For the most part, we’re used to seeing our favourite celebrities in full glam.
Whether they’re walking the red carpet or posing for Instagram, celebs have nailed the art of looking perfectly done up.
Of course, they have a lot of helping hands in looking *that* good. The artists behind the Kardashian’s oft-imitated beauty, for example, have become celebrities in their own rights, revered for their impeccable hair and makeup skills.
And while we love admiring the creativity behind these stylings, there’s power to be had in remembering that, beneath it all, celebs really are just like us.
That’s why we can’t help but spotlight the times when our favourite celebrities have dared to go bare face – and looked stunning in the process.
Below, our pick of the most memorable makeup-free celebrity moments.
In recent years, Pamela Anderson has made a habit of going sans makeup.
Of the decision to embrace her natural beauty, the 56-year-old told Vogue, “I don’t know, something just kind of came over me, and I was dressing in these beautiful clothes, and I thought, ‘I don’t want to compete with the clothes. I’m not trying to be the prettiest girl in the room. I feel like it’s just freedom. It’s a release.”
Despite walking the red carpet in a characteristically dramatic makeup look, moments later, Lady Gaga performed on stage at the 2023 Oscars completely bare faced.
The stripped down look – which she paired with black jeans, Converse sneakers, and a T-shirt – was the perfect accompaniment to her raw rendition of ‘Hold My Hand’ – the Top Gun: Maverick track.
While we’re often privy to Kim Kardashian at home in her natural form (thanks to The Kardashians), it’s not often that the star makes public appearances without the help of her glam squad.
But in 2016, that’s exactly what she did, attending the Balenciaga show without any makeup on.
In 2016, Alicia Keys looked stunning as she walked the red carpet at the MTV VMAs with bare skin.
On her 47th birthday (02/02/222), Drew Barrymore took to Instagram to share a makeup-free selfie. She captioned the image, “2 22 22 this is 47.”
What better way to promote a skincare product than with a selfie of your radiant, makeup-free complexion? That’s exactly what Gwyneth Paltrow did for the launch of Goop’s Cloudberry Exfoliating Jelly Cleanser. Since then, she’s made a habit of going makeup-free on Instagram – and looking absolutely glowing in the process.
Skincare mogul Hailey Bieber often gives fans a glimpse at her natural glow by way of makeup-free selfies posted to Instagram.
TikTok star Alix Earle has been vocal about her struggle with acne, and regularly keeps it real by showing her bare skin on Instagram.
Most recently, she posted this profile shot with the caption, “Social media is fake.”
Adele commemorated her 33rd birthday with a raw black and white photo, aptly captioned, “Thirty Free.”