There is an indescribable freedom that comes from stepping out of the house without an ounce of makeup on. Sure, many of us might not be willing to snap a selfie or go out with friends. But running errands in a baseball cap and a fresh face or hitting the beach sans mascara is a great feeling.
And when motherhood enters the picture, a new mom will do just about anything to save time and energy: they’ll even pass up that swipe of mascara or blush.
We don’t live on the same planet as celebrities most of the time. Their makeup-free selfies are a thing of beauty, works of art even. But the fact that they are willing to share those vulnerable moments with the world, may just make it a bit easier for the rest of us to follow suit.
From the most famous songstresses, Beyonce and Adele, to the supermodels that grace the pages of Vogue and Cosmo, Cindy Crawford and Bar Refaeli, these 15 celebrity moms are embracing the no makeup movement and looking fabulous while doing it.
15 Jessica Simpson’s Low Key Routine
Singer and reality television star, Jessica Simpson, welcomed her daughter Maxwell to the world on May 1st, 2012. Only 14 months later, Simpson’s family expanded yet again with the addition of her son, Ace, on June 30th, 2013.
With two under two, Simpson had a lot of her hands. “I felt like I was in eternal new-mom mode!,” the singer told Parents Magazine. “Eric and I are calm and supportive. We take parenthood one day at a time, but sometimes we have to reassure each other and say ‘we've got this.’ I can't lie, I'm happy to be done with pregnancy right now!”
Thankfully a full face of makeup before she leaves the house isn’t one of the things on Simpson’s mind. “I've always been low-key when it comes to my everyday routine. I throw on moisturizer and lip gloss, and I am good to go,” said Simpson. From Twitter to Instagram and even to an un-retouched, makeup-free cover for Marie Claire, Simpson is comfortable sharing her face with the world.
14 Jenna Dewan Tatum’s Radiant Skin
Dancer, actress and mother of four-year-old Everly Tatum, Jenna Dewan Tatum doesn’t shy away from sharing her makeup-free selfies on Instagram. Whether she’s on a beach, in her car or just taking advantage of great lighting, Dewan is happy to share her fresh-faced self with the world.
But Dewan didn’t always think she’d be able to be comfortable in front of the camera without makeup. She suffers from the skin condition Melasma, a condition that affects women during and after pregnancy.
“But I do want to say I am shocked that I am able to go mostly makeup free now with no filters or retouching etc. Those who have had melasma know it’s hard to manage and big thanks to [Dr. Simon Ourian] and his magical coolaser!!,” she captioned an Instagram post.
Her changed perspective may also have something to do with becoming a mother. “It's been a great perspective change. The things that used to maybe worry [me]...[were] replaced by just caring and being there for this little baby,” she told US Weekly
13 Hilary Duff Has Priorities, & Makeup Isn’t One
Everyone’s favourite former Disney star, Lizzie McGuire aka Hilary Duff, welcomed her son Luca to the world in 2012. And when she split with her husband in 2015, Duff instantly became a single mom.
She spoke to Redbook about mom guilt and how she manages. “I always feel torn or guilty about something. I'm not working right now, and at first, I stressed about that, like, ‘Oh, I shouldn't stay still this long.’ And that's ridiculous. I have a child; it's totally fine to not be slammed all the time. It feels really good to not be on someone else's schedule — besides Luca's. I'm basically his chauffeur!"
And whether Duff is working or taking care of her son, she’s keeping a pretty low key beauty regime to get her through the day.
"I get up, wash my face, I exfoliate every day. I use lots of different kinds of oils, depending on the day, but I always curl my lashes," she said.
12 Supermodel Cindy Crawford Is Radiant
By the very nature of their job, supermodels have to wear a lot of makeup, a lot of the time. So it makes sense that when they are on their off hours, they’d want to be fresh-faced and free.
This snap of the original supermodel, Cindy Crawford, with her daughter Kaia Gerber (who is also a model) is a great example of natural beauty. And for Crawford, beauty is about so much more than the best makeup artist and hairstylist.
“People always ask me what my beauty secrets are—but the truth is, there’s really no such thing as a secret anymore,” she told Into The Gloss.
“Beauty, to me, is really about two things: confidence and passion. It’s the way you carry yourself, trusting that what you have to say is interesting, being engaged, and having that spark of excitement in your eye. That’s beautiful.”
11 Pink Wows At The VMAs
When singer Pink accepted the Video Vanguard Award at the 2017 MTV Music Video Awards, she spoke from her heart about her now 6-year-old daughter and the beauty standards in today’s society.
After sharing how her daughter Willow had called herself “the ugliest girl,” explaining that she looked like “a boy with long hair”, Pink went on to create a Powerpoint presentation full of androgynous celebrities including Prince, Janis Joplin and Freddie Mercury.
She then told her daughter, and the VMA audience, “Do you see me growing my hair? Do you see me changing my body? … Do you see me changing the way I present myself to the world? … Do you see me selling out arenas all over the world?”
Pink stood up for her daughter and for boys and girls everywhere with the strong message: love who you are.
10 Cover Star Christina Aguilera Is Unrecognizable
Raw. Unfiltered. Completely real.
Those three words are the best way to describe the March 2018 cover of Paper Magazine where singer and mother of two, Christina Aguilera, posed without an ounce of makeup, without a single touch-up, without any filters.
While many people had to do a double take to recognize Aguilera without makeup, the reviews were clear: Aguilera is a natural beauty who stuns with or without makeup.
In an interview with the publication, Aguilera opened up about her journey through the music industry and how it has impacted her outlook on beauty.
"I've always been someone that obviously loves to experiment, loves theatrics, loves to create a storyline and play a character in a video or through stage. But I'm at the place, even musically, where it's a liberating feeling to be able to strip it all back and appreciate who you are and your raw beauty."
9 How Pregnancy Changed Ciara’s Beauty Routine
Pregnancy can make moms-to-be do a lot of things that they normally wouldn’t do. From eating pickles and ice cream to crying over commercials, nothing is off limits. And when you’re always exhausted, it’s no surprise that for some women pregnancy means cutting out the unnecessary parts of your routine.
For Ciara, that meant say buh-bye to makeup. When the singer was pregnant in early 2017, she started sharing makeup-free pictures and hitting the red carpet without any makeup on.
For her, it was all about embracing the real Ciara.
“I really feel that we are in this time of realness. Flaws are embraced rather than frowned upon,” Ciara told Glamour. “Growing up, I wasn’t the most secure about my body: My legs were too muscular, I was kind of skinny, and I was taller, so I used to walk with my back hunched over. I definitely felt like I stood out. As I got older, I learned to embrace those unique things. Now I’m like, You know what, I am who I am, take it or leave it, but I’m good with me. It’s definitely been a process over the years, but I think showing your individuality is very important.”
8 Alicia Keys Said Goodbye To Makeup
Perhaps one of the most trailblazing celebrity moms to not wear makeup, singer Alicia Keys completely gave up wearing makeup as part of her journey to self-empowerment.
In her song, “When a Girl Can’t Be Herself”, Keys sings “Who says I must conceal what I'm made of / Maybe all this Maybelline is covering my self-esteem."
In a piece Keys wrote for Lenny Letter, she explains the lyrics and the emotions that went into those lyrics. "The truth is…I was really starting to feel like that—that, as I am, I was not good enough for the world to see."
So she said goodbye to makeup. From her time on The Voice to the 2018 Grammys and everything in between, Keys has bid adieu to foundation, concealer, highlighter and mascara.
And yet still, she rocks crystal clear skin and a glow that has us all running to the nearest Sephora counter.
And while Keys does sometimes wear a small amount of makeup, she swears by oils, cucumber slices and ice for keeping her skin in top condition.
7 Gwyneth Paltrow Makes Her 40s Look Flawless
On her 44th birthday, the actress turned lifestyle guru Gwyneth Paltrow posted a selfie on Instagram sans makeup. Fresh-faced with her hair in beachy waves, Paltrow embodies California chic.
The mother of Apple and Moses opened up to Allure about why she felt the need to share her no makeup selfie with the world.
“One of the most interesting things about being a woman is that around the time you turn 40, you get what I like to call a software upgrade,” Paltrow said. “The future suddenly has scarcity to it, and the past is all over your face. I have been very inspired by the #nomakeup movement as the message behind it says, here I am, this is me. This is what I look like, this is where I am in time, and I embrace it.”
6 Bar Refaeli Skips Makeup Most Days
For model Bar Refaeli, it’s hard to find a candid picture or selfie of her on her Instagram account where she is wearing makeup. The mom of two has graced the covers of Elle, Sprouts Illustrated, Maxim, Vogue and Cosmopolitan. But in the evenings, Refaeli prefers to keep a fresh face
“I usually go make-up free when I'm not working,” Refaeli explained to Vogue. “Because I work so much, during the free days that I have I like to let my skin breathe, but of course I'm girly so I like to put on some blush and some mascara. I do the very basic things, I don't get too complicated.”
Her number one beauty secret? An eyelash curler.
“It doesn't matter how much mascara I put on, if I don't have an eyelash curler, I won't feel as good.”
5 Beyonce: Queen Of No Makeup Looks
The queen of everything, Beyonce, is no stranger to no makeup selfies. She posts pictures of herself without a drop of makeup on her Instagram on the regular. It’s refreshing to see such a high profile celebrity sharing more of herself with the world.
When speaking about her 2014 video for her song “Pretty Hurts”, Beyonce opened up about the struggles women face in society because of unrealistic beauty standards.
"I'm pretending to get a face-lift and Botox. It represents all the things that women go through to keep up with the pressure that society puts on us,” Beyonce told The Daily Mirror. “Some of the things that young women go through, it's just really heartbreaking for me."
The director of the video, Melina Matsoukas, added that these standards and societal pressures don’t actually “bring you happiness and it doesn't move you forward in life. It's really finding yourself that brings you happiness."
4 Katie Holmes Is Just Like Us
Dawson Creek star and mom of the lovely Suri Cruise, Katie Holmes has been sharing makeup-free selfies on her Instagram account for years. Holmes doesn’t base her standards of beauty on those typically enforced by Hollywood. Instead, she takes a much more relatable outlook on beauty.
“I don't always take off my makeup before bed and I like pizza at two in the morning. In fact, I think it's the most appropriate time. And I like it with a lot of cheese and pepperoni," she told Vogue.
For Holmes, beauty all comes down to women supporting women.
“It's nice when women are nice to each other and are happy with others' success,” Holmes told Vogue. “I think that that's a beauty tip I'd pass on to anyone at any age… along with drinking lots of water!"
3 There’s Only One Adele
God bless Adele and her unwavering stance on body positivity and loving yourself. In 2015, with less than 15 words the Grammy-winning songstress made a case for loving who you are, no matter who you are.
“There’s only one of you so why would you want to look like everyone else?”
And why would you? Adele’s makeup-free selfies are the icing on the cake of a long history of voicing a body positive agenda we can get behind. In 2009, she shared with the Daily Mail the real secret to her happiness.
"I like looking nice, but I always put comfort over fashion... Be happy and healthy. I’ve never had a problem with the way I look. I’d rather have lunch with my friends than go to a gym.”
2 Megan Fox Finds Her Confidence
While it’s easy for people to assume that beautiful celebrities are confident in their looks, the reality is much more complicated. Actress and mother of 3 boys, Megan Fox opened up to the world about the insecurities she faces every day.
"I'm very confident in how I project my personality," she told Cosmopolitan in 2010. "But in terms of how I look, I'm completely, hysterically insecure. I'm self-loathing, introverted, and neurotic."
After becoming a mom, Fox began to find her confidence in new ways. After a lingerie shoot, she started to see what the rest of us have seen for a while. “I hadn’t been wearing lingerie before that, and I looked in the mirror, and I was like, the fact that I look this way after having a baby is a miracle, and I was thankful, and it gave me a little boost of confidence.”
1 Motherhood Made Kelly Clarkson More Confident
Finding your confidence can be a lifelong journey for many people. And getting to the point where you can finally embrace who you are takes different things for different people. For mother of four and singer Kelly Clarkson, it took becoming a mother.
“Becoming a mother has made me next-level confident,” Clarkson told Good Housekeeping. “I've never felt more empowered. I feel like my 20s were spent walking on eggshells making sure everyone felt loved and not really expressing my opinion. As a mom, you just don't have time, so you get straight to the point.”
Clarkson regularly shares her makeup-free selfies, especially on #NoMakeupMondays. But she isn’t above throwing a filter on the picture every now and again.
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