A dab of mascara, a hint of blush, and you’re ready to roll with that homemade makeup look. Most often, it’s stunning as it is, but in the world of makeup, god is in the details. And one Russian make-up artist Julia Ismailova is showing what a day and night difference a little subtlety can make.

From adding a touch of bronzer on the cheeks for a sun-kissed look to simply smudging bold eyeliner to make eyes look bigger, Julia’s transformations are all about little details that go a long way. In a series of Instagram posts, she has put side-by-side pictures of makeup done by her and the girls themselves, and the result is truly surprising. Check out the looks down below and let us know which ones you like better!

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Ivana
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4 months ago

I was never really into the heavy cat eye look unless you have that hipster style with tattoos and short bangs.

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Zoe's Mom
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4 months ago

Again, the after is so much softer looking.

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Zoe's Mom
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4 months ago

Looks much younger in the after.

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Bored Panda reached out to Julia Ismailova, Moscow-based professional makeup artist and the founder of the beauty studio Makeup Cultura.

She told us that the idea of recreating women’s makeup came naturally after she realized that most of her clients who came to Julia’s individualized makeup classes would wear heavy makeup. “It didn’t complement these girls at all,” she said.

Julia then took a picture of her client before the lesson while she was wearing her go-to homemade makeup and compared it with the "after" look that was done under Julia’s guidance. After posting the picture on Instagram, “I received outstanding feedback from my audience—they loved it!”

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Leo H
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4 months ago

This has to be a woman thing...but as a dude i see very lil difference...to me the left is just as attractive as the right

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Little Dino
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4 months ago

she has really pretty eyes!

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Tamas Kerekes
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4 months ago

realy good ... minus 5 years ... lighter better

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The makeup artist said that usually, “Women see the tiniest flaws on their faces, but do not realize how beautiful and unique they truly are.”

That’s why so many of them use makeup to hide and cover up their flaws, but “this is so wrong,” Julia said. But makeup is an opportunity to "let yourself shine and show the world what’s unique about your appearance.”

Julia never does the transformations according to her personal tastes. “The result of all my clients’ transformations is our joint effort and creativity,” and she calls it “a co-creation.” As a result, she never tries to break habits, but rather “corrects them.”

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beja flor
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4 months ago

I like both, she did a real nice eye-shadow on the left

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Thinairgal
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4 months ago

Hey, Panda!

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Cathelijne van Weelden
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4 months ago

The freckles are gone 😭

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Chances are, there are a few more face creams and lipsticks right there in your bathroom cabinet than there used to be, like two years ago. But it’s not just you. In fact, the beauty industry has been among the fastest-growing in the past 5 years and it’s nowhere near ready to stop.

As of 2019, the global beauty industry was valued for $532 billion with the US being the world’s largest beauty market. Meanwhile, the cosmetic products market keeps growing in an upright direction. Zion Market Research has shown that it will reach a whopping $863 billion in 2024.

Forbes reports that the beauty consumer, aka you and me, is also changing alongside the booming market. We now “define beauty” and demand an “inclusive and authentic image” to which we can relate. In the past, beauty adverts used to communicate aspirational ideas and unattainable standards, but these days, more than ever, brands celebrate real and natural beauty.

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Katrin P.
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4 months ago

And the eyebrows on the right are much better, not this blocked Instagram tutorial shit.

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DEAN THORNE
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4 months ago

I like the before pic better, the makeup pic makes her look like a real doll.

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Angelina St
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4 months ago

Look younger and fresh (just come back from holiday) in the right

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SirPatTheCat
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4 months ago

No way!!! She completely changed her vibe!! She was rocking the dark lipstick cat eye look and she made her face look so plain which completely throws off her look and takes away from it!! I live for punk style how dare you dampen it down like that!!

Ms Phit
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4 months ago

Totally agree that this takes away a certain amount of punctuation that she obviously was feeling in the first pic. I'm an "old" punk myself, and I remember when I was her age my mom had me do a makeover for a family event. I went home feeling like a diluted stranger, and even though I was highly complimented, I remember doubling down on my black eyeliner and hair color from then on. Haven't looked back since, still rocking my look, my way, (of course modulated for the added decades). Been featured in a couple 80's punk then and now articles too! Follow your own path! Do, be, do, be, do!

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Isabella R.W.
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4 months ago

I love her hair

Flufflefox
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4 months ago (edited)

First one is better

Tabitha L
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4 months ago

All except the eyebrows. I like the eyebrows on the right better.

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Ivana
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4 months ago

I don't think the professional version goes with her style

JessG
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4 months ago

Oh, she's gonna change that right back

Zoe's Mom
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4 months ago

I do love her hair but I do prefer to after; she looks younger and a bit softer.

Grainne Peacock
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4 months ago

Prefer first

valérie B-971
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4 months ago

Much better on the right. Younger and happier

Amaranthim Talon
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4 months ago

In this case, the strong eyeliner worked! The fresh look make-up looks silly with her blue hair.

1337
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4 months ago

Better before in soo many ways.

Shelley DuVal
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4 months ago

For a woman who is wearing blue hair, the make-up in the before picture is suitable. The after picture now looks like the hair should be light brown, which certainly isn't this young woman's style.

Judy Rofe
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4 months ago

Simply gorgeous. Simply versatile. A look that can cater for any mood.

Odette Greyling
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4 months ago

I like the before picture. They have robbed her of her individuality.

Tanya Creighton
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4 months ago

I like the dramatic look more on her

DaphneDelilah
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4 months ago

Both look equally good. She could wear it either way. The punk style or the sweet innocent girl next door look

Tammy A
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4 months ago

I think she looked better in the first picture. At least the colour of her face still matched her neck.

Larissa McDonald
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4 months ago

Eye makeup on the left with everything else on the right would be pretty

Rose
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3 months ago

I like the first one better to be honest

sharron lynn parsons
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4 months ago

A beautiful girl, the after is a wonderful change, if she is pleased, she can change her look, depending on her mood !!!

Ralph Burton
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4 months ago

right

Abhinav Thomas
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4 months ago

With the hairstyle that she is having and also because of her black top , the punk look seems more suitable

CincyReds
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4 months ago

The first photo is just here personalty. the after is just her toning it down and going to a job interview.

Susanne Cardoza
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4 months ago

Definitely right

Tameproductions
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4 months ago

After

Nia Loves Art
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4 months ago

Honestly not a huge fan of either one. Too harsh in the first and the color choices in the second are weird, she has too much bronzer. I would have made the lips nude and done a dramatic, sharp cat eye with some false lashes.

Anne Smith
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4 months ago

How you did THIS ONE, I'll never know. How did you ever make her face so tall and so wide ?!! Now she has an orange head and a white neck !! ?? Bring back her natural hair color and she will be an absolute beauty.

Denis Brown
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4 months ago

The right is best, but the hair colour is not a good look on her.

Sue Knerl
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4 months ago

Blue hair just looks fake.

GirlFriday
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4 months ago

As women, we really need to stop that winged eye-liner thing. It doesn't look good on anyone.

uh kermit
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4 months ago

Maybe it just doesn’t look good on you :)

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Tamas Kerekes
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4 months ago

second better ... but out of style ... leave this blue hair

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Tabitha L
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4 months ago

Gorgeous. Love her hairstyle! Stunning eyes. She is very attractive in both pictures.

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valérie B-971
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4 months ago

Her eyes are much define Prefer the right

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Anne Smith
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4 months ago

Before is better. Don't obliterate her personality. Don't cover up her beautiful skin. Don't make her blush and lips TOO PINK !!

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Tabitha L
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4 months ago

Beautiful woman!! Wow.

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

Hair pulled away, lower neckline, fiece expression.

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Dorothy Parker
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4 months ago

Eyebrows made a nice change, good new lip color.

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Sori
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4 months ago

They soften her natural skin tone at her chin, it looks like she holds her face strangely to not draw attention? I like that she almost smiles on the right

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Nora
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4 months ago

Nicer skintone in the redo, but I think both have too much undereye makeup

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Anne Smith
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4 months ago

BEFORE is better. Just take away the green eye-shadow and she's all set. AFTER PHOTO - you made her TOO PINK !!! You've got an obsession with PINK FACES !!

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alwaysMispelled
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4 months ago

Anyone else notice that they pulled up her shirt?

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Sinkvenice
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4 months ago

This looks like she just tucked the hair behind her ears.

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Shelley McCrea
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4 months ago

Beautiful women!

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Tamas Kerekes
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4 months ago

first better

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Synth Alabama
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4 months ago

They contoured her nose like crazy. It changed the whole shape

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JessG
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4 months ago

Looks pretty similar to me, just the lighting is a bit different

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JessG
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4 months ago

Wtf?

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