If you’re going to be famous in society, there is definitely an expectation that you look a certain way. This pressure gets ramped up all the more if you’re a woman because on top of battling fame, you get to handle people constantly going after you for your appearance. Many of the women on this list are considered to be some of the most beautiful women in the world, but would you recognize them when they aren’t all dolled up? With every appearance these stars make on the red carpet, comes another chance to hide some of their flaws with makeup and show off their beautiful features. Take that makeup away, and you have 20 celebrities that you may not look twice at if they passed you on the street.
It’s not fair that there is the expectation that these celebrities always look like they’re caked in makeup. When Ellen Pompeo or Kendra Wilkinson are out with their kids, they probably aren’t thinking about putting on 15 pounds of makeup first, but would you recognize them in casual clothes? You’re about to find out.
Some celebrities on this list, like Kim Kardashian, Sofia Vergara and Jennifer Lopez, may be hard to imagine without the makeup or fancy dresses, but be prepared to be shocked! While you’re probably not going to catch many of these stars out on the red carpet like this, at least it serves as another reminder that these celebrities are human too. They just happen to often have endorsement deals with makeup companies or a team of stylists to help them look their best.
20. Kate Hudson
When you grow up the daughter of Goldie Hawn and are raised by her and Kurt Russell, you must get used to living in the spotlight. Given how gorgeous Goldie is, people were probably not shocked when Kate got older and continued to get more attractive. A talented actress in her own right, Kate’s best role came in 2000 for the film Almost Famous. Not afraid to show off her funny side, Hudson has also appeared in How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days, You, Me and Dupree, and Bride Wars.
In the above photo it certainly looks like Kate’s been going to war! Kate has been known to be a huge yoga enthusiast, so maybe the photographer caught her on her way to or from a class. Either way, I bet if she passed you on the street you’d be none the wiser!
19. Kim Kardashian
To be fair, there wasn’t exactly the best amount of lighting in the infamous sex tape between Ray J and Kim K, so who even knows how much makeup she had in the video? But when it comes to seeing Kim K out and about in society with her clothes on, you’ll also seldom find her without makeup on. It’s easy to see why, as Kim’s signature face gets washed away with the lack of bronzer, concealer and God knows what else goes into making her face look the way it does. Given that the Kardashians are one of the most recognizable families in America, we aren’t sure if no makeup would be enough to get Kim K be unnoticed, but it definitely would lead to many people pulling out their phone and posting the makeup free celebrity to their social media platforms!
Like many women that are going to appear on the list, Kim is a mom, and if life gets too busy and she just happens to step out again without makeup on, let’s hope nobody will blame her.
18. Helena Christensen
Helena is 47 years old now, but in her more active modeling days she represented Victoria’s Secret (as an Angel) and is also an accomplished beauty queen. In 1986, Helena took home the crown of Miss Universe Denmark. If you were looking at magazine covers during the 90s, there was probably a pretty good chance you’d also have seen Helena’s face as she graced the covers for Revlon, Prada, Vogue and many more.
But one thing that is definitely true is that for every appearance on those covers or as a VS Angel, Helena always had a makeup team at the ready to make sure she was looking her best. There was no such team present back in 2011 when paparazzi snapped a photo of Helena riding her bike in NYC. To be fair, who can be expected to look good when you’re just out and about enjoying the sun with a nice bike ride?
17. AnnaLynne McCord
AnnaLynne is one of the brightest actresses in Hollywood. She was outstanding in the TV series 90210 and also excelled in her role on the TV series Nip/Tuck. As you can imagine with television and movies, a great deal of work goes into making sure the stars are looking perfect. Though AnnaLynne is well aware that in reality, she is “far from perfect” and proud of it! AnnaLynne has posted several makeup-free photos in which her acne, something AnnaLynne states has always been an issue, is paramount. She’s also tweeted out things such as “To all my girls (and boys) who have ever been embarrassed by their skin! I salute you! I’m not perfect – and that’s okay with me!”
A huge amount of credit to AnnaLynne for being able to own her insecurities. When asked as to why she thinks she has poor skin issues, she confessed to a celebrity esthetician that she is all about that Taco Bell! As you may know, poor diet definitely plays a role in the health of your skin.
16. Sharon Stone
Sharon Stone is one of the biggest sex icons of all time. Not only has she brought us countless steamy moments like in Basic Instinct, but she’s also taken her sex appeal to the pages of Playboy on more than one occasion. Due to Sharon being you know, human, she just happens to be showing the effects of aging. Now age 58, Stone is seen above looking barely recognizable as she is shown on the left completely without makeup.
The photo also shows Sharon looking less than pleased, so that’s never going to be a great time even with makeup on. Sharon has six projects that are scheduled to come out in the next 2 years. The most intriguing of which may be The Masterpiece, which is directed by James Franco and stars his brother, Dave Franco.
No matter how successful the next two years are for Stone, that doesn’t mean she would be recognized if she went out on the town looking like she does on the left…
15. Kelly Osbourne
There is no doubt that Kelly Osbourne can look fantastic when she is all dolled up and out on the town. The daughter of Ozzy and Sharon, Kelly’s always had an unconventional life, but no matter how famous her family may be, would you really recognize her in the above photo if you didn’t already know it was her? Kelly is seen without makeup and honestly, without the whole get-up behind the image, the purple hair makes the lack of makeup look even more out of place. However, it’s far from the last time that she has shown her face to the world without makeup, as she often participates in things like MakeupFreeMonday to help inspire other women to embrace their natural look.
If you want to track down Kelly wearing makeup, you can check her out as she is on the judges panel for Australia’s Got Talent and Project Runway Junior.
14. Kelly Clarkson
In 2002, Kelly Clarkson had one of the most recognizable faces in America after she was crowned the winner of the first ever season of American Idol. Since then, Clarkson has had a successful career releasing 7 albums, her most recent Piece By Piece, which came out in 2015. Despite all of this success, if Kelly wanted a piece of anonymity all she would have to do is take off the makeup and walk around town. She looks barely recognizable in the above photo which was taken back in 2011. Like many musicians, Kelly has the downfall of having most people used to seeing her how she looks when she is on stage. Take that away and you just have a tired looking woman who was probably thinking more about sleep than writing her next big hit.
When not thinking about music, Kelly can be seen at home hanging out with her two children, the youngest of which was born under 3 months ago. Something tells me she’s probably not going to be thinking about makeup then either!
13. Khloe Kardashian
While your opinion on the Kardashians may be less than favourable, that just means you should be glad that you wouldn’t be able to recognize one of them without makeup. And to be fair, I think Khloe looks a lot better than Kim does au naturel.
The above photo shows a drastically different looking Khloe as she appears to be on her way to the gym. While you are not going to argue with her for not wearing makeup to the gym, there is still no doubt that you wouldn’t recognize her if she was running right alongside you. But given how fantastic she looks in the photo on the red carpet, clearly going to the gym is working out well for Khloe. It just so happens that every time she is on Keeping up with the Kardashians, Khloe tends to always be decked out with 25 pounds of makeup, making the above photo all the more shocking.
12. Pam Anderson
You may find yourself thinking about Pamela Anderson a lot more as the upcoming film Baywatch, gets closer. Pam got her big break as an actress on the iconic TV show and while she is not currently involved in many projects, she’s still one of the most recognizable faces in Hollywood.
You probably wouldn’t recognize her though if you saw her sauntering towards you without makeup on. Pamela is now 48 years old and you can clearly see the impacts of time as she has wrinkles all over her face in the photo without makeup. Honestly, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, especially for a woman who has made her career of looking over the top and engaging in expensive (and unnecessary) plastic surgery.
Pamela is single after divorcing Rick Salomon in 2015, so at least whoever she dates can look online and get a pretty good idea as to how she’ll look when she rolls over in the morning.
11. Mila Kunis
There is no doubt that many men are jealous of Ashton Kutcher for marrying the beautiful Mila Kunis back in 2015. Mila is not only talented, she’s absolutely gorgeous and has been well deserving of the career she’s had that started when she was under the age of 15. As you can imagine with someone who has been famous for as long as Mila has been, there’s bound to be at least one photo out there of her caught with her guard down. The above photo may be the best example, as Mila looks exhausted with heavy bags around her eyes. It also doesn’t help that you’re used to seeing her all dolled up on the red carpet and not in sweats as she walks around town.
Kunis is a (relatively) new mom, making it an easy sell when she got offered the role in Bad Moms. The new comedy movie also stars Kristen Bell and Christina Applegate and tells the tales of 3 under-appreciated moms who get pushed to their limits, and then go let loose for some fun.
10. Jennifer Lopez
Whether as Jenny from the Block, or in any of her numerous acting performances, there is no doubt that J-Lo has always been considered to be one of the sexiest celebrities out there. Given that she’s been famous for a significant period of time, you can also imagine she’s built up a pretty solid makeup routine that she can apply when she is out on the town. But back in January of 2015, Lopez was spotted without any makeup on while running errands in New York. At the time, Lopez was constantly on tour trying to promote her newest film The Boy Next Door. Lopez was also working on American Idol, where you can imagine her team was far more emphatic about the makeup!
If the above photo without makeup didn’t look weird enough, you also probably are not used to seeing Jennifer Lopez wear anything that’s even close to as “concealing” as her winter jacket!
9. Kathy Griffin
There are a lot of women on this list that would not have been able to break it into their respective industries if they were not incredibly beautiful. Kathy Griffin is a stand-up comedian though, and her humor and at times controversial personality have allowed her to develop a great career, despite not being the most beautiful woman out there.
Though if you weren’t blown away by how she looks on the red carpet, you probably wouldn’t even recognize her in the above photo. It was taken of Kathy back in 2012 and shows her going for a walk around Runyon Canyon with her partner, Randy Bick. The two are still together, so clearly he doesn’t mind it when Kathy rolls out of bed, throws on her cool Jimmy Kimmel shirt and hits up the town.
While Griffin is not currently working on any projects, you can imagine it will only be a matter of time before this firey redhead makes her way in front of a camera again.
8. Kendra Wilkinson
For many women on this list, it is incredibly clear that they do not need makeup to still be looking good. And while that is also the case for Kendra, are you really looking at the photo of her and thinking that she’s one of the sexiest Playboy figures of all time? While she was never a Playmate, Kendra was one of Hugh’s 3 girlfriends during the filming of the series The Girls Next Door. Kendra dated Hefner from 2004-2008. Since then, she has hooked up with former NFL Player Hank Baskett. The two have both appeared on the series Kendra, as well as her show Kendra on Top.
If you are just out in town with your child, are you really hoping that people come up to you and say “Oh my God, aren’t you the person that dated Hugh???” So deciding to keep things makeup free was probably a smart call for Kendra.
7. Sofia Vergara
I don’t know if there is a celebrity in Hollywood that has more potential to get heads turning than Sofia Vergara. The gorgeous star of Modern Family seems to have no shortage of elaborate dresses or outfits to help show off her body, one that she clearly takes good care of. But if she was walking down the street in the photo on the left, you may not have realized just who it was that’s walking by! You can’t blame Sofia for the photo, taken on Feb 8th, 2011, when she was reportedly just walking around the set of New Year’s Eve. Heck, she may have even been on her way to get her makeup done for the movie. But that of course didn’t stop paparazzi or critics from saying the star looked old or more like a plain Jane without makeup.
I think there are many women out there that would love to look as amazing as Sofia does at 42, with or without makeup on!
6. Kate Gosselin
Kate Gosselin has eight kids, the fact that she remembers what makeup is on some days would be a strong start, let alone having the time to apply it and make it look good! Besides, she’s clearly being active in the above photo, so who needs makeup?
Kate came to fame with the series Jon and Kate Plus 8 which followed the life of her and her (now former) husband, Jon Gosselin. Given that it was a reality show done by TLC, you can imagine there was always a makeup team on hand to help keep everything looking “TV ready.” But when the show stops, the team goes away, and it leaves Kate makeup free to apparently go out for a run.
There’s absolutely nothing wrong with trying to make sure you are keeping your body in tip-top shape, especially considering you have eight children to chase down!
5. Ellen Pompeo
Ellen Pompeo should be one of the most recognizable celebrities in society. Even if you never watched a single episode of Grey’s Anatomy, Ellen has appeared on the show for over 250 episodes spanning from 2005 till 2016. Outside of that, she was also in the hilarious film Old School, which, if you haven’t already seen it, I highly recommend putting it at the top of your priority list. You’ll have to trust me when I tell you that Ellen looks absolutely gorgeous in the movie, because she definitely is not looking her best in the above photo that was taken back on January 21st, 2012.
It’s hard to hate on Pompeo, who’s out with her children in the photo (they’re just cut off). You try explaining to your young child why Mommy needs 20 minutes to get her makeup on in case she runs into some paparazzi. Even with makeup though, that hat is not a good look.
4. Diana Ross
When you are at home and you realize that you forgot to go grocery shopping, is there really anything that is going to stand in your way? Not if you’re Diana Ross! The former prominent musician, now aged 72, has learned that if she wants to blend into the crowd, all she needs to do is take her makeup off and let her hair go free!
There is nobody who would argue with Ross’ place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Her band, the Supremes, is one of the most influential of all time, and she has been nominated for 12 Grammys. Diane was also no stranger to acting and earned an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nomination for her performance Lady Sings The Blues, which came out in 1972.
Diane has three grandchildren, all under the age of 10, so perhaps Grandma was just on her way to the store to get some snacks before taking the kids got back to Grandma’s Mansion.
3. Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen is one of the most beautiful models of all time, but when you look up close at a girl with blotchy skin, you may not be thinking that you’re looking at a Sport’s Illustrated swimsuit model.
But along with modelling, Teigen also just happens to also be a new Mom! Her and her husband John Legend have been married since 2013 and their daughter, Luna, was born in 2016. While you may be used to seeing Teigen on a beach, she was instead showing off the reality of post-pregnancy with the world on her Instagram. Captioned “goodbye pregnancy glow. Hi itchy red spots,” it’s clear that Teigen is missing that lovely glow that women receive while they are pregnant.
While she hardly looks awful in the photo, it’s still a testament to how women’s bodies and hormones change throughout a pregnancy. Have no fear though, I am sure Chrissy will be able to track down her makeup team and will be back out showing off skimpy bikinis all summer long!
2. Kirstie Alley
There is no doubt that Kirstie Alley’s body and appearance has always been a talking point in society. While she was outstanding in the series Cheers, Alley may be best known for her weight loss battles and association with Jenny Craig. Alley first appeared as a spokesperson for the company from 2004-2007, originally losing 75 pounds by using the system. When she left Jenny Craig, Alley ended up gaining back 83 pounds. She then again lost the weight using Organic Liaison, a company she founded. It also helped that she was training to be on Dancing with the Stars.
In 2014, Alley re-joined Jenny Craig and stated in 2015 that she was down 50 pounds. In the above photo, it doesn’t matter how much weight she gained or lost, Kirstie looks unrecognizable as she is seen in town. There’s no doubt that Kirstie can look gorgeous, but going without makeup is probably not her strong suit!
Pink is one of the most confident female musicians out there. Never afraid to speak her mind, Pink has had a fantastic career that started in 2000. Pink has also sold over 190 million records worldwide, so you better believe she is one of the most recognizable stars in society.
Though would you really notice her if you saw her out in town looking like she does above? Her sassy pixie cut gets lost when you see it tucked away in a knitted hat, and given the amount of photoshoots we’ve seen her in, perhaps we’re just used to seeing some makeup to help draw out the singer’s best features. Not to mention you may be used to seeing Pink showing off some more of her skin, but who’s going to blame her for not getting dolled up to go around town? Given her willingness to speak her mind, something tells me nobody is going to go up to her and tell her to hit up her makeup stylist.