Some people have a natural knack for makeup. For others, it’s a long learning experience that takes years to perfect. But either way, there’s no denying that in the right hands, a makeover can completely change someone’s appearance. Sometimes, it’s almost unbelievable how much a face can change.
And it doesn’t have to be crazy winged eyeliner and deep red lips, either. Some people can completely mix up their look with some foundation, contouring, and a few touches of an eyebrow pencil. Looking at them, there’s no doubt that makeup is an art form.
Some celebrities have shaped their entire look on dramatic makeup effects. In fact, the average person might not even recognize them with their natural face! There’s a huge number of things that makeup can accomplish — in the right hands, of course.
In the 21st century, that’s where the internet comes in. Reddit sub-threads are now a great place for people to get makeup advice, even from professional artists. They can find those familiar with coloring and know about all kinds of different products. Essentially, it’s now possible for almost anyone to become a makeup expert.
Take a look at these 30 people who shared their before and after photos on Reddit.
1. Her natural makeup made a huge difference
This girl did an amazing job using natural makeup to intensify her features. It looks like she added a little foundation to even her skin tone, a barely-there lip, and focused most of her attention on creating eyes that pop. The result is that she still looks like herself!
2. “Daily glam” is a good description
Can you say “eyebrow game on point?” She did a lot of subtle work, like applying foundation to lessen the redness of her skin, but her most noticeable transformation is her brows. She filled them in and shaped them beautifully. She’s also added a matte lip and shading around her eyes.
3. She upped the intensity of her eyes so well.
With naturally intense features, she already had so much to work with! But she took it up a step by creating even more intensity to her eyes with a stand-out electric blue shade. The color combines beautifully with her natural skin tone and eye color.
4. Sometimes, a little can go a long way
A subtle makeup job combined with one big focal point can go a long way. This girl decided to keep the majority of her makeup simple but do a dramatic winged eye with a neutral lip. It’s a look that can be dressed up or down.
5. She looks beautiful both ways
She has such lovely, luminous eyes and naturally long eyelashes that she didn’t need to do much to change her appearance. However, she filled in her brows a bit, added some color and intensity to her eyes, and set it all off with a neutral lip gloss.
6. She added so much color
The colors she chose are absolutely perfect for her natural shading. With a warm, slightly glossy lip and a dramatic winged eye, she sets the look off with pink eyeshadow that shows off the warm tones in her skin.
7. Mom looks great after her makeover!
This mom agreed to let her child make her over, and the finished look is absolutely gorgeous! They’ve played on her natural coloring by adding dark eyes and a bright red lip that pops. She looks absolutely, drop-dead beautiful.
8. She calls this look “Spring Flush”
She has some seriously good makeup skills! The work here is subtle, but there’s actually a lot going on. She’s evened her skin tone, filled in her eyebrows, and played with different shades of pink on her eyes, cheeks, and lips. “Spring Flush” is the perfect name for this look.
9. They helped her shape her everyday look
She favored a more dramatic look before Reddit came to her aid, helping her tone it down a little. Now, she has a lovely everyday look that’s attractive without being overly intense. Whatever the look is – she’s showing off some amazing makeup skills!
10. Her everyday look is subtle but eye-catching!
This subtle look is a testament to how small things can make a big difference. She filled in and shaped her brows, touched up her eyes, and added a lovely neutral lipstick. The result highlights her natural features, just slightly exaggerated.
11. At first, she said “no lashes” …
At first, she wasn’t open to the idea of false lashes. But after letting herself be convinced, this was the result. The extra-long lashes draw attention to her lovely eyes, especially with her subtle violet eyeshadow.
12. She completely transformed herself
Here’s a testament to how much you can change your appearance with some makeup. She changed her skin tone, majorly intensified her eyes, and filled in her brows — and she’s not even wearing a strong lip color!
13. She transformed her eyes so beautifully
She did a great job of taking her natural features and making them more dramatic. She’s yet another example of someone who deemphasized her lips while focusing much of the attention on her eyes for a really intense look.
14. She showed off her wedding makeup
Her wedding makeup did a perfect job of brightening her face and drawing attention to her best features – her lovely eyes. At the same time, it kept her looking like herself, which is exactly what most brides want on their wedding day.
15. She chose a perfect palette for her beautiful eyes
Her look played with subtle shades of warm pink to emphasize the warm tones in her skin. While she has such naturally intense eyes, she did a great job of shading them enough to make them pop but not enough to make them stand out too much.
16. She perfected the blue halo eye
Working with intense makeup colors can be a challenge! Use too much and you run the risk of looking garish or outdated. She chose a beautiful electric blue and used its intensity for a dark, sultry look — not a clownish one.
17. Reddit taught her how to do her makeup
This lady got her makeup know-how from Reddit. Now, she’s showing off her new skills. She favors a subtle look that brightens her eyes and lips and adds just a touch of color to her cheeks.
18. She looks like dynamite!
She says this is her everyday look, and she’s knocked it out of the park. The winged effect is perfect for her heavy lids, and the bright red lipstick perfectly suits her. She manages to be intense on color without going overboard.
19. This is a beautiful bridal look
This is yet another example of bridal makeup that elevates without changing the entire face. This look plays on the beautiful warm tones in her skin. The focus is on the eyes and eyebrows, which are intensified without taking it too far.
20. This girl works magic with a makeup brush
Sometimes, over-the-top is fun. This intense look has completely changed her face, with heavily-lined and -shaded eyes, fuller eyebrows, and deep matte lip color. It’s a look that’s strong and sultry. It’s also reminiscent of Adele, who’s known for her heavily made-up eyes.
21. A Brigitte Bardot-inspired look for mom
This poster gave their mom a retro makeover that drew on inspiration from Brigitte Bardot. The result is a kittenish look that’s heavy on the eyes and softer on other parts of the face. They topped it off, literally, with a pink hair bow that pulls the whole look together.
22. A dramatic brow and some foundation can make a huge difference
Thick brows are in style at the moment, and this girl has them down pat. She’s focused most of her attention on her eyes and eyebrows, adding a winged look. The result has completely changed her face.
23. Some eyelash extensions made her totally glamorous
While this is an intense look for every day, this girl nails it. She’s intensified all parts of her face, especially her eyes and eyebrows. The addition of the long, curly false eyelashes and the glittery gold eyeshadow takes it to the next level.
24. A simple but dramatic change
It’s amazing what just a touch of makeup can do. There’s actually quite a bit going on here — foundation, lip color, eyeliner, and brow pencil — but the eyes are the most, well, eye-catching part. It makes a big difference!
25. The hair and the eyes are a dramatic look!
She’s already got a unique look with her fun purple hair, but her makeup game is on point too. She’s focused her attention on her eyes and eyebrows, adding thick eyeliner and dramatic wings. Her eyes are so intense.
26. A gold eye and a headscarf for a classy look
She’s an expert at finding the best shades for her coloring. The gold eye and the deep lip are the perfect choices — and she sets them off beautifully with that chic head scarf
27. A fun Kim Possible-inspired look
Who says shows like Kim Possible are just for kids? This girl has nature on her side with her long ginger hair. But she’s done a great job playing with the light eye makeup and the two shades of lipstick.
28. Fabulous makeup for mom
It’s sweet that so many people want to give their moms makeovers. This mom didn’t just get a makeup done but also a beautiful hairdo that gives her a super young and stylish appearance.
29. A sweet look for the office
Finding a work-appropriate look can be difficult. You want something attractive without going overboard. This girl nailed it, with a subtle winged eye and emphasizing the warm tones in her skin.
30. What a dramatic transformation!
I think we can tell what her favorite color is! She looks like a movie star from her intense eyelashes to her cherry red lips. What an amazing look!
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