What Your Favorite Celebrities Look Like With & Without Makeup

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At Refinery29, we have one rule about makeup: There are none. You do you, however and whatever that may be. Foundation diehard? Allow us to direct you to our favorite ones. More the fiercely fresh-faced type? Here’s the skin-care routine that will make your visage glow. We don’t ascribe to the mainstream narrative that either one is better, or braver (our least favorite word) than the other.

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That said, we’ve noticed a recent uptick in celebrities who have been jumping on the no-makeup train — currently led by the patron saint of cosmetics-free complexions, Alicia Keys. But that’s not to say all of Hollywood is throwing its eyeshadows to the curb. Plenty of celebs still sport bold beauty looks on occasion, and also have their moments of free-facing it. Not only does it keep us guessing, it also shows us all the ways we can use beauty to enhance or highlight our appearances.

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Ahead, check out 18 celebs with and without makeup. It’s not brave, it’s not a reason to gossip, it’s not revolutionary — it’s just makeup.

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Alicia Keys

Keys has worn some glam makeup looks throughout her career — like this one. But this summer, she

publicly

declared that she was done with makeup. “I don’t want to cover up anymore,” she said. “Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”


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The singer has stayed true to her word, rocking only a messy topknot and bare (and glowing, we might add) skin since then.

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Gwyneth Paltrow

A Hollywood veteran — with an acting career that spans more than two decades — Paltrow is no stranger to the makeup chair. In her daily life, she usually opts for a natural, bronze-y look.


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In celebration of her 44th birthday, the actress recently uploaded this #nomakeupselfie to Instagram. She told us she’s been inspired by the no-makeup movement, saying that she likes the message behind it: This is me. This is what I look like. This is where I am in time, and I embrace it.

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Kim Kardashian

Ah, the queen of contour. Between the K-clan’s line of hair and makeup products and her countless headline-garnering

looks

, Kardashian has certainly made a name for herself in the beauty biz. Further proof she’s a makeup wiz: She recently livestreamed her entire a.m. routine — which included a

casual 25 products

.


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That’s why, when Kardashian stepped out for the Balenciaga fashion show in Paris without a stitch of makeup on, the entire internet sort of lost it.

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Gabrielle Union

Let’s be real: Gabrielle Union first stole our hearts as the fearless head cheerleader in Bring It On. Since then, she’s inspired us time after time with her bold, beautiful red carpet looks.


Photo via Snapchat.

Though Union is known for snapchatting makeup-free selfies often, her latest video gave a nod to fellow fresh-faced star Alicia Keys. In it, she said, “No makeup, head wrap, hey, Alicia Keys, I see you!”

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Chrissy Teigen

She’s our long-standing

favorite person to follow on Twitter

(although, as of this week, her account is

private

), and we love the model’s unfiltered approach to everything in life — her beauty routine included.

Photo via Instagram.

In quite possibly the cutest picture to ever grace the World Wide Web, Teigen shared this moment with baby Luna — with matching baby-soft, makeup-free skin to boot.

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Laverne Cox

When it comes to beauty, Cox is our hero. (And not just because she slays a red carpet like no other.)

Photo via Instagram.

In an Instagram post, she wrote: “As an actress and a woman, I love being able to transform, to switch up my look when I want to with wigs, weaves, and bundles aplenty. I love this, too. It’s about choices and options.” Amen.

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By: Kelsey Castanon