Celebrities Without Makeup Make You Wonder Why They Bother Wearing It At All

Celebrities owe a lot to their trusted team of makeup artists (and sometimes Photoshop). Rarely do we see them without a full face of makeup on and their hair coiffed to perfection. But all of these stars are still human, so they can’t always keep it together 24/7. Beneath the foundation, mascara, and lipstick, many of these celebrities would be completely unrecognizable on the street! While stars like Chelsea Handler and Kate Upton have been spotted by paparazzi in their natural states, others like Priyanka Chopra and Gwyneth Paltrow have been bold enough to share bare-faced selfies on their own.

You’ll never guess what Kylie Jenner is hiding underneath all that makeup!

Chelsea Handler

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Based on her upfront humor and outspoken personality, Chelsea Handler seems like a no-holds-barred type of gal, but of course, she does it all with a trusty hair and makeup crew backstage. As the host of her own show, Handler has to look her best but after spending so much time in the makeup chair, it’s understandable that she’d want to dress it down on her time off.

Handler was seen stepping out in Beverly Hills looking nearly unrecognizable with her hair pulled back and no makeup, yet she still appears as confident as ever while waving at the paparazzi.

Tyra Banks

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When former supermodel Tyra Banks began hosting America’s Next Top Model, she taught all of her contestants the importance of “smizing,” or smiling with your eyes. After all, makeup can do a lot to transform a person’s face, which is why it is all the more important to make yourself stand out if you can capture someone’s gaze with your eyes.

Despite having to be made-up to host her show, Banks has shown no shame in sharing her own no-makeup selfies, smizing with confidence and revealing that beauty clearly comes from within.

Kylie Jenner

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As the CEO of a cosmetics empire, Kylie Jenner always has a full face of makeup on, often opting to wear her own products to showcase her merchandise. But in the few moments that she shares a makeup-free selfie, Jenner reveals a full face of freckles instead.

Despite being known for Kylie Cosmetics (and the famous family she comes from), Jenner isn’t one to shy away from going out without her face done. Granted, she never looks completely undone with eyelash extensions and lip fillers but even the youngest sister of the Kardashian-Jenner clan knows when to let her skin breathe.

Gwen Stefani never seems to age, so fans were absolutely astounded when she posted her no-makeup selfie!

Lady Gaga

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Lady Gaga made a name for herself with her eccentric outfits and eye-catching makeup to match. At the beginning of her career, Gaga did whatever she could to stand out as an individual, all while shocking everyone with what she wore on the red carpet and in her music videos.

Gaga has certainly toned things down in recent years but often steps out with bold eye makeup, as we see on the right. But underneath all that makeup is the beautiful bare face of one Stefani Germanotta (Gaga’s real name).

Adele

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Adele can be recognized by her amazing voice alone, so if you only heard the voice of the person on the left, you’d automatically know who they are. We mostly see Adele in the media with her impeccable winged eyeliner, so it’s kind of surprising to see her with a bare face.

Adele posted a video of her natural self to Twitter, apologizing to fans for missing out on a concert when she had a terrible cold. It’s clear that this powerhouse singer has the confidence to take on the world, regardless of what is or isn’t on her face.

Gwen Stefani

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It’s hard to imagine Gwen Stefani without her bold red lipstick since it’s rare that she steps out without it. The former No Doubt frontwoman is one of those celebrities who hardly seems to age. So when Stefani posted this rare no-makeup selfie of herself, fans were caught off-guard by how true that actually was.

Even without all her makeup, Stefani’s skin looks as flawless as it did when she came onto the scene back in the ’90s. Stefani still comes out with a few songs here and there, but what people really want are the secrets to her skincare routine.

You’d think that an actress like Sofia Vergara would never be seen without makeup, but we’ve found one photo that proves otherwise!

Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian when to the Balenciaga show at Paris Fashion Week in 2016, wearing nothing on her face but some moisturizer. This happened at a time when plenty of celebrities were opting for the no-makeup look, encouraging others to do the same.

It’s not every day that we see someone like Kim K without her full glam on. Without her makeup, Kardashian reveals some dark circles and lines that her infamous contouring tricks do a great job at hiding. While many believe she’s had some plastic surgery since becoming famous, it doesn’t disprove that she’s a natural beauty underneath the makeup.

Kate Upton

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As a Sports Illustrated cover model, Kate Upton is obviously coveted for her looks. Upton’s hair and makeup are always perfectly done to accentuate her voluptuous beauty. But on several occasions, this model-actress has been seen out and about sporting a natural face and it is usually at an airport.

It’s no surprise that Upton would want to go au naturel at the airport. After all, the recycled air on airplanes is detrimental to the skin, so caking on layers of makeup would only make matters worse. Upton looks great regardless, but we bet hardly anyone notices her without the makeup.

Sofia Vergara

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Sofia Vergara is naturally beautiful from head to toe and that’s a quality she plays into with her role on Modern Family. But even so, she is always fully glammed up with a red lip and mascara. When she shared the no-makeup selfie on the left back in 2017, her fans were surprised to see that she looks even younger than she actually is.

Although it looks like Vergara wears blush in the makeup-free photo, it’s actually just redness caused by a 102-degree fever she got from shooting in the rain.

Just when you think you’ve seen it all, you probably haven’t seen what Priyanka Chopra looks like with a completely bare face!

Zoe Saldana

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Zoe Saldana is another natural beauty, made obvious by the fact that she doesn’t look too different whether or not she is wearing makeup. But with big roles in huge blockbuster movies like Avatar and Guardians of the Galaxy, we usually see her in blue or green so it’s easy to forget what she looks like in real life.

Because she looks no different comparing these two photos side-by-side, it’s clear that Saldana likely has a stellar skincare routine going on. Like the roles that made her famous, some might say Saldana’s beauty is out of this world.

Naomi Watts

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When Naomi Watts shared a selfie of herself getting ready for the Oscars back in 2016, she looked nearly unrecognizable with the exception of her piercing blue eyes. The versatile English actress is always commended for her roles, with talent that far exceeds any makeup she clearly doesn’t need.

Now in her 50’s, Watts is doing an excellent job of caring for her skin. It’s probably why she virtually looks to be the same age in pretty much every role she’s taken on both in film and on television.

Priyanka Chopra

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Priyanka Chopra stunned her fans when she posted this bare-faced selfie on her Instagram account, proving that she’s just as ravishing regardless of whether or not she has a bold lip and a smokey eye on her face. It’s no wonder she was crowned Miss World in 2000 and went on to have a successful acting career in the U.S.

The flawless actress married singer-actor Nick Jonas in an extremely lavish ceremony at the end of 2018, on the heels of the premiere of Isn’t It Romantic, in which she co-starred in February 2019.

When you see Hilary Swank’s make-up free look, you’ll be surprised she even bothers at all!

Carrie Underwood

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Carrie Underwood may think she is a “sweaty mess” in this selfie that she posted but it also only goes to show what a confident beauty she is without makeup. As one of the most successful country music stars today, Underwood most likely doesn’t have any insecurities about her makeup-free look anyway.

Regardless, her skin looks just as flawless as it does when she actually does have makeup on. She probably takes great care of her skin when she removes her makeup after a night on the red carpet at the CMT Awards.

Mila Kunis

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Mila Kunis isn’t a celebrity we usually see with heavy makeup on. If anything, she wears winged eyeliner and plenty of mascara. But because of her minimal makeup routine, she doesn’t look any different when she goes out with a bare face!

The actress has come a long way since her days on That ’70s Show, with career-boosting roles on Black Swan and Friends With Benefits. Now a mother of two with her husband (and former on-screen beau) Ashton Kutcher, Kunis’ career is keeping steady and she never needs makeup to keep things that way.

Hilary Swank

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Hilary Swank was a top-billed actress at the turn of the century, having won two Academy Awards for her roles in 1999’s Boys Don’t Cry and 2004’s Million Dollar Baby. If you’ve seen Swank in Boys Don’t Cry, a role for which she chopped off her hair, then it’s obvious that Swank puts her talent above her looks.

Regardless, Swank’s natural beauty seems to have stayed with her throughout the entirety of her career. Swank regularly posts makeup-free selfies of herself on social media, revealing ageless skin and confidence no matter what.

Jennifer Aniston went completely makeup free for one movie that you’ll see coming up!

Salma Hayek

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At the beginning of her career, Salma Hayek’s beauty has often been the centerpiece of her roles in films like 1995’s Desperado, 1996’s From Dusk till Dawn, and 1999’s Wild Wild West. Of course, her breakthrough role came with 2002’s Frida, in which she thrived as Mexican painter Frida Kahlo – complete with those infamous brows.

It wouldn’t be far off to assume that Hayek’s confidence has helped boost her career, rendering makeup useless. She often posts selfies of herself in her natural state, even pointing out her own white hairs in photos rather than dyeing them black.

Kirstie Alley

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Since seeing her career takeoff in the late ’80s, particularly with her role as Rebecca Howe on Cheers, Kirstie Alley has seemingly been through a lot. Aside from an alleged cocaine addiction and becoming a Scientologist, Kirstie Alley has mostly remained on tabloid covers for her fluctuating weight. She’s at least made the most of the situation playing a fictionalized version of herself on Fat Actress.

Considering all of that, it’s no surprise Alley looks the way she does without makeup, which actually isn’t all that bad for someone who is nearing 70.

Jennifer Aniston

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Jennifer Aniston has always been one of those effortless beauties, but even a Hollywood A-lister like her has had help from a trusty makeup team. That’s why Aniston was thrilled to star in the 2014 indie flick Cake, in which she played the victim of a car crash who suffers from chronic pain.

Aniston went completely make-up free for the role, telling media that it felt “so fabulous – so dreamy and empowering and liberating.” Aniston clearly didn’t need makeup to help her snag nominations for the Golden Globe Awards and the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards.

Gwyneth Paltrow

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Gwyneth Paltrow rose to prominence in the late ’90s for roles films like Emma and Shakespeare in Love, the latter of which earned her an Academy Award. Though she is now best known for her role as Pepper Potts in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Paltrow has also fashioned herself a lifestyle guru with her company, Goop.

Through Goop, Paltrow shares her skincare secrets and products, which is ostensibly why her skin continues to look ageless. Now in her late 40’s, Paltrow has no qualms about going out in public with a bare face.

Diane Kruger

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Diane Kruger is known for her roles in 2004’s Troy and 2009’s Inglorious Basterds but before she was an actress, Kruger started out as a model. It’s no wonder that the German-born actress is known for her looks but even without makeup, she remains just as beautiful as Helen of Troy.

Now in her early 40’s, Kruger previously posted this make-up free selfie saying, “I don’t know why I still look like a teenager sometimes..” Um, perhaps it’s because of your stellar skincare routine, Diane! This beauty is going to remain ageless for years to come.