Stars Without Makeup may be my guilty pleasure—but like this study says, I ain’t goin’ nowhere without my war paint

Cameron Diaz without makeup on

I’m a high-low kind of gal, so I will freely admit to reading the odd gossip rag. (Yes, I did used to have a subscription to Us Weekly. What of it?)

Anyway, I don’t know whether it’s Us or In Touch or Star that puts it out, but you know what the best issue is? Stars Without Makeup, of course. (Stars With Cellulite coming a close second.)

Schadenfreude: everyone needs a hobby.

Now, even though we the general public like to gawk at celebs not looking their best (and then, um, some of us blog about it), obviously we take the whole no-makeup thing very, very seriously when it comes to our own lives.

How seriously? A new study in the Daily Mail (a.k.a. the newspaper of record for generally useless studies) has discovered that a full third of us wear makeup every single time we go out—even if it’s 7am on a Sunday morning and we just ran out of cereal. (Have you tried Chia Goodness? Weird but yummy.)

And there’s more… but first, because I know you clicked on this post for some celebrity schadenfeude, let me interrupt this with a pic of Kim Kardashian, without her war paint (that’s Cameron Diaz, always a Stars Without Makeup regular, up top.)

kim kardashian without makeup on Stars Without Makeup may be my guilty pleasure—but like this study says, I aint goin nowhere without my war paint

Here’s a makeup-less Sharon Stone.

Sharon Stone Without Makeup Stars Without Makeup may be my guilty pleasure—but like this study says, I aint goin nowhere without my war paint

And here’s a bare-faced Gwynnie (pre-injections):

gwyneth paltrow without makeup Stars Without Makeup may be my guilty pleasure—but like this study says, I aint goin nowhere without my war paint

(I could honestly spend all day Google Image searching these, but to my surprise and delight a website exists called Enjoy!)

Now back to that study. In addition to the 33 percent who won’t leave the house without makeup…

  • Nearly 50 percent of women say they feel better with a full face of makeup
  • 10 percent won’t let their partner see them without makeup
  • 60 percent won’t go to the office without makeup (and 25 percent are convinced that if they didn’t wear it, they’d be passed over for a promotion)

Do these numbers surprise you?

I thought more women would say that they don’t leave the house without makeup. (And yes, it does matter if you’re in certain professions, say—ACTING? I don’t know if these celebs have reverse body dysmorphia or what, but it’s sure as hell deflating to see your favourite celeb’s dark circles and acne scars.)

As for the rest of us, well, I’m torn. On the one hand, as you know, we don’t advocate heavy makeup here at BEAUTY EDITOR HQ. Less is more…

Elizabeth Arden cream blush Stars Without Makeup may be my guilty pleasure—but like this study says, I aint goin nowhere without my war paint…but to a point. Like I said in my 2011 beauty resolutions, part of the act of putting on a touch of makeup every morning—making yourself presentable—is a self-esteem thing.

It doesn’t have to be much but at the very least I think you’ve gotta deal with skin imperfections (a swipe of concealer or mineral foundation works miracles), dullness (which is why I heart cream blush) and maybe some mascara, plus lip balm. Oh and EVERYBODY needs to do my essential trick for bright, wide-awake eyes. It only takes a couple minutes to do all of that—and yes, I DO do it every time I leave the house—and I’ll bet Cameron and Kim and Sharon and Gywneth all wish they’d bothered to do so too. Right?

Of course, if you have specific stuff you want to hide (like acne), covering that shiz up has got to feel good as well. I’ve been waiting FOREVER for a reason to post this (not-really-related-but-sort-of) video and I’m shoehorning it in now:

Do you ever go bare-faced, or do you, at minimum, have to apply [insert-makeup-of-choice-here]? (I want to know what it is!)
Is Stars Without Makeup not the BEST issue evah?
This kid’s acne song is catchy, huh?


Friday, January 14/2011 at 3:04 pm

It is true that when i leave the house without makeup i don’t feel that great even though i don’t put a cake of makeup on. I had a 7:15am class last semester which is super early to get up for and this is the only time I walk out of my house without any makeup. Thank god I’ve been taking Cod Liver Oil because by then I did not have any acne =)

Sometimes it’s just so shocking how much makeup celebs put on once you see their bare face. For ex: Eva Longoria. Once you see their bare face they just look like non-famous people


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:37 pm

Cod liver oil FTW!


Ali de Bold
Friday, January 14/2011 at 3:57 pm

I still think Gwyneth Paltrow looks adorable without makeup. With a smile, I think anyone can pull the look off. Most of what makes these stars look less attractive is their expressions. In particular poor Cameron Diaz. But in their shoes in the public eye, it’s probably best not to risk it!


Beauty Booty 411
Friday, January 14/2011 at 4:10 pm

How I would love to say I leave the house without makeup. Sigh! I am unable to do so. I won’t go for a full-out smoky eye to do the groceries, but there’s always time for under-eye concealer and a dab of tinted lip balm. No one has perfect skin!! Clearly, not even celebs. Still love Kim Kardashian…makeup-free ad all!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:38 pm

Same here – I’m not advocating a full face of makeup, but I’m just not one of those people who looks good without it. At minimum I need concealer + blush. But then again, I write about all this stuff so am probably more paranoid than the average person. :-)


Friday, January 14/2011 at 5:01 pm

Ugh I’ve had the worst breakouts this winter :( so there is no way I’m leaving the house with anything less than concealer!

And, are you sure that is Kim Kardashian?? Wow. She is actually another person. Gorgeous but someone else. I wish she would enhance her features rather than erase/change them. Wow.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:43 pm

Jane are you doing cod liver oil?

I actually like Kim even though I don’t want to! (the whole trashy reality star thing etc). She’s completely surgically altered her face but in the rare moments on her TV show when she is bare-faced, I think she looks really pretty.


Friday, January 14/2011 at 5:31 pm

yea i get a shock every time i see stars without make-up, holy cow they look completely NORMAL! which makes me feel good too, like i could look just as good as them if made up by the crew they have :)

and yes, I too never leave the house without a minimum of under eye concealer (which i even bring with when im camping and faithfully apply without a mirror! ;p
and usually always with mascara and if time (which usually there is) liquid eyeliner- which totally changes the shape of my eye to a shape i much prefer…is that sad?? hahah


Friday, January 14/2011 at 5:40 pm

Omg, you blogged about Charlie! I’ve been following his videos for years! Just makes me love your blog so much more!

In Norway it’s pretty normal to have relaxed approach to makeup. We have the other extreme with a heavy base and lots of eye shadow everyday look. But most of us just wear wool knitted sweater that our grandmother knitted, hair in a bun and little/no make up.

If I’m going to go workout don’t have school that day I won’t wear anything. I’ll just sweat it off and I’ll shower afterwards anyway.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:45 pm

I have this idea in my head that everyone in Norway is naturally gorgeous and doesn’t even need makeup! I don’t know if Canadians have as good raw material… but we’re also pretty minimalist with makeup. The caked-on look = never pretty!


Makeup Morsels
Friday, January 14/2011 at 7:43 pm

I don’t know, I’m fine with going out with a bare face. Sometimes, I don’t even bother to put in my contacts, especially if I’m just going to the supermarket or something. Especially when I go to a country where people just don’t wear much eye makeup (like in Asia), I’ll go out with a bare face even when I’m working.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:46 pm

Lucky! I wish I could do that. I’m too blotchy and pale.


Friday, January 14/2011 at 11:28 pm

Kim Kardash, wowza!! I’d tend to side with Jane and be a sceptic, she looks SO different, it’s insane! She’s still pretty though, which sadly isn’t Sharon Stone’s case anymore…


Saturday, January 15/2011 at 12:20 am

I wear makeup everyday, everywhere or else get caught looking like I’m sick, sleep deprived or aged 5 years over night. Poor Cameron! That could be the most unflattering photo I have ever seen of her. Kim is unrecognizable without her make-up on. Beauty and the beast.


Saturday, January 15/2011 at 8:00 am

i just thought i should let you know that I was reading up on Hillary Duff makeup and while i absolutely loved your post, I also realised that I have read it somewhere else only to realise someoe has copied your piece and given no credit. thought you ought to know


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:48 pm

Thanks for the heads up Eva! I contacted her and she changed it.


Saturday, January 15/2011 at 3:01 pm

I wear make up every day expect when:
*I’m just going to buy some groceries. Feels pretty bad, though.
*I’m just going to the gym.
So that’s it. Actually, I’m OBLIGATED(that’s right) to wear make up at work(at a hotel as an administrator).
Here in Estonia it’s all about fake beauty – nails, hair, lashes. And the longer, the better. It is common that girls wear long blond hair-extensions, b l a c k lash-extensions and acrylic nails with sharp ends. And the ”best part” – for some reason, foundation needs to be OBVIOUS. Why? I have no idea.
So, when I’m not shopping for food or working out I usually wear just primer, foundation, concealer, mascara, blush and some lip-gloss.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:49 pm

OMG! You need to send some of these girls to my blog! Who knew that Estonia was a hot bed of beauty crimes?!?


Saturday, January 15/2011 at 9:09 pm

My husband bugs me about this all the time, always wonders why I cannot leave the house without at least mascara and some concealer. … he always asks me ‘who are you going to meet?’ To which I reply… ‘you never know’

and its because one of my fears is to run into someone who really shouldn’t be seeing me without makeup, like an old boyfriend or my highschool nemesis. OK, maybe a little overdramatic but you still never know!!!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:50 pm

I think that way too, Kat. I love that men (as in ones you’re dating/married to) always tell us we look beautiful with no makeup… but somehow I feel like if we looked like that *all the time*, the relationship might not have got started in the first place!


Monday, January 17/2011 at 12:24 pm

LOVE your blog.
Gives me that little shot of beauty that I am missing since leaving (the beauty industry) NYC!
OK, my necessity: concealer. Do not like to leave the house without it – it totally wakes up my face, makes me look rested and younger… (BTW, Yves Saint Laurent “ANTI-CERNES Multi-Action Concealer” is my tippity top pick – I use #3, it rocks).
Oh, and I agree about KK – who is that?


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:52 pm

Aw thanks! Need to research this YSL concealer… it looks like Cle de Peau’s – have you ever tried that one? I’ve been off YSL concealer-wise because Touche Eclat gives me a skin rash :-(


Monday, January 17/2011 at 7:59 pm

I go bare faced on the weekends normally … Unless I’m going out in the evening :) BUT I do feel really awkward if I don’t at least fill in my brows — they’re so sparse they just look funny without some help. If I do my brows That normally leads to a coat of mascara and maybe a bit of liner, but that’s normally as far as I go. I def lay off the foundation/primer stuff as often as I can.


Tuesday, January 18/2011 at 11:14 am

I always wear make up when I leave the house. And…. (this is embarrassing)… I have a job where I really don’t need to be wearing any make up at all. I am a yoga teacher. But I’ve never had good skin- I struggled with acne through my teenage years and 20′s, and have never shaken the feeling of having “bad skin”- though my skin has vastly improved now that I’m in my 30′s.

I always wear a small amount of concealer under the eyes and around nostrils, cover any zits, a touch of sheer mineral make up, and always blush- otherwise I look like a zombie. I don’t wear eye make-up, except for concealer, or lips, except for lip balm- sometimes I mix a hint of lipstick with my balm to spice things up, and that’s it! The thing is, I really like make up. I like the routine of putting it on each day. It makes me feel good. Sometimes I wish I had an office job so I could be a bit more adventurous with my make up at work! Glad to hear that I am not the only one afraid to buy toilet paper without my “mask” on.


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:54 pm

Lisa – best thing ever for breakouts (and just glowy skin in general) is cod liver oil: Seriously life changing – and I get a testimonial or two every week about it in some shape or form.


Tuesday, January 18/2011 at 12:51 pm

Michelle, would the “wide awake eye” trick work for Asian eyes? We are in need of looking awake since we naturally look not awake, lol!

I will not leave my house without slapping on moisturizer and sunscreen! NO way, jose!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:58 pm

Yep – it’s non-ethnicity specific… I think all of us just naturally have some darkness at the inner corners of the eyes. I can still remember the MUA who taught me this because before that, I’d been only applying concealer *underneath* my eyes. Once I started doing it in the inner corners, it brightened up my whole face! So definitely give it a shot… just make sure you’re using the right shade of concealer (should be an exact match to your skin tone – not lighter)

Also re: makeup – I have Asian-shaped eyes (even though I’m not Asian) and I find the best thing to do is skip the eyeshadow, since we don’t have an eyelid crease to emphasize anyway, and instead focus on building up the upper lash line. Liquid liners or waterproof eye pencils are essential – some suggestions here: Also wear lots of mascara!


Beauty from the inside
Friday, January 21/2011 at 9:18 pm

When you look at the celebs without makeup on, you may see their flaws, but I see beautiful women. Shouldn’t our beauty come from within and not our external and outward appearances?


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Wednesday, January 26/2011 at 6:59 pm

It does, but this blog is about self-improvement too… we all want to look our best and there’s nothing wrong with that. Also a little bit of celebrity snark is therapeutic – makes us realize that even they are not perfect. I certainly feel better about my own beauty when I see photos like these!


Friday, April 22/2011 at 4:49 pm

I’ve never worn makeup even though I have TONS of it. I think I’m just too lazy to actually spend a good hour of my morning doing my face when I could be sleeping.. But I do wear eye liner and mascara and that’s it! I’m out the door. I’ve always been complimented on my face and its freshness since junior high when other girls were walking around with $5 makeup piled on their faces. I think it’s just better to go natural!


Comment Avatar Michelle Villett
Sunday, May 1/2011 at 3:56 pm

Oh don’t get me wrong – I would never advocate spending more than 10 mins or so on your face… I like my sleep too! I think there is definitely a way to still look natural but polished. It only takes a second to do a bit of concealer, blush, mascara – and you look (and feel) so much better than going completely bare-faced.


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