Supermodels without Makeup.

Via Waylon Lewis
on Apr 6, 2012
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Perfection, Unphotoshopped.

And, without photoshopping, at the end of a long sleepless time (Paris Fashion Week), without good lighting, without smiles, without hair done, with distortion in angle (camera super close up?)…

…still, relevant, because we here at elephant are fans of less equals more, less parabens, less chemicals, more just us, more ourselves. Of course, there’s a middle ground. Some is lovely. Natural is lovely. Eco Organic is healthy.

And, this photo’s still interesting to look over, because tired, not madeup, not photoshopped (not comparing ourselves to photoshopped, madeup, “perfect” supermodels) is how many of us operate all the time. Just as ourselves.

And it should be pointed out that some of them have traces of makeup going. And that many of them are as more more beautiful than when all done up, as are these here.

Doubleclick for huge:

> Here’s what a year’s worth of makeup (literally) will do to your face.

Conventional Lipstick? Don’t do it to yourself. Here’s some highly-kissable Alternatives. [Treehugger]

> More attractive without makeup? Photos. 

Cause: more toxins in everyday environment. Effect: cancer rates continue to climb for men & women. Answer: do not use conventional make-up or bodycare. [Summer Rayne Oakes interview]


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About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. | His first book, Things I would like to do with You, is now available.


27 Responses to “Supermodels without Makeup.”

  1. (r)evoluzione says:

    Interesting. One, the non-made up shots almost look like mug shots in their pose and comportment. All that is needed to complete the mug shot vibe are the height indicator lines in the background.

    Secondly, there is an interesting trend–more models than not have the really widely-set apart eyes, which is drastically more noticeable in the natural photos. The effect almost completely disappears with makeup on.

    Makeup is a social adaptation, meant to mimic the true facial cues of good genes and strong fertility. There is really no male equivalent, since male attraction cues are largely behavioral. Well, maybe there is some male equivalent, but it's certainly not accepted in the way makeup is for women.

    Thanks for posting this, it's a good reminder to look beyond the skin on all humans, and to accept & love ourselves regardless of external appearances.

  2. elephantjournal says:

    I think that's the lense…reading comments on Reddit, from whence this was discovered, seemed to confirm, via several photographers, that the close up angle or lense was responsible for the wide-apart eyes look in the "plain" photos.

  3. Michelle says:

    As a former model, at a very young age, the hardest part is Unlearning how to Feel beautiful without the facade. Thank you for this, I hope girls and women of all ages who battle to feel special in a photoshopped world will realize we are all imperfect. That is what makes us unique, otherwise we’d be created on an assembly line!

  4. Shannon says:

    Why are the heads so big? angle? Camera? or are they just that thin?

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  14. Mia says:

    They look stunning in the before photos.

  15. emilyo says:

    Wow they're real people after all! I like seeing them this way, they're beautiful.

  16. Truth says:

    ARE YOU KIDDING! Elle Has makeup on including some of the other models… and they have their busts up with a push up bra… these arent "natural shots" however they are all beautiful. But cut the BS please!

  17. Keith says:

    Cameron Russell further explains from an insider's perspective…I wonder if she does yoga?

  18. Adipta says:


  19. NotBlind says:

    "……..And that many of them are as more more beautiful than when all done up, as are these here…."
    Are we looking at the same image? The only one that looks even vaguely attractive on the left is Elle McPherson

  20. Sudeshna Sengupta says:

    Maybe no make-up but definitely several are severely dependent on push-up bra no doubt. Kind of defeats the point of the article. Just saying'.

  21. trin says:

    another reason I'm not renewing my subscription….

  22. Guest says:

    What this photoset really highlights is the lack of diversity in the fashion industry. How many of these Faces of Perfection are women of color?

  23. elephantjournal says:

    Hi there – that's too bad. Could you be more specific about what you like and don't like? Also, have you considered signing up for our daily newsletter which features our 'best of' (go here). ~ Ed.

  24. Lorre Fleming says:

    Only one is smiling. And that's the only really beautiful photo in the whole series, as far as I'm concerned. Oh, and all the makeup? Scary.

  25. jane doe says:

    no make up but still fake. Serious breast implants!