People Magazine
Updated August 28, 2017 9:55 am
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Nina Dobrev isn’t afraid to show the world her barefaced skin.

The actress, who was one of five stars that went makeup-free in PEOPLE’s World’s Most Beautiful issue this year — embraces all her imperfections, and wants the girls and young women that look up to her to do the same.

The actress, who’s starring in the upcoming psychological horror film Flatliners with Ellen Page out next month, said she “doesn’t wear makeup on a daily basis” and tries “to reflect that on my social media too.”

When it comes to what she shares with her fans on the daily, Dobrev doesn’t waste time putting on a full-face of makeup. “When I do Instagram stories, I’m not all dolled up and glamorous, it’s a peek into my day-to-day life, which is kind of normal and average,” she said.

And although Dobrev always looks flawless on the red carpet, she suffers from blemishes just like the rest of us. Her advice: Don’t sweat it.

“I get pimples and zits all the time and I deal with them just like anybody else, with zit cream!” the actress said.

The actress is so carefree, she will even go out in public with pimple cream dotted all over her face.

As a role model to young women, Dobrev hopes she can spread positive messages about beauty. “It’s especially important now to show young girls that and to make them aware that they are perfect exactly the way they are,” she said.

Besides being an ambassador for beauty, the 28-year-old stars also speaks out about the complicated political climate in the United States, although she was born in Bulgaria and wasn’t able to vote in the most recent election.

“I did not have the option to make an impact on this election other than with my voice and the platforms that I have access to,” Dobrev said. “It scares me to see the negative repercussions that will come as a result of all of the work that’s been done — especially with the environment, the way it is in its fragile state, seeing the direction that it’s going in, and the decisions that are being made in the White House. The decisions that the administration makes at the moment affect the world, not just this country.”

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