Seeing celebrities without makeup, especially in a selfie, can be a conflicting concept. On the one hand, it sends the wonderful message that women can feel free to show off their true selves without shame. On the other hand, when the celebrity posts a makeup-free photo of herself and looks exactly the same as she does on a red carpet, it can make you feel pretty jealous that you don’t look that damn flawless without the aid of at least a little concealer. It starts to look like bragging, and they’re really not taking any risks. So in order to more closely examine this makeup-free selfie phenomenon, we’ve taken ten examples and ranked them in order from “Yep, I can see the difference there” to “How the hell were you born with built-in eyeliner?”
I should preface this by saying that I think all of these women look gorgeous with or without makeup. They are the beautiful people after all, but some selfies say, “Hey, I have dark circles and skin problems just like you, and I only look that perfect every day because I can afford an expensive beauty routine.” Others say, “I look just as flawless without makeup as I do with it, but I’m so brave for letting you see it. Also I may or may not have a little lip gloss on.” See the difference?
I love this photo AnnaLynne tweeted because it shows that even famous people have acne. She still looks stunning, but the fact that she showed those completely relatable imperfections is refreshing. Plus it takes a lot more bravery than some of these other selfies.
It’s probably the fact that Kelly has messy hair and pajamas that adds to the realness of this photo, but you can also see a definite difference between her look here and her more done-up looks on Fashion Police. Some people insulted her appearance when she posted it, but I think she looks pretty great. And the best part is that she didn’t caption it by announcing how brave she was for going without makeup. She simply said she was about to go to bed and wanted to show off her cute PJs.
3. Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks’ Twitter account is one of the most entertaining things on the planet, and she certainly doesn’t skimp on the photos of herself, whether they’re selfies or from photo shoots. Despite the fact that something very strange is going on with her alien face, you really can tell this is natural. As an added bonus, that’s her real hair. We know this because she made sure to tell us. Because she’s Tyra.
4. Lady Gaga
The queen of unnatural get-ups and crazy makeup looks chose to show us her real self in a makeup-free selfie. It was refreshing to see what she actually looks like under all those alien trimmings, and in Gaga terms she looks quite different from her usual self. But by normal person standards she looks relatively done up. Those eyebrows are perfectly shaped and colored, and she’s got quite a bit of definition on those cheekbones.
Is anyone really surprised that Rihanna’s makeup-free selfie looks this good? No, I don’t think so. She looks just different enough from her out-and-about self that you can tell she’s really going natural, but of course she looks like a beautiful, smooth-skinned mermaid posing during her first day on land. Or something.
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Do I believe Emilia is totally natural in this photo? Yes, I do. Do I think she looks better without makeup than a whole lot of people do with it? Yes, I do. Am I jealous? Yes, I am.
7. Jennifer Love Hewitt
Okay, J.Love, you’re just cheating here. What is that filter? Is it the “give me a beautiful, angelic glow” filter? I suspect it is. Still, nice to see a photo of her where her boobs aren’t the focus.
8. Demi Lovato
I think it’s safe to say that if you look better without the makeup, you’re missing the whole point of these selfies in the first place. It certainly helps that her lips look tinted and her eyelashes look curled. I’m not an authority on spotting whether people are definitely wearing makeup, but there’s gotta be something going on here, right? RIGHT?
Does Jennifer Aniston have eyeliner tattooed on her eyelids and permanent brightener embedded under her eyes? If she does, she’s brilliant. If she doesn’t, this is simply not fair.
10. McKayla Maroney
Okay, I give up. There is no difference between this McKayla and every other makeup-wearing McKayla I’ve seen. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that she’s clearly a young Victoria Beckham visiting us from the past. Jill O’Rourke is impressed.
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