10 Times Royal Family Members Went Makeup-Free And Looked Flawless

In the royal world, seeing makeup-free faces offers a refreshing reminder that even though royal women are known across the globe, they're also natural beauties who, believe it or not, have down-to-earth and relatable sides.

From Sarah Ferguson to Meghan Markle, each member of the royal family has showcased their radiant complexion in candid moments here and there. In fact, Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice, the dynamic duo known for their sisterly bond and genuine smiles, frequently offer candid makeup-free moments on social media, revealing a raw and authentic side to their royal personas. And how could we forget Diana, Princess of Wales, the royal that will forever be cherished for her timeless style and unprecedented warmth? The People's Princess was often captured in unguarded moments, and sometimes, she embraced her natural beauty with a carefree spirit and makeup-free face.

So, while we live in a world where meticulously curated images dominate social media and every royal outing is thoroughly planned, the following photos stand out as authentic portrayals of royalty — beautiful freckles, smile lines, and red spots included.

Meghan Markle showed off her bare face in her Netflix docuseries

In Netflix's revealing documentary series "Harry & Meghan," Meghan Markle bared more than just her emotions. Premiering in December 2022, the series captured a raw moment with the Duchess of Sussex in its opening scene. With her face free of makeup and her hair wrapped in a towel, Markle's vulnerability was tangible as she shed tears over her experiences in the royal family. This candid display offered viewers a rare glimpse of her natural beauty, proving that Markle exudes royal grace and elegance even without cosmetics.

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice don't wear makeup when enjoying nature

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice decided to forgo makeup for a serene moment in nature. Eugenie shared the images on Instagram on August 9, 2023, in order to congratulate her sister Beatrice's birthday, which was the day before. Embracing the simplicity of the outdoors, they showcased their radiant bare faces, temporarily free from the constraints of royal duty. This candid snapshot not only highlighted their down-to-earth personalities but also served as a reminder that even members of the royal family appreciate the beauty of a makeup-free moment while exploring nature.

Kate Middleton often rocked a makeup-free face before she became a royal

Before ascending to royalty, stunning style icon Kate Middleton, now the Princess of Wales, was often spotted with a makeup-free face. On June 23, 2005, prior to her graduation ceremony at the University of St. Andrews, Middleton was spotted dressed in a simple pair of jeans and a white tank top, which perfectly matched the laidback look on her face. This candid moment captured Middleton's natural beauty, offering a glimpse into the simplicity of her pre-royal life.

Meghan Markle loves showing off her freckles

Even during her acting days, Meghan Markle was no stranger to embracing her natural beauty, often showcasing her freckles with pride. At a pre-Emmy Gift Lounge in September 2009, Markle served radiant confidence as she ditched her favorite foundation to show off her freckles. The star might have had some light eye makeup on, but she opted for a more natural complexion, allowing her freckles to take center stage. "For all my freckle-faced friends out there, I will share with you something my dad told me when I was younger: 'A face without freckles is a night without stars,'" Markle shared with Allure in 2017. With a lesson like this instilled in her, it's no wonder why Markle's transformation has been so stunning to witness.

Sarah Ferguson and her daughters love letting their skin breathe

Sarah Ferguson and her daughters, Princess Beatrice and Princess Eugenie, are no strangers to embracing their natural beauty, either. On March 8, 2023, Princess Eugenie celebrated International Women's Day with a heartwarming post on Instagram, capturing all three women enjoying the winter air with radiant, makeup-free faces. This candid moment celebrated not only womanhood but also their shared bond and confidence in their bare skin. Similarly, a photo shared on October 16, 2022, in honor of Sarah Ferguson's birthday showed Princess Eugenie and her mother relishing each other's company during a walk in nature while rocking no makeup at all.

While training for a rowing challenge, Kate Middleton keeps her face fresh and clean

During her training session for the Sisterhood Cross Channel Rowing Challenge on July 27, 2007, Kate Middleton, known for regal looks, showed her natural beauty by opting for a fresh face. As she braved the waters of the River Thames with the rowing team, Middleton understood the practicality of going makeup-free, especially during rigorous physical activities like rowing where water splashes are inevitable. She even rocked some casual, commoner style, which is always refreshing to see. 

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice go bare-faced in a birthday post

Princess Eugenie and Princess Beatrice are two royals who frequently grace Instagram with stunning makeup-free selfies that offer a rare peek into their royal lives. In a post commemorating Beatrice's birthday on August 8, 2020, Eugenie treated her followers to a gorgeous snapshot of the two sisters giving us their biggest smiles (and makeup-free faces).

Sarah Ferguson has embraced aging with grace

It certainly seems as if the two royal sisters get their confidence from their mother, Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson. Her genuine authenticity shines through in her candid Instagram posts, including a makeup-free snapshot shared on January 22, 2024. In it, she exudes joy and vitality, but it's the post's caption that really grabbed at her followers' heartstrings. 

"I have been taking some time to myself as I have been diagnosed with malignant melanoma, a form of skin cancer," the royal wrote. "I believe my experience underlines the importance of checking the size, shape, color, and texture and emergence of new moles that can be a sign of melanoma and urge anyone who is reading this to be diligent." Ferguson handles herself with grace — something we can all look up to.

Princess Eugenie looks happiest with her husband — and no makeup in sight

In a series of heartfelt selfies shared on April 24, 2020, Princess Eugenie radiates pure joy and contentment alongside her husband, Jack Brooksbank. In the photos shared to commemorate their 10th anniversary, we can't help but admire Eugenie's luminous and glowy complexion, which is seemingly untouched by makeup.

Princess Diana knew better than to rock heavy makeup at the beach

Princess Diana, known for her effortless elegance and timeless style that still influences fashionistas worldwide, embraced a carefree and natural look while enjoying a beach holiday on the Caribbean Island of Nevis. In a candid snapshot captured by paparazzi on January 3, 1993, the beloved Princess of Wales exuded confidence as she took a refreshing swim in the sea. With a makeup-free face, an orange bikini, and chic sunglasses that suited her perfectly, Princess Di was the epitome of vacation chic.