We all know that the media’s portrayal of beauty is superficial at best. In the age of photoshop touch-ups, and the magic of clever photography and lighting, it’s sometimes impossible to tell what’s real. The women that grace the front covers of our magazines look effortlessly flawless and radiant, but the reality couldn’t be further from the truth! The majority of those reading this post already know that a good makeup artist has influence in transforming ordinary to extraordinary.
But did you know just how much?
Below are 15 side-by-side photos of supermodels before and after wearing makeup. Based on what popular media would have you believe, these women are the crème de la crème of chic and the apex of human beauty. The reality however, is a bit less glamorous.
Don’t get me wrong, these women look gorgeous by any standard – but what surprised me was just how much of what society calls ‘beautiful’ is synthetic as opposed to natural. Without their face on, you probably wouldn’t give some of these women a second glance on the street. On the flip side, I think some of these models actually look fresher and radiant without any makeup!
I guess at the end of the day beauty is subjective. There’s no point in chasing an ideal concept of beauty, because there shouldn’t be one. Under all the powder and gloss of superstar models is just another fellow human being, complete with laughter, compassion, sadness and the myriad emotions running through all of us. And that’s a beautiful thing in itself, isn’t it?
Supermodels without Makeup: