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Before and After Makeup
image Here's an interesting series of pictures of models before and after makeup is applied (one, two, three, four, five, six, seven). To see the pictures you can also go to the main page of the Yossi Bitton Makeup School site and navigate through to the 'before and after' gallery, but beware of the annoying music. The after pictures have to be photoshopped. There's no way that makeup alone could conceal skin imperfections that perfectly.
Categories: Body Manipulation
Posted by Alex on Fri Oct 22, 2004
Comments (89)
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Not necessarily Photoshop - how about latex and paint?
Posted by Matt  on  Fri Oct 22, 2004  at  04:36 PM
I believe these pics are totally real.
Posted by Kathy Johnston  on  Fri Oct 22, 2004  at  04:55 PM
Maybe the first 4 are just makeup.
But the last 3 need more. I wonder if Matt may be right, and some kind of latex-like paste might be applied on the skin to smoothe it out.

But damn you wouldn't recognize any of those women on the street (which I suppose is a good thing for their privacy :-D
Posted by Eric  on  Fri Oct 22, 2004  at  07:42 PM
I believe that they're real. It's just so much spackle-like foundation and make-up that if you met them in person, they'd probably be hideously overdone.

Also, doing the hair helps a lot, like the woman with the droopy eyebrows now has her bangs covering up her brows.
Posted by Karen  on  Fri Oct 22, 2004  at  09:42 PM
Woot! So there's hope for us all =)
Posted by Razela  on  Fri Oct 22, 2004  at  10:06 PM
Although freckles and darkness under the eyes can be covered up, there is no way that makeup can erase deep lines in the face. If that were true, there would be no need for plastic surgery.
Posted by 6bg  on  Sat Oct 23, 2004  at  12:06 AM
The makeup is probably made out of foreskins.
Posted by john  on  Sat Oct 23, 2004  at  10:34 AM
In first set of photos we have two different models. There is no way that the chin can go from being round to being pointed.
The lips do not match. 'Before' lips are larger than 'after.'
But then as you say, photoshop . . .
Posted by pepe nero  on  Sat Oct 23, 2004  at  04:37 PM
eye opening.
Could almost be taken as a metaphor for America right now.
Posted by pepe nero  on  Sat Oct 23, 2004  at  04:45 PM
As much as makeup, it's amazing what photography can do. The 'makeup' shots are all brighter, clearly posed ("open your left eye more. Close your lips a little. Hold on, we're going to put more vaseline on your lips."), and are taken from a few steps farther back than the 'non-makeup' shots. Clearly they emphasize the 'faults' in the 'non-makeup' shots with the poor lighting, close up shot, and unhappy expressions on the model's faces.
Posted by Katey  on  Sun Oct 24, 2004  at  12:28 AM
To the author of this article:

As far as the remark that makeup could not possibly cover all imperfections...

It is obvious that you have never been a woman before


Those pics are real. You should browse Francesco Scavullos' work. Much more remarkable than this site.

I agree with who ever said that in real life/daylight, these women would look seriously over done!

The website is poorly designed and is fraught with bad english. Other than that, it was fun to peruse!

Posted by LisAlliAm  on  Sun Oct 24, 2004  at  01:40 AM
Don't forget the lighting. Lighting can change the shape of an object (nose, chin...) Hair placement helps dramatically...& before photos go into a magazine or portfolio they can be airbrushed (skim a little off of the inside of the thighs, make them look thinner, brush off that skin under the arm...). Also, different lenses on a camera can soften a look...I wouldn't say the photos are fake...I would just say, if you stood next to that made-up model she still wouldn't look as good as the photo of her.
Posted by Maegan  on  Sun Oct 24, 2004  at  09:57 AM
I know makeup can work wonders, but this is a little hard to believe. I think that the "after" photos seem a bit they've been tinkered with or something.

Hmm. Who knows?
Posted by Selene  on  Sun Oct 24, 2004  at  04:57 PM
It's done all the time: makeup + lighting + Photoshop. All three are important elements, but the website ignores the considerable and obvious effort made in post-production.
Posted by Blinky  on  Sun Oct 24, 2004  at  09:12 PM
I don't think it's a matter of make-up alone. I mean, I can excuse the changes in eye colour from before and after as contacts or even lighting changes, but the fact that some of the womens' eyes have changed shape is a bit dubious to me.
Posted by miss rynn  on  Sun Oct 24, 2004  at  11:00 PM
I think I actually prefer a few of the "befores."
Posted by Mike Harris  on  Mon Oct 25, 2004  at  12:05 AM
A made-up face is simply a pretty lie.

I'd rather have reality, thanks.
Posted by cvirtue  on  Mon Oct 25, 2004  at  08:01 PM
Look at photo #1. The woman's hairline in the after photo appears smudged, as though someone were trying to blend the skin on her forehead with her hair. The before photo clearly shows this area looks more realistic than in the after photo.

These photos are no different than the types you see in magazines; no wrinkles, no dark under-eye circles, perfect skin and's no secret that magazine photos are significantly touched-up with PhotoShop. These photos are, without a doubt, completely doctored.
Posted by Rembrandt  on  Tue Oct 26, 2004  at  11:22 PM
Keep in mind that your screen resolution and the pictures resolution is quite low, especially compared to your eye's abilities. In person, you would probably bust out laughing at the makeup on the after pictures but in a photo, it isn't obvious. A perfect example is Rupaul...he has deep and widespread acne scarring on his face out of makeup but as Rupaul, you would never know. Air brush make up and pancake makeup do wonders.
Posted by Evan  on  Thu Oct 28, 2004  at  02:09 PM
Those pics seem realistic enough for me. I'm not a makeup artist but I can do wonders with a thick enough foundation and special concealers ("definer" "brightener")...And you can buy special concealers that have a different consistency for "extreme" problems. My friend has a port wine birthmark on her face and with her concealer you can't see it at all. I think it's the same stuff celebrities use in movies to cover up tattoos.
Posted by Kristyn  on  Tue Nov 30, 2004  at  04:10 PM

Maybe we've got it backwards. Maybe it's the 'befores' that are doctored.


Maybe the 'afters' are not really the person but robots, like in the Stepford Wives.

Seriously, though...

The photos look severly touched up. But if makeup can really do that, hook me up.
Posted by Merianne  on  Wed Jan 19, 2005  at  11:28 PM
Oh my gosh are you people nuts. There is not a one of the pictures that have not been photoshoped. If you ever wonder if a photo has been photoshopped, look at the eyes. Photoshop photo retouchers can't help themselves. They always, ALWAYS, change the whites of the persons eyes to pure white. It does help the perceived aging process. Always check the eyes. Also, unless the makeup base they use is Bondo applied and 1/8 inch thick, it is impossible for anyone (regardless of how good you think you are) to create continuous skin tones you see in the photos. Just not possible....

From a photographer who does some photoshopping...
Posted by John  on  Fri Apr 08, 2005  at  03:21 PM
Freaky! I'm a photoshop guy though so I believe 'em.. it's obvious they are the same person by certain features, but I'm not sure if these have been photoshopped... I don't think it's really necessary, but if there was photoshop, it was subtle.

My g/f looks awesome without makeup despite basically scraping her face off in a bike wreck when she was a kid. Thank you vitamin E! woot! :D
Posted by Matt  on  Mon Apr 11, 2005  at  02:08 PM
All these photos look like believable makeup before-and-afters to me. Like most people have said, it is likely that a few of these woman wouldn't look that great in person, and probably all of them look very made up in a natural setting. But not much looks more magical than what I can do myself. Other people have explained it: a lot of makeup, good lighting, proper position.
And to Mr. Photoshop-Whiteyes man above, notice that most of the women have heavy, dark eyeliner. This makes your whites whiter, as do drops. And the redhead's whites look more greyish in the after.
Posted by Tiffany  on  Wed Apr 20, 2005  at  03:40 AM
these look photoshoped to me
many of these schools photoshop their before after.
i was searching the net the other day and found this site
which i'm not sure if they photoshop
Posted by Sara  on  Wed Apr 27, 2005  at  11:01 AM
I would love to look like these gurls do everybody tells me I could be a model but sometimes it's hard to believe even though
you know she's airbrushed I hate fake gurls!
But hey if thats what you want to look like then
thats your decision if your so insecure about the littlest things I think that if more of us just excepted who we really are then they wouldn't have to airbrush all these gurls
huh oh well Im only one gurl and I have only one voice but to all you gurls that would kill to look like these gurls remember you can put on a mask and hide behind your smile or you can love the person that you are and leave it at that!
Posted by Chenise  on  Mon May 16, 2005  at  03:35 PM
WOW!!!!!!!!! these pictures are so unreal it kind of makes me curious to see what I would look like I don't believe it when people tell me I m a knock out now I think I starting to cuz I don't need all that make up and airbrushing to look good at least that's what they tell me Hmmm I wonder 😕
Posted by Chenise  on  Mon May 16, 2005  at  03:48 PM
Hmm...maybe a little bit of photoshop, but it is possible without it. For a photo, their makeup is great...But for real life I don't advise anyone to walk out wearing this mask. I don't know about others, but it will freak me out. The best thing to do is to find what you like best about your face and accentuate it. I like wearing black crayon, because it opens your eyes and that's the first thing people notice in someone's face. I think crayon (maybe eyeliner) and lipstick are simply enough to turn heads because you're pretty not because you're freaky. 😉.
Posted by Mary  on  Mon Jun 27, 2005  at  01:27 PM
These pictures are fake. You only need to look at their eyes or teeth. You can not put makeup on eyes or teeth.
Posted by Yanson  on  Tue Aug 23, 2005  at  04:30 PM
oh my... these are definatly fake. Jesus, i'm a bit of a photoshop freak myself, not a master at it.. but pretty good. You can make nearly ANYONE look good w/ photoshop.
Posted by Maddy  on  Wed Sep 28, 2005  at  05:19 PM
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