Stars go makeup-free - would you?

Beauty is all about 'getting real' right now: plus-size models are walking even Chanel's runway (Lagerfeld said just months ago that "nobody wants to see round women"), Hollywood's casting directors have had it with plastic surgery, and stars are baring all on magazine covers and TV shows.

Pioneered by an issue of French Elle, in which photographer Peter Lindbergh published pictures of makeup-less models and actresses last year, the trend has now captured the US: singer Jessica Simpson appeared barefaced on Marie Claire, model Heidi Klum posed without makeup for People's 'Most Beautiful' issue, and reality TV star Kim Kardashian did the same for Life & Style magazine.

"Makeup is fun, but it's just another accessory," Kardashian told Life & Style." I'm happy with myself, and this is who I am. As much as it's fun to glam up, the most important thing is to be comfortable in your own skin - with or without makeup."

Last week, Today show host, Kathie Lee Gifford and her co-host, Hoda Kotb presented the one-hour program completely makeup-less after comedian Rosie O'Donnell speculated that Gifford had had cosmetic surgery. Apparently however, the transition was harder than anticipated, since at the beginning of the show, she said: "I didn't think it was going to bother me, and then I started realizing, you know what, I feel vulnerable," before adding that "at a certain point, you can never compete with the girls that are in the Miss USA pageant and that sort of thing. You just want to look your healthiest and your best."

The 'no makeup trend' has also already gone viral, with The Beauty Bean's Alexis Wolfer launching the Makeup Free Mondays campaign to "remind women of the importance of real and inner beauty, to promote better body image, to prevent eating disorders and to encourage conversations about unrealistic body ideals," as she states on the site.

If you don't feel ready to go completely barefaced just yet, read the tips on Beauty and The Blog ( http://blog.sephora.com/2009/04/no-makeup-makeup-look.html) to learn how you can achieve looking natural despite using some little helpers. Chances are your better half will welcome your new you: according to a recent study by hair- and skincare brand St. Ives, one in five men complains that women wear too much make-up.

To learn more about the Makeup Free Mondays campaign, visit: http://thebeautybean.com/site/beautify/makeup-free-mondays-how-you-can-show-your-support-for-casual-fridays-new-sister.

For an entertaining guide on the fashion industry's makeup-less insiders, click here: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/04/12/no-makeup-required.

Life and Style
ebookNow available in paperback
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

ES Rentals

    iJobs Job Widget
    iJobs Fashion

    Guru Careers: Software Developer / C# Developer

    £40-50K: Guru Careers: We are seeking an experienced Software / C# Developer w...

    Guru Careers: Software Developer

    £35 - 40k + Benefits: Guru Careers: We are seeking a Software Developer (JavaS...

    SThree: Trainee Recruitment Consultant / Resourcer

    £18000 - £23000 per annum + Commission: SThree: As a Trainee Recruitment Consu...

    Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AngularJS)

    £25000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: UI Developer - (UI, JavaScript, HTML...

    Day In a Page

    Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

    Sun, sex and an anthropological study

    One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
    From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

    Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

    'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
    'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

    Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

    This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

    Songs from the bell jar

    Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
    How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

    One man's day in high heels

    ...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

    Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
    The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

    King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

    The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

    End of the Aussie brain drain

    More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
    Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

    Can meditation be bad for you?

    Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
    Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

    Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

    Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine
    Letterman's final Late Show: Laughter, but no tears, as David takes his bow after 33 years

    Laughter, but no tears, as Letterman takes his bow after 33 years

    Veteran talkshow host steps down to plaudits from four presidents
    Ivor Novello Awards 2015: Hozier wins with anti-Catholic song 'Take Me To Church' as John Whittingdale leads praise for Black Sabbath

    Hozier's 'blasphemous' song takes Novello award

    Singer joins Ed Sheeran and Clean Bandit in celebration of the best in British and Irish music
    Tequila gold rush: The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product

    Join the tequila gold rush

    The spirit has gone from a cheap shot to a multi-billion pound product
    12 best statement wallpapers

    12 best statement wallpapers

    Make an impact and transform a room with a conversation-starting pattern
    Paul Scholes column: Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?

    Paul Scholes column

    Does David De Gea really want to leave Manchester United to fight it out for the No 1 spot at Real Madrid?