Barefaced Beauties: Celebs Who Look Stunning Without All That Makeup

April 29, 2014  |  

Putting on makeup is fun–for the most part. But for some, it can become something that you dread leaving the house without (and will be late to work to apply), and for others, makeup is something they rely heavily upon (seen those makeup sorcery slideshows on Bossip?). But when you’re naturally gorgeous, who needs all of that? Here are 16 celebs who do look nice with their face beat to the gods, but look even better bare.

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Nicki Minaj

Underneath all the wigs has always been a beauty, and ever since she decided to get rid of the heavy makeup, big lashes and colorful hair, Minaj has been getting rave reviews for her toned down look. But her completely makeup-free look is a winner too.

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Beyoncé

While Bey looks great with looks from her makeup artist Sir John, she actually looks quite youthful with nothing on that flawless face of hers. She has a glow that happiness (and a hell of a lot of money) can bring.

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Instagram

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Rihanna

Even as her Mac makeup sells out (Ri Ri Woo is a must have), Rihanna looks absolutely amazing without makeup. Those bright green eyes stand out great with eyeliner and big lashes, but still radiate without all that.

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Mariah Carey

We’ve seen Mariah Carey on more than one occasion without makeup on. She has done it for her role in Precious, as well as for her role in The Butler, but she doesn’t mind revealing her bare face just for fun for her loyal lambs on social media.

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"X Factor" judge Kelly Rowland says family & friends are 'not happy' about her wedding plans.

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Kelly Rowland

I’ve seen Kelly Rowland in person, and her skin is gorgeous. And while she looks nice with the big lashes, the blush and more, stripped of all that, she still looks like a knockout.

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People

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Demi Lovato

Lovato puts on quite a bit of makeup from time to time (to match her often colorful hair), but she looks refreshingly adorable without all of it.

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Instagram

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Lupita Nyong’o

All her red carpet looks have included pops of color in her clothing and on her skin, but sans the bold makeup, Lupita is one flawless lady no matter what she puts on or takes off.

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Jordin Sparks

Sparks has never been one to pack on pounds of makeup, so the differences in how she looks before and after are very little. She’s just that pretty.

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Christina Milian

Ms. Milian without makeup (and with curly hair) is giving me a flashback to her Love Don’t Cost A Thing days. Definitely fresh-faced and flirty.

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Gabrielle Union

Underneath all the makeup are some fabulous freckles and a fresh face that Union doesn’t mind showing off from time to time. She spoke about her skin regimen with Essence: “I try to drink a gallon of water a day and it’s made a huge difference in my hair, skin and nails.  I generally don’t have major skin flare-ups because I’m so hydrated.  Substitute soda, juice, and any sort of sugary drink out of your diet.  That’s been the best and easiest secret.”

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Tika Sumpter

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Tika Sumpter

I love Tika Sumpter no matter what, but hands down, I’d have to say that she looks her best with a makeup-free face. Don’t you agree?

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Solange Knowles talks pursuing her current boyfriend.

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Solange

Solange keeps it colorful, from her clothing (she’s a print lover) to her makeup, but when she ditches it, she looks like the Solange we were first introduced to during the Solo Star days (sans the Rasta hats she used to wear).

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Selita Ebanks

Ebanks is one gorgeous woman whose looks have captivated folks on the runway, on the red carpet, and in music videos. It’s no surprise that she’s just as flawless when getting ready for bed and leaving the lashes and bright lip behind.

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Ciara

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Ciara

This particular photo of Ciara makeup free just screams happy and healthy. Blame it on her man Future, and the baby boy she knew was growing in her belly. She has embraced the makeup free look more in the past few months, because really, nobody has time for all that when you’re pregnant.

Ciara and Future

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Monica describes checking a teacher for yoking up her son, Rocko, for not "sitting in the proper learning position."

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Monica

Note to self: As long as your eyebrows are beat, you don’t need an ounce of makeup. Don’t believe me? Just check out the always lovely Monica during an outing with her hubby, Shannon Brown…
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Zoe Saldana

While she might pile on the makeup for her movie roles (see her transformation into Nina Simone), Saldana doesn’t rely on much makeup. She doesn’t need to, because she looks exactly how she did in high school now and is quite captivating without an ounce of makeup on. Go Zoe!

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  • UMMMM MN Monica still has on makeup in that second pic, just not as much makeup.

  • Anita Smith

    Beyonce, Ciara, Lupita, Solange, and Demi looked the best. The rest need at least foundation and mascara.

  • Angie MyVegas

    Uh no. Demi Lovato maybe but the rest of them – ugh.

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  • Ronnasher Anthony

    I Would Give Both Legs For Gabby’s Skin Say Wat You Want Its No Denying She’s GORGEOUS

  • KillerBeyHive

    Beyoncé is gorgeous with out makeup, her skin is beautiful… meanwhile Rihanna looks like the 8 headed alien from the planet Pluto

  • Courtney Rene’ Lowe

    LAWD the Knowles sisters and their eyebrows! Bushy and unruly. Reminds me of me and my sisters, lol.

  • uniquefashionista

    I think all of these women are flawless and stunning without makeup. Being a celebrity, one of the things that is a downside is what makeup does to the skin. I try to explain to teens all the time to not wear so much makeup because it will ruin your skin to the point where you will have no choice but to wear it. Makeup is truly designed to enhance the beautiful features you already have. When it alters the way you look, you have abused it. Kudos to these celebrities who aren’t afraid to show people the “real” them. Not everyone is able to do that.

  • Sugar

    You forgot about keyshia cole.

  • LovAsia

    Ciara uh huh

  • Meemo

    Tika, Zoe, and Ciara all look prettier without makeup!

  • ilybrklynn

    How did I know that it was going to be a flock of “women” ready to bash Beyonce? Everybody looks beautiful without makeup

  • alaniskassidie

    Mariah Carey???? Really??? Cause I clearly remeber what her REAL face looked like in the film Precious and I don’t recall it being “pretty” ESP WITHOUT makeup

  • frei

    Beyonce is a light skinned girl with a weave. She’s really not what people hype her up to be looks wise. If she went make up free AND lace frontless its more than evident she’s just a decent looking woman. Nothing to write home about

  • Krystal

    they all looked super gorgeous. i don’t care for nicki’s face angling, she didn’t look that great. but i guess the thing she wanted people to notice was her hair. i kinda feel like mariah had on liner under her eye, but hey either way she still looked beautiful. but where is kelis?! joy bryant? i know they go without make-up frequently and look fabulous doing so… add them! great list tho!

  • Kelly Rowland looked the best without her makeup. Its really nice to see celebs without their makeup on.

    • Grace

      Shouldn’t you have graduated college by 23?! At least where I’m from that was the case #shrugs

  • Please Dont Feed The TROLLS

    Beyawnce look like shi# as usual.

    • Guestest

      Damn Lol

    • alaniskassidie

      well no hesitations there lol

  • Keilo Starr

    Monica, Zoe, Ciara look the most like themselves without make up Solange is pretty in my opinion she looks better than Beyonce naturally to me if I was to see Beyonce without make up I probably wouldn’t know who she was not saying that she’s not beautiful but the others stand out most to me

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  • Guestest

    Monica, Tika, and Gabrielle Union are so pretty without makeup! They all are really.

  • Atreyu

    They all look pretty without make-up except that bit*h face Gabrielle Union. Monica’s probably the one who stood out most to me. She’s a natural beauty.

  • keepitcuteorputitonmute#1

    There all attractive woman.

  • nolagirl

    Demi Lovato does not belong on the list, and neither does Solange. The only way I can tell if Lupita is a woman is if she is wearing make-up and/or a dress.

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      Lmao

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  • BEAUTIFUL LADIES

    Solange, Ciara, Nicki, Monica, and Kelly are stunning without make-up!!!

  • Diana

    Rihanna is so gorgeous without make up.

    • KillerBeyHive

      Rihanna looks like the 8 headed alien from the planet Pluto

  • WhatUSay???

    Kelly, Tika, Ciara, Monica and Zoe look the best without make-up.

  • BossLady206

    Most women Black I see walking the streets look beautiful without makeup….it’s the one’s overly made-up that look off to me.

    • hollyw

      Ikr and I can’t believe how much younger everybody looked WITHOUT it…

    • Right, i agree

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  • Aaliyah Noelle

    Aaawwweee Beyoncé

    • THE REAL……Aunt TT

      Honestly no. She just has pretty skin, well at least on this pic. If you have features that stand out without make-up then to ME your beautiful *hint* Nicki. I think if beyonce was to get lost in the woods without her moisturizing oil, she would be mistaken for a manly boogerwolf that’s practicing her ruff/hard dancemoves. BECAUSEEE! everbody knows that she’s gonna have to make a premier comeback from being in the woods that long. #shadeandlotsofit

      • keepitcuteorputitonmute#1

        Stfu and stop hating Nicki axx has a filter on her picture thats like putting on make up and her nose is disgusting

        • THE REAL……..Aunt TT

          You STFU. notice I put “Me” in capitol Letters cause its my opinion. There is a pacific reason why the have a comment section, you people trip me out if its a comment that hit home or that you don’t have a valid come back with. You all resort to name calling. Notice that I didn’t curse Ms Aaliyah Noelle out, I just stated my opionion and left as is. So now back to you. If your gonna comment do that, but if you gonna add all that extra offensive stuff. Then I suggest you Shut all the way TFU. And find some other lane to get ran over in.

          • Ms. Kameria

            “pacific” though…. I know you meant specific. It’s okay.

            • THE REAL……..Aunt TT

              Lol…..Thanks Ms Kameria :)) I also meant to say “they” but put the.

          • Chey

            Stans these days…smh.

            • trulyunforgettable

              these be the same ones who aint got no job, their own place yet spending over 125 for a tic to on the run (bey and jay concert)…. they can miss me with that….

          • keepitcuteorputitonmute#1

            lmao stfu!

          • KillerBeyHive

            the real… you look like manly boogerwolf with or without makeup.. don’t confuse Beyoncé with your self.

      • Alea

        I agree!!! 🙂