Embracing the natural beauty one was given is something our society continues to struggle with, attempting to paint over any blemishes with makeup and Photoshop. Thanks to all the glitz and glamour surrounding celebrities, it seems impossible for non-famous people to stack up to the incredibly high beauty standards Hollywood sets.
That’s why it’s so refreshing to catch a glimpse of celebs’ real-life beauty through their makeup-free images. Not only are these no-makeup shots completely relatable, they’re also seriously empowering, encouraging all women to show off and be proud of how they look without any bit of makeup on.
From singers to TV and movie stars, check out the makeup-free celebs who look gorgeous completely au naturel.
Jenny from the Block is no stranger to a makeup-free Instagram, especially before big shows. JLo likes to show her followers what it’s like during the calm before the storm that is concert prep. In this video she explains how she gets mentally prepared before her big Las Vegas residency concert with “no makeup, no hair, no nothing.” There’s no denying she looks stunning. Is it just us, or is her skin glowing perfection?
Since singing hits like Get Up, Like a Boy, and Goodies, Ciara has taken a bit of a break to get married and have kids. In fact she just recently gave birth to her second child. She may not be performing much these days, but we still get to see her on red carpets and social media. Although we’re used to seeing her brows a little fuller and her lips a little brighter, we never doubted that the new mother was a natural beauty. Now, thanks to this completely bare-faced shot, there’s proof.
Even though Drew Barrymore has her own makeup line called Flower Beauty, you will often find makeup-free images while scrolling through her Instagram. Maybe even more than those of her wearing makeup. Although there’s no denying this former child star and current star of The Santa Clarita Diet is proud of her natural self, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t have fun playing with different makeup. After all, it is another way to express oneself.
Rossum started out as an opera singer, and has since made quite a name for herself as both an actress and feminist. Between fighting for equal pay on Shameless and sharing Option B‘s message and impact, Rossum is not shy or quiet about equality and women’s rights. Embracing her natural her beauty, makeup-free is just one more thing to add to the list of her feminist acts.
Jenna Dewan Tatum
The host of NBC’s World of Dance Jenna Dewan Tatum knows a thing or two about looking fabulous, no matter what she’s doing or wearing. She shared this #WokeUpLikeThis selfie during her takeover of the Women’s Health Instagram account (later reposted to her own Instagram account) before she documented what her whole daily routine looks like for all of the Women’s Health followers. As far as she’s come since her her Step Up days — a husband, a baby, an amazing lip sync battle — she doesn’t look all that different, with and without makeup.
From her teenage days as Mary Camden on 7th Heaven to her 2017 limited series The Sinner, Jessica Biel has been in the spotlight for years, but that doesn’t mean she’s always wearing makeup. She’s now married Justin Timberlake and has created her own beautiful family in real life and her hubby proudly shared this snap of Biel and their then-newborn on Instagram. We don’t blame him. Not only is his son beyond adorable (and tiny!), but Biel looks so beautiful and so happy. As gorgeous as she looks all glammed up on the red carpet, this at-home, makeup-free Biel is equally, if not more, beautiful.
Actress Olivia Wilde, who is the current star of the Broadway show 1984, doesn’t typically wear tons of makeup, but has had fun with extravagant looks on the red carpet. No matter what Wilde is wearing — foundation, mascara or nothing — she is a striking sight to see. When expressing her excitement about her newest partnership with skincare brand True Botanicals on Instagram, she showed off how clear and even her skin is using their products. That’s one hell of a sales pitch.
There’s no denying Megan Fox is beautiful, after all, she’s typically cast as the sexy girl-next-door in movies like Transformers and Jennifer’s Body. Known as one of the sexiest women in the world, we’re used to seeing her with a full face of makeup. However, it’s clear that makeup doesn’t have a lot of work to do when it comes to making the actress look drop dead gorgeous.
This image of the Gossip Girl star Leighton Meester is so relatable. Don’t we all typically curl up with a good book in cozy clothes and a fresh face? To celebrate John Steinbeck’s birthday, Meester shared this shot of her holding The Grapes of Wrath, also paying tribute to the Of Mice and Men Broadway show (also based on a Steinbeck novel) she was in with James Franco & Chris O’Dowd. To be honest, she doesn’t even look all that different with or without makeup.
From Dancing With the Stars to Grease Live!, Hough is one seriously impressive dancer. It’s not just dancing she does to stay in shape either. There are countless snaps of Hough leaving the gym or a workout class. The best part? She’s always makeup free in them. This playful shot with her fiancé that she shared on Valentine’s day is just another example that really shows how little Hough cares about wearing makeup and how much she loves her natural self. Which, of course, only makes us love her more.
Beauty is more than skin deep
Seeing these singers and actresses embrace their natural selves is a powerful message to send women and girls who have been criticized and minimized for so long. These stars are all clearly beautiful, happy, and strong without the veil of makeup that is typically accompanied with fame and fortune. But not only are they beautiful, these women are proving that females in Hollywood offer more than just a pretty face. In fact, true beauty goes far beyond what makeup and Photoshop would have you think.