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.
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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.
A post shared by Elle Macpherson (@ellemacphersonofficial) on May 25, 2020 at 4:54pm PDT
The 56-year-old Australian supermodel shared a photo of herself looking simply radiant sporting a messy bun sitting, what looks to be beachside.
A post shared by Salma Hayek Pinault (@salmahayek) on May 13, 2020 at 9:24am PDT
The stunning 53-year-old actress snapped this au natural pic Wednesday and fans are loving this steamy look.
A post shared by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on Apr 7, 2020 at 11:55am PDT
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.
in return for this pic of me literally first thing in the morning, please donate to the intensive care support at https://platform.nationalfundingscheme.org/COVID.ICS?charity=COVID.ICS#.XoNf4y9lCfA thanks so much
A post shared by Helen Mirren (@helenmirren) on Mar 31, 2020 at 8:30am PDT
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.
A post shared by Gisele Bündchen (@gisele) on Mar 1, 2020 at 5:51am PST
The Brazilian model and mom of two took to Instagram sharing a fresh-faced photo captioning, “Bom Bia” — yes, a good morning indeed!
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. 🖤 #ILoveMe
A post shared by Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) on Feb 24, 2020 at 12:58pm PST
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.”
A post shared by chrissy teigen (@chrissyteigen) on Dec 31, 2019 at 4:10pm PST
Chrissy Teigen ditched the makeup for a swim with her super-cute family during vacation over the winter holidays last year.
Jada Pinkett Smith
A post shared by Jada Pinkett Smith (@jadapinkettsmith) on Aug 13, 2019 at 9:30am PDT
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.
A post shared by Jennifer Lopez (@jlo) on Jan 18, 2019 at 3:31pm PST
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.
Vibes from today! ✨✨✨ Awarded my sis @oprah the women empowerment in entertainment award!! 💜💜💜 for bringing more diversity and inclusion in front of and behind the cameras and creating the space for the powerful stories needing to be told that represent ALL walks of life!! Beautiful vibes today!! A new day isn’t just on the horizon it is NOW!!! Sending you super love! Stay on your mission!!
A post shared by Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) on Apr 30, 2019 at 12:09pm PDT
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.
A post shared by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Sep 25, 2019 at 6:24pm PDT
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.
A post shared by Heidi Klum (@heidiklum) on Nov 28, 2019 at 7:05pm PST
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.
In light of everyone’s drop dead gorgeous Oscars looks, I feel compelled to share this portrait (why do I self-sabotage like this) A while back (last week) I was going for an air-dried, wild mane look a la Meg Ryan in the 80s. Then I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and audibly gasped. That’s the end of the post.
A post shared by Brooklyn Decker (@brooklyndecker) on Feb 10, 2020 at 3:04pm PST
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 post shared by Jessica Simpson (@jessicasimpson) on Nov 20, 2019 at 9:04am PST
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).
A post shared by Michelle Pfeiffer (@michellepfeifferofficial) on Nov 27, 2019 at 8:44am PST
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
A post shared by Andy Cohen (@bravoandy) on Aug 31, 2019 at 7:53pm PDT
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.
A post shared by Jennifer Aniston (@jenniferaniston) on Nov 8, 2019 at 8:17am PST
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
A post shared by Tracee Ellis Ross (@traceeellisross) on Dec 6, 2019 at 10:31am PST
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.
For the Oscars, @tiffanyandco offered to go into their vault and let me wear their iconic, 141-year-old Tiffany diamond. The last person to wear this was Audrey Hepburn while promoting Breakfast at Tiffany’s 😭 It was an honor to wear it and made my unforgettable night even more special.
A post shared by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on Feb 27, 2019 at 11:23am PST
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).
We have a new facial exfoliator. It’s meant to mimic the effect of microdermabrasion at the facialist. We have great clinical testing on it. I am obsessed with it but I cannot for the life of me remember what it’s called. #GOOPGLOW link in bio
A post shared by Gwyneth Paltrow (@gwynethpaltrow) on Jul 28, 2019 at 6:18am PDT
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) I took these pics after my gym sesh yesterday (today I’m cleaning this mess of a house, which I totally consider to be my Saturday workout). This is one of my favorite new outfits…I especially love the top because this is basically my motto these days! 💪 Anyway, just wanted to share! Sending out lots of weekend ❤️ to you all! May we all get lots of stuff done and make a little time for ourselves in there, too!
A post shared by Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) on Mar 30, 2019 at 1:18pm PDT
“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
We take walks in parks and around golf courses It’s practically Elizabethan without the horses We’re not in Bath but it feels like we are Instead of carriages we have tesla mom cars with Lamborghini doors with no kids yet in the back seat – the world still stretched out in front of us like a carpet of wildflowers. A Northern California super bloom We have one thing in common we grew up too soon now it’s time to grow down down to the moon down to the sun down into June To plant tiny flowers together Tulum LA Topanga Ojai and point dume let’s do it all together this afternoon
A post shared by Lana Del Rey (@lanadelrey) on Mar 2, 2019 at 12:05am PST
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
This is me, right after my first Tabata class. The joke was on me. I thought my friend said meet for ciabatta. This pic is #nomakeup #nofilter and probably the last time I will be upright for the rest of the week. (If anyone needs me, I will be soaking my body in epson salts) The sweat is real people, so is the pain.
A post shared by Sarah Michelle (@sarahmgellar) on Jan 22, 2019 at 11:49am PST
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. ⠀ ⠀ Csquad! Join me in my #BeautyMarks journey and upload your rawest selfies at onlyciara.com/beautymarks. Don't be afraid to let YOUR Beauty Marks show!
A post shared by Ciara (@ciara) on Apr 22, 2019 at 3:03pm PDT
“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.
A post shared by Kris Jenner (@krisjenner) on Mar 20, 2019 at 7:07am PDT
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.
Spreading some self love today with zero filter and zero makeup for my girl @KateUpton. She’s on a mission to encourage everyone to feel strong and love themselves *as they are*… and I’m so honored to help spread that message. Take a second to show the real you. Tag someone you admire and pass it on ❤️💪#ShareStrong
A post shared by Jessica Biel (@jessicabiel) on Aug 8, 2019 at 8:18am PDT
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.
A post shared by Christie Brinkley (@christiebrinkley) on May 30, 2019 at 7:33am PDT
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!
A post shared by Kate Beckinsale (@katebeckinsale) on Apr 4, 2019 at 9:16am PDT
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.'”
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 👯♀️
A post shared by Christina Anstead (@christinaanstead) on May 8, 2019 at 10:44am PDT
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.
A post shared by Victoria Beckham Beauty (@victoriabeckhambeauty) on Dec 27, 2019 at 8:02am PST
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.
A post shared by Marisol Nichols (@marisolnichols) on Jun 17, 2019 at 12:47pm PDT
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.
A post shared by Kelly Ripa (@kellyripa) on Oct 15, 2019 at 3:52pm PDT
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.
Happy Sunday from me and my skin that I’ve committed to love in every and all states 💕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
A post shared by Yara (يارا) Shahidi (@yarashahidi) on Nov 17, 2019 at 12:38pm PST
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.”
A post shared by Jenna Dewan (@jennadewan) on Jan 23, 2020 at 10:47am PST
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.
A post shared by Kylie 🤍 (@kyliejenner) on Mar 25, 2019 at 8:02pm PDT
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
A post shared by Hilarie Burton Morgan (@hilarieburton) on Oct 19, 2019 at 1:39pm PDT
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.
A post shared by Ellen Pompeo (@ellenpompeo) on Nov 6, 2018 at 8:14am PST
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.
A post shared by Gabrielle Union-Wade (@gabunion) on Feb 3, 2020 at 2:40pm PST
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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