Makeup Before And After Photos Transform ‘Plain Women’ With Just A Dump Truck Full Of Makeup

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We love makeup. We don’t always wear it, but we definitely get how it can be fun to put on and experiment with and use as a tool for self-expression. But the extremes to which makeup can transform a person’s face sometimes shock even us, as is the case with the striking makeup before and after portfolio of artist Vadim Andreev.

According to the Daily Mail, Andreev is on “a mission to prove women don’t need to resort to surgery to transform plain looks into those of a beauty queen.” All they really need is a dump truck full of makeup and a copy of Photoshop.


“I started taking these photos to show people they can change, be more attractive, look and feel happier,” he said.

Whether they look “better” in the before or after is moot. It’s the extent of the transformation that is striking. While most of the women started out very attractive, a lot of them are unrecognizable in the afters. If I knew one of Andreev’s before pictures and then saw one of the afters walking down the street, I do not think I would recognize her. I would probably just say, “Whoa, that woman is wearing a lot of makeup.”

Andreev says the photos are enhanced with a bit of retouching, but he insists that it’s just cleaning up a hair here or adjusting the lighting. Most of the look he claims is natural. That said, this appears to be the woman from the first transformation, post makeup but before image editing:


While I’m not convinced the Photoshop is as minimal as Andreev says, I’m genuinely impressed by his makeup skills. Contouring like that is not easy to do! But does anyone really want to look like his afters? It’s certainly some impressive work and would probably look really good in the right lighting, maybe in a dark club or on camera. But that looks like some full drag slap and probably wouldn’t wear as well in real life.

Even Andreev says this isn’t necessarily a look for all the time. And he also works with men who might be looking to try an extreme new look or just go for something natural looking.

“There are little make-up secrets for everyday,” he said. “Everybody can use them.”


Unfortunately the secrets aren’t really secret. His main tips just involve wearing under-eye concealer, cream blush, black mascara, and pink lipgloss. He also recommends wearing a highlighter on the cheekbones and bronzer under the cheekbones and along the chin, but that’s not a particularly novice-friendly technique. Someone shared the same trick with me when I was 14, and I spent two years with a hard brown line drawn right under my chin.

Via The Daily Mail/Photos: Facebook/Vadim Andreev

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    • Samantha_Escobar

      I am admittedly really happy he also did makeup on dudes; every time somebody does any kind of “transformation” on a bunch of people, it’s almost always women.

    • Fabel

      Meh, these people are all good-looking though, & more importantly, have good facial structure? So, I’m not that impressed.

    • Nancy

      Is it just me or do the makeup versions look more shallow, less trustworthy, self-involved & promiscuous?

      I prefer the original human version to the anime slut-bomb..

      • Naomi

        Golly, you’re not judgmental at all, huh?

        I’m pretty sure it’s just you.

        I routinely wears smoky eye makeup and bright lipstick because I like it, I know how to execute it well, and it’s fun.

        I am also in a happy monogamous relationship, do volunteer work, have a fulfilling spiritual life and a healthy intellectual curiosity.

        That aside, my sex life (however active or varied) is also none of your business and neither is anyone else’s. What decade are you living in, where a woman’s worth is still defined by her perceived chastity?

        Honestly, grow up, expand your world a little, and drink a big glass of “unclench your ass”.

    • ktree

      Why in God’s name would you dye someone’s beautiful naturally red hair?!?!

      • Jayjay

        It’s a furry hood

    • Kellilee

      Very impressed on how he changed that first woman’s eye color with makeup. Light photoshop, my ass.

    • Lauren Lever

      IMO, the third picture, her under-eye puffiness is accentuated with the makeup. I think they should have put less eyeliner underneath for her.