With access to some of the most talented makeup artists in the world, you’d think celebrities would always take advantage of having an expert apply flawless foundation, intricate eye makeup, and super-flattering lip color. And if a glam squad isn’t handy, celebrities can easily acquire top-tier makeup to apply themselves. But as so many famous folks have shown on Instagram, sometimes you just want to go au naturel — and look absolutely incredible doing so.
It’s always nice to see them switch it up. Whether they’re teenagers, grandmothers, or somewhere in-between, these celebrities show that their skin looks stunning without a stitch of concealer, that their eyes sparkle without any help from mascara, and that a little clear lip balm really does go a long way. Sometimes it’s just a casual selfie on the couch or even a photo near a pool or ocean. And as beautiful as stars like Lady Gaga, Salma Hayek, and Hailey Bieber look in dramatic makeup, they prove that confidence and a great skin-care routine can come together for an equally gorgeous makeup-free outcome.
Below are some makeup-free celebrity selfies from folks like Gabrielle Union, Drew Barrymore, and Millie Bobby Brown — pictures that made our jaws drop, gave us a whole new appreciation for freckles, and inspired us to spend a little extra time tweaking our skin-care regimen so that we too could have that no-makeup mettle.
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