There is only one rule of makeup, which is that there are none. 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 you glow. We don't subscribe to the narrative that either one is better, or braver, than the other.
That said, we've noticed an uptick in celebrities who have been jumping on the no-makeup train — led by the patron saint of cosmetics-free complexions, Alicia Keys. But that's not to say all of Hollywood is kicking 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 makeup to enhance or highlight our features.
Ahead, check out some of our favorite celebs with and without makeup. It's not brave, it's not a reason to gossip, it's not revolutionary — it's just makeup.
Until recently, most of Collins' Instagram posts included the bold-browed star in avant-garde makeup. Then, she posted this no-makeup selfie to promote Ciara's upcoming album, Beauty Marks. She paired the fresh-faced photo with an inspiring caption: "Love yourself, own your differences, and embrace your #BeautyMarks."
The star has become the queen of the makeup-free selfie on her Instagram. That's why it's no surprise she was comfortable enough to grace PEOPLE's 2019 Beautiful Issue with zero makeup. “For the most part, I feel most like myself without makeup,” she told the magazine. "I’ve made peace with: This is my face, and I’m okay with it. It does all right by me.”
Ciara is equally stunning barefaced. In a recent Instagram selfie, she shared her naturally feathered eyebrows and foundation-free skin. "No makeup. No extensions. Vulnerable. My Beauty Marks and all. The real me... and I love it. Finally embracing myself fully! It feels good," she wrote in the caption.
But when it comes to vacationing with her new hubby, she's more than willing to trade her full face in for a fresh canvas. As much as we love a good coral lip, her makeup-free side is just as gorgeous.
But sometimes it's just too early for full glam. Snapping a photo from the styling chair, Jenner showed off her "I woke up like this." Now we want to know all the secrets to having a plump, rosy complexion straight out of bed.
Since we're used to seeing Gaga in layers of cosmetics, a sighting of her bare face is all the more shocking. Just in case you're wondering exactly how Gaga got so bronzed and pore-less, you can credit two things: a vacation to Mexico and dark-spot serum.
Underneath all that shimmer, Kesha has the prettiest set of freckles, which she's vowed to embrace in 2019. "This year my resolution is to love myself... just as I am, all fucked up and imperfect and whatever else," she wrote on Instagram. "And to let my freckles liiiiiiiive." Amen.
So when people got wind of her Paper Magazine cover story — in which Aguilera is bare-faced with her freckles peeking through — we all did a double take. The consensus: beautiful (no matter what they say).
But Vergara isn't afraid to show her bare face to the world — even if she's home sick with a fever. The star may have been under the weather when this selfie was taken, but she still looks radiant as ever.