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Lady Gaga looks stunning no matter what, but her recent Instagram post proves that she can pull off gorgeous jewelry and a makeup-free face like no one else. 

Last week, she shared an intimate portrait of herself after the Oscars were all said and done. If you'll recall, she wore a gorgeous black ball gown and the famous Tiffany diamond necklace, which was last worn by Audrey Hepburn while promoting the film Breakfast at Tiffany's

At more than 128 carats, the necklace is a serious head-turner. But some fans weren't all that impressed with the big bling. In fact, many people couldn't stop commenting on Gaga's freckled face and her natural, no-makeup look.

If your name is Lady Gaga, you're probably still on cloud nine right about now.

Just a week ago, Gaga took home the Academy Award for Best Original Song. She won the Oscar for "Shallow," which she also performed at the awards ceremony alongside her A Star Is Born costar and director Bradley Cooper. The song itself was cowritten by Gaga, Andrew Wyatt, Anthony Rossomando, and Mark Ronson. It's safe to say that it's destined to become a karaoke classic for the future.

She gave an incredibly powerful speech when she accepted her Oscar.

"If you are at home, and you're sitting on your couch, and you are watching this right now, all I have to say is that this is hard work," she said. "I worked hard for a long time. It's not about winning. What it's about is not giving up. If you have a dream, fight for it. It's not about how many times you get rejected, you fall down, or you're beaten up. It's about how many times you stand up and are brave and you keep on going."

Without a doubt, Gaga has had an incredible awards season.

According to Harper's Bazaar, she made history by becoming the first person ever to win a BAFTA, an Oscar, a Golden Globe, and a Grammy in the same year. And in December she began a two-year residency in Las Vegas at MGM's Park Theater. "I’ll tell you exactly what I told my MGM and Park Theater partners," Gaga said. "You can count on this performer always for one thing ... I’ll leave my heart on the stage every single night." 

Late last week, she reflected on being able to wear the famous Tiffany diamond to the Oscars.

"For the Oscars, @tiffanyandco offered to go into their vault and let me wear their iconic, 141-year-old Tiffany diamond," Gaga wrote on Instagram. "The last person to wear this was Audrey Hepburn while promoting Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was an honor to wear it and made my unforgettable night even more special." 

But the bling wasn't the only thing that caught people's attention.

Gaga's bare face in the photo garnered a lot of attention, especially since she ordinarily goes big and bold with her beauty looks. 

"Bare skin is beautiful on you," someone wrote. Another fan remarked, "Out of the shower GOD she’s stunning!!" Basically, the world is going to need Gaga to drop her skin-care routine STAT.

We've seen Gaga go without makeup before.

For example, Ally, her character in A Star Is Born, rarely wore makeup. It was definitely the most stripped down we've ever seen Gaga, who has a long track record of experimenting with makeup to create some incredibly memorable looks. But as one Instagrammer put it: "You need NEVER to wear makeup again #naturallygorgeous." 

In general, people seem to be loving this subtler approach to beauty.

According to Allure, those of us who want to achieve Gaga's "great glow" should consider buying Ole Henriksen Truth Serum. Gaga's makeup artist, Sarah Tanno, told Refinery29 that "it really boosts a nice, healthy glow.” You can apply it using your hands, although Gaga gets slightly fancier treatment via a $2,600 tool known as the Adore Cosmetics Palm Sonic. Now, that is some next-level skin care.

Whether she has a fully contoured face or is totally makeup-free, Gaga can rock just about anything.

To keep Gaga's skin hydrated, Tanno told Refinery29 that she uses By Terry Baume de Rose Face Cream or Vintner's Daughter Active Botanical Serum. "Sometimes face oils don't absorb into the skin and they become sticky," she said. "But this one really absorbs so nicely and evens skin tone so well that I sometimes skip the moisturizer — I really don't have to use much else."

Gaga does whatever she wants, and that's what makes her such an inspiration.

After all, we're talking about the woman who once said: "I had a boyfriend who told me I'd never succeed, never be nominated for a Grammy, never have a hit song, and that he hoped I'd fail. I said to him, 'Someday, when we're not together, you won't be able to order a cup of coffee at the f*cking deli without hearing or seeing me.'" PREACH, GIRL.

Even though awards season has come and gone, we're excited to see what Gaga does next.

Last year, she told The New York Times that she is always transforming. “I do keep transforming into a new shell of me,” she said. "So sure, there is an acting component to what I do, or a showbiz component to what I do. But the word 'acting,' it's hard for me to talk about in that way, because 'acting' to me almost implies faking it." Well, if she's made one thing clear, it's that "faking it" is not in her vocabulary.