Christina Aguilera
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Makeup is a tool for empowerment, but sometimes the most empowering thing to do is wear no makeup at all. 

Some stars have totally embraced their natural look by posing on the front covers of major magazines with absolutely no makeup whatsoever. Celebrities like Adele, Christina Aguilera, Jessica Simpson, and more have shown their natural beauty. 

These eight celebs looked so stunning on their magazine covers without a stitch of makeup. Wearing makeup is a personal choice, and you should feel beautiful with or without.

Christina Aguilera

While Aguilera is usually heavy-handed when it comes to applying cosmetics, so when this makeup-free cover of Paper magazine came out, fans freaked out. Aguilera looked nearly unrecognizable and so stunning. The 2018 cover started a wave of no-makeup looks that embrace our natural beauty. 

Mila Kunis

Kunis revealed on this 2016 Glamour cover that no makeup was her favorite look. The mom of two posed for the Denim Issue in full glam, but also in a barefaced style for the back cover. Kunis was wearing a bit of eye cream, serum, and lip balm. 

Alicia Keys

Now, it's no surprise for Alicia Keys to go makeup-free. However, for her 2017 Allure cover, Keys was looking totally fresh and natural in her year of no makeup. The singer now wears minimal makeup to most awards shows and in most photo shoots. 


In an in-depth interview about her album 25, Adele posed totally natural. The Rolling Stone article came out in 2015, and she discussed her notoriously private personal life. Now, nearly five years later, her next album is rumored to release later this year. 

Jessica Simpson 

Jessica Simpson posed again totally barefaced in her 2020 Glamour magazine cover. The actor and singer has also gone makeup-free for magazines like Vogue and InStyle. Simpson got brutally honest in the issue and talked about her alcohol abuse and addiction. 

Kim Kardashian

While Kardashian is famous for her heavily done-up makeup looks and fashion statements, this Vogue Australia cover was totally fresh-faced. Kardashian has been open about the insecurities she has with the dark circles under her eyes, but she left everything untouched for the shoot. The 2016 issue released shortly after Kardashian's second pregnancy, which was nearly life-threatening. 

Mariah Carey

In 2011, the iconic singer posed for Billboard completely makeup-free. The music magazine revealed Carey's intention behind her album Me: I Am Mariah...The Elusive Chauntese. She said that the album "would be reflective of personal possession of mine that's part of an entity that I've had almost all my life."


Shortly after releasing "Drunk in Love," Beyoncé posed natural-faced for Flaunt magazine. The superstar looked just as beautiful as always, and revealed that her muse for confidence was her daughter Blue Ivy Carter. Clearly, that has not changed.