Claire Beaudreault
December 05, 2018 9:09 am

Celebs going makeup-free—is it “brave” or just…normal?

Celebrities without makeup is the clickbait that keeps on giving. You’ve seen the sidebars on gossip sites—and frankly, it’s hard not to click. The good news is that in recent years there’s been less judgment and way more praise for going makeup-free. People of all ages and skin types are baring it all to help normalize wrinkles, acne, scars, and dark circles.

Despite this, it’s true that the rich and famous have more access to good (and/or expensive) skin care. Not to mention, the best facialists, dermatologists, cosmetic surgeons, and so on. Some credit Alicia Keys for the recent no-makeup movement, and it’s refreshing to see more celebs jumping on the bandwagon. In short, it can only be a good thing, except for makeup artists like Charlotte Tilbury who aren’t down with the trend.

Makeup or not, these babes are beautiful, whatever face they choose to show to the world. And so are you! Below is a list of our faves showing off the skin that they’re in.

Alicia Keys

The singer has stayed true to her word and hasn’t worn makeup in quite some time. She’s so pretty it hurts.

Drew Barrymore

Despite being a makeup mogul, the A-lister has shared a ton of selfies of her au naturel skin.

Katie Couric

The journalist posted a selfie (while sick in bed) to combat “Snapchat dysmorphia.”

Salma Hayek

Mermaids swim among us.

Christina Aguilera

Aguilera bared it all on the cover of Paper magazine, and she is fresh-faced goals.

Zendaya

The star’s super simple skin care routine is surprisingly accessible.

Jennifer Garner and Juliette Lewis

The fresh-faced babes on location for their new show, Camping.

Gal Gadot

She plays Wonder Woman for a reason—she’s inspiring and powerful with or without makeup.

Gabrielle Union-Wade

The star is grinning big, and who wouldn’t if you looked this good?

Paris Jackson

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A hippie free-spirit vibe for the red carpet rebel.

Cindy Crawford

The icon shared a makeup-free selfie to take part in the #wokeupthiswaychallenge.

AnnaLynne McCord

The actress took the same challenge as Crawford, baring her acne scars—a source of insecurity she’s learned to overcome. No doubt the widespread acceptance of bare skin helps.

Jennifer Lopez

Lopez hasn’t aged since In Living Color, and she has the “J.Lo glow” even without makeup.

Jessica Alba

Hydration is key for the beauty mogul, who is pictured with her esthetician.

Cardi B

The rapper always keeps it real, and appears makeup-free on social media almost as often as she shows off a full face beat.

Adele

The songstress is known for her heavy cut creases, strong brows, and lush lashes, but she’s just as gorgeous without it.

Eva Longoria

Some celebrities fly with a full face of makeup, but not Longoria.

Tyra Banks

Makeup-free, but make it fashion.

Nicole Richie

Richie is ready for bed with her clear and clean face.

Cameron Diaz

A makeup-free Diaz posed with her book, which aims to normalize the inevitable and universal aging process.

Katie Holmes

Forever the girl next door.

Laverne Cox

Taking a cue from Cox, who wrote, “It’s all about love.”

Tracee Ellis Ross

We need the Blackish star’s skin care secrets, ASAP.

Ciara

The singer’s bae took this naked (faced) pic.

Demi Lovato

The openness and vulnerability Lovato brings to her work are reflected in her many makeup-free selfies, including her most recent one.

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