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Photo: Chuck Close for Vanity Fair

For Vanity Fair, Kate Winslet (along with fellow celebs Scarlett Johansson, Oprah, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts, and more) were shot by celebrity snapper Chuck Close using a 20-by-24-inch Polaroid camera for the close-ups. Close, famous for his unorthodox work style, sets this rule for his subjects: Expect no professional styling or makeup.

Evolution of Stars Without Makeup


It was called the 'three-wrinkle rule' — a mythological magazine dictate that all covergirls cover up any signs of aging, save for three lines. That was then; this is now: An age when magazine editors face scrutiny over photo retouching, selfies rule the Internet, and celebrities eagerly line up for their make-up free close-ups. The most recent example is the 2014 Vanity Fair Hollywood Portfolio issue (on stands Feb. 11) featuring 20 stars without make-up or airbrushing. The spread, photographed by painter and photographer Chuck Close, reveals their every line, wrinkle, and blemish. We've come a long way from the tabloid version of the makeup-free photo spread. Now the bare-faced star shot has evolved into a high-fashion stunt and an empowering selfie statement. Let's take a look at how far we've come. -- By Elise Sole