Did you know that Charlie Chaplin once came 3rd in a Charlie Chaplin look-alike contest? Such is the magic of makeup. It can transform a person completely and give them a brand-new personality. A new personality so strong that it seems impossible to shed — even for the biggest of stars. But there are a few cases where stars decided to shun makeup and give us a glimpse of their beautiful but less glamorous self.
Bright Side brings you instances where our favorite stars decided to face the camera without makeup. We have photos of them sans makeup and with makeup so that you can compare. Do you think they look recognizable? Let’s find out!
1. Gal Gadot
When she’s not saving the world as Wonder Woman, Gal Gadot prefers to spend her time with her 2 daughters. Though unrecognizable compared to her Wonder Woman persona, Gal still looks stunning in this photograph while watching The Cat in the Hat with her daughter.
2. Jennifer Lopez
Jennifer Lopez, or J.Lo as many of her admirers call her, is a woman who wears many hats. She is an actress, singer, dancer, and fashion designer. In this photograph, we can see her sans makeup before a stage show. Who looks more beautiful: J.Lo with makeup or J.Lo without makeup? It’s hard to say!
3. Britney Spears
The “Princess of Pop” is considered a pop icon and is credited with the revival of teen pop. While we seldom get to see her without makeup, it appears she prefers to stay without makeup at home. Still pretty glamorous, isn’t she?
4. Carrie Underwood
The winner of 3 Grammys, Carrie Underwood is a unique combination of beauty and talent. Although unrecognizable due to the absence of makeup, she looks gorgeous in this photograph while sweating it out at the gym.
5. Cindy Crawford
As one of the most popular supermodels of the 1980s and 1990s, Cindy Crawford has been featured on the covers of the most prestigious magazines including Elle, People, and Vogue over 500 times. It is, therefore, almost impossible to imagine that she ever gets to remove her makeup. Luckily for us, she shared her post-spa photograph.
6. Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore likes to keep it as real as possible when she is not filming, and this is not the only instance of the camera capturing her without makeup. Without it, she is certainly cuter than her sexier with-makeup persona.
7. Ivanka Trump
While we have all seen her by the side of her presidential father, here she is by herself looking totally adorable.
8. Tyra Banks
Tyra Banks has been ranked as one of the most influential people by Time, and not without reason. It is this strength of hers that helped her decide to share a completely makeup-free selfie on Instagram. While she might think that people will consider the selfie “rough,” we certainly think otherwise.
9. Sharon Stone
A sex symbol in her own right, Sharon Stone manages to look equally stunning even without makeup, even though she’s a little unrecognizable.
10. Jessica Alba
For someone who has been used to getting all glammed up since the age of 13 and who also happens to have her own beauty brand, it is surprising to see her without makeup. Yet she looks every bit as beautiful as always.
11. Lady Gaga
When it comes to makeup, Lady Gaga is a chameleon. Her style might sometimes be liked and sometimes despised, but there is no arguing that we all love her even when she is makeup free.
12. Zoe Saldana
After following an extensive makeup routine for her role as Neytiri in the movie Avatar, it is not surprising to see her trying to avoid makeup. But we really want her to get back to her role for the sequel, Avatar 2.
13. Naomi Watts
When someone looks so beautiful even without makeup, it’s understandable that she is regularly featured on various “most beautiful people” lists. But, surely, if we were to meet her without makeup on the streets, it would be really hard to recognize her.
14. Gwyneth Paltrow
While people tend to put on all sorts of makeup to look their most beautiful on their birthday, Gwyneth Paltrow chose to go the other way. In this photograph, which was shared on her 44th birthday, we must agree that she looks different but extremely graceful.
Another girl trying the makeup-free birthday look!! No matter how much or how little makeup she wears, Shakira still manages to look glamorous.
16. Selena Gomez
Really? Is that Selena Gomez or the beautiful girl next door returning home after a fun night out?
17. Emilia Clarke
The mother of dragons, sans all the makeup we are used to seeing her in!!
Do your favorite celebrities look recognizable without makeup? Who do you think appears almost unrecognizable when abstaining from makeup? Let us know in the comments below.