Celebrities sans Makeup: Why is it a big deal and the effect on teenagers

Hi everyone,

With the paparazzi following celebrities’ every move, it’s no wonder that these days, celebrities strive to look their best all the time, even if it’s just to grab a coffee or a visit to the supermarket. When stars are snapped looking makeup free, magazines compile images to create front cover stories and articles blaring the title of ’shocking faces’ of celebrities without makeup. They also always seem to choose to print the most unflattering of the images captured, don’t they?

It’s apparent that there is pressure to look perfect when out in public when you’re a celebrity, unless you are confident within and don’t concern yourself with what the media may say about you.

However, it’s evident that there has been a move to embrace ones natural beauty with initiatives by magazines by declaring whether an image has been Photoshopped (Girlfriend Magazine) and the much talked about Jennifer Hawkins’ makeup free cover and photo shoot for Marie Claire Magazine Australia’s 150th issue in 2008 as a part of the SunSmart Campaign. The enormity of such a move to go makeup free is highlighted by the coverage that this edition of the magazine received, not for the SunSmart Campaign, but for the shock, that for the first time, a star has chosen to go makeup free.

The self esteem and self image of teenagers is so fragile and can easily be affected, especially by the media through the portrayal of celebrities and personalities. I strongly believe that it’s a great start for the community to embrace natural beauty and to demonstrate that ‘real people’ don’t necessary look like those in the images published in beauty or fashion magazines and that it is okay to not wear makeup every day, if at all (especially in the case of teenagers) as makeup does not define whether a person is deemed beautiful or not and nor should it.

In light of this, I’ve compiled a short list of celebrities from a wide range of ages that have been spotted numerous times embracing going make up free.





What are your thoughts on the subject? Do you think celebrities should embrace going makeup free and do they look better with or without makeup? Leave a comment below!

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15 responses to “Celebrities sans Makeup: Why is it a big deal and the effect on teenagers

  1. I don’t believe it’s a case of looking better with or without make-up but how the celebrity feels with make-up on. Like everyday citizens, they should be free to do whatever they like with their bodies/face. Teenagers know better than that (I’m one myself). Also, make-up to me is a form of self-expression, I don’t want people complimenting my genes. I want the compliments directed at the ‘artwork’ I’ve left on my face.

    • Hi Jacqueline, thanks for commenting. I absolutely agree with you, that celebrities and such should be able to freely choose to either wear or not wear makeup.

      Its such as shame that the media exploits images of celebrities without makeup and makes quite a big deal about it. The images and stories that surround them that they publish, I believe, is one of their many tactics to increase sales without thinking about the effects it may have on the featured celebrities as after all, we all are human, we all have feelings. There is such a stigma that surrounds this topic and these images that may be embarrassing in a celebrities eyes, can hurt ones feelings and self image as they see these images plastered on the front covers of magazines with such intensely worded headings and titles.

      I’m also a teenager but there’s no denying that there’s been a movement and change in society where now more than ever, personal image and how one presents themself has more weighting. This pressure to always look your best is further amplified by the media and the portrayal i.e of celebrities without makeup. If you compare now to decades past, it’s clearly evident that the younger generations nowadays are more exposed and pressured to this and unfortunately, a substantial number of teenagers do wear makeup in order to match this perfect image that is portrayed.

      As you said, makeup is a great form of expression of art and creativity but there are more and more teenagers who are now wearing makeup to try and achieve that perfect look they see of celebrities in the media and even try to hide themselves because they don’t think they’re good enough and don’t feel confident within themselves and so they try and in a way ‘be somebody else’. And I personally believe that this can be very damaging to the self esteems of teenagers and how they see themselves.

    • I personally think they look great with or without makeup! I guess there are a lot of reasons as to why people wear makeup but I do have to agree, I do see some people wear a lot of makeup when they really dont need too because they look beautiful already!

      • ‘m a huge fan of makeup (and I think they look great with it too) I just personally like a certain type of makeup! But it just goes to show that anything is beautiful and that makeup is just experimentation and art, and that no one should feel less beautiful without it on you know?

  2. Wholeheartedly agree – probably because I rarely wear make -up!

    But there’s such an unrealistic expectation on looks – daughter has been wearing make-up (foundation and mascara and very natural looking) to school (NO make-up policy!) for the last 4 years – since year 8 – wouldn’t dare walk out the door without it.

    I love seeing celebrities WITHOUT make-up – the younger ones (Delta, Beyoncé and Jen Ganrner) still have a natural beauty that shines through and the older ones (Julianne Moore) make me feel better about myself!

    • Hi Kassalee,

      Thanks so much for your comment!

      I actually remember one day, last year in Year 12 when I went to school and instead of wearing the usual of just mascara, I added a bit of eyeliner and an inner corner highlight and a few of the girls in my different classes (who regularly wore quite a lot of makeup to school) commented and said ‘ Oh I love your eyes today’ and it was a bit of a ‘Wow’ moment because I felt as though I was being accepted into some sort of club! As well as that feeling of ‘Oh, they like my look today, maybe I should wear my makeup like this from now on’.

      There was that slight moment where I pondered the thought of actually doing that but quickly changed my mind because I felt absolutely comfortable by just wearing mascara and nothing else to school because I didn’t feel the need, just to impress a popular girl in my grade.

      I was actually watching a makeup tutorial on YouTube last night and the girl said ‘Oh, I’m sure you think I look really gross without makeup while I’m talking to you guys’ and I nearly yelled at my computer screen! So many people are naturally beautiful but because of that stigma of ‘you must always look good’ from the media, they seem to think they look like The Hunchback Of Notre Dame!

      I also prefer seeing celebs without any makeup! And I’m sure you have bucketloads of natural beauty yourself!

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  4. Excellent blog and such an important topic!!
    Good luck with Blogstars!
    You got my vote in that category 🙂

  5. Excellent post! It’s incredible the difference that makeup can make. I myself am a teenager and though I enjoy wearing makeup, I think it is so important that I wear it only because I find it fun and enjoyable and to enhance the features I really like about myself, not because I feel as though I have to or that it is expected. I still have the confidence to wear none, and most of the time I don’t wear makeup, especially to school. Sadly this is not the case for so many of my peers. Thanks for the post!

    • Thanks for the comment, Candice!Makeup is such a transformative tool, isnt it? I just entered the last year of my teens and I agree with you – I only wear makeup because I like to experiment with looks and to enhance features too. I used to think that school was that one place nobody needed to wear makeup as we were all the same (same age, same skin struggles) but the culture has really changed in regards to wearing makeup at school the past few years.

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