If you ask us, there are few things more refreshing in the entertainment world than when celebrities share make-up free selfies. When you work in Hollywood, it’s basically your job to look flawless and glamorous 24/7. Going to a big premiere? Bring on the beauty squad. Got a hot date night? Ooh, a nighttime look. Walking your trash to the street can? Yep, gotta have a full face for that, too.
And hey, we totally understand — when you’re a celebrity, you have paparazzi tracking your every move, just waiting to pop out from behind a parked car and snap a picture at any given moment. Obviously, we’d love to say that fame wouldn’t change us, and we’d roll out the door in our old yoga-pants-and-messy-bun look with no makeup. But the reality is the rest of the world probably wouldn’t see our face in its natural state very often either, should we ever achieve star status.
So, when celebrities do decide to share a snapshot of their nude-faced beauty, we can’t help but applaud them for putting their authentic selves out into the world. It even makes us feel more empowered in our own skin. So, here’s to the stunning celebs who’ve ditched the makeup and rocked a natural glow.
57 looks seriously flawless on former first lady Michelle Obama, who celebrated her birthday with this brooding makeup-free selfie. “Thank you all for the lovely birthday wishes!” she writes, but we all recognize that pandemic birthday sadness.
The 56-year-old Australian supermodel shared a photo of herself looking simply radiant sporting a messy bun sitting, what looks to be beachside.
The stunning 53-year-old actress snapped this au natural pic Wednesday and fans are loving this steamy look.
When you’re in quarantine, who needs makeup? “WFH with some moral support,” Goop founder Gwyneth Paltrow wrote, sharing a fresh-faced pic of herself with kids Apple and Moses.
Helen Mirren is out here no-makeup selfie-ing for a good cause! “In return for this pic of me literally first thing in the morning, please donate to the intensive care support,” the 74-year-old wrote, providing a link. That’s how you do it!
Newly pregnant Katy Perry shared a glow-y no-makeup snap while quarantining amid the COVID-19 pandemic. While the singer jokingly called out her “blackheads and all” bared skin in the comments section, this makeup-free selfie looks pretty damn flawless to us.
The Brazilian model and mom of two took to Instagram sharing a fresh-faced photo captioning, “Bom Bia” — yes, a good morning indeed!
After taking a break from posting au naturel Demi Lovato decided to share a photo of herself on Instagram without a stitch of makeup captioning, “Haven’t done a #NoMakeupMonday in yearssss but I figured after posting so many glamorous pics with tons of makeup and hair pieces, it’s important to show myself underneath it all. This is what I look like 85%-90% of the time. Proud of my freckles, proud of booty chin and proud of myself for loving and accepting myself the way I am.”
Chrissy Teigen ditched the makeup for a swim with her super-cute family during vacation over the winter holidays last year.
Jada Pinkett Smith
Is it just us, or is Jada Pinkett Smith aging in reverse? The Red Table Talk host showed off her youthful skin in a “good morning” selfie last August.
It’s no secret that J.Lo loves to get all glammed out, but we love the fact that the low-key star seems equally comfortable hanging out with no makeup in gym clothes.
Alicia Keys is the queen of makeup-free selfies! In fact, she’s been using minimal makeup since 2016, when she made headlines for bare-faced during the MTV Video Music Awards.
You know Miley Cyrus — no matter what happens in her personal life (and how much attention it gets, good or bad), she’s going to do her thing. And that includes often posing for makeup-free selfies. Last September, she was joined by her cute pup Beanie.
Unless she was wearing some seriously waterproof makeup, Heidi Klum skipped it while taking a dip in the pool with husband Tom Kaulitz and his twin Bill.
As if her hilarious role in Grace & Frankie wasn’t enough to make us adore her, Brooklyn Decker is killing it on social media too. In February, she shared a makeup-free snapshot showcasing a hairstyle-gone-awry. And while her hair really is a hot mess, we can’t help but focus on her gorgeous skin!
A mama-of-three, Jessica Simpson often shares bare-faced photos of herself with her kiddos. In this cute pic from last November, she smiles alongside her youngest daughter, Birdie Mae (who, as Simpson points out in the pic, will be taller than her mama in no time).
If Michelle Pfeiffer wasn’t such a phenomenal human being, it would probably be annoying that she looks so perfect without a drop of makeup on her face. As it is, though, it just makes us more in awe of her. But also: please send moisturizer recommendations, Pfeiffer.
Sarah Jessica Parker
We have two resounding thoughts after seeing this snapshot of Watch What Happens Live host Andy Cohen and close pal Sarah Jessica Parker. First, how can we get a complexion like SJP’s? And, second, do you think they need another hiking buddy? Because we volunteer as tribute.
Jennifer Aniston got punny to promote The Morning Show last November, captioning a makeup-free (or nearly so) selfie of herself holding a coffee cup from the show, “Mugshot.” Dare we say it? She is rather, ahem, arresting in the photo.
Tracee Ellis Ross
December of last year found Tracee Ellis Ross feeling right because her curls were cooperating. We imagine she was also pretty content with the state of her gorgeous, makeup-free complexion as well.
We’re so accustomed to seeing Lady Gaga rocking enviable makeup looks that it feels surprising to see her stripped down to a bare fare. Having said that, hello, she is stunning (with and without makeup).
Granted, Gwyneth Paltrow took these makeup-free selfies and video to promote an exfoliating microdermabrasion product from GOOP. However, if these are the results, we’re inclined to say bring on the cream.
“When your face matches your shirt = you had a good workout! Unless your shirt is blue…then maybe you should be concerned! 😂 (sorry, total mom joke),” Underwood wrote last March after a particularly intense gym sesh. And yes, her face is flushed. But it only calls more attention to the fact that her bare skin is beautiful.
Lana Del Rey
Like Lady Gaga, Lana Del Rey is a singer everyone usually sees sporting her signature vintage-glam style. But here, hanging out with loved ones, she kept it super-casual with no makeup. Not surprisingly, she’s just as gorgeous as ever.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
After meeting a friend at the gym, Sarah Michelle Gellar survived her first Tabata class — but it left her a little red in her fresh, dewy (read: understandably sweaty) face.
“No makeup. No extensions. Vulnerable. My Beauty Marks and all. The real me… and I love it. Finally embracing myself fully! It feels good,” Ciara captioned a selfie taken last spring.
Mama Kris should give her makeup artists a rest more often! Last March, she shared a photo taken with celebrity hairstylist Chris McMillan early in the morning, before she’d had a chance to dive into her makeup routine. The result? A side of the famous Kardashian-Jenner matriarch we haven’t seen before.
We’re not sure what we love more here: Jessica Biel’s bare face, her caption full of both self-love and support for another woman (Kate Upton and her Share Strong campaign) or those fantastic glasses.
Christie Brinkley keeps it really real. “Models Off Duty @daisythedukes #smokeyeye #christiebrinkley #nomakeup @bellissimaprosecco,” she wrote, admirably adding, “PS you KNOW no make up means a tiny bit of makeup like concealer!”
this year my resolution is to love myself… just as I am, all fucked up and imperfect and whatever else. And to let my freckles liiiiiiiive 🛸🛸💃🏼💃🏼💅🏻💅🏻💅🏻 pic.twitter.com/uuKjwGOYEt
— kesha (@KeshaRose) January 15, 2019
Kesha, love, where have you been hiding this version of you?! The singer shared her gloriously freckled face with the world last January, writing, “This year my resolution is to love myself… just as I am, all fucked up and imperfect and whatever else. And to let my freckles liiiiiiiive.” Yes, please!
Just out of the tub, a nude faced (and everywhere else) Kate Beckinsale captioned her photo, “Mens sana in corpore sano or as we modify it in Chiswick, ‘clean bum clean conscience.'”
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Swipe right for this amazing before and after @pinkdustcosmetics transformation 😜… but in all seriousness I’ve been feeling crabby and tired this week. Grateful for my bestie for putting me together for work and our morning bi*** sessions that only besties would understand 👯♀️
Well, it’s official: Christina on the Coast star Christina Anstead looks great in her signature OC-casual-chic style and in this pre-makeup version. Now a mom of three, we bet she leans into the no-muss-no-fuss look a little more these days.
Although it appears that Victoria Beckham may have on a bit of mascara (or falsies) and some lip gloss, she’s nearly makeup-free in this “natural day” snapshot. And while she isn’t wearing foundation, she explains she is wearing the Cell Rejuvenating Priming Moisturizer from her Victoria Beckham collection.
Riverdale‘s Hermione Lodge may not be the type to ever forego her full face makeup, but her real-life alter-ego does occasionally go bare. Marisol Nichols nails the fresh-faced look in this selfie taken last June after a Laser Genesis facial.
Kelly Ripa skipped the facial shellac last October in order to focus on another beauty feature: her hair! The Live with Kelly and Ryan host was having her blonde touched up.
Star of the series Black-ish and its spinoff Grown-ish, Yara Shahidi stays busy. And, as most of us know, business isn’t always the best for our skin. But the activist-model-actress doesn’t shy away from letting her natural beauty shine through. “Happy Sunday from me and my skin that I’ve committed to love in every and all states,” she captioned a makeup-free selfie. “With travel + work + 24/7 in makeup, I have to actively remind myself to not sweat the details (aka the blemishes) and reframe it as a reminder to make sure I’m taking care of myself.”
Does soon-to-be mama-of-two Jenna Dewan have that pregnancy glow, or is her skin just this dreamy on its own? It’s probably a combination of both. Either way, we’re admittedly jealous of the ethereal vibes she’s giving off just lying in the grass with a clean face and clear heart.
If ever there was someone who shocked us to break out a makeup-free selfie, it’s makeup mogul Kylie Jenner. This move was strategic, though — fans suspect Jenner was promoting a new line, Kylie Skin.
Hilarie Burton Morgan
If you spend any amount of time perusing Hilarie Burton Morgan’s Instagram feed (which you should), you know she often goes sans makeup. She and husband Jeffrey Dean Morgan started their own farm, aptly titled Mischief Farm, where Hilarie isn’t afraid to get her hands — and sometimes face — dirty. Here, though, she’s simply sewing a costume with their little girl, George.
Whether she’s roaming the halls of Grey Sloan Memorial Hospital as Meredith Grey (on Grey’s Anatomy) or casting her vote at the polls (in real life), Ellen Pompeo seems to like letting her skin breath from time to time.
Talk about two absolutely gorgeous girls! Gabrielle Union skipped the makeup on this sunny day last year while sitting outside with daughter Kaavia James. And we bet the sunshine on her bare skin felt amazing in that sweet mother-daughter moment.
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