When it comes down to it, makeup is really an art. People use it to create an appearance of how they want to be viewed by the world. There's nothing wrong with that, but it can often skew our reality.
Melissa Murphy, an LA-based makeup artist who has more than 118,000 followers on Instagram, uses her platform to show the power of cosmetics through powerful before-and-after pictures of people with and without makeup.
Not only does she show the pictures themselves, but also reveals just how much time and how many products are required to make people look like they do in films and magazines.
Take a look for yourself, as they serve as a reminder that what you see is often not what you get in reality.