It doesn't matter where celebrities go or what they're doing, chances are that on any given day, they're going to have a pesky team of paparazzi. They sit like vultures, patiently waiting outside a celeb's gym to take the most awful photo ever taken of anyone right after a SoulCycle class, and sell it to buy a new camera bag.
This is why most celebrities, regardless of their age or gender, usually bring out their big glam squad for the day they're planning on stepping foot outside their door — yes, I'm talking about you, Khloe Kardashian! From fake nails to fake hair, and lots and lots of mascara, it's not uncommon to see celebrity paparazzi photos at Starbucks, looking as though they belong at the Met Gala.
But some celebs have decided to rebel against the industry — and good for them! Instead of letting the paparazzi catch them with an unflattering face on, looking worst than how they feel, celebs are now going ahead and posting photos of themselves with zero glam on — but with nice lighting and no sweat!
It is important to showcase these makeup-free photos because no one — celebrity or not — should be expected to look like a queen every single day of their lives. These women are all human and they all deserve days in which they forego the extra long eyelashes or the 2-hour glam sesh.
Let's all take a moment to salute these 20 brave women who are fighting back and uniting against the photoshop industry!
20 Sofia Vergara Still Looks Like She's In Her Teens
We are used to seeing the Colombian bombshell, Sofia Vergara, with full glam, especially since her super funny character on “Modern Family,” Gloria, is also always in full glam mode. And, as it happens, Sofia is not only funny but absolutely gorgeous who has curve goals. As the saying goes, if you have them flaunt them, which is something she likes to do by wearing tight clothes and beachy waves that any supermodel would envy.
But, in April 2017, Sofia showed us a different side of her. She took to her Instagram account to show us her makeup-free face, rosy cheeks included.
No eyebrows are done, no foundation, no mascara, but she is looking as gorgeous as ever even with a fever of 102.
Funny enough (I told you she was funny!) in her caption, she is asking makeup giant, CoverGirl, to match her natural pink shade brought on by her illness; proving that she is the complete package. Brain, beauty, and pretty naturally pink cheeks.
Sofia has been married to Hollywood hunk, Joe Manganiello, since 2015, and of course, the actor only has amazing things to say about his loving — and extremely stunning — wife. As reported by Us Weekly, Manganiello's biggest adjustment in marriage is "coming to grips with the idea that someone who is not related to you could possibly love you that much. She was it for me." OMG! Don't they make the perfect couple?
We want more photos like this, Sofia! Showcase your natural beauty from time to time, your glam team gets way too much credit for your beauty.
19 Tyra Banks Looking Young In Her 40's
The former Victoria’s Secret Angel and world-renowned supermodel has nothing to hide. Even at 44-years-old, she is constantly posting photos of herself with absolutely no makeup. Proudly showing the bags under her eyes that every mom wears from time to time, she looks as stunning without makeup as she does all dolled up.
If you didn’t know, Tyra welcomed son York, with her photographer ex-boyfriend Erik Asla, via surrogacy a little over two years ago. She handled the reigns of her other baby, “America’s Next Top Model,” to Rita Ora for a season while she took care of her newborn. But now that she’s back at work, she spends every second she can cuddling up with her baby boy.
Recently, she told Us Weekly that she still shares a bed with her toddler, something she defended at America’s Next Top Model mobile game launch. “I started thinking about the wild. Does a blackbird say, ‘Go over there, three trees over and go to sleep.’ Or does the big mama pig say, ‘Go there to that mess and go to sleep’ No. They sleep with their mama. So we sleep together.”
As like any other mama, the time she gets to spend with her baby is precious. “He gets his sippy cup and his little security blanket and it’s just our time,” she said.
18 Adele's Not Fooling Anyone - We Know It's You!
We are used to seeing vocal powerhouse, Adele, glammed up from head to toe — especially recently when she celebrated her 30th birthday “Titanic” style. Adele was spotted dressed up as Kate Winslet’s character, Rose DeWitt-Bukater, as reported by People magazine. But that’s definitely not Adele’s day-to-day life.
The 30-years-old started her prolific singing career 11 years ago, with the debut of her first album, “19.” Things just went uphill from there, with her second album, “21” earning her worldwide fame.
Being so famous and at such a young age can be nerve-wracking, so trying to appear older by wearing impressive hair and makeup at every award show is only understandable.
But, in her everyday life, Adele doesn’t wear nearly as much makeup as you would expect, as evidenced by this encounter with everyone’s favorite muppet, Elmo. This is only one instance when Adele went au-naturel. Her Instagram page is full of silly moments, performances, inspiration, and just instances of her raw, real life.
It’s those real moments that help her be as successful as she’s been for the past 11 years. She handles fame like a champ. Her Instagram is the only evidence you need to know that she is not a diva. She definitely should be a role model for a lot of other celebs out there!
17 Kylie Jenner Taking The Natural Look By Storm
Kylie Jenner quickly went from Kim Kardashian’s little sister to makeup mogul. As soon as she turned 18, she went from teenager to a sexy, curvaceous celebrity who looks more and more like a Kardashian and less like a Jenner. So you’ll understand it’s been a minute since she last shared a no-makeup selfie — not including her adorable #TBT pics with her siblings!
With a face like hers, natural beauty and adorable freckles, Kylie should really be going all natural more often. Even though she occasionally wears minimal makeup, it’s hard to see her wearing nothing but her gorgeous face. To be fair to the new mom, she grew up having people keep up with her entire life, meaning there was nowhere she could go from the moment she was 9-years-old without an array of paparazzi just waiting for her. She also sells makeup “for a living,” (because she needs that, right?) and wearing it herself is like free advertising to her millions of followers — something that would’ve cost brands around $400,000 a year ago, according to Harper’s Bazaar.
Even though Kylie is the youngest member of the Kardashian/Jenner clan — and mom to 3-month-old daughter Stormi, at only 20 years old, she has managed to make a name for herself with her makeup line, catapulting her fame to the top among her family members.
16 Kristen Bell's Letting It Go And Doing A Great Job About It
If I could have one celebrity friend, it would definitely be Kristen Bell. She is funny and keeps it real on her Instagram, as she’s frequently sharing — sometimes even oversharing — stuff about her life, mainly on Instagram Stories.
She’ll tell you everything from stories about stray cats wandering outside her house to the new mattress she just ordered that helps her keep her husband's, Dax Shepard, sleeping habits at bay. It’s obvious from her Instagram that, while she does have a more glamorous life than the average person, it is not always glamour, but real life with real parenting and couple issues.
Kristen is obviously gorgeous and can pull off a super dolled up look, but her makeup-free face is simply stunning. The 37-years-old mom of two also has perfect skin, which helps a lot when you’re going with a bare face. She revealed her skin care routine to W Magazine last July, saying she’s a fan of “double cleansing.”
She first wipes her makeup off and then she uses a cleanser to get rid of all the gunk in her pores without any makeup interference.
She also mentioned that if you have a dry combination skin like she does, you should definitely stay away from products that could strip the natural oils on your skin. See? She’s so smart and funny, and pretty, and nice. Can we be friends already?
15 Zoe Saldana Goes Center Stage With A Bare Face
You might know the 39-years-old actress, Zoe Saldana, from her role as Gamora in the very obscure, indie movie “Avengers: Infinity War,” — ha! Of course, I’m kidding, the movie is only the second highest-grossing film of the year, and the 13thhighest-grossing film ever, according to Box Office Mojo. But I know, and fell in love, with Zoe since she played the rocking ballet dancer, Eva Rodriguez, in the 2000 film “Center Stage.”
Back then, the mom of three was only starting her career, having only appeared on a couple of episodes of “Law and Order” in 1999, (seriously, has anyone ever not been on an episode of the “Law and Order” franchise?) but she already knew what life was all about. She gave it her all on that “Center Stage” performance.
Her hard work paid off. Zoe has appeared in world-renowned movies like “The Terminal,” “Star Trek,” “Avatar,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” and of course, “Avengers: Infinity War.” Thankfully, her skin in real life is neither blue nor green, so she has the luxury of going without makeup anytime she wants — unlike her characters in “Avatar” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
Zoe’s beautiful skin tone comes from her Puerto Rican and Dominican origins, something she is very proud of. And she shows it off amazingly whether she’s all dolled up or not wearing a single drop of makeup.
14 Gwyneth Paltrow's Clean All Over
Gwyneth is almost the synonym of clean. And if you look at her makeup-free selfie, you’ll see how all the things she does to stay healthy have had a very nice result in her face and body.
She is the personification of Whole Foods, clean eating, transcendental meditation, and veganism, all wrapped up in a gorgeous 45-years-old package.
She’s not your average celeb. She’s the celebrity that has her own website and who named her daughter after a fruit before weird celebrity baby names were even a thing. She's the celeb that uses terms like “conscious uncoupling,” and dates men like Brad Pitt, Ben Affleck, and Chris Martin — all at the very best moment of their careers. And, she’s the celebrity that, at 45-years-old, is happy to wear minimal makeup even when attending award shows and movie premiers.
While her GOOP (yes Goop) website has had its' fair share of controversial posts — namely those where they promote lady part steaming and bio-frequency healing stickers, which earned it the “Worst Pseudoscience of the Year” award, according to the Daily Mail. There’s no doubt that Gwyneth leads a happy, stress-free life, as evidenced by each and every single one of her Instagram posts.
13 Naomi Watts Is Enough For Fans
Naomi Watts is incredibly gorgeous, whether she’s wearing a full face of makeup or not a single drop of foundation. She is also glamorous, elegant, and a great actress. It's not for nothing she was nominated twice for an Academy Award for Best Actress. But it wasn’t always that way.
Watts was born in England, but when she was a teenager her family moved to Australia. “A culture shock,” she described it in an interview with The Guardian. Her mom got her to agree to move there by promising to pay for acting classes; and that she did. In fact, that’s how she met Nicole Kidman, who was also an aspiring actress at the time.
Even after being casted with Nicole in an Australian comedy in 1991, Naomi struggled to get her big break. She described herself as “unhireable” at the time. After every audition in Hollywood, the feedback was that she wasn’t sexy enough or funny enough or something else “enough.”
It took her a few years of bad auditions to finally hit the jackpot with David Lynch in “Mulholland Drive.” The famous filmmaker had chosen her headshot out of a huge pile and really wanted her to play Betty Elms, the main character. Naomi was already 32 at the time!
Even though she got her break at 32, now that she’s 48, Naomi and her makeup-less face, still have a lot of talent to share with the world.
12 Shakira's Face Doesn't Lie
When you were a teen or a tween, did you have an album or a song that you listened to over and over again? Well, to me that was “¿Dónde Están Los Ladrones?” by Shakira — when she was a brunette and sang in Spanish, but her hips didn’t lie back then, either.
I used to sing along to every one of her songs in that album with my best friend. This might reveal my age, but back then we didn’t have Google to tell us the lyrics to the song, so we would hold the album’s little booklet that included the lyrics and would try to sing along to her super catchy tunes. Then, fame happened and Shakira was turned into the world-class star that she is today.
She turned into a she-wolf, met Barcelona’s Gerard Pique at the World Cup in 2010, according to People magazine, settled down and had two kids.
And even with a full-time career, her amazing dancing skills to maintain, two kids, and a gorgeous husband — who is also ten years younger than her — she looks absolutely breathtaking without makeup! She even looks younger than Pique. Could she share her beauty routine? Because I think I’m starting to look like my kids’ grandma.
11 Heidi Klum's Face Is Thanks To Smoothies
We all know Heidi Klum is gorgeous. I mean, she was only Victoria’s Secret Angel for 13 years — until she called it quits in 2010 because “all good things have to come to an end,” according to NY Daily News.
But, for her modeling gigs and runway shows, Heidi was obviously always dolled up, with ultra glamorous hair and makeup because that’s the life of a model. However, ever since taking a step back from her prolific career and focusing more on being a TV show host, fashion designer, and businesswoman, we’ve been seeing her more and more natural; proving that it’s possible to have flawless skin at 44 without going under the scalpel.
Not only is Heidi 44-years-old and in excellent shape, she is also a mom of four! In fact, the former supermodel made headlines back in 2009 when she returned to the runway only five weeks after her youngest child was born. According to DailyMail, Heidi wasn’t scheduled to appear on the show but made a surprise strut down the runway wearing a purple corset.
Five weeks after my children were born, I was still wearing maternity clothes, so there’s that.
Interestingly enough, Heidi doesn’t follow a strict beauty routine, according to an interview she gave to Vogue Australia. What she does do is run at least two to three times per week and eats very healthy. If morning smoothies are the secret to her beauty, then sign me up!
10 Kristin Cavallari Supports A Fresh Face And Her Husb
The 31-years-old mom of three proved that her beauty is all natural in a pic sporting her NFL Quarterback husband's, Jay Cutler, football cap. As a mom, it was great to see a celebrity like Kristin Cavallari — who rose to fame in 2004 after being cast in the MTV reality show “Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County — have a low-key celebration at home. When you have young kids, leaving them to go out for date night is not always an option.
Kristin has three kids, but she also works full time — not in an office, but still. In fact, the reality TV personality has a new show coming up this summer, “Very Cavallari.” We don’t know yet if the show will feature her gorgeous kids and handsome husband — maybe occasionally — but the main focus of the show will be her work with her fashion and lifestyle brand, Uncommon James. During the show, she will open a flagship store and new headquarters in Nashville.
As every mom knows, it’s not easy handling kids and a full-time job, plus look decent enough to be photographed everywhere you go.
Makeup is usually a must for moms with young kids who refuse to look as tired as they actually feel.
According to an interview with Byrdie.com, in order to stay “paparazzi-ready” even when not wearing makeup, Kristin washes her face with a tea tree foaming wash twice a day. She also uses a hydrating cream, vitamin C serum, peptide gel, eye cream — obvs — and rose-hip oil. And here I am, wishing I knew at least what some of those things were.
9 Jennifer Garner Says Yes To The Makeup Free Zone
After seeing this no-makeup selfie from Jennifer Garner, we have only one serious questions, Why, Ben? Why? What's wrong with you? - Okay, so that was technically three questions, but we all feel better now that the elephant's out of the room. Seriously, the woman is not only an amazing actress, she is also naturally beautiful — and at 46 years old, it’s not something a lot of women can say.
Jennifer is not only an actress, she is also the epitome of a soccer mom. She takes care of her three kids, Violet, Seraphina and Samuel while being Capital One’s sweetheart and everyone’s favorite celebrity.
She tries to make life fun for her kids, which is something not every mom out there can say (or has time to do.) She’s not only about them getting good grades, but she actually pays attention to what’s going on with her children. And once a year, she has a super fun — and exhausting — “yes day,” inspired not by the Jim Carey movie and children’s book by Amy Krouse Rosenthal. During “yes day,” Jennifer agrees to everything her kids say.
According to Today, last year’s “yes day” was in September, exactly one day before National Coffee Day — something Jennifer embraced wholeheartedly after sleeping in a tent. Of course, it wouldn’t be fair to anyone if kids knew beforehand that they were gonna get everything they ask for — so to keep craziness within reason, she didn’t tell them what was going on. They were just pleasantly surprised to hear a positive response to everything they asked for!
8 Kourtney Kardashian's Keeping Up With The Makeup Free Trend
It’s not very common to see Kourtney Kardashian without makeup on — at least not on her Instagram. On her show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians, it’s a slightly different story. While she tries to glam it up every day — with a natural look, to avoid looking like she misplaced a wedding invitation — you can frequently see her without makeup, running around her house with the kids.
But it’s selfies like this that prove that the eldest Kardashian sister doesn’t need any makeup, she’s naturally beautiful. She’s pushing 40 and still looks like she’s in her early 30's — which is probably why she gets away with dating younger guys like Scott Disick and Younes Bendjima without anyone talking behind her back.
Part of the reason why she looks so young is her diet.
She was very strict for a while about being gluten-free and dairy-free, but now she makes sure there are trace amounts of gluten and dairy in her system at all times, according to People.com.
She pairs her healthy diet with 100% silk pillows, relaxing baths with detox salts and face oil applied all over her body, according to InStyle.com. Apparently, silk pillows help fight frizzy hair and wrinkles, so get on that!
7 Chrissy Teigen. Wow.
Even without makeup, Chrissy Teigen has the best cheekbones I’ve ever seen on anyone — human or otherwise. No contour needed for this gal! As if that weren’t enough, she’s always glowing. What’s up with that, Chrissy?
The model is pregnant with her second baby right now — and due any day — which might explain her current glow. But she hasn’t been pregnant her entire career, so it’s definitely not a pregnancy-only thing. What’s her secret? Is it cooking naked with her gorgeous husband, John Legend? Is it just being married to John Legend? Is it all the chicken wings?
According to TotalBeauty.com, her secret before getting pregnant was putting on all the facemasks and all the leave-in conditioners. But her pregnancy has made her so tired, that she calls it a victory when she gets to take her makeup off at night before passing out with half her pjs on.
What she definitely does take time to do is take care of her pregnant belly. Even though her interview with TotalBeauty was back when she was pregnant with her daughter Luna, we can safely assume that she’s doing the same thing. She spends all her time rubbing her belly with all the creams she can find to avoid stretch marks. But seriously, who doesn’t?
6 Alicia Keys Is A Superwoman
It’s been a while since Alicia Keys embraced the natural look. According to IntoTheGloss, it was a photoshoot that inspired her to go makeup-less and embrace her natural beauty. A couple of years ago, Alicia went from the gym straight to a photoshoot with renowned photographer, Paola Kudacki. Alicia thought that her natural, raw after-gym look was only to get to the photoshoot and that, like at every other one, there would be hair and makeup. But Paola had a different idea.
Alicia even wrote a personal essay for Lenny Letter talking about the whole thing. “I had on a sweatshirt!” she wrote, “As far as I was concerned, this was my quick run-to-the-shoot-so-I-can-get-ready look, not the actual photoshoot look. So I asked her, 'Now?! Like right now? I want to be real, but this might be too real!” We may have Paola to thank for Alicia’s inspiration, but we have Alicia to thank for her absolutely stunning natural look.
Her confidence is probably working wonders for confused teens who feel like they should be someone completely different — wearing fake lashes, hair extensions, a lot of makeup — for someone to like them.
To keep her flawless skin flawless, Alicia uses ice to tighten the skin, according to Self.com. Cucumber is her other go-to. She adds grated cucumber to her eyes, from the brow bone to the under-eye area. Jojoba oil is also a must to get glowy, gorgeous skin.
5 Christina Aguilera's Taking A Step Back From The Pin-Up Look
It’s been six years since Christina Aguilera released a studio album, but now she’s back with a vengeance. The 37-years-old singer had been focusing on raising her children, Max and Summer, on TV projects, and on acting. She’s finally ready for her musical comeback with her newest album, “Liberation” to be released at some point this year.
With her new album, Christina is also sporting a new look. We’re used to seeing her super dolled up. From her “Genie In a Bottle” days to her pinup looks, now she’s more natural. She did the cover of Paper magazine and a spread highlighting her natural beauty, with minimal makeup and lots of freckles.
Her new, natural look took me back to when Christina was a teenager. Perfect skin, flawless face that makes her look at least 10 years younger than she is. And she is a mom! How does that even happen?
According to BeautyHeaven, Christina thanks a gentle skin cleanser and MAC wipes for her skin. She also wears hairmasks and uses Johnson’s Baby Shampoo to keep her blonde tresses on point.
To be honest, it doesn’t matter how Christina looks. She could be wearing a brown paper bag on her head and she would still be the best singer of her time. Period.
4 Halle Berry's Effortless Skin Maintenance
She has an Academy Award, two gorgeous kids, and apparently a passion for reading before going to bed; so one can say that Halle Berry has it all! Keep in mind that this beauty is 51 years old; yes, 51! And to be honest, she looks at least 10 years younger, maybe even more!
The reason for her perfect skin is actually a low-maintenance beauty routine.
Nothing but cleanser and moisturizer every morning for over 30 years. According to Allure magazine, she is also a big fan of Kinara Spa in Los Angeles, a place she visits as often as she can and even buys their in-house products to use them at home every day. “If you take care of yourself, I think you age gracefully and it all stays together pretty OK,” she said. Uhm, I think you’re being modest here, Halle, everything in you has stayed together way more than just “ok.”
Another beauty tip from Halle is for when you travel. She talked to Condé Nast Traveller about it and said that she prefers to fly with absolutely no makeup on. She always make sure to have her beauty products in her handbag — but watch out for large bottles!
3 Jessica Alba's Honest Face
Jessica Alba is honest about everything. Not only about her baby products but about her natural beauty as well. She’s not afraid to show her makeup-less face on her Instagram — and why would she, if she looks as perfectly put together as she does!
To add insult to injury — for every other mom out there — Jessica just had a baby like less than two months before this photo was taken. So she was not only a tired mom of three, she was a tired mom of two and a newborn, which is way worse. It should be mentioned, though, that in this pic, she’s with her esthetician Shani Darden, who according to her caption, had just “hooked up” Jessica’s face.
Whatever it was that Shani did, I need two for yesterday, thank you very much. Jessica is already 37 years old, so she's no spring chicken, but she looks like a teenager. If that’s the way she takes care of her face, I’m definitely trusting her with my baby’s explosive diapers.
Another secret to her perfect skin is a facial cleansing brush, according to W Magazine. She also swears by hydration mist, facial oil, magic balm, makeup remover wipes and gel cleanser.
2 Cindy Crawford Looks Like She's 25
This photo proves that once a model, always a model. Cindy Crawford may no longer be the Guess girl, but the 52-years-old is definitely still a supermodel. The mom of two is looking just as gorgeous and fresh-faced as her lookalike daughter, 16-year-old Kaia Gerber.
Kaia might be the one stealing the headlines lately with her beauty and her uncanny resemblance to her famous mother, but Cindy is proving on her Instagram that she’s still got it. As if having one gorgeous kid wasn't enough, Cindy’s eldest son, Presley, is also a runway model. He was recently featured in Paris Fashion Week.
With everyone in the Crawford/Gerber family being so stunning, it’s clear that genes have a lot to do with it. But eventually, genes won’t get you Cindy’s perfect skin at 52.
She actually has her own skincare line, Meaningful Beauty, which means you can actually get to look like her — minus the iconic beauty mark.
Her skincare line comes from her own experience, as taking care of her face was basically her full time job. She started going to Dr. Sebagh in Paris for mesotherapy years ago. Dr. Sebagh would use products like projoba pollen burst and superoxide dismutase (English please?) Of course, her face looked amazing at 28, but eventually it got harder and harder to keep up with the appointments in Paris, so she convinced Dr. Sebagh to bottle his vitamin cocktail and boom! A new skincare line was born.
1 Eva Longoria Can Always Pull Off The Natural Look
Eva Longoria is sort of cheating on this photo because she’s pregnant with her first child with her Mexican husband, José Bastón — and we all know that pregnancy gives you either the best skin you’ve ever had, like Eva, or the worst skin you’ve ever had, like me but I’ll spare you the pictures.
Of course, the mom-to-be looks absolutely radiant in this photo, part of it is her gorgeous smile, the other part is her flawless and perfect skin. It’s no wonder that, even though she started her career as an actress, she now has modeling contracts with brands like L’Oreal, Hanes, and New York & Co.
The 43-year-old got her big break when she was cast as Gabrielle Solis in the dramedy “Desperate Housewives” back in 2003, a role she played until the show’s finale in 2012. After that, she’s focused mainly on behind-the-camera roles like director and producer — something I really don’t understand because not only is she absolutely stunning, she’s also stupidly talented. She does have a couple of films in post-production, so you will definitely be seeing more of her pretty face soon enough.
The secret to her pretty face? According to Allure, it’s wearing sunscreen, not wearing too much makeup and taking care of her skin because according to Eva’s mom, “the skin you take care of in your 20's is the skin you have in your 40's.”
We believe you, Mrs. Longoria.
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