When #NoMakeup and #wokeuplikethis selfies started trending on social media, celebrities were quick to jump on board. There were plenty of fails, as some stars felt eyeliner, blush, and lip gloss didn’t count. The hashtag spawned hilarious parodies as well, like Amy Schumer’s “Girl, You Don’t Need No Makeup” sketch. But some celebs really took the plunge and posted 100% au natural pics, and the results were eye opening to say the least. Here are some celebrities who are unrecognizable without makeup.
Chelsea Handler made a name for herself with her bold stand-up comedy, uncensored autobiographical books, and no-punches-pulled talk show on E! She’s also been posting topless photos to Twitter for years, so it’s no surprise that her #NoMakeup photo is one of the roughest of the bunch. Obviously played for laughs, the intentionally bad photo looks more she was trying to recreate one of those “after” photos in a substance abuse awareness campaign.
Demi Lovato is arguably the queen of no makeup selfies. She posts them constantly, and she’s even done a naked, no makeup, no retouching shoot with Vanity Fair to embrace and reinforce the concept of positive body image to other women. And while she usually looks great, this one kind of misfired. Maybe it’s the blonde hair with dark roots or just a weird angle, but we would have guessed this was the kid from Jerry Maguire all grown up before we guessed Demi.
Nicki Minaj has toned her makeup down from the loud, candy-colored palette of her “Super Bass” days, but she still generally wears plenty. That’s why it’s so shocking to look at her shower selfie without the eye shadow and lash extensions that put her usual look somewhere between Cleopatra and Jessica Rabbit.
Tyra Banks is naturally gorgeous, and to say that she needs to do herself up to be beautiful would be ridiculous. After all, makeup didn’t win her the distinction of being the first African-American woman on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition. But, yeah, the crazy eyes and derp-y facial expression she makes here aren’t doing her any favors. Definitely a crazy ex-girlfriend vibe going on.
Sharon Stone not only ditched the makeup for this Instagram photo, she also applied whatever filter makes you look like you’re staring at a nuclear bomb blast. If the point here was to showcase natural beauty—which the gorgeous actress clearly has—then why wash it out so bad that it looks like an old newspaper story about an unsolved abduction case?
Katy Perry’s then-husband Russell Brand posted this now-infamous, quickly deleted pic to Twitter on December 31, 2010. Their marriage amazingly lasted for another year and a half, which is exactly one year, five months, and thirty days more than anyone expected after he pulled such a bonehead move. And this isn’t meant to trash Katy in any way—she’s obviously a knockout—but there isn’t a person on Earth, regardless of how attractive they are, who wants a snapshot taken the instant they wake up splashed across the internet.
Jessica Alba falls into the same category as most of the others on this list: natural beauties who did something awkward in addition to not wearing makeup. Nobody looks good in a blurry, sweaty, post-workout snap, so the result is that a woman so stunning she’s literally the face of her own billion-dollar company ends up looking like a hot mess. It’s just perspiration, people. Relax.