5 Times Rihanna Went Makeup-Free And Looked Flawless

With nine Grammy awards and counting, Rihanna has continued to soar since her entrance to the music scene in the early 2000s. But her impact as an international icon reaches even further into the realms of entrepreneurship with her successful line of cosmetics, Fenty Beauty, and lingerie line, Savage x Fenty. The Barbados-born star's talent isn't her only gift either — she also has a generous heart and was given Harvard University's Humanitarian of the Year award in 2017 for her admirable nonprofit work in education.

While most celebrities in the limelight face pressure to adhere to society's beauty standards, Rihanna has offered fans an alternative approach to the concept of wearing makeup with Fenty Beauty's ethos — the company aims to create products that are playful and fun, and not a must-wear uniform. In an interview with Access Hollywood, the singer confirmed what many might already glean — that she not only looks beautiful without makeup but feels it too. "When I feel naturally beautiful — when I feel like I was in the sun, I got a little tan, I don't need no makeup, my skin is poppin', my melanin is a little browner, my hair is curly — I feel confident, like, wow, I didn't need anything extra ... I feel confident when I don't have the accessories of society's beauty, honestly," the star said.

The star shows us her makeup-free face in her tutorials

In an Instagram tutorial for Fenty Beauty and Fenty Skin on November 24, 2020, Rihanna shows us her luminous makeup-free face. She wears a simple white top and we see her natural skin and eyebrow shape. "I always say good makeup starts with good skin. I'm showin' y'all how to do a quick, fresh, easy face," she captioned the video. "So incredible and flawless beauty," one fan commented, to which everyone can likely agree. 

Rihanna shares her self-care routine with a bare face

On May 7, 2022, Rihanna showed us her beautifying self-care routine in an Instagram clip, which also featured her glowing, pregnant belly. The icon wears her hair up in a towel and multiple sparkling gold necklaces. She applies a facial mask — complete with spa day cucumber slices — and takes care to moisturize. Without a touch of makeup, the star looks as radiant as ever.

The star poses makeup-free in 2020

Captioned "first selfie of the year doe. #2020," Rihanna shared a charming glimpse of herself on January 6, 2020, in a casual and cozy black zip-up hoodie. And while she may have a touch of clear lip gloss on, the beauty is otherwise makeup-free and totally inspires with her embrace of posting on Instagram sans makeup.

Casually walking through the airport makeup-free, Rihanna still stuns

Even caught off guard, Rihanna stuns without a hint of makeup. Seen at JFK Airport on November 5, 2017, in New York City with shorter curls and a casual, comfy outfit featuring a navy blue jacket – a peek into the transformation of her style over time — Rihanna shows the world her radiance is truly derived from within. Not a touch of eyeshadow or blush and still the star looks flawless.

The icon wows at the airport with little effort

While the star is gaining a hint of privacy with sunglasses, which is beyond understandable, Rihanna totally nails the no-makeup makeup look like a pro, with just a touch of clear lip gloss once more. We see her natural brows and luminescent skin in this shot at JFK Airport on May 4, 2018, proving you can, indeed, look fresh-faced without makeup.