They say that beauty is only skin deep--and indeed, the true essence of beauty lies in a woman’s confidence and belief in herself. From this stems a wonderful inner beauty that also makes the outward appearance shine. While it's fun--and undeniably glamorous--to paint our faces and get all dolled up when going out or in front of a camera, a clean, fresh face devoid of makeup can sometimes show us at our most vulnerable--and authentic--best. These celebrated ladies demonstrate that less can be more by proudly showcasing their faces au naturel, displaying bright, beautiful features that glow with health, self-assurance, and true star presence.
Click through the slideshow below to see photos of these stunning celebrities and read what photographers Sara Black and Mark Nicdao have to say about their natural beauty.
(First published in Marie Claire, April 200; photos by Sara Black and Mark Nicdao)