Photographs Of Porn Stars With And Without Makeup Show Their Staggering Transformations

Take a peek behind the curtain.

When you hear the words "porn star", a lot of things come to mind. 

Quite possibly, one of them is their flawless, sultry-looking makeup that doesn't rub off even in the hottest situations. What is their secret? you may wonder. Chances are, it's the Los Angeles-based makeup artist Melissa Murphy.

For nine years, Murphy has been working with pornographic film actors and models turning their regular girl-next-door selves into sexy, glammed-up divas.

Melissa willingly shares her work with the public and people seem to like the controversy. At the moment, her Instagram account has almost 60,000 followers who appreciate the chance to peek behind the mysterious curtain.

Apart from displaying the obviously incredible effects of makeup, Melissa's side-by-side portraits give us a new, humanizing perspective on the reality of these women. Pimples, frizzy hair, dark circles under the eyes... Sounds familiar, doesn't it?

The goal and effect of Murphy's revealing photographs was perfectly summoned by Slate's reporter Amanda Hess, who did a longer interview with the artist herself: 

"Her photos of porn stars with and without makeup ask us to ditch our preconceived notions about how porn performers look, to examine the role that makeup plays in sexual performance, and to respect the craft of the makeup artist, no matter what set she's on," Hess writes.

Take a look at more of Melissa's work below and judge for yourself.

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