What 51 actresses look like without makeup

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images and Gal_Gadot/InstagramGal Gadot shared her minimal makeup look on Instagram.

Actresses are progressively using their platforms to project their strength, smarts, and natural beauty into the world.

While we may be mesmerised by their glamorous red carpet beauty looks or their transformative makeup for movie roles, it’s the real moments behind-the-scenes that people can relate to:no makeup and no filters.

Below, see what 51 actresses – including Zendaya, Sofia Vergara, and Gal Gadot – look like when they’re completely free of makeup while working out, braving a winter storm, or simply taking a moment to breathe.

Mindy Kaling

In her “mum night out” Instagram post, Mindy Kaling gave her face a break from makeup.

Lea Michele

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images and Lea Michele/InstagramThe former ‘Glee’ star swapped her makeup for a black hat.

Michele kicked off 2018 “ready for the new year” with no makeup, according to her Instagram post.

Camila Mendes

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images and Camila Mendes/InstagramThe “Riverdale” actress has natural, bold brows.

Mendes openly acknowledged her hyperpigmentation in an au naturel Instagram post.

Vanessa Hudgens

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images and Vanessa Hudgens/InstagramThe actress shared this minimal look back in July 2016.

Hudgens frequently experiments with colourful makeup for red carpet events, but she’s also showed that she’s not afraid to go makeup-free.

Eva Longoria

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images and Eva Longoria/InstagramHer eyelashes pop with or without her black mascara.

The “Desperate Housewives” actress posted this glowing photo in December 2016.

Leighton Meester

Mireya Acierto/Getty Images and Leighton Meester/InstagramThe former ‘Gossip Girl’ star wears a natural glow and berry nail polish.

Meester’s skin looks dewy and hydrated without the addition of makeup.

Naomi Watts

Nicholas Hunt/Getty Images and Splash NewsThe actress took a soft approach to her hair, wearing effortless waves.

Watts stepped out with no makeup and a cosy scarf, abandoning her Hollywood red lipstick for her naturally pigmented lips.

Gina Rodriguez

Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images and Instagram/Gina RodriguezShe wore a bright smile for a candid video showcasing her beautiful makeup-free face.

On her Instagram post, the “Jane the Virgin” star described the “freedom and acceptance” of seeing herself “bare and exposed” without makeup.

Hilary Duff

Astrid Stawiarz /Getty Images and Hilary Duff/InstagramDuff celebrated the Fourth of July with a healthy summer glow.

In an inspirational Instagram post, the “Younger” actress said it “felt so good” to not wear makeup for an entire day.

Hilary Duff returned to a makeup-free look while sitting in a car.

Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images and @hilaryduff/InstagramThe actress wore loose waves for the natural look.

Duff proves to be a fan of giving her skin some air, this time using her Instagram stories to join in on the “No Makeup Monday” bandwagon.


Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images and Zendaya/InstagramZendaya kept her snow day look chilled by opting for a fresh face with no makeup.

“The Greatest Showman” actress wore her curls loose and her skin bare in this Instagram post.

Lily Collins

Kevin Winter/Getty Images and Instagram/Lily CollinsHer features are striking.

Collins wore a toned-down makeup-free beauty look to debut her lighter hair on Instagram.

Bella Thorne

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images and Bella Thorne/InstagramIn an Instagram post, the 20-year-old actress reveals that she is proud of her skin’s improvements.

Thorne, among other Hollywood stars, often openly addresses her acne on social media.

Thorne took another break from makeup.

Paul Morigi/Stringer/Getty Images for Daily Front Row and @bellathorne/InstagramThe actress took a close-up shot, giving followers a glimpse of her natural look.

Thorne focused her Instagram post on her new “peanut butter brown” hair colour, but all anyone could focus on was her luminous skin.

Andie MacDowell

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images and Splash NewsMacDowell displayed loose dark curls and soft smile for a shopping day in California.

The actress has worked with L’Oréal for 30 years, but shows that she still gives her skin a breather.

Jennifer Garner

Christopher Polk/Getty Images and Splash NewsGarner was snapped with her incredibly clear skin while walking outside.

In an interview with Allure, Garner stressed the importance for sunscreen for maintaining healthy skin, especially when it comes to ageing.

Zoe Saldana

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images and Zoe Saldana/InstagramShe looks stunning with or without makeup.

A fresh face, as shown on Instagram, isn’t the only natural beauty trick that the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actress practices; Saldana previously revealed that she gives herself a natural ombre hair colour by putting rum on her strands and letting the sun do the rest of the work.

Keira Knightley

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images and Splash NewsNo contour makeup necessary for Knightley’s sculpted cheekbones.

The British actress still rocks a bold, natural brow – even without product.

Chloë Grace Moretz

Jennifer Graylock/Getty Images for Forevermark and Splash NewsMoretz framed her facial features with cool wayfarer glasses.

The minimalistic beauty look matched her laid-back athleisure hoodie.

Ashley Benson

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images and Splash NewsWhile out in West Hollywood, Benson skipped the heavy makeup that her character on ‘Pretty Little Liars’ frequently wore.

She polished things off with a bun at the nape of her neck.

Lucy Hale

Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ASPCA and Splash NewsHale protected her natural skin from sunlight by accessorizing with a blue baseball cap.

Her eyes and incredible brows pop in this makeup-free photo.

Kelly Rutherford

Cindy Ord/Getty Images and Splash NewsPut simply, Rutherford’s skin is flawless.

The actress shared that she tries to get a good night’s sleep and eats plenty of healthy food in an interview with Beauty and Well Being.

Jessica Alba

Mike Coppola/Getty Images and Jessica Alba/InstagramAlba tends to wear natural tones when she does wear makeup.

Alba likes to keep things real on her Instagram account, frequently sharing snaps from her everyday life including post-workout shots, her Honest Beauty products, and even a few side-by-sides with and without makeup.

Katie Holmes

Holmes wished her followers a “Happy Friday” with a makeup-free photo on Instagram.

Gabrielle Union

Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for Refinery29 and Gabrielle Union-Wade/InstagramUnion showed off her dewy skin in a no-makeup post on Instagram.

The “Bring it On” star’s natural glow in this Instagram photo may be a result of her healthy eating habits and dedication to fitness.

Sofia Vergara displayed flushed cheeks and full brows on social media.

Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images and Sofia Vergara/InstagramVergara wasn’t feeling well, but she was feeling the colour of her pink cheeks.

Even with a fever, the “Modern Family” star couldn’t abandon her comedic roots. She captioned the post: “Hm..I just realised that 102 fever gives u the perfect shades of pink.”

Gwyneth Paltrow

Paltrow is keen on clean beauty, from the inside out. Despite having received criticism for her wellness company, Goop, Paltrow’s personal health routine has left her skin radiant.

Diane Kruger

Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for InStyle and Diane Kruger/InstagramKruger’s lack of makeup seems to accentuate her captivating blue eyes.

The actress called this Instagram picture an honest no-makeup selfie with the hashtag, “#startingthenewyearwithanhonestnomakeupselfie.”

Amy Schumer

Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images and Amy Schumer/InstagramThe actress, comedian, and writer brings out confidence in everything she does.

Schumer posed on Instagram with air-dried hair and no makeup.

Gal Gadot

Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Revlon and Gal Gadot/InstagramGadot expressed a moment of gratitude in beautiful Instagram post.

Whether she’s wearing nothing on her super-glowy skin or she’s rocking a gorgeous drugstore lipstick on the red carpet, the “Wonder Woman” star has us wondering about her beauty secrets.

Cameron Diaz

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for SiriusXM and Cameron Diaz/InstagramVogue reports that Diaz values wellness and transcendental meditation.

The movie star took a break from her busy acting career to focus on herself, which is evident in her beaming Instagram photo.

Jaime King

John Sciulli/Getty Images and Jaime King InstagramKing ditched makeup and looks like royalty.

The actress, who started her career as a major model, told Byrdie that she keeps her skin in tune with a very basic routine: washing her face and always moisturizing. From the looks of her Instagram, her routine clearly seems to work.

Drew Barrymore

Jason Merritt/Getty Images and Drew Barrymore/InstagramBarrymore chose to go without layers of makeup for a workout.

According to Instagram, Barrymore embarked on a power workout sans makeup. The actress recently credited an affordable three-step K-beauty mask as a life-changing addition to her routine.

Brie Larson

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images and Brie Larson/InstagramLarson stretched her Golden Globes glam — minus the makeup — after the awards show.

Not only did Larson forgo beauty products in this Instagram picture, but she also refrained from washing her hair for a few days.

Megan Fox

Fox’s look hit all the check marks for an empowering first Instagram selfie. In her caption, she wrote “Early morning✔️no makeup ✔️filter✔️✔️.”

Jenna Dewan Tatum

Chris Jackson/Getty Images and Jenna Dewan Tatum/InstagramShe confirms that there is no filter and no retouching in this photo.

The actress and dancer, who is also married to Channing Tatum, revealed that she goes “mostly makeup free” after successfully managing her melasma.

Zoe Kravitz

Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images and Zoë Kravitz/InstagramThe super-cool actress poses with The Lost Explorer face and body products.

The actress is known for her effortless edge, and a makeup-free selfie is the ultimate way to express it.

Dakota Fanning

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images and Splash NewsThe actress swapped makeup for clear glasses and a casual bun.

Days after attending the 2018 SAG Awards, Fanning was back to class at NYU.

Gabrielle Union

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images and Gabrielle Union/InstagramUnion put her natural freckles on display in a post-facial Instagram post.

She confirmed that no makeup or filters made the cut for her gorgeous post.

Nathalie Emmanuel

Emma McIntyre/Stringer/Getty Images for Vanity Fair and Nathalie Emmanuel/InstagramThe ‘Game of Thrones’ actress switches between bold and natural beauty looks.

In her beautiful makeup-free Instagram post, Emmanuel simply wrote, “This is my face.”

Helen Mirren

Christopher Polk/Getty Images and Helen Mirren/Instagram‘The Queen’ actress shared her incredible makeup-free skin on the eve of the 90th Academy Awards.

The 72-year-old followed her fresh-faced Instagram selfie with photos of her final look at the awards ceremony.

Penélope Cruz

Carlos Alvarez/Stringer/Getty Images and @penelopecruzofficial/InstagramIn true summer spirit, the actress skipped eye makeup and wore the perfect undone braid.

Cruz pursed her lips in a duck face for her fun Instagram post.

Brooklyn Decker

Michael Loccisano/Getty Images and Brooklyn Decker/InstagramBrooklyn Decker embraced her natural freckles.

Model and actress Brooklyn Decker showed off her natural freckles in a recent Instagram post, which also showed off her new lighter hair colour.

Yara Shahidi

The “Grown-ish” actress looked glowing and stunning in this recent Instagram post featuring very little makeup.

Sarah Hyland

Frazer Harrison/Getty Images and Sarah Hyland/InstagramSarah Hyland celebrated ‘no makeup Monday’ on Instagram.

The “Modern Family” actress posted her makeup-free photo with a caption reminding her followers to “be kind.”

Ariel Winter

The “Modern Family” star is never shy about keeping it real on social media, and she took to Instagram to share a more laid-back and casual look.

Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz

Peter Kramer/AP Images and Drew Barrymore/InstagramThe ‘Charlie’s Angels’ pals ditched their makeup together.

The close friends went makeup-free yet again, and Barrymore shared a selfie of the moment with her Instagram followers.

Salma Hayek

The actress shared a makeup-free selfie in July after being woken up by her adorable dog.

Anna Paquin

Phillip Faraone/Getty Images and Anna Paquin/InstagramAnna Paquin credits her flawless, glowing skin to the HydraFacial.

She shared the snap on Instagram to let her followers know about her love of the 30-minute HydraFacial.

Lena Headey

Danny Moloshok/Invision/AP Images and Lena Headey/InstagramLena Headey shared a candid moment on Instagram.

Lena Headey shared a makeup-free video to Instagram in February. The “Game of Thrones” star responded to a troll in the comments section who criticised her no-makeup appearance.

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Jessica Alba shared another minimal makeup selfie during an acupuncture session.

Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP and Jessica Alba/InstagramJessica Alba snapped a photo during her acupuncture session.

Alba shared the photo to her Instagram story.

Kate Beckinsale

Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP and Kate Beckinsale/InstagramKate Beckinsale shared a selfie with her Instagram followers.

Kate Beckinsale shared a seemingly makeup-free selfie on Instagram in April. The actress previously posted on Instagram about getting the popular “Hollywood EFG Facial.”

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“Riverdale” star Marisol Nichols went makeup-free to show off her current skin-care routine.

Cindy Ord/Getty Images and Marisol Nichols/InstagramMarisol Nichols recommended skin-care brand Kate Somerville to her followers.
“Clean and fresh no make up confidence,” she captioned the Instagram post.

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