The best celebrity makeup-free selfies of 2020
Let these A-lister snaps inspire you to go fresh-faced
Beauty Crew Digital Content Editor / January 20 2022
As much as we all love checking out the most glamourous red carpet beauty looks, there’s nothing quite as refreshing as seeing your favourite celebrities totally makeup-free.
And this year, the A-listers have already been dishing out some seriously stunning makeup-free selfies, reminding us that sometimes the best beauty looks involve no cosmetics at all.
To inspire your next ‘makeup-free day,’ here are the best bared-faced celebrity selfies of 2020 - so far.
Actress Ashley Benson took to Instagram to share this refreshed post-workout selfie in her new yoga gear and we are in awe of her flawless skin. The Pretty Little Liars star also wore her hair in a scruffy half-up half-down ‘do that showed off her expertly groomed brows - who needs a red carpet when you look like this on the daily?
Trust Mrs Bieber to deliver a divine apres ski moment to start the week off right. The model looked stunning suited up in a forest green monochromatic ensemble, with a steaming cuppa in hand as she posed for the ‘gram sans makeup. And before you ask, no, that’s not a gleam of highlighter across the bridge of her nose, just the sun reflecting off her flawless skin.
The Aussie rapper shared a refreshingly bare face post-shower, leaving her freckles and beauty marks on full display. Side note: snaps to Iggy for keeping on top of her brow maintenance in the chaos of 2020 — those arches are enviable. *Chefs kiss*.
Her favourite foundation may be a damn good one, but that doesn't mean Rae has any issue going without it every so often. "Clean face = self care", she captioned this cute selfie, which put her gorgeous skin and phenomenal brows on full display; a notable change considering we usually can't take our eyes off her wildly long lashes when she rocks full glam.
Gomez being a natural beauty is hardly news, but her latest summery snap takes bare-faced glow to a whole new level. Modelling a bikini for a pal's swimwear line, she embraced a makeup-free face, enhanced by brushed-up brows and flower-adorned mermaid waves. Desperate to know what skin care staples she uses to stay this luminous? We just happen to know her favourite moisturiser...
Sophie Turner gave us a rare glimpse into her pregnancy with this stunning, pared-backed candid shot. The Game of Thrones actress can be seen relaxing in the sun by the pool, looking calm and happy with her hair pulled back into an undone top knot. This throwback is peak chillaxing vibes.
The model shared this stunning pic of her sporting a very prevalent VOTE mask(just in time for the US elections) but while the message was clear, our attention was also captured by Bieber’s clear skin, groomed brows and startling hazel eyes. What is this woman’s skin care routine?? The people need to know.
The model and impending mother-to-be has given fans a rare glimpse behind the scenes of her pregnancy, sharing a few intimate, laidback portraits of her bare baby bump while enjoying maternity leave at the Hadid family farm. The 25-year-old looked stunning as she showed off her rose-coloured pout, clear skin and full cheeks under a butter-yellow bucket hat.
Though it might look like Elle Fanning is wearing a wash of peach eyeshadow over her lids, the actress revealed she’s actually suffering from a particularly bad bout of eczema around her eyes; “Eczema but make it eye shadow 😜,” she wrote. We love her laissez faire attitude about her imperfections!
Keke Palmer isn’t afraid to keep things candid with her fans. The multi-hyphenate star took to Twitter to share this natural, makeup-free pic of herself, saying “ know y’all about to die at this photo cause of these lashes and these Mickey ears. BUT ITS THE SKIN FOR ME, y’all know what I’ve endured!! My skin used to have me curled up in the bed crying. Now I really truly understand it, I’m so thankful, no filta Poohs.”. From the afro buns to the glasses, Keke’s off duty look is adorable.
Demi Lovato revealed a smattering of adorable freckles in her fresh-faced selfie on Instagram along with a meaningful message:
"Haven’t done a #NoMakeupMonday in years but I figured after posting so many glamorous pics with tons of makeup and hairpieces, it’s important to show myself underneath it all. This is what I look like 85%-90% of the time. Proud of my freckles, proud of booty chin and proud of myself for loving and accepting myself the way I am. 🖤 #ILoveMe."
After supplying guests with a week’s supply of Goop supplements, Gwyneth invited a slew of successful women to arrive fresh-faced for a makeup-free dinner at her place. The Goop-founder looked positively glowing while snapping this selfie with actress Demi Moore and artist Alexandra Grant.
While preparing for a trip, Lily took the opportunity to snap a quick makeup-free selfie captioning her photo: “Packing procrastinator.” With flawless skin and naturally-flushed cheeks, she couldn’t look more dreamy.
Not many people could pull off pastel pink hair while rocking a ‘no-makeup day’ look but evidently Lady Gaga can. The superstar musician looked radiant while stepping out with just a slick of clear lip gloss.
Snuggling up for a cuddle with her adopted shelter dog Johnny Utah, Charlize couldn’t have looked more beautiful. Just get a load of that perfect skin and those flawless brows. Heavenly!
Uploading a bare-faced selfie with the caption: “First selfie of the year doe. #2020,” Rihanna had no qualms about showing off a small breakout around her chin area. Best of all, when a follower commented: “Let me pop your pimple,” she clapped-back in true RiRi-form saying: “Let her have her shine, PLEASE."
In case you weren’t aware, Salma Hayek has an affectionate obsession with animals. The actress recently shared a no-makeup selfie showcasing her stunning complexion and full brows. There just so happened to be an owl on top of her head too, who is, let’s be honest, the real star of the show here. She captioned the adorable pic: “When you fall asleep with your glasses on and an owl on your head.” Honestly, same Salma, same.
Lady Gaga has blessed us all with a radiant summertime selfie sans makeup, and it appears the pop star is living her best life poolside. Sporting freckled, sun-kissed skin and perfectly groomed brows, Mother Monster is serving us natural beauty realness and we are *living* for it. To quote Paris Is Burning,”I don’t know why y’all gagging. She bring it to you every season.”
We don’t know how she’s done it but Jessica Simpson looks exactly the same as she did pre-Nick Lachey. The singer posted a stunning makeup-free selfie while signing copies of her new book Open Book, complete with loose waves and tie dye ensemble. We love.
To celebrate his wife Kristen Bell’s 40th birthday, Dax Shepherd posted a heartwarming family photo of the pair while on vacation. And it has to be said, Kristen’s skin looked AMAZING. Her radiant, sun-kissed complexion had not a scrap of makeup on and it was still stun dot com.
Britney Spears loves a smokey eye, so boy were we shocked when the popstar decided to ditch her signature, kohl-rimmed peepers for a more natural look. She penned the thoughtful caption: “Who would have thunk it ?!?! After all this time in my life I’m just now learning that no makeup is the way to go.... I mean…. a little makeup is fun but after spending so much time in hair and makeup chairs to look flawless.... I think a natural look is the way to go…. it makes you look waaaay younger and so much better 🌸✨💋 !!!! Pssss YES .... I know I’m wearing mascara in this 😉 !!!!”
JLo is no stranger to a makeup-free selfie and any opportunity we have to bask in the glow of her excellent skin is a welcome one. The 51-year-old’s most recent radiance-flaunting snap was shared on IG in support of Pelothon 2020 (a fitness challenge where proceeds go to charity), with her rock-hard abs also front and center.
Isobel is a Digital Content Editor at BEAUTYcrew, marie claire and InStyle. When she's not busy hunting for the latest beauty news, you’ll find her arranging her skincare collection in search of the perfect “shelfie.” Isobel was previously BEAUTYcrew's Junior Beauty Writer.