Many celebrities have hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of fans on their social media accounts. They’re constantly watching and commenting on whatever image a celebrity might choose to post, whether it’s a shot of their morning smoothie or a posed picture of their outfit for an event. With so many eyes watching, it can be intimidating to post anything less than perfect. Celebs who decide to go bare-faced when they’re running errands around town will be followed by the paparazzi, and their sometimes less than flattering make-up free faces will be posted on tabloids everywhere.
With all that in mind, it can make sense for a celebrity to want to look constantly perfect. In fact, celebs are often criticized for their too-perfect selfies; there have even been a number of scandals where the public has caught celebrities photoshopping images shared on their social media accounts in order to make themselves look better.
The celebrities on this list have thrown all caution to the wind and decided to share their au naturel selfies on their social media accounts. And generally, the response is positive, with people appreciating a look at the real celebrity and not just the perfectly made up, photoshopped version. Make-up free selfies help the public see that a celebrity isn’t really all that different from them. While most still look gorgeous without makeup, their decision to share their bare faces is definitely brave in the world of Hollywood.
Here are ten celebrities and their make-up free selfies.
10 Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez is flawless wherever she shows up on the red carpet – all carefully applied makeup and perfectly groomed hair, right? Wrong. Turns out she’s gorgeous even bare-faced. She let fans see her famous face au naturel in a selfie she took with her son Max in 2014. Just having breakfast outside with her boy – a cute look into the celebrity superstar’s less publicized role, that of a mother. JLo is now well into her 40s, are most of you wondering how on earth does she still look 20 years old? Her make-up free selfie proves its not just painted on – those are some good genes.
Everyone knows the popular Instagram hashtag that accompanies many selfies - #wokeuplikethis. Beyonce took it to another level when she posted a selfie in February 2014 of her lying in bed, with a smile and scrunched up face. Her makeup-free selfie proves Queen Bey is just as fierce when she wakes up in the morning as when she’s all dressed up in her stage outfits, ready to rock a show. The kind of confidence she has needs to come from within, and her bare faced selfie proves she can rock it any time, any where.
8 Gwyneth Paltrow
When Gwyneth Paltrow posts a make-up free selfie, it’s not a fun-loving, care-free one of her frolicking in the early morning. She gets right down to the business of health advice. Her selfie, which she tweeted in March of 2014, has the hashtag #iLoveWater, and shows a picture of her taking a big gulp from a glass bottle of water. “Full of healing power,” Paltrow says. Just her little reminder that, as good as expensive moisturizing creams can be, sometimes you have to hydrate from within. Still, her selfie with no make-up, messy hair, and a casual t-shirt is pretty brave for someone who’s always totally coiffed.
7 Kaley Cuoco
Kaley Cuoco, the bubbly blonde best known for playing Penny on The Big Bang Theory, showed her fans a little behind the scenes action in her bare faced selfie. She brought another member of the cast, Johnny Galecki, into a picture she took in January of 2015. The shot shows both stars looking a little disheveled with make-up free faces and crazy untamed hair. “@sanctionedjohnnygalecki and I working hard today,” Cuoco captioned the shot, “We need hair and makeup. Badly.” By sharing the funny shot, Cuoco proves she doesn’t always take herself seriously and shows fans that looking great on screen is often the work of a team of hair stylists and makeup – even she wakes up with smudged mascara and crazy hair.
6 Cindy Crawford
To be a supermodel, you have to be pretty drop dead gorgeous even bare-faced – and Cindy Crawford definitely is. While it may be hard for a young celebrity in her 20s to share a shot of her without any make-up with her fans, it must be even more difficult for someone who is 49 years old. Crawford put her bare face out there for a good cause in October of 2014 as part of UNICEF’s #WakeUpCall campaign. To be honest, she doesn’t look much different in her make-up free selfie than when she’s all dolled up on the red carpet at events. We wish we all woke up like that.
5 Kylie Jenner
Kylie Jenner, one of the Kardashian clan, is known for always being 100% made up. Her infamous lip liner trick has led women around the world to try painting on a more luscious pout in her example. However, in an Instagram picture she posted in January of 2015, she strips off the layers of carefully applied lip liner, lipstick, foundation, eye make up and more to share a shot of a casual Sunday with her fans. “You know it’s gonna be a good Sunday when ya weaves out and u haven’t put your face on yet,” Jenner captions.
4 Lady Gaga
Pop superstar Lady Gaga is known for her outrageous outfits and looks, and she definitely doesn’t shy away from intense make-up. Her penchant for being totally costumed makes a make-up free selfie all the more unusual coming form her, yet in January of 2015 she shared one with her fans. Of course, always the performer, she struck a little pose and (sharing about her songwriting difficulties at the moment) artistically captioned in “embracing the torture, as I’m assaulted by my own thoughts. Like a locust giving birth to ear worms.” “Eeeeew!” she added – although no one looking at the picture would say that in response. Though it may just be flattering morning sunlight, Gaga’s pale skin glows in the shot, even without any make-up on.
3 Demi Lovato
Young superstar Demi Lovato is always trying to use her fame for good. After a period where she struggled with inner demons and insecurity, she’s now an outspoken advocate for confidence, self-esteem, and treating yourself well. Her make-up free selfie, which she posted in January of 2015, tries to inspire all her Instagram followers to post their own bare faced selfies as part of Lovato’s #NoMakeupMonday campaign. “Cause we deserve to show the world our beauty and our confidence!!!!” she captions. Lovato undoubtedly looks gorgeous in the shot, and her inspiring message is a beautiful way for a celebrity to use their social media voice for good.
2 Zooey Deschanel
The stunning and quirky Zooey Deschanel is often known for her enviable hair – she’s rarely seen with a hair out of place in her perfectly groomed bangs. However, in May of 2014, Deschanel did what many regular people do and took a mirror selfie with her iPhone. Taken (presumably) shortly after she woke up, the shot shows Deschanel with no makeup, messy hair and casual clothing. “Good morning! #nomakeup #nofilter” Deschanel writes. Now that she’s expecting her first child, she probably will get used to many make-up free mornings as she tends to her new baby. However, for now, the make-up free shot just shows an endearing look at a more casual side of the actress.
Despite being so young and being in the public eye, Lorde has an enviable amount of confidence. She does what she wants, dresses what she wants, and is outspoken about anything she believes in. Her make-up free selfie shows that, though she’s a musical superstar with hits under her belt, she’s still an average teenager who sometimes has complexion troubles. Her selfie, shared on her Instagram account in February of 2014, shows her in bed with acne cream dotted all over her face. “In bed in paris with my acne cream on,” Lorde captions the photo, proving that though she’s jetsetting around the world thanks to her successful music career, she’s not immune to problems like the odd blemish.