'Makeup is art. It's inside that really matters.'


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That's the motto of Melissa Murphy, an LA-based makeup artist who's amassed over 117,000 followers on Instagram due to her popular before-and-after pictures of people with and without makeup.

Murphy's work reveals just how much time (and just how many cosmetic products) are required to make people look like they do in films and magazines. In an increasingly image-conscious world where anything and everything is Photoshopped, Murphy's pictures serve as a reassuring reminder that what you see is often deceptive and doesn't always reflect reality.

Take a look at the before-and-after pictures below to see for yourself what we mean.

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KatEgan 9 months ago

I think she looks beautiful with and without the makeup :) she's got a kick ass natural face

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Rcatheron 9 months ago

Definitely the best transformation.

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SanjeevSharma 9 months ago

She's pretty even without the makeup.

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AlheyaRazeGaela 9 months ago

That tshirt on the before though!

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Kikkaio 9 months ago

this girl is funny and spontaneous in the picture. makeup makes her look much more sophisticated

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VictorVakaras 9 months ago

She's prettier without makeup I think.

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KTTrondsen 9 months ago

They don't know how to do an older ladies make up, much too harsh, makes her look cruel

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Emily 9 months ago

She looks better without make up. :)

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IsabellaEads 9 months ago

She looks better without makeup

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CathyBinder 9 months ago

this is cool. she actually looks like the same person... only fancy.

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Gideon 9 months ago

Stunning without the make-up

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AnnaMcHugh 9 months ago

That's amazing - it looks like a completely different girl.

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EHPower 8 months ago

she looks a lot happier in the first one

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savannahgorman0 9 months ago

I love her eyes!!?!!?

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Kikkaio 9 months ago

this girl is beautiful natural. makeup makes her look only more sophisticated and old. sometimes you can not improve on perfection

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JacquelineMcCal 9 months ago

I prefer the freckles.

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OlgaAilaroudi 9 months ago

she looks younger without make up

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DebraLewis-unsworth 9 months ago

Natural beauty without makeup

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DianePeters 9 months ago

Before is better. Lucky girl.

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Gloria Wesson 5 months ago

Great transformation..!!

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BethNewton 9 months ago

All look better without make-up... I find it's too much, looks too fake and they all look older. Stay natural x

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GitteJensen 9 months ago

So pretty, with and without makeup!

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