Hollywood stars look glamorous after getting all done up by professional makeup artists, but what’s even more impressive is that they look just as gorgeous--but way more real--when they take it all off. Gwyneth, Cameron, Beyoncé and J.Lo are just a few of the women who have revealed their makeup-free faces on social media, inspiring the rest of us to let our true beauty shine through.
Drew Barrymore may have a cosmetics line, but she isn’t afraid to leave the house with a makeup-free face. “I swear to God, happiness is the best makeup,” she has said.
"To rely on the way you look is empty. You're a pretty face, and then what? Your value is in yourself; the other stuff will come and go. We don't get to pick the genes we want. There's room in this world for beauty to be diverse," Oscar-winner Lupita Nyong’o explained to Glamour in the December 2014 issue.
“Makeup can be pure fantasy—it can transform you into any kind of magical creature, whether that's a superhero or a retro Hollywood icon or just a more fun, fresher version of yourself,” Jessica Alba wrote in her book, The Honest Life. “Looking like a stress-free, well-rested working mom? That's some kind of magic to me."
"I mean we all have our imperfections," Beyoncé told ABC News in 2004. "But I'm human, and you know, it's important to concentrate on the other qualities besides outer beauty."
“Beauty, to me, is about being comfortable in your own skin. That, or a kick-ass red lipstick,” Gwyneth Paltrow humorously wrote in her cookbook, My Father’s Daughter.
“No makeup day! #realface #trueselfie #iwokeuplikethis,” Jennifer Lopez, usual glamazon, captioned this makeup-free Instagram snap.
“I’m interested in learning more about myself and what I value in myself and letting that be the beautiful part of me, rather than putting on the makeup or wearing the right designer,” Jessica Simpson told Oprah Winfrey in 2010. “It really is about the heart of a woman that makes her beautiful.”
During a panel for Deadline’s “Contenders” in 2014, Jennifer Aniston gushed that going makeup-free for her movie Cake was “so fabulous—so dreamy and empowering and liberating.”
Cameron Diaz has embraced her changing face. "There's no such thing as turning back the hands of time, and it makes me crazy that we live in a society where that's sold to women—that we're supposed to believe that if we're getting older, we've failed somehow, that we have failed by not staying young," she explains in The Body Book.
“In bed in Paris with my acne cream on,” Lorde captioned this makeup-free photo on her Instagram account.