These Shocking Before & After Photos Will Change the Way You Think About Makeup (VIDEO)


makeupI love makeup. Give me your glitter, give me your creams, pass any potion or tincture my way. Will it cover my blotches? Will it give me cheekbones for years? Will I be suddenly and supernaturally dewy of face? Bring it on. Makeup is funny and makeup is fun.

While part of the allure of makeup is its transformative qualities, I've never been a fan of makeup looks that seeks to hide your real face. I roll my eyes every time someone refers to my face-meat as "a blank canvas." Uh, nope, sorry. My face is a vivid masterpiece, dude. If we must use a painting metaphor, let's call makeup what it is -- the frame.

I don't mean for occasions like Halloween, obviously, where the point is to be something you aren't. I mean on the days when you're getting ready to go out with friends, or go to work. Why hide your face then? Consider the work of master Russian makeup artist, Vadim Andreev. In a series of photos from Andreev's website, you will be knocked over by what he can accomplish with the simple application of cosmetics.

From before to after, the women he features are unrecognizable. Is what Andreev can do with makeup astounding? It absolutely is. But I don't know that I can support the idea that our everyday faces are so grim, they need total disguising. That's exactly what these images seem to suggest. We look like monsters without makeup, and we have no other option than makeup or surgery. Andreev says that this is better than going under the knife. Well clearly. With makeup there's no actual cutting into your face. But to suggest that it's necessary if we ever want to pass cultural muster? That's just bogus.

Do you think these transformations are cool or unnecessary?


Image via Daily Mail

makeup, makeup tutorial, models


To add a comment, please log in with

Use Your CafeMom Profile

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Join CafeMom or Log in to your CafeMom account. CafeMom members can keep track of their comments.

Comment As a Guest

Guest comments are moderated and will not appear immediately.

sylph... sylph_ironlight

That is a whole crapton of makeup. If the average woman walked around wearing all of that, she would probably get stares.

Cari Poissant

Too much make up but Id love to see what he would do to my face! :)

xomrs... xomrsweaver

That looks like normal makeup to me....I don't see anything special done. Makeup is meant to enhance our features and that's exactly what he did. Where is the problem in that? 

youth... youthfulsoul

Yikes. Some of those women really needed that.

Emma Arzate

the last was extreme, but the other two he enhances their beauty.

tuscani tuscani

Not to mention the lighting difference. These were Photoshopped all the way. One way I could tell is photoshop allows you to lengthen or shorten the neck AND the Philbrum... All you have to do is  look and see they are not the same measurements! I can make anyone look like a supermodel with photoshop.. send me a pic and I'll show you!... Besides, even if it was all just make-up at some oint you have to take it off.. Isn't that a form of lying? I'm not talking about everyday natural makeup..I'm talking about MASKS! Anyway..It's fake as it is photography that is making the most difference.


1-8 of 8 comments