What 43 actresses look like without makeup

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  • On occasion, actresses share photos of themselves wearing little to no makeup.
  • Stars like Gal Gadot and Drew Barrymore have posted such images to Instagram.
  • Others like Elle Fanning and Camila Mendes have shared barefaced selfies to speak out about skin conditions.
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Actresses are progressively using their platforms to project their natural beauty to 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 43 actresses — including Zendaya, Sofia Vergara, and Gal Gadot — look like when they have gone makeup-free.

Brenna Opelka contributed to an earlier version of this article.


Back in 2013, Cameron Diaz seemingly ditched foundation, lipstick, and other beauty products to show off a book she wrote.

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 from December 2013.


Megan Fox’s first Instagram selfie, posted in July 2014, was taken without makeup.

John Sciulli/Getty Images for Xbox and Megan Fox/InstagramShe woke up like this.

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


The following year, Jaime King looked stunning without makeup.

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 October 2015 Instagram post, her routine clearly seems to work.


At the start of 2016, Zoe Saldana posted a no-filter selfie on Instagram.

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 the “Guardians of the Galaxy” actress practices.

Saldana previously revealed that she gives herself a natural ombré hair colour by putting rum on her strands and letting the sun do the rest of the work.


Diane Kruger was the next celebrity to take part in the trend.

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 from January 2016 an honest no-makeup selfie with the hashtag, “#startingthenewyearwithanhonestnomakeupselfie.”


Camila Mendes then used a fresh-face photo to discuss a skin condition she experiences.

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

Mendes openly acknowledged her hyperpigmentation in an Instagram post from September 2016, and said the condition was “in style” that fall.


Amy Schumer went completely natural for a November 2016 photo.

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.


One month later, Eva Longoria ditched cosmetics to pose with a bottle of wine.

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.


Drew Barrymore took her barefaced selfie while in the middle of exercising.

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

According to her Instagram post from December 2016, 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.


Zendaya played in the snow while not wearing makeup at the start of 2017.

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 January 2017Instagram post.


Brie Larson then followed in her footsteps.

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 from January 2017, but she also refrained from washing her hair for a few days.


Gabrielle Union captioned a barefaced selfie as “Just me ❤.”

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 from March 2017 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 April 2017 post: “Hm..I just realised that 102 fever gives u the perfect shades of pink.”


Gina Rodriguez also wore no makeup in a video filmed by her friend.

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

In her Instagram post from May 2017, the “Jane the Virgin” star described the “freedom and acceptance” of seeing herself “bare and exposed” without makeup.


Gwyneth Paltrow is keen on clean beauty and fresh skin.

Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images and Gwenyth Paltrow/InstagramShe’s a natural beauty.

Despite having received criticism for her wellness company, Goop, Paltrow’s personal health routine has left her skin radiant, as seen in this May 2017 selfie.


Gal Gadot took this fresh-faced photo after a “sleepless night” spent with her child.

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. She posted this photo in June 2017.


Jessica Alba’s natural skin glowed while exercising.

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. In September 2017, she shared this post-workout shot, where she’s seemingly wearing no makeup.


Bella Thorne celebrated her changing skin with a selfie in October 2017.

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.


Jenna Dewan did the same that month.

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 revealed that she went “mostly makeup free” in October 2017 after successfully managing her melasma.


Lily Collins completely changed up her look a few months later.

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 in December of that year.


Hilary Duff celebrated the 4th of July that year with no makeup on.

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

In an inspirational Instagram post from July 2017, the “Younger” actress said it “felt so good” to not wear makeup for an entire day.


Lea Michele went barefaced in January 2018.

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

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


Katie Holmes paired her no-makeup look with a wrapped headband.

Monica Schipper/Getty Images for iHeartMedia and Katie Holmes/InstagramShe wore a thick headband with zero makeup.

Holmes used the selfie to wish her followers a “Happy Friday” in January 2018.


Union posted a similar selfie a few weeks later.

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 from January 2018.


Nathalie Emmanuel wrote “this is my face” alongside her radiant, no-makeup photo.

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

Her beautiful, makeup-free Instagram post from January 2018 was taken with a Leica camera, according to the actress.


Leighton Meester also shared a glowing selfie that month.

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

Meester’s skin looked dewy and hydrated without the addition of makeup in her January 2018 Instagram photo.


Mindy Kaling, on the other hand, shined without makeup while spending time with friends.

Bryan Bedder/Stringer/Getty Images for Hulu and Mindy Kaling/InstagramHer dewy skin is free of makeup and filters.

In a “mum night out” Instagram post from February 2018, Mindy Kaling gave her face a break from makeup.


The next month, Helen Mirren showed what she looked like the night before the Oscars.

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 75-year-old followed her fresh-faced Instagram selfie in March 2018 with photos of her final look at the awards ceremony.


Thorne took another break from makeup in April 2018.

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.


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 in April 2018 to join in on the “No Makeup Monday” bandwagon.


Penélope Cruz took this casual shot while in Dubai.

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 in May 2018.


Brooklyn Decker, on the other hand, used a no-makeup selfie to show off her hair.

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

The model and actress also displayed her natural freckles in the May 2018 Instagram post.


Yara Shahidi rocked glowing skin and flowers in her hair with this photo from June 2018.

Emma McIntyre/Getty Images and Yara Shahidi/InstagramYara Shahidi always has a glow.

The “Grown-ish” actress looked stunning in her Instagram post, featuring very little makeup.


Sarah Hyland shared her “Monday mantra” alongside her side profile.

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

The “Modern Family” actress posted her makeup-free photo in July 2018 with a caption reminding her followers to “be kind.”


Drew Barrymore and Cameron Diaz ditched makeup together.

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 in July 2018.


Salma Hayek also shared a natural selfie in July 2018.

Stefania M. D’Alessandro/Gdetty Images and Salma Hayek/InstagramSalma Hayek keeps it candid on Instagram.

The actress posted her makeup-free selfie after being woken up by her adorable dog.


Anna Paquin followed with her own fresh photo less than a month later.

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

She shared the snap on Instagram in September 2018 to let her followers know about her love of the 30-minute HydraFacial.


Lena Headey got real about her skin at the start of 2019.

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 2019. The “Game of Thrones” star later responded to a critic in the comments section who commented on her no-makeup appearance.


Kate Beckinsale did the same in April of that year.

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

Before sharing her seemingly makeup-free selfie, the actress posted on Instagram about getting the popular “Hollywood EFG Facial.”


“Riverdale” star Marisol Nichols went makeup-free to show off her 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 from June 2019.


Kaley Cuoco hugged her dog while not wearing makeup in March 2020.

Amanda Edwards/Stringer/Getty Images and Kaley Cuoco/InstagramAccording to her Instagram post, Kaley Cuoco’s dog is named Norman.

She’s since posted numerous barefaced photos on Instagram while social distancing.


Dakota Fanning encouraged people to stay home while taking her temperature.

Rich Polk/Stringer/Getty Images and Dakota Fanning/InstagramDakota Fanning shared this video of herself on March 16.

In addition to her March 2020 video, Fanning also used the caption of her post to encourage others to social distance: “Stay at HOME (if you can) and stay HEALTHY.”


Zoë Kravitz also posed with her dog in a natural selfie.

Stephane Cardinale – Corbis/Getty Images and Zoë Kravitz/InstagramZoë Kravitz seems to be a big fan of natural beauty, as she often wears minimal makeup.

Kravitz included a social-distancing pun in her March 2020 Instagram post, writing: “self(ie) quarantine.” She also encouraged her followers to “stay inside” and take things “one day at a time.”


And so did Nina Dobrev.

Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images and Nina Dobrev/InstagramNina Dobrev uploaded the makeup-free selfie on March 29.

She shared the image to Instagram in March 2020, and wrote “Quarantini 4 lyfe” as the caption.


With yet another barefaced selfie, Helen Mirren raised money for a good cause.

Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters and Helen Mirren/InstagramHelen Mirren said she took this selfie ‘first thing in the morning.’

“In return for this pic of me literally first thing in the morning, please donate to the intensive care support,” she wrote on Instagram. “Thanks so much.”


Salma Hayek has posted numerous makeup-free photos throughout 2020.

Salma Hayek/InstagramSalma Hayek can pull off any look.

In May, for example, she posted one of herself in a pool. In the caption of her photo, she wrote: “Agua ???? #water #nomakeup.”


Ariel Winter embraced her freckles with a set of selfies.

Arturo Holmes/Getty Images and Ariel Winter/InstagramIn addition to ditching makeup, Ariel Winter also recently dyed her hair.

In an Instagram post from July 2020, she wrote: “Kindness is not that hard!!!!! Also…quarantine is bringing out my freckles?!????” She shared the photos just days after revealing that she had gone blonde.


Jennifer Lopez woke up, put on a robe, and then shared a photo of her morning look in August 2020.

Danny Moloshok/Reuters and Jennifer Lopez/InstagramJennifer Lopez seemingly went without makeup for this casual selfie.

After saying good morning to her fans on Instagram, Lopez described her minimal-makeup look as her “#MorningFace.”


Elle Fanning used Instagram to open up about having eczema on her face.

Rachel Murray/Stringer/Getty Images and Elle Fanning/InstagramElle Fanning said the redness on her eyelids is caused by eczema — not eye shadow.

In September 2020, the “Maleficent” star shared three selfies in which she’s seemingly wearing no makeup. The actress hinted with her

Her eyelids, however, are a pink colour in the photos, making it seem as though she had eye shadow on.

“Eczema but make it eye shadow ????” Fanning wrote in her post.

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