Beauty
Charlotte Hannah
March 12, 2013

Shocking Photos of Porn Stars Without Makeup Prove They’re Actual Humans


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Photo credit: Melissa Murphy

Hello, world. I think it’s time we sit down and have a serious talk. I’d like to chat about makeup – what it is, how it works and what happens when women put it on their faces. The reason we need to have this talk is that despite the fact that it’s been around for a long time, you still don’t seem to understand it.

I’m about to lay something pretty heavy on you, so get ready for it: women look different without makeup on. Did I just blow your mind?

Apparently this is still something we’re not over. Every time a woman who normally wears makeup appears au naturel in public, we’re all like, Ermagerd, she looks so diiiiiifferent! We pore over “Celebrities Without Makeup!” articles, marveling at the uneven complexions, patchy eyebrows and regular-sized eyes laid bare before us. We eat up “geek to chic” transformation stories, in which regular, “ugly” ladies are magically changed into sexpots with the help of a hairstylist and makeup artist.

Mariah Mars
Photo credit: Melissa Murphy

Newsflash: the difference between plain Jane and a knockout is a few teensy swipes of primer, foundation, concealer, powder, blush, bronzer, eyeshadow, eyeliner, mascara, brow powder and lipstick.

So let’s get this straight, OK? Without makeup on, women look a lot like pretty, clean-shaven dudes in wigs – because as it turns out, the differences between men’s and women’s faces are not as large as we’d like to think.

With makeup on, and our most “feminine” features enhanced (lashes lengthened, lips colored, cheeks glowing rosily), we look “prettier.” This applies just as much to your frumpy mom as it does to fantasy women like celebs and porn stars. It’s not rocket science, you guys.

But don’t tell that to the people who are flipping out over these pictures of porn stars before and after makeup, posted on Instagram by “makeup artist to the stars” Melissa Murphy.

The photos have been called both “shocking” and “amazing” – and you can only imagine what the women have been called by sad dudes whose masturbatory fantasies have been ruined by the realization that their dream women aren’t so different from us regular broads. But the photos aren’t shocking – just great examples of Murphy’s incredible talent as a makeup artist. Check out the rest here.

Yasmine DeLeon
Photo credit: Melissa Murphy