Applying makeup is an art. It can completely change your face if you know what you're doing. But it can also make you look like a completely different person, and in general, it's better to embrace your own unique beauty, flaws and all. Makeup should enhance who you are, not completely cover it up.
Tabloids are always shaming female celebrities, especially older ones, by pointing out how awful they look without makeup. But the fact is, everyone ages. Everyone has skin imperfections. Everyone has certain trouble areas they have to deal with, and shaming each other is never helping. Celebrities may have the best skin care experts, makeup artists, and beauty products at their disposal, but they have to wash all the gunk off their face at the end of the night too. They are just as human as the rest of us.
Luckily, Instagram has helped reveal the mere mortal sides of many celebrities. We get to catch a glimpse into their everyday lives, and see that they aren't so different from us. The no makeup selfie trend has been around for a while, and celebrities love to show off their bare, natural faces and remind us that it's okay to be real. We're all naturally beautiful just the way we are. Here are 16 of the latest celeb no makeup selfies on Instagram.
16 Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato is a big fan of selfies in general, but the no makeup selfie is her favourite kind. She's all about embracing who you are. She captioned this Instagram shot "Sorry that my #NoMakeupMonday pic is late!!! I've been touring and getting ready for TOUR!!! I'm excited!! Send me your #NMM pic!!" She posts a no-makeup selfie almost every Monday and calls for her followers to do to the same. Here she's embracing her freckles, proving there are many different versions of flawless skin.
15 Chrissy Teigen
Chrissy Teigen, the supermodel wife of John Legend is no fan of Photoshop. She recently posted a photo of the stretch marks on her legs (which all women have to some degree), sparking a viral sensation of women showing off their own stretch marks instead of being ashamed of them. Chrissy may have been on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition, but she much prefers to show off her natural beauty.
14 Gisele Bunchen
Gisele Bundchen may be 34, but she's still considered one of the top supermodels in the world. Her Instagram is full of glamorous photo shoot shots, pictures of her kids, and husband, Tom Brady, and the occasional no-makeup selfie, like the one above. She's also wearing a handmade Soko + UNTF bracelet which supports women in third world countries and helps prevent violence against them.
Some would say it's impossible for Beyonce to ever look bad. Her Instagram shows off her sexy style, and she posts tons of pictures of herself in full makeup, while she's performing, and just spending time with her family. But the really beautiful ones are the ones where she shows off her face sans makeup. The creator of #IWokeUpLikeThis is comfortable enough with herself to not let makeup hide what she really looks like.
12 Selena Gomez
Lately, Selena Gomez has been taking some heat over her weight. For some reasons people feel the need to shame her for gaining a few pounds, but she has taken it all in stride, captioning a bathing suit shot on Instagram "I love being happy with me yall". She's another lover of all things selfie, and no makeup shots are no exception. She's not one of those girls that wear makeup to the beach, and her various beach selfies are proof she doesn't need it.
11 Kylie Jenner
The debate over Kylie Jenner's lips shows no sign of slowing down, and she continues to insist she just knows how to use makeup strategically. The above no-makeup selfie show that her lips are just as a plump without makeup. The youngest Jenner is every bit as beautiful as her supermodel sister, and she loves showing off her style with selfies. She's only 17, so guaranteed, she'll only get more beautiful as she gets older.
10 Ashley Benson
As one of the stars of Pretty Little Liars, Ashley Benson is rarely seen on screen without full wardrobe and makeup. But in real life, she's a lot different from her on-screen character. Her Instagram shows her favoring more casual clothing, and giving off a much more laid back vibe. In the above shot, she's showing off a new haircut along with a fresh, makeup up complexion.
9 Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift is known for her love of bright red lipstick, but in her downtime she likes to keep it casual, and spend time with her two beloved cats. Her Instagram is a cat lover's dream as she often snaps pics of her cats in cute poses, as well as photos of her just having a great time with her friends. Taylor is also known for actually responding to fans on Instagram, and acknowledging the people who have helped her get to where she is today.
8 Jessica Alba
Jessica Alba has been a sex symbol since she became a Hollywood A-lister after starring in the Dark Angel series. Even after having two kids, her health is still a top priority for her. This workout, no-makeup selfie shows that she can look great even when she's getting sweaty at the gym. This is one celeb that has always looked good without makeup, a natural beauty indeed.
7 Megan Fox
Megan Fox's first Instagram post of all time was fittingly, a no-makeup selfie. And she also woke up like that. Not bad for someone who has two young kids at home. Despite having joined Instagram 10 months ago, she has only posted 21 photos and still managed to attract 1.7 million followers! Not exactly a prolific Instagrammer, but she makes up for it with her natural beauty and fans adore the pictures she does decide to post.
6 Lady Gaga
You're probably not used to seeing Lady Gaga in anything but full costume and makeup, but she has to take all that off sometime. She often posts barefaced selfies to give fans a look at her more human side. That doesn't mean her Instagram isn't still full of glamorous shots of her crazy outfits, makeups, and of course her dogs. We do expect to see more of her natural pics, as she seems to be more comfortable sharing them with the world. And with 6.8 million followers on Instagram it doesn't seem like fans are complaining.
5 Jessica Simpson
Captioned "And the sun sets on 33", Jessica Simpson posted this no-makeup selfie for her 34th birthday. Her Instagram is full of pictures of her two adorable kids, and she's not afraid to show the world what she looks like under all her makeup. She doesn't look a day over 25, and she certainly doesn't need any makeup to look beautiful. Simpson could rock the red carpet with no-makeup and still be a knockout.
4 Cameron Diaz
At 42, Cameron Diaz has learned to embrace how her face is changing as she ages. She admitted to trying Botox once, but didn't like what it did to her face. She told ET Online "I love it, I don't mind. It's like, 'Guess what this means, I've smiled my whole life.' I love life. I'm happy I don't have a problem with that," when asked how she feels about her laugh lines. She took the above no-makeup selfie holding the first copy of her book, Body Book, which is a guide to keeping your body as healthy as it can be.
3 Michelle Monaghan
Another fan of the workout selfie, Michelle Monaghan is not only showing off how great she looks without makeup, but she's reminding her followers how beautiful the sunset (or is that a sunrise?) is. Talk about an envy-inducing selfie, what makes us more jealous, the beach, the warm weather or the fact that she looks fantastic without makeup? This no-makeup selfie currently has over 2,594 likes, so fans are loving her natural side as well.
2 Drew Barrymore
Everyone likes enjoying a cocktail on a warm evening, including Drew Barrymore. Her nails are flawless just like her makeup-free face. With two young children, Drew has plenty of reasons to not obsess over making sure her makeup always looks perfect for her Instagram photos, and luckily for her, she looks just as good without makeup. Maybe the fruity cocktails and outdoor relaxation are to thank for Barrymore's youthful glow.
1 Lea Michele
Lea Michele is all about beach photos, and workout selfies, including this one with good friend (and Glee costar), Jonathan Groff. Lea's Instagram is full of glamorous shots, but she mixes in bikini photos which accentuate her perfect behind, and lots of photos showing off her natural beauty. One thing is for sure, when this star is not working in front of the camera, she is working out or enjoying her life. And with approximately 100,000 likes per Instagram post, her fans certainly enjoy being a part of the ride.