Barefaced Beauties: Celebs Who Look Stunning Without All That Makeup

April 29, 2014  |  
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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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

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.

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.”


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?



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).

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.




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.


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…

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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