'Makeup is art. It's inside that really matters.' That's the motto of Melissa Murphy, an LA-based makeup artist who's amassed quite a lot of followers on Instagram due to her famous before-and-after pictures of people with and without makeup.

Murphy's work reveals how much time (and just how many and only the best makeup products are needed) is 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 of makeup transformations below to see for yourself what we mean.

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KatEgan
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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Kikkaio
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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KTTrondsen
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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CathyBinder
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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AnnaMcHugh
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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EHPower
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

she looks a lot happier in the first one

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Kikkaio
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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BethNewton
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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HelmaNollen
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

All the same doll faces, a lot nicer without.

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Gloria Wesson
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Very natural and age-appropriate. Great job...

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Jax Ashton
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Why's she look like someone told her an off-color joke in the after pic? "OMG did you just SAY that??!"

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Gloria Wesson
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Nice!! Like that she took that gaudy necklace off...

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SallyBrite
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

That makeup is horrible! :( The makeup is horrible! :(

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