Jeremy Clarkson after the Meitu treatment.

Meitu, which means ‘beautiful picture’, offers a ‘one-touch photoshop for enhancing your beauty’ and promises to give your selfies a ‘hand-drawn look’.

Using facial recognition and augmented reality, the free app transforms faces, enhancing in a style similar to the well-documented lenses of Snapchat.

Photos can be uploaded from an album or taken directly on the app. Then, Meitu waves its magic wand and faces turn into glowing fairytale, anime-style images, complete with peachy cheeks and sparkling eyes.

Beauty filters such as ‘Mermaid’ and ‘Petals’ can also be applied. The resulting masterpiece can then be saved and shared on social media.

The effect certainly isn’t subtle and some might find it downright odd but, as with any makeover app, it’s entertaining to see your appearance ‘perfected’.

There are also collage and auto beauty features, plus a retouch function that lets you erase dark circles, remove spots and wrinkles and even make yourself look taller.

Meitu is available for both iOS and Android.