Note the girl in the photo. Beautiful, isn’t she?
No, she’s not. It’s all the hard work of makeup designers. Underneath a layer of makeup is an ordinary face of a young American, which you probably wouldn’t notice if you met her on the street.
In this article, we’ll look at a few examples of how to change a girl’s appearance beyond recognition with the help of makeup. We will look at the work of famous makeup designers and describe in detail what they did.
Transforming from an ordinary girl into a cover star
The talented Lebanese makeup designer Samer Khouzami turns ordinary girls into cover stars. Just like a real artist, Samer has his own style.
The main feature of his makeup is the model’s perfect tone and active facial contouring. The main accent is the bright eye makeup and the model’s emphasized plump lips.
Samer emphasizes the cheekbones, the chin line and certain areas that should visually appear smaller (for example, the ribs of the nose and the areas near the temples) with a dark tone. His work makes the skin appear perfectly flat and the facial proportions close to perfection.
The makeup designer also pays special attention to the eyebrows, creating a perfect eyebrow line and tracing each hair. Here’s what he says about his work:
“If your lips don’t seem perfect, simply apply corrective foundation and redraw them with a pencil and lipstick of the same tone. The main condition is that it should not be noticeable that the painted shape of lips does not match the real one”.
The makeup maker claims that his models don’t need Photoshop to make their faces look perfect.
Now Samer is one of the most in-demand makeup artists in the world. He is an active YouTube channel and shares the “Secrets of Perfect Makeup” with his subscribers. Every year Samer transforms hundreds of girls.
Of course, for European girls this makeup often seems too dense and theatrical, but oriental beauties literally line up to get the desired “ideal face” for the photo shoot.
If Samer’s work seems too artistic and oriental to you, take a look at how another well-known makeup designer Melissa Murphy transforms the appearance of her clients.
First-class makeover for movies
Melissa Murphy is a well-known makeup designer. She mainly specializes in the makeup of brides, as well as girls for film and adult magazine shoots.
Pretty girl in the picture, isn’t she? Stylish and sophisticated, as if from high society. But in fact she is a simple housewife.
I may be about to tell you the uncomfortable truth, but most of the girls you are used to seeing on the covers of Playboy and Penthouse magazines actually look very different. That’s because Melissa works on them.
According to this makeup designer, the main thing in her work is not only to emphasize the virtues of the girls’ faces, but also to take into account the director’s comments on the style of makeup and color accents.
With the models’ permission, she publishes before-and-after photos on her Instagram. According to the makeup artist, any girl deserves to feel like the queen of the evening.
This is how Melissa describes the purpose of her work:
“The confidence that a beautiful face gives a woman is incomparable. The right makeup will help you withstand the challenges of a busy day and a bright evening. I don’t just put makeup on girls’ faces, I give them confidence in their attractiveness. That’s the main goal of my work”.
Melissa’s work is actually a bit more complicated than regular makeup artists, because she works with actresses:
“My models have to touch their faces many times, kiss, and even jump into a pool of champagne during their shoot day. And even after such an ordeal, their face has to be perfect in the frame. I have to constantly touch up my makeup during the evening or during a scene”.
Filmmakers are now shooting movies in 4K resolution. Dense makeup is not suitable for such shoots. So the makeup artist has to do some tricks: she sometimes uses BB cream instead of a makeup base, and this allows her to lightly tone the skin already at the moisturizing stage.
The main accent of Melissa’s makeup is the eyes. In her opinion, no amount of contouring compares to a proper eye accent:
“The emphasis on the eyes is a win-win option. It allows not only to emphasize the natural beauty of the eyes, but also to completely change the perception of the whole face”.
A few years ago Melissa had to face misunderstanding among the actresses whose photos she posted on her account. Their before-and-after photos became very popular on the Internet, and the girls thought that the makeup artist was making money in the tabloids by posting pictures of them without makeup.
Melissa claims she has never sold pictures to the press, but her Instagram page is open. Anyone can access the photos posted on the account, and she warned the girls about that.
Now the makeup artist’s working day is scheduled by the hour. In addition to actresses, models, the girl also transforms ordinary brides who are willing to pay for her services.
The East Asian modern look at makeup
So, we have seen above that experienced makeup artists are able to significantly correct the features of a woman’s face, remove flaws and emphasize the advantages, but what Asian girls do is incredible.
Asian makeup is literally changing the face completely. Here, the so-called “artificial skin” is widely used. This trend is gaining momentum in South Korea and China.
The East Asian women use everything: false chins, false noses and eyelashes, chin and cheek plasters that completely change the contour of the face.
It’s not Photoshop, it’s not theatrical makeup, and it’s not staged. This is really a facial transformation.
At first, this transformation was meant as a trend for YouTube, where you can show the possibilities of cosmetics and makeup artists. But these videos quickly went viral and not only by video bloggers, but also by ordinary girls wanted to “make a new face”.
It is interesting to note that many men on Asian forums leave angry comments, urging girls not to use the dubious trend, because the truth will still be known, even after a few weeks of dating.
But women are adamant in their pursuit. In China, courses have appeared where anyone can learn the art of this transformation. And judging by the intensity of the open sets, the master classes are popular.
Now girls do this kind of makeup for parties, photos on social media, and some even go on dates. Potential suitors are likely to be greatly disappointed by the “true” face of his chosen one.
It’s understandable: not every man will appreciate a woman when she removes the artificial skin from her face. But it’s obvious that women won’t stop there. I wonder what other tricks Asian girls will come up with to change their appearance next time?