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

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KatEgan 2 years ago

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

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Rcatheron 2 years ago

Definitely the best transformation.

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SanjeevSharma 2 years ago

She's pretty even without the makeup.

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AlheyaRazeGaela 2 years ago

That tshirt on the before though!

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Kikkaio 2 years ago

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

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VictorVakaras 2 years ago

She's prettier without makeup I think.

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KTTrondsen 2 years 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 2 years ago

She looks better without make up. :)

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IsabellaEads 2 years ago

She looks better without makeup

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CathyBinder 2 years ago

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

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