Celebs who are completely unrecognizable without makeup

When #NoMakeup and #wokeuplikethis selfies started trending on social media, celebrities were quick to jump on board. There were plenty of fails, as some stars felt eyeliner, blush, and lip gloss didn't count. The hashtag spawned hilarious parodies as well, like Amy Schumer's "Girl, You Don't Need No Makeup" sketch. But some celebs really took the plunge and posted 100% au natural pics, and the results were eye opening to say the least. Here are some celebrities who are unrecognizable without makeup.

Chelsea Handler

Chelsea Handler made a name for herself with her bold stand-up comedy, uncensored autobiographical books, and no-punches-pulled talk show on E! She's also been posting topless photos to Twitter for years, so it's no surprise that her #NoMakeup photo is one of the roughest of the bunch. Obviously played for laughs, the intentionally bad photo looks more she was trying to recreate one of those "after" photos in a substance abuse awareness campaign.

Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato is arguably the queen of no makeup selfies. She posts them constantly, and she's even done a naked, no makeup, no retouching shoot with Vanity Fair to embrace and reinforce the concept of positive body image to other women. And while she usually looks great, this one kind of misfired. Maybe it's the blonde hair with dark roots or just a weird angle, but we would have guessed this was the kid from Jerry Maguire all grown up before we guessed Demi.

Nicki Minaj

Nicki Minaj has toned her makeup down from the loud, candy-colored palette of her "Super Bass" days, but she still generally wears plenty. That's why it's so shocking to look at her shower selfie without the eye shadow and lash extensions that put her usual look somewhere between Cleopatra and Jessica Rabbit.

Tyra Banks

Tyra Banks is naturally gorgeous, and to say that she needs to do herself up to be beautiful would be ridiculous. After all, makeup didn't win her the distinction of being the first African-American woman on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. But, yeah, the crazy eyes and derp-y facial expression she makes here aren't doing her any favors. Definitely a crazy ex-girlfriend vibe going on.

Sharon Stone

Sharon Stone not only ditched the makeup for this Instagram photo, she also applied whatever filter makes you look like you're staring at a nuclear bomb blast. If the point here was to showcase natural beauty—which the gorgeous actress clearly has—then why wash it out so bad that it looks like an old newspaper story about an unsolved abduction case?

Katy Perry

Katy Perry's then-husband Russell Brand posted this now-infamous, quickly deleted pic to Twitter on December 31, 2010. Their marriage amazingly lasted for another year and a half, which is exactly one year, five months, and thirty days more than anyone expected after he pulled such a bonehead move. And this isn't meant to trash Katy in any way—she's obviously a knockout—but there isn't a person on Earth, regardless of how attractive they are, who wants a snapshot taken the instant they wake up splashed across the internet.

Jessica Alba

Jessica Alba falls into the same category as most of the others on this list: natural beauties who did something awkward in addition to not wearing makeup. Nobody looks good in a blurry, sweaty, post-workout snap, so the result is that a woman so stunning she's literally the face of her own billion-dollar company ends up looking like a hot mess. It's just perspiration, people. Relax.

AnnaLynne McCord

Holy crap, celebrities get pimples, too? Yep, we know it's hard to believe, but actress and model AnnaLynne McCord has some zits under that foundation. She's just like us, only her acne landed her a probably pretty lucrative deal with BenzaClin, while ours just got us rejected by people we asked to the prom.

Kylie Jenner

This Kylie Jenner "no makeup" pic was one of the ones that was criticized, since she clearly is still wearing eyeliner, but we included it anyway, because the nose and lips she has now make her look like a completely different person. That has to be more than just makeup, unless Revlon invented a creme base that shaves down nasal cartilage and a lip pencil that doubles as a tire pump.

Lady Gaga

There is no musician better known for outrageous looks than Lady Gaga. From the meat dress to that weird egg thing to the countless other getups that had her looking like she was headed to a masquerade ball in Hell, the "Born This Way" singer never fails to shock. Which is probably why this stripped-down, natural hair color shot had everyone wondering if that was really Gaga, or just some pretty brunette who's a little sad because it's raining and she was supposed to go to the beach that day.

Marilyn Manson

Though he has the distinction of being the only guy to make this list, Marilyn Manson didn't actually post this photo. It was the Twitter page of the Marilyn Manson Wiki that uploaded this startling snapshot of the shock rocker, who is almost never seen without full show makeup. But it wasn't exactly a secret—Manson was on the set of Eastbound & Down for a cameo appearance that he also did all natural. And while his usual look isn't exactly warm and inviting, there's almost something creepier about seeing him without it. It's like seeing a teacher outside of school, or a biker wearing a dress shirt and tie.

Adele

Adele's passionate voice overshadows her personal style, but the Grammy-winner has cultivated a distinct look since gaining international popularity. In interviews, Adele has said she prefers to go for bold and "very dramatic makeup" when performing, a look that contours "Boy George-style with lots of blush on my cheeks." Conversely, she's also unafraid to be seen in public without the filter of makeup, like in August 2016 when Adele appeared on Instagram to announce she was postponing a show because of an illness. Her entire Instagram account is peppered with no-makeup selfies that appear to pop up whenever the mood strikes.

Kate Upton

Supermodel and actress Kate Upton decided no makeup was required for a recent Instagram post updating fans on a workout she invented that's called "sitting on your a**." Jokes aside, Upton still possesses a girl-next-door quality, even when all she's wearing is workout clothes. Regardless, there's no practical reason to wear makeup for presumably grueling exercise, unless, of course, you're Jamie Lee Curtis, Jane Fonda, or Olivia Newton-John.

Taylor Swift

Is this pop superstar Taylor Swift, or just a woman with her cat on the Internet? Well she ain't no cat lady, that's for sure. In March 2015, she captioned this pic with a nod to one of Beyonce's famous selfies: "I woke up like thissss (With a cat on me)." It has been liked at least 2.3 million times on Instagram, but that might be because of the cat, who is named 'Dr. Meredith Grey.' Swift has gone au naturel before, notably at Christmas 2015 when she posed as an elf, but without any makeup.

RuPaul

Here is what you might call a stark contrast. Emmy-winner RuPaul projects a beautiful image when made up, no matter in drag or not. But looking that iconic is hard work, and there are going to be moments when RuPaul Andre Charles just won't look like the RuPaul we all know. One example is a moment from 2016 while visiting San Francisco with his partner of 20-plus years, Georges LeBar. It would seem quite possible that RuPaul out-of-costume could slip through life entirely without being noticed, were it not for his Instagram account. As he has said on several occasions, the only time you'll see RuPaul in drag is when he's getting paid for the show.

Eva Longoria

Among the most gorgeous people in Hollywood, Eva Longoria is another beauty unafraid to go without makeup on social media and sometimes in public. She obviously can get away with it. In this instance, Longoria was on safari, checking out a tiger in India. Nice kitty!

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana has come a long way since playing Britney Spears' friend Kit in Crossroads. These days, she basically owns her own prominent spot in the universe, including the Star Trek, Guardians of the Galaxy and Avatar franchises. While on Earth, Saldana also can make it a long way without makeup, like she did early in 2016 when she dubbed an Instagram selfie "Yikes — the actual situation." You know what? The actual situation ain't all that bad, girl.

Gwen Stefani

Critics on social media did not react with uniform kindness when Stefani changed her look for the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, eschewing the usual heavy stuff for a more "earthy" approach. Yet, around the same time on Instagram, she did more (or was it less?) than just take away the bright red lipstick and thick black eyeliner, both of which have become ubiquitous for Stefani over 20-plus years in public view. She took it all off. She just woke up, and you can tell, but woah. Stefani has never looked sweeter, or even sexier, than she did in a selfie posted on Instagram in May 2016.

Kesha

In heavy makeup, Kesha looks like a movie star. Without it, she looks like most any young lady with adorable freckles. Calling her "unrecognizable" without makeup might be a stretch because she frequently posts photos of herself without makeup, but her mood or message are not always lighthearted when she does it. Back in August 2016, she accompanied a straight-on headshot on Instagram with a straight-up message related to dropping a lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke for sexual assault.

Naomi Watts

This one is all about the process. Naomi Watts got a facial before the 2016 Oscars, where Spotlight (in which her longtime former partner, Liev Schreiber, co-starred) won best picture. So Watts figured she would share one of her own best pictures by publishing a selfie without makeup as she got the treatment. It was daring of her, but also honest. You don't stay looking like a movie star without hard work—or having procedures like this done to your face.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow has made this much clear: she will engage the world without makeup. She's done it several times on social media and in spectacular fashion to mark her 44th birthday. I think we can all agree she's aged remarkable well—makeup or not.

Diane Kruger

One of the first things e first thing actress Diane Kruger did in 2016 was post a selfie without makeup, adding the description, "#startingtheyearwithanhonestnomakeupselfieha." There's no question this actress and former model is a natural beauty.

NeNe Leakes

So excited was NeNe Leakes to get good news from her husband one morning that she took to Instagram to pass it along to her fans, making a quick video without wearing any makeup. She didn't care, because she had sold out two shows in North Carolina on a leg of her budding comedy club tour. She said: "Thank you Charlotte for selling out 2 shows! gratefulannouncement #nohair #nomakeup #justme #naynay" That's all confidence.

Lindsay Lohan

Lindsay Lohan lives a complicated life. Personal issues with herself, friends and family—and even charity work. No matter what Lohan is doing in her life it's nice to know she can always revert to a more innocent version of herself, like she did on a trip to Turkey in 2015, when she stripped off the makeup, headed to the beach and showed off her legendary freckles. Simple is better!

Carrie Underwood

Country superstar Carrie Underwood refers to herself as "a sweaty" mess in a workout selfie she took without makeup. Sweaty? OK, truth. But she's not much of a mess at all. And note how she invites you to check out her shoulders in the reflection. Check! So, were you ready for some Underwood without makeup? You totally were.She seems to sparkle from an inner confidence that's more attractive than any of her physical or vocal qualities, sweat be darned.

Shakira

Perhaps it's the cute way she put her hair in a "birthday" bun, but you can't argue that Shakira has serious natural beauty. No matter how much (or little) makeup she's wearing, Shakira rocks like nobody else can. It might be a stretch to say that she could go "unrecognized" anywhere, given her international fame, but let's see her give it a shot walking around Times Square with her hair styled like so.

Boy George

Boy oh boy! Boy George continues to age well, and is one handsome guy, even without his trademark eye cover. To mark his 55th birthday, which was celebrated in Japan while on tour with Culture Club, George took to Instagram and made a funny video. Thankfully, he gave fans a relatively rare glimpse at what he looks like without makeup and, whoa. We think he could easily wander around in public without drawing a crowd.

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