For celebrities, there’s much more to enhancing their image than the roles they play or their behavior when they’re going about their day-to-day business. In their industry, appearance is everything — “let yourself go,” in any manner of speaking, and it could be career suicide.
Then again, not everyone can wear a full face and a fancy gown all of the time. Even celebrity dudes have to take a break from the gym every once in awhile. So what happens when they let their guards down and present to the world as their authentic selves? As it turns out, not much — except for the fact that we barely recognize them.
Check out these 20 celebrities, all without their signature looks, in the photos below. If you couldn’t see their names, would you even recognize them? #11 is just wild.
#1. KELLY OSBOURNE
Kelly Osbourne posted this photo to Instagram on Oct. 19, 2014 with the caption, “Someone went a little #HardCore in the gym today!!! #FeelingTheBurn.” We’d hardly recognize her without her signature glam-rock style.
#2. JOAQUIN PHOENIX
He’s the mysterious sort, but when he grows out the beard and wears the shades he’s basically unrecognizable.
All grown up and post-legal troubles, Kesha is entering into a new, more adult-looking phase in her life.
#4. MATTHEW MCCEUNAGHEY
He’s known for being cut and muscled, but without his signature bod, he looks like a completely different dude.
#5. MARILYN MANSON
Without his makeup and eye contacts, he sort of just looks like a regular middle-aged dude.
#9. CHRIS HEMSWORTH
This Thor star went from muscle maniac to scary skinny for his role in The Heart of the Sea — we definitely wouldn’t recognize him if we saw him on the street.
#6. DREW BARRYMORE
She’s a hippie queen, and without makeup, she looks like a totally different (albeit still beautiful) person.
#7. NICKI MINAJ
This photo is from a long time ago — can you believe how different Minaj looks now?
#8. MILEY CYRUS
Miley goes through so many style and aesthetic transformations, it’s hard to keep up.
#9. MILA KUNIS
Mila looks like she was having a hard day, but we can still see her natural beauty shining through.
As if you needed any proof that Beyonce looked anything but out-of-this-world beautiful without makeup.
#11. GWEN STEFANI
Gwen Stefani posted this image to her Instagram account, proving that even without any makeup, this woman hasn’t aged at all.
#12. KYLIE JENNER
Her Instagram caption read, “You know it’s gonna be a good Sunday when ya weaves out & u haven’t put ur face on yet.” She’s a makeup loving kind of woman, but she also looks great without it.
#13. LADY GAGA
Gaga is such a classic Italian beauty, but without makeup she looks so different than what we’re used to.
#14. JESSICA ALBA
She might not be wearing any makeup, but Alba is still extraordinarily beautiful without a stitch of it on.
#15. LINDSAY LOHAN
Lindsay Lohan posted this photo to Instagram on Dec. 13, 2015 with the caption, “Sauna. Rejuvenate. Rehydrate. Repeat.” We’re loving her barefaced look, even if it took us a minute to recognize her.