50 Shocking Photos of Celebrities Without Makeup

Jay Dawson September 28th 2016 Entertainment
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As a celebrity, it’s impossible to get out of the limelight. On set, on stage, and surrounded by fans and cameras, the pressure to look perfect never ends. Even on an off day, when they want to scream and be just another normal person, the outside world is waiting. The paparazzi are circling, ready to snap that horrible photo of them with fries stuffed in their mouth. Or wearing socks and sandals. Or worst of all, without makeup. You may smirk at these photos, or you might feel sorry for the poor celebs. But before you start laughing, just remember: on most days, we probably all look just like them.
Kim Kardashian
If there’s anyone who’s made a business out of looking perfect for the cameras, it’s Kim Kardashian. The socialite and model rose to fame as a reality TV megastar, one of the new wave of celebrities who are famous for being famous. Barely a day goes by without seeing her face on some TV or in some news story, and Kim knows how to work every angle.
Yet even with the crush of cameras surrounding her every move, there is the odd unguarded moment. A moment where, seemingly without thinking, she appears without her trademark highly sculpted look. And yet somehow, even when the makeup is missing and her hair is all over the place, she still looks fabulous. In a way, it’s a reminder that she’s just like us
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Scarlett Johansson
From relatively unknown indie darling in Lost in Translation, to sought-after star in blockbusters such as The Avengers, Scarlett has enjoyed a meteoric rise. Nowadays she’s not only a household name, but a Hollywood starlet of the old school. With classic beauty, serious acting skills, and a decidedly normal personal life, she keeps out of the trashy magazines but stays in our hearts.
How does she do it? To start with, she’s lost none of that natural, girl-next-door allure that made us fall in love with her in the first place. Even without the glossy, accentuated lips, thousand dollar dresses, and perfectly coiffed hair, she has a radiance that few can match. To be honest, it’s shocking just how great she looks without makeup.
Olivia Wilde
Despite her star turns in the TV series House, Olivia Wilde has turned more heads for her natural good looks and outspoken activist streak. Behind that wonderful face, the New York born actress is a “really critical and analytical” documentary filmmaker, vegan, and tireless fighter for social equality and universal healthcare. If that wasn’t enough, she’s a mother, too.
Given all that, it would be understandably tough to balance the superficial needs of Hollywood with the desire to live a simple, responsible life. Luckily, Olivia handles it with aplomb. When the makeup comes off, she loses none of that inner confidence and glow. The smile helps, of course – it says “why can’t I have it all?”
Rihanna
Rihanna would be the first to admit that her daily routine can be a lot of work, work, work, work, work. Born and starting from humble beginnings in Barbados, the singer is now a global pop phenomenon. Boasting sales of 200 million records worldwide, and an incredible eight studio albums, it’s a wonder that she ever finds time to also be one incredible looking lady.
There are some off days, of course. Maybe she’s been in the studio for a few long months, or maybe she’s working on a new secret fragrance, or designing another fashion range for Armani. Either way, it’s only natural that she’d be caught without her stage face. But even when that happens, when her hair’s tied up messily and she’s forgotten the rouge, she looks fab. Somehow she makes cool look casual.
Taylor Swift
It seems that the eternal sweetheart Taylor Swift is forever singing about heartbreak. No matter who she’s going out with, you can almost guarantee that she’ll be penning another song of rejection and misery a couple of months later. While the formula has definitely made her a lot of money, we can’t help but think that she’s got a lousy taste in boyfriends.
That’s gotta be the only reason. It’s hard to imagine there would be any other explanation for ever falling out of love with that face. Even in the morning, when you wake up together, and all the lipstick and foundation and mascara has rubbed off, she would still look like heaven. So why do the men keep disappearing? We don’t know, Taylor, but it’s definitely not your face.
Sofia Vergara
Even the mere mention of Colombia conjures up images of fiery, salsa-dancing beauties. In the South American country renowned for its beautiful women, more than a few men have met their match. Growing up in the sultry Caribbean region of Colombia, Sofia Vergara does not buck the beautiful trend. And after star turns in various Hollywood films, she’s landed in America to tame a whole new race of men.
It’s no secret, too, that Colombians love to get dolled up, and Sofia is rarely seen with less-than-perfect makeup. It’s so infrequent, in fact, that when she doesn’t have it on, she looks like a completely different person. Gone is the gloss, the highlights, and the sparkling eyes. Deep down, though, she’s still Colombian. Still gorgeous.
Adele
After selling 100 million records and charming the entire world with that voice, Adele’s allowed to have a few bad-hair days. From being a relative unknown in 2008, to hosting sold-out 2016 shows where single tickets sold for almost $2000, she’s had a wild ride. It’s more than okay if a few strands of hair fall out of place.
Well, look. It’s true that that cardigan, or tablecloth, or whatever it is, is unforgiveable. And the expression on her face doesn’t exactly look like the huge grin of a woman worth upwards of $70m. In fact, she looks exactly like a person who’s realized exactly what they look like on a bad day. But we feel you, Adele. We look like that most of the time.
Anne Hathaway
Ever since appearing on the big screen in The Princess Diaries, Anne Hathaway has shone through in a surprising variety of roles. From animations, to comedies, to action blockbusters, Anne has brought a dewy-eyed innocence and huge smile to each film. Classically trained in the theatre and with an actress for a mother, her face has an expressiveness and adaptability that few can match.
And not just in the movies. Anne manages to easily adapt to real life. Without her trademark ruby-red lips and blush, her natural features still shine through. She doesn’t need long, luscious hair to show off her iconic beauty. Cover it with a beanie and snap her picture at just the wrong time, and she can still look more stylish than the rest of us.
Beyonce
Musician, fashionista, businesswoman, rights advocate. Is there anything that Beyoncé can’t do? From a start as the charismatic lead of Destiny’s Child, to a massively successful pop star in her own right, she’s won over millions of hearts and fans with her edgy lyrics and her own sweet brand of R&B.
Away from the crowds, she’s no different. She might look a little bit tired, and her eyebrows might not be perfectly plucked, but Beyoncé still has that inner fire and incredible hair that turned our heads in the first place. Her publicly rocky relationship with Jay-Z might make it sound like her love life is one big disaster zone, but one look at that face will tell you that she’s a lady who has really got it together.
Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz has made a career out of quirky, high-profile roles. Hailing from sunny California, the actress got her start as a fashion model. From there, she rose to stardom with stellar performances in The Mask and My Best Friend’s Wedding, which cemented her position as one of the most beautiful and successful actresses around today.
While she continues to surprise and delight us with her ability to shine in almost any role, she also surprises us by just how gracefully she’s aged. After 44 years and hundreds of screen appearances, she’s just as good-looking when the theatre paint comes off. With those piercing blue eyes and adorable cheeks, it’s no wonder she’s snagged the likes of Jared Leto, Justin Timberlake, and Benji Madden.
Khloe Kardashian
Khloe might be one of the less outspoken (and less outrageous) members of the Kardashian circus, but that doesn’t mean she’s not every bit as successful as her sisters. The 32-year-old entrepreneur has made more than a few lifetimes’ worth of cash with clothing, jewelry, and fragrance lines – not to mention being a radio personality and co-host on The X Factor. And, of course, that reality TV show that made her name.
Her most singular achievement, though, might be marrying NBA star Lamar Odom only a month after meeting him for the first time. One month! There must have been some magic in the air. Or maybe it’s just that she looks so gosh darn cute. Even without makeup, when most of us look like a bad passport photo, she’s still someone you want to snuggle up to on the sofa. Other people might make rude appearances, but we’re not going to. We’ll just bring the popcorn and some blankets.
Lady Gaga
If you dig out your Soprano DVDs, you might be able to spot an uncharacteristically natural cameo from a young Lady Gaga. Back then she was known simply as Stefani Germanotta. As her insanely successful and loveable weird pop career blew up, it became harder and harder to find her without some new and wacky stage personality. From the meat dress to her status as a gay icon and “Mother Monster”, we can almost never know who the real Lady Gaga is.
But we’ve found proof that she’s not just glamorous on the stage. That she was actually born that way. The real Lady Gaga may not have the fishnets and lack of pants, but she makes up for the raunchiness by being simply lovely. Her soft pale skin and jet-black hair remind us of some of our best high school friends. The ones you’d meet out for a movie, then burgers and shakes afterwards. Meet us at the mall, Stefani?
Demi Lovato
Apparently, 2017 is the year of Demi. The pop idol, actress, activist, and TV presenter is taking the year off from the high-pressure world, saying she’s “not meant for this business and the media.” It’s true that we all need a break every now and again, and with Demi’s apparent workload, we can forgive her for some me-time.
The only thing is, we’re not all that sure that she even is under any stress. I mean, look at those photos. Can you tell which one is with makeup, and which one is without? Have you ever seen a celebrity with more flawless skin and fewer worry-lines? If anything, we think she should be doing more work in 2017. She’s making us look bad.
Emma Stone
One of 2015’s most highly paid actresses, Scottsdale native Emma Stone has been destined for the screen from an early age. From 11 years old, Emma has been gracing the stage, television, and cinema with her trademark exuberance (and exuberant hair color), even being nominated for an Oscar and several Golden Globes.
Illustrious magazine Vogue has complimented her on her "sophisticated, perfectly put-together looks". They’re not the only ones to sit up and take notice. People, FHM, Men’s Health, and Esquire have all placed her on “Most Beautiful” lists. If you look at the pictures, it’s no wonder. Even when she’s out and about, without makeup and with a casual outfit thrown together, she somehow manages to look a million dollars.
Gisele Bundchen
Gisele Bundchen is no stranger to makeup. The statuesque Brazilian beauty has been modelling since she was 13 years old, and since then has been one of the highest-paid models in the world and a fixture both on the catwalk and the red carpet. Once seen on Leonardo DiCaprio’s arm, Gisele spends plenty of time perfecting her look as what Naomi Campbell calls “the only remaining true supermodel”.
The modeling industry has its fair share of fakers and wannabes, but Gisele is not one of them. Without the usual team of makeup artists and sculptors, she’s still a 100% genuine supermodel. They can do whatever they like with their brushes and blow-dryers, but all they’re doing is polishing a diamond. It might be shocking to us to see her “au naturel”, but that’s only because she’s still ravishing.
Jennifer Lawrence
Let’s pretend, for a second, that the extremely funny and extremely rich Jennifer Lawrence looks terrible without makeup. Let’s pretend that as amazing as she looks on stage while getting an Oscar, she doesn’t look half as good when she’s walking down the street with a soda in hand. Let’s be really silly and pretend that we wouldn’t stop her in the street, hair all over the place, and say thank you for existing in our earth.
Because she still looks good. She may be the highest paid actress on the planet, and she may donate more to our fellow humans than we ever will, but she’s still down to earth, witty, and genuine. There’s a certain attitude that it takes when you’re caught on camera walking down the street with a soda in hand. Her face more or less sums it up: “I’m gorgeous. Deal with it.”
Kylie Jenner
Having just celebrated her 16th birthday, Kylie Jenner has still got a long way to go in life. As a blessed offshoot of the Kardashian-Jenner family tree, she might already have the world in her lap. She’s got Drake performing at her parties and Kanye as an older brother. But we’ve got to be honest about one thing, Kylie: you’re not quite ready for makeup.
This is actually one of those odd moments where a woman’s beauty is diminished by lathering on the face paint. We’re not saying it’s terrible, or that she’s too young for it. It’s just that she’s a beautiful, healthy-looking girl who doesn’t have any need for all that. She should be worrying about crushes and exams, not lash length and lip shade. We want to let you in on a secret, Kylie: we all love you anyway.
Jennifer Lopez
Want to see what the real Jenny from the block looks like? Well, we’ve got some pictures for you. We’ve definitely got the J-Lo we’ve come to know and love. She has been a bit quiet over the past few years, but the one-time superstar and queen of the pop world has not lost one bit of her Latina siren looks.
And then there’s the other photo we dug up. The one where we stopped being fooled by the rocks that she got. She sits there at her makeup table, just a simple multimillionaire and hypnotic dancer, ready to take on the world. She’s smiling because she’s rich, dazzling, and talented. She’s happy because she still knows where she came from. Right out of our dreams.
Mila Kunis
Born and raised in Ukraine, Mila Kunis was always an unlikely choice to become a Hollywood celebrity. But since landing a starring role in That 70s Show at age 15, she’s never looked back. Her career has moved from strength to strength, and the now 33-year old has seen a résumé littered with awards nominations and blockbuster films.
Having said that, it’s hard to find something positive to say about this no-makeup paparazzi snap. She’s a wonderful actress, and an inspiring personality, but it looks to us like she should have just stayed in bed that day. To be honest, it might be nicer if we just say nothing at all about it. So Mila, you’re the best. And that sweater looks mighty comfortable.
Jennifer Aniston
What can we say about Jen-Ton that hasn’t been said already? Everyone’s seen Friends. Everyone knows that she used to work as a bike messenger and a receptionist. Everyone knows she looks far too good. Basically, everyone (including us) is jealous of her.
But we’ve got this photo that brings her down to our level, see? Where she hasn’t lifted a finger to look her best. Where her hair is, uh, well, still perfect. And her skin is – we grudgingly admit – still flawless. But her eyes are… okay. We’ll give up this game. It doesn’t matter where she is or what she’s doing. Jen-Ton will always be stunning.
Tyra Banks
Despite a childhood of being labeled an “ugly duckling”, Californian native Tyra Banks has flown higher than everyone else to become a media and fashion superstar. She started her modeling career at age 15 and three years later was strutting all over Paris Fashion Week. Now her name is everywhere: on TV, cosmetics, books, films and more.
As the host of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra would know how hard it can be to always look your best. She’s no stranger to the warts-n-all photo herself. Except she has no warts. Or any blemishes for that matter. No, underneath her daily makeup all we’ve found is a couple of cute clusters of freckles, and the same old wonderful Tyra.
Angelina Jolie
Hollywood’s power couple might be over, but Angelina Jolie will always be adored by millions of men and women. After an inauspicious start as a hot and geeky techno wiz in Hackers, Angelina quickly became the ultimate sex symbol of the nineties and noughties. Her battle with breast cancer and endless charity work in Africa only confirmed her caring yet strong nature.
She can never put a foot wrong (we’re going to ignore Mr. & Mrs. Smith). Even in her candid moments, away from the stress of the public eye, she’s positively luminous. She doesn’t need makeup to look and be incredible. Those famous lips, and that dazzling smile, will always be there. If Brad won’t have her, about 99% of the rest of the population will.
Britney Spears
What happened to Britney Spears? A quick trawl through Google tells us that she’s still recording, and still performing, but to be totally honest all that we remember of her is that shaved head and an incident involving driving without underwear. Hit Me Baby One More Time might still have us doing cheesy dances in the clubs, but the woman behind it seems to now just be a footnote in history.
So it comes as quite a shock to find that our Britney has really grown up. Gone is the schoolgirl outfit and the silly relationship with K-Fed. She’s got a serious haircut now, and a sober lifestyle. We’ve got to admit, she looks good. Even when the paparazzi remembers to hound her and she’s out for a coffee, Britney looks like she’s got it all together. At least, we’re pretty sure that’s just a coffee in her hand.
Emilia Clarke
It’s actually a little bit disturbing to think about how many Emilia Clarkes are wallpapering nerds’ computers everywhere. As Daenerys Targaryen in the HBO phenomenon Game of Thrones, she’s nailed the formula to appeal to sweaty, pimply guys everywhere. It’s pretty simple: a perfect body, a strong will, and dragons. That’s all you need to do, ladies, if you want to attract that socially awkward gamer in your life: raise a couple of dragons in the nude.
But what would all those nerds say if they saw her in real life? Without that ash blonde hair and the full HBO makeup crew? Just out and about, taking a dog for a walk or doing her banking? Well, they’d probably scream and run away. But that’s not because she looks terrible – quite the opposite. In fact, she looks so lovely and normal that we’d be a little bit frightened to talk to her, too.
Katy Perry
Confession time: we’re not actually big pop music fans. Second confession time: we’ve been to see Katy Perry in concert. Third confession time: she’s actually really, really good. She’s fun, she’s full of energy, and there’s a rawness and even rock attitude that makes her studio music sound ten times better. She’s a Teenage Dream, a California Gurl, and even sometimes Hot n Cold. But she kills it live.
From the look at these photos, it seems like she kills it in real life as well. That’s the Katy Perry that we’ve come to love: a fun, quirky woman who always looks like she’s having a blast. She doesn’t need to dress up and do her lipstick. She can just throw something together and it’s an instant party.
Kate Upton
If you’ve seen the hilarious videos of Kate Upton dancing, then you’d know how down to earth she really is. Alongside an extensive and high-profile modeling career (and some very exciting Sports Illustrated shoots), she’s a devout Christian and economics major. She says of her faith that she “wants a cross with me, at all times” and that she’s really “close with God”.
And why wouldn’t you be best buds with the big man? Heaven has poured its best ingredients into creating the wonder that is Kate Upton, the fifth sexiest woman on Models.com. A figure to die for, eyes you could lose yourself in, and a perfect heart-shaped face. We think that appearing without makeup might be a strategic choice rather than a lazy one: she just doesn’t want to be mobbed in the street.
Reese Witherspoon
It would be a hard task to find someone more adorable than Reese Witherspoon. She’s always funny, always chirpy, and always keeping out of trouble. Originally stealing our hearts as the 14-year old Dani in The Man in The Moon, she kept growing and kept getting better and better. Born in New Orleans but now firmly in Hollywood, Reese manages to shine in every role she plays.
There’s something about her smile that’s just infectious. No matter how much she dolls up for the cameras, she can’t hide that lust for life. It comes out even clearer when she’s captured candidly at a ball game or in the street. Even then she’s as happy and carefree as a lark. If only we knew her secret.
Kate Hudson
There’s only three words you need to describe Kate Hudson: bubbly, glowing, vivacious. The daughter of the iconic Goldie Hawn, she has got all of her mother’s warmth and humor and made it even better. She lights up every scene she plays in, whether it’s a light-as-foam romantic comedy or terrifying thriller.
Kate also proves the old maxim that blondes have more fun – or at least she looks like she is. Just as comfortable doing errands as wowing a star-studded film premiere, she never loses that winning smile and unshakeable confidence. No doubt it’s because she’s one of the most beautifully flawless, all-American girls on the planet.
Gwyneth Paltrow
For this one, we’re going to take the Sliding Doors idea and run with it. For example, what if she finished her Anthropology course instead of dropping out to act? What if in one life she was the acclaimed actress of such films as Shakespeare in Love and Iron Man, and in the other she was living with tribes in the Amazon?
In one life, she married Chris Martin from megaband Coldplay. In the other, she did a thesis on war drums and married a stuffy college professor. In one life, she walked the red carpet ten times a year and had an entourage of stylists to sculpt her every look. In the other, she forgot what makeup was, and was happy enough to wash the river mud off her feet. Now that we’ve caught a glimpse of her dual lives, we can confirm: she’s beautiful in both of them.
Snooki
What do you get when you mix Croatian, Macedonian, Spanish, Slovak, Russian, and Chilean blood with an American cheerleader? In this weird world, a reality TV star and a single name: Snooki. The girl that everyone loves to hate on Jersey Shore was actually born Nicole Elizabeth Polizzi, though we can see how her nickname caught on.
Everybody knows that there’s not much “reality” in reality TV, and even less in Jersey Shore. But Snooki, who gets $150k an episode, has somehow managed to stay genuine. Maybe it’s because she spends so much time pretending to be real that she’s finally made it. Or maybe all that TV makeup has become permanently ingrained in her skin. Either way, she looks good in reality.
Kristen Stewart
When Kristen Stewart was cast as Bella in Twilight, she was a relatively unknown actress who had played a few bit parts in various films. Now, she’s the darling of Hollywood, settling comfortably into various roles and bringing her edgy, rebellious spirit to our screens. Since winning the Milan International Film Award for Best Actress she’s proven to be a versatile and magnetic personality.
Although she might be far less emo than her vamp-loving Bella was, it does still look like she needs some sun. We know that you’re working hard, Kristen, but those torturous teenage years are long behind you. True, she’s gorgeous with or without her makeup. And when she smiles (which is far often than you might realize) the room lights up. But please, Kristen, take a tropical holiday.
Mila Jovovich
From undead lover to undead battler. Mila Jovovich has been a stalwart of the film industry for many years, but it wasn’t until she kicked some serious ass in the Resident Evil franchise that everyone’s eyes opened up to her fierce beauty. Who cares if we still can’t pronounce her name – that only adds to the exotic allure.
And what an allure it is. Her big trademark smile doesn’t need lipstick to accentuate it. Even in her natural moments, the Ukrainian-born model can’t lose her radiance. In fact, she seems a lot warmer and approachable when she’s mooching around without makeup. Maybe we just forget that she’s singlehandedly stopped the zombie apocalypse.
Katie Holmes
For many people, the mention of Katie Holmes simply draws a raised eyebrow and the unasked question: why did she ever date that couch-jumper? But poor husband choices aside (just kidding, Tom, we still love you), she’s an incredible actor, wonderful mother, and all around super human being. There was Dawson’s Creek, her turn in Pieces of April, a successful run on Broadway, and she lit up the dark screen in Batman Begins.
Being one half of TomKat would have been an exhausting and very public life, but Katie shows no signs of having let it wear her down. The smile might be halfway to a grimace, and her hair might be battling a breeze, but she’s still as cute as a button and has a keen fashion sense. If Suri gets just a half of her looks, she’ll take over Tinseltown.
Katherine Heigl
Katherine Heigl should have the natural look down pat. Rising to fame as “Izzie” Stevens on Grey’s Anatomy, her portrayal of a hard working doctor should have involved looking realistically worn and tired. The trouble is that she left the show and went into romantic comedies such as Knocked Up and 27 Dresses.
She must have gotten used to looking like a 50s movie starlet, because she hasn’t quite remembered how to look good without makeup. The blanket, bags under the eyes, and haunted look makes her seem like she’s just been rescued from a sinking ship. Grey’s Anatomy is still running, though. So she might be just preparing for a return.
Hilary Duff
In the world of childhood stars turned global phenomena, Hilary Duff now gets overlooked by the more outrageous lifestyles of people like Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, and Macauley Culkin. Essentially, she’s got an image problem: she’s just too much of a sweetheart. But with five studio albums and 15 million albums in sales, she deserves our attention.
It seems that not even a raw photo of her will spark a controversy. Yet again, she slips under the radar by just looking, well, normal. Even without makeup, the worst that we see of her is a great looking chick with a heart-meltingly cute face. And a solid, ever-evolving musical career. Hilary, we want you back in our lives.
Fergie
Poor Fergie has had her fair share of battles. But even though she’s fought substance abuse, and the indignity of being in a band with an increasingly terrible musical direction (sorry to all the fans), she still keeps her head up high. Part of it could be the fact that she still looks stunning, and part of it could be dating the very spicy Josh DuHamel.
Even in her darkest days (“I Gotta Feeling”, we’re looking at you), she comes up trumps. That cheeky grin on her cherubic face has stayed no matter what odds have been stacked up against her, or how little makeup she applies in the morning. Stay strong, Fergie. And please go back to being a real rock band.
Jennifer Garner
As the double-agent superspy in Alias, Jennifer Garner got not only a lot of accolades but a lot of wigs. Even though she’s struggled with some roles since, her penchant for disguise has carried over to her regular life. Look carefully at the photo above. On the right, she’s just a simple girl from Texas who made it big in Hollywood.
In the left picture, though, you can see that she’s gone undercover. The sunglasses in her hands is a dead giveaway. It’s clear what she’s doing: in order to infiltrate the real world, she’s disguised herself as a hot mom with a continuously successful career. We almost wouldn’t have seen it if it wasn’t for that perfect face. It’s almost impossible to mistake that for someone else’s.
Debra Messing
The sitcom landscape of the early noughties was defined by one show and one person: Will & Grace’s Debra Messing. For eight years she dominated the screen with co-star Eric McCormack and made a lot of our nights a heap more fun. Since then we haven’t seen her too much, but after 16 Emmy wins and an incredible 83 nominations, we can forgive her for resting on her laurels.
We can also forgive her the braless, M&M-smuggling look, because a) free the nipple, and b) she is – most of the time – one very classy lady. And no matter what, she’s retained that bold and delicious fiery red hair that has become her trademark. Cheer up, Debra – you’ll always be a star to us.
Eva Longoria.
She may have been around before, but Eva Longoria really burst into the public mind as the sizzling Gabrielle Solis in Desperate Housewives. All of a sudden, men everywhere were asking their surprised wives if they could watch television together. Eva’s not just a looker: with a Bachelor of Science from Corpus Christi, she’d got smarts, too.
Apparently enough smarts to realize that wearing makeup is not always necessary. When you’ve got Mexican-American blood running through your veins, what on earth would you need to cover up? Certainly not the complexion of a bronzed goddess, or hair like a chocolate waterfall, or that face. She’s definitely got it figured out.
Amanda Seyfried
When Amanda Seyfried talks of her early days as a model, she says she “was naturally skinny and had braces, so I wasn't a cute model. I never felt pretty.” Well, those times are long past. Nowadays, Amanda’s grown out of the braces and into a stellar career on TV (Veronica Mars) and film (Mamma Mia, Les Miserables). She’s also one of the most gorgeous women in Los Angeles.
As a model, Amanda sure knows how to apply just the right accents for her achingly pretty German-English mix of features. And as a real-life person who sometimes can’t be bothered with makeup, she sure knows how to make herself look wonderful anyway. There’s also something of a college crush aura about her. She’s that pretty girl who demolishes you in English Lit class and you instantly fall in love.
Julianne Hough
There’s something about Julianne Hough that we just can’t define. Sure, she’s extremely good looking, and – if Dancing with The Stars has proven anything – she can cut a rug with the best of them. But there’s something else. A certain grace. Wit. Poise. Basically, she seems like she’d be a lot of fun.
Despite a terrible time in London in her youth, where she was “abused, mentally, physically, everything,” Julianne bounced back to become the sparkling personality that we see on the stage and TV today. Just one look at Julianne without her makeup will confirm it. Whatever it is, she’s got it no matter what.
Anna Kournikova
She may have never risen to the ranks of players like Serena Williams and Martina Hingis, but who cared? With her blonde Russian bombshell looks, Anna Kournikova paved the way for female athletes that were both hot, athletic, and every bit as good as their male counterparts. Her ranking never mattered – when she played, who was watching the scoreboard, anyway?
Because she graced our magazine covers so often, a picture of her without airbrushing and without makeup can seem nothing like the Anna we dreamt about. But we often forget that she never wore makeup on the court. It wasn’t just her face that we were attracted to. It was her style, her fluidity of movement, and her quick and graceful movements around the net. Up close she may have looked worn out, but from our seats she played like an angel.
Kerry Washington
Sometimes it isn’t until later in life that an actress really blooms. While she had a number of minor roles from 2004 onwards, it took Kerry Washington 35 years of her life to have a TV breakthrough in Scandal. As Olivia Pope she has grabbed the attention of viewers and critics alike, and has been nominated for two Emmy awards, a Screen Actors Guild award, and a Golden Globe.
In Scandal, she plays a crisis management expert working with the most powerful politicians in the US. When the makeup comes off, she faces a complexion crisis of her own. The TV must have her taught her well, though. Somehow she loses none of that natural glow and enduring beauty, and her eyes still speak volumes. The greatest shock is that she hasn’t been discovered sooner.
Madonna
Not a day goes by that Madonna isn’t gracing the cover of some glossy magazine or making waves on the web. The world can’t get enough of Madonna, and neither can we. We’ve talked before about her surprising early career choices here on LifestylePassion, but it’s her enduring status as the queen of pop (and some surprising fashion choices) that has immortalized her in the eyes of millions of fans.
She’s comfortable with controversy, too. From bold political statements to massive film flops – and that outrageous leotard – Madonna takes it all in her stride. Which is a good thing, since it means she won’t let a couple of terrible photos get her down. But it’s not really the lack of makeup that makes them terrible. To be perfectly honest, for an almost-sixty-year-old, she’s looking damn fine. It’s more a case of being at the wrong place, at the wrong time, with the wrong look on her face.
Sharon Stone
Most (in)famously known for the steamy thriller Basic Instinct, Sharon Stone has been dazzling our cinemas for decades. After a swag of star turns and countless movies, including Casino, The Mighty, and Lovelace, she has taken her celebrity power and turned it into a force for good. Her recent charitable works have included travelling to Israel to promote peace in the Middle East, and working with HIV sufferers in Africa.
Although always elegant on the red carpet, there are times when those nosy cameras don’t do her justice. But after 58 years of bringing her best to all of us, we think that Sharon’s allowed an off day or three. And she’s not trying to hide her true self through facelifts and Botox. Sharon’s just showing all of us how to age gracefully.
Rose Byrne
In the States, Australia’s Rose Byrne is probably best known for her work opposite Glenn Close in Damages and her hilariously deadpan role in Bridesmaids. But the jaw-droppingly lovely actress has been around for far longer in her home country. Born in inner-west Sydney, she actually began acting classes at the age of eight and had her first role at age 13. Her talent and dedication to the craft shines through.
In Australia, of course, there’s no need for makeup – just sun and sea. Rose Byrne knows that, even if she has transplanted to the land of opportunity. Just look at that face. Unblemished, unwrinkled, unworried. She looks like she’s sitting down for a latte at Bondi Beach. That carefree attitude from Down Under hasn’t left her.
Pamela Anderson
Here are some fun facts you might not know about Pammy. She was discovered on the Jumbotron at a Canadian Football League game. She was the first baby to be born on the 100th anniversary of Canada’s founding. She’s appeared on more covers of Playboy than any other model in history. And she’s lovely lady with a Bachelor’s Degree in Robotics.
Okay, we made that last one up. But she really is one lovely lady. While most of you were looking down, the more refined among us were looking at her face. And what a face. A graduate of the 80s “more is more” makeup school, Pammy actually looks far better without all that coverage. Strip the paint back and underneath is a down-to-earth hottie who deserves every adoring look she gets.
Kelly Osbourne
Kelly Osbourne is the chameleon of celebrity life. She has gone through every metamorphosis possible. From Ozzy’s goth daughter, to reality TV celebrity, to successful singer, to charity worker, Kelly really has done it all. Now that she’s finished up with MTV’s Fashion Police, what’s next for the spiky purple-haired wonder?
Whatever it is, it hopefully involves dropping by the store to pick up some lipstick. We don’t want to be totally harsh here, but this is not the most flattering photo of Kelly around. We’re actually struggling to find something complimentary to say. And our mother always told us that if you can’t find anything good to say, keep your trap shut. So…. how about them Yankees, huh?
Jessica Biel
Jessica Biel is one classy dame. She’s helped raise awareness about the global water crisis, partnered up with a world organization to improve sexual education, and on top of all that she’s a magnificently nuanced actress. And yet somehow she manages to keep the scandals to a minimum and her private life out of the public lens. Until today, we hadn’t even heard that she was married to Justin Timberlake.
You can’t catch her at an unguarded moment. She’s always ready for the cameras, and always looking stunning. No appearance of hers leaves tongues (or fingers) wagging in disappointment and rumor. Jessica’s just a wise woman with the smarts to navigate the piranha pool of entertainment reporting, and the ability to come out winning, every time.
Jessica Simpson
With a voice that is often compared to Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, and Celine Dion, Jessica Simpson has been serenading fans across the world for more than ten years. That’s not the only thing she does, either – she’s also a prosperous businesswoman, model, actress, fashion designer, and polo player. Basically, a dream woman.
Growing up in Abilene and Dallas, Texas, in even her most uncomplimentary photo she’s the very epitome of a Southern belle. That long, wavy blonde hair, the fair yet luminous skin, the dimples you could lose a penny in. No matter where she is or what situation she’s in, she looks like a million dollars. She’s could be working as a trash collector and she’d still blow our minds.

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