Celebs Who Look Totally Different With No Makeup

Part of what makes celebs so glamorous is how on-point they look at all times. Thanks to their team of stylists and makeup artists, it's like they never have an off day — unlike us regular folk. This makes it easy for us to forget that, yes, stars are normal people, too!

Even though it doesn't always seem like it, sometimes celebrities do go makeup-free. Chances are, you wouldn't recognize them at all if you saw them that way in person, but, lucky for us, sometimes the cameras catch them. Whether it's due to a magazine cover showcasing natural beauty, an unfortunate paparazzi shot, or a celebrity's own Instagram photo giving you an inside look at what their life is like behind the scenes, here are a few celebs who've given us a glimpse of what they look like without all of the makeup. Spoiler: they look totally different.

James Charles

James Charles first became an Internet sensation in 2016 when his high school graduation photos went viral thanks to his impressive makeup application. He explained to Ellen DeGeneres in 2016 that he woke up early to do his makeup for the photos, which ended up catching the attention of CoverGirl, who in turn made him the first male Ambassador for the brand. "CoverGirl has always embraced diversity and pushed the boundaries," he told ABC News in 2016. "Makeup is kind of becoming a more genderless concept, which is so cool and something that I'm all for."

He hasn't always worn makeup, however. He told DeGeneres that he started wearing makeup just a year before his graduation photos caught traction online, and in 2017 he shared a bare-faced photo on Instagram that's way different from his usual glam look.

Chrissy Teigen

Some celebs are notoriously private with their offscreen lives. Chrissy Teigen is not one of those stars. She's extremely open with her life, often sharing things on Twitter and Instagram that sometimes we honestly could go without hearing (like this graphic tidbit about the birth of her son).

Thanks to her oversharing, Teigen's Instagram feed gives us hope and reminds us that Sports Illustrated swimsuit models have a little help from the makeup department to make them look so flawless, and they even struggle with the effects of dehydration from time to time. In May 2018, she shared a selfie of herself looking flushed while watching the 2018 Met Gala, writing, "I was gonna do a makeup breakdown but I'm honestly just very jealous I'm not there. Also I need to drink water."

Jenna Dewan

Jenna Dewan first stole our hearts in the 2006 movie Step Up. Since then, she's continuously made our jaws drop with her natural beauty. In fact, she's so beautiful and seemingly perfect that Harper's Bazaar writer Margaret Wappler commented on it in their May 2018 interview with Dewan. "There is not one imperfection, not one micro-dimple from a cupcake she ate seven years ago," Wappler wrote. "This woman ... doesn't need Photoshop."

It's true — but it's clearly not the makeup that makes Dewan so stunning. She showed off her natural beauty in February 2018 when she shared a makeup-free photo on Instagram just a couple months before she and her ex Channing Tatum announced their split.

Jenni 'J-Woww' Farley

Unlike many reality TV stars who disappear after a while, J-Woww, whose real name is Jenni Farley, has managed to make a thriving career out of her role on MTV's Jersey Shore. J-Woww's always been a stunner, but over the years her appearance has earned some scrutiny from people who argue that she's had invasive surgery — claims that Farley continues to deny. "I take it as a compliment because I don't want to look like the girl that was 25 walking into the Jersey Shore house anymore with no knowledge on makeup," she explained to Entertainment Tonight.

Of course, Farley definitely has makeup knowledge these days, and even owns her own cosmetics line. However, that doesn't stop her from flaunting her natural beauty every now and then. "I love the way I look and am totally honest and open with it," she told ET.

Blac Chyna

At this point, it seems like Blac Chyna is never not in the news. From her explosive relationship with the Kardashian family to her antics at amusement parks to her much younger boyfriend already talking about marriage, negative press seems to overwhelm the media when it comes to her legacy.

However, Chyna has more going on in her life than just controversy. She's also an entrepreneur with her own makeup brand. And it's rare that we see her without any makeup on herself. But in September 2017, she shared a rare makeup-free photo that showed off her natural beauty and we have to say — we're here for it!


Zendaya's natural beauty paired with her ever-changing hairstyles and relatableness earned her an ambassadorship with CoverGirl in 2016. The best part about Zendaya's makeup looks? She applies them herself! "There were a lot of times people would do my makeup and it would be awful, and I would be orange. Nothing matched," she told Byrdie in 2015. "So then you learn how to do your own makeup." According to Teen Vogue, Zendaya sometimes includes "up to 10" shades of foundation at once!

She doesn't always wear makeup, though, and is open about sharing her fresh-faced photos with her fans on Instagram.

Kerry Washington

Kerry Washington is perhaps best known for "handling" things as Olivia Pope on Scandal and for having gorgeous style while doing so. In 2018, Washington took an entrepreneurial line from Pope's book and launched a makeup collection with Neutrogena. "I wanted to create a palette that would be an easy, go-to toolkit that you can use no matter where you are, and no matter what you're doing," she told Marie Claire. "Neutrogena really is about bringing the best version of yourself forward, both when you're wearing makeup and when you're taking it off."

As for the "taking it off" part, Washington looks just as stunning when she does so! In 2014, she appeared on the cover of Allure without makeup — well, kind of. "It is a no makeup look, so I do have some makeup on," she revealed in an appearance on The View. "I'm going to be honest because I think it's unfair when we tell women they should look like something that's not real," she said.

Mila Kunis

The ever-glamorous Mila Kunis doesn't have her own official social media accounts. In a 2011 appearance on the Late Late Show, she told host Craig Ferguson that things like Twitter "frighten" her. Without the behind-the-scenes look at her life, we're used to seeing her all dressed up at Hollywood events or made up by professional makeup artists for magazine covers.

However in July 2016, Kunis appeared on the cover of Glamour sans her usual smokey eye, and she revealed that when she's not on camera, makeup isn't really her thing. "I don't wear makeup. I don't wash my hair every day. It's not something that I associate with myself," Kunis explained. "I commend women who wake up 30, 40 minutes early to put on eyeliner. I think it's beautiful. I'm just not that person."

Christina Aguilera

We've watched Christina Aguilera experiment with many, many different makeup phases during her long career. Who could forget her stick-thin eyebrows in the "Genie in a Bottle" music video, or her smokey-eyed "Dirrty" phase?

Most recently, Aguilera's typically seen with a more glam, red-lipped look, but, in March 2018, she shocked fans with her totally bare-faced Paper magazine cover. "I've always been someone that obviously loves to experiment, loves theatrics, loves to create a storyline and play a character in a video or through stage," Aguilera told Paper about her new look. "But I'm at the place, even musically, where it's a liberating feeling to be able to strip it all back and appreciate who you are and your raw beauty."

Ada Vox

Ada Vox made American Idol history when the celeb became the first drag queen to make it to the Top 10 of the show in the first season of the reality series' reboot. While it was technically Vox's first go at the show, the man behind the makeup, Adam Sanders, was on his 13th audition. "When I discovered this dream of singing, I wanted to change people's lives and make a difference," Sanders told Billboard. "I started auditioning as soon as I turned 16, and I obviously kept going until I can't go back."

He started performing as Vox at the age of 21 and "hasn't stopped since then." Of course, he doesn't go about every normal day in drag. His Instagram page reveals photos of himself both in and out of drag, and, if you weren't familiar, you'd never guess they were the same person!

Gwen Stefani

Since her days as the frontwoman of the iconic band No Doubt, Gwen Stefani has been synonymous with bold makeup looks. In February 2016, the celeb told Marie Claire that her signature heavy eye makeup and red lipstick started all the way back in her high school days thanks to the influences of ska music and Old Hollywood.

Over the years, her love for makeup has earned her ambassadorships for brands like Revlon, which Stefani claimed was pretty much her dream. "I'm probably the most excited person about makeup that you could ever choose and it genuinely is my passion. It's something that I've been obsessed with for as long as I can remember," Stefani told InStyle. "It's art. It's self expression. It's transformation. It's confidence."

While it's true we've seen Stefani without that bold lip in recent years, it's rare that she's without any makeup at all. "All day long — whether it's on stage, photo shoots, or just my everyday routine — I get up and put tons of makeup on because I like it, and I like doing it, and I think I'm good at it," she said to InStyle. That's why fans were so taken aback when she uploaded a nearly makeup-free selfie to Instagram in June 2018. And yep, you guessed it. She's just as gorgeous as ever!