Part of the reason that we love celebrities so much is that they are so beautiful. Of course, it’s an open secret that these celebs enhance their beauty with professional makeup and stylists.
It’s enough to make any fan wonder: what do they really look like under all that makeup?
We’ve collected candid photos and selfies 20 of the most famous celebrities who were brave enough to show their faces without makeup. And some of these looks are downright shocking!
It sounds like the wisdom from a hanging cat poster, but happiness in life often comes from accepting our imperfections. That’s the case with Demi Lovato and her makeup-free selfie. She posted that she took pride in her “freckles” and her “booty chin” and that she’s all about “loving and accepting myself the way I am.”
Every now and then, a celebrity uses their popularity and platform to make the world a better place. For example, Kendall Jenner got real with fans about how much she struggled with acne and how it killed her self-esteem. “I didn’t think I’d see the day where I would feel confident posting a makeup free picture. My goal is to open up a dialogue around skin positivity,” she wrote on Instagram.
Vanessa Hudgens got her big break in High School Musical, and it seems she’s not afraid to channel her inner teen at any age. For example, she used this “no makeup” selfie to show off her My Little Pony fandom and encourage her fans to do good things for their friends.
While the streets of New York may not be as dangerous as The Hunger Games, Jennifer Lawrence is still the “girl on fire” with this winning smile. How does she mix “celebrity glam” and “girl next door” so darn well?
Recently, Kylie Jenner made headlines when she was photographed out and about during quarantine, sporting her rarely-seen natural looks. Without makeup and stylists, Kylie looks like a completely different person! And fans on Twitter praised her natural look as “cute.”
Yara Shahidi is an icon of both beauty and humor on the TV show Black-ish. While that show may not be filming now, this selfie helps prove that she stays just as lovely when the cameras aren’t rolling.
You might not think celebrities are just like us, but many of them suffer from the same kind of skin conditions that we do. For example Kim Kardashian used this selfie to show how her psoriasis was flaring up. It’s a simple thing, but pics like this help us realize how much makeup and other products can create false ideas about beauty.
Miley Cyrus has done a lot of work over the years normalizing selfies without makeup. You might say that she walked so these other celebs could run. In this adorable picture, though, she’s content to chill out with her faithful doggo.
Why skip makeup? In Selena Gomez’s case, it’s because she was having too much fun with her former roommates! In this picture, she reminisces about adventures that didn’t need makeup to be completely awesome.
Not all of these makeup-free selfies have a happy story behind them. For example, singer Kesha posted this pic to raise awareness of her legal struggles with Dr. Luke. She told fans “My fight continues. I need to get my music out,” and her face tells the story of her pain and struggle.
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Let’s be honest: it seems like marriage to Justin Bieber could be exhausting even on a good day. But he must have earned some serious brownie points with his wife Hailey when he drooled over how good she looked without makeup on his Instagram in the above post.
As you probably already know, “bella” is Italian for “beautiful.” It seems like Bella Thorne’s parents were onto something when they gave her this name. After all, talented actress needs no makeup to show the world that she’s living up to her name!
Nowadays, Zendaya may be best known for her role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. But it clearly doesn’t take a Hollywood makeover to make her look glam. If you had any doubts about that, just check out how great she looks without makeup at the airport!
Surviving quarantine takes a good sense of humor, and that’s something that pop singer JoJo has in spades. Here, we can see that she doesn’t mind skipping the makeup because that’s something that her pooch does every day!
As a world famous model, Gigi Hadid is in the business of redefining what we think of as “beautiful.” And in this picture, she proves that she doesn’t need any makeup or runway to do it!
Showing a bit of artistic flair, Bella Hadid entitled this particular selfie “Silence.” And that’s appropriate, because what else can we say about how amazing she looks?
When she was rocking it on Disney Channel’s Liv and Maddie, Dove Cameron had a small army of assistants to make sure her makeup was always on point. In this photo, we can see that it doesn’t take any makeup at all to bring out her inner beauty.
The daughter of Phil Collins, Lily Collins is a writer and actress who has mastered the art of playing a wide array of roles in films such as Mirror Mirror and Tolkien. It seems she can effortlessly become another person at the drop of the hat. For example, she seems to be playing “elf-turned-rockstar” in this awesome makeup-free selfie!
Many of these celebrities are very selective about the makeup-free selfies they post. In other words, they still want to make themselves look like glamorous celebs. However, Youtuber Emma Chamberlain isn’t afraid to show us what she looks like with frazzled hair, imperfect skin, and chipped nails.
YouTube influencer Tana Mongeau has built an entire brand on looking stunning in makeup and lingerie. In this video screencap, she’s willing to bare all, showing the before/after of her makeup transformation.