What is it these days with models and actresses taking off their makeup? Jessica Simpson swore she went sans makeup for the May cover of Marie Claire, and last year, French Elle devoted an entire issue to natural beauty with Peter Lindbergh’s gorgeous photographs of models and actresses — all makeup free. Even Snooki jumped on the bandwagon, in an issue of In Touch earlier this year. And today, TV hosts Hoda Kotb and Kathy Lee Gifford went without even a stitch of foundation in the fourth hour of the Today Show.
It used to be that shooting a celebrity without her makeup happened only when a paparazzi photographer got lucky, typically catching her leaving Starbucks in some sort of Juicy sweatsuit. Now, going makeup free has become a stamp of approval, a right of passage of sorts.
And Kim Kardashian is no stranger to bearing it all. Last month, Kim posed nude and supposedly unretouched in the May issue of Harper’s Bazaar. For a girl who wears so much makeup all the time, it’s refreshing that she’d agree to let go of it all for a photoshoot in this week’s Life & Style.
“Makeup is fun,” Kim told Life & Style, “but it’s just another accessory. 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.”
Strangely enough, unlike Jessica’s Marie Claire cover, it actually looks like Kim went makeup free. Funny what solid lighting and a some fan-blown hair can do to a girl.
Truth be told, in the case of Kim and Jessica, their makeup free faces look pretty stunning, dare we say better, than some of the caked up looks we’re used to seeing them in.
[via Life & Style]