Katy Perry goes makeup free in her new movie: better than expected?

Katy Perry

Katy Perry has done the unthinkable and appeared completely (?) make-up free in a new video for her upcoming Part of Me 3-D concert movie. Unlike the movie’s trailer, it sure looks like Katy’s entirely bare-faced in this promo, which is a far cry from both her overly underdone “minimal” music video Marine look as well as Katy’s usual excessive war paint and drag-queen makeup tendencies. Here’s the video clip, and it’s actually rather endearing to watch if one ignores Katy’s quirky face pulling:

See? She looks like of cute here and much better than I expected after Russell Brand posted that really awful photoon Twitter of Katy waking up from a nap. While I really like Russell, that was a d-ck move. Here Katy looks so much younger without all of those false eyelashes and piled on face paint. While I understand her need to do so onstage, she could easily afford to go a bit more casual on a day-to-day basis. Considering how much makeup Katy usually wears though, she looks surprisingly decent here though, right?

Katy Perry

Katy Perry

Screencaps courtesy of YouTube

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  1. lil says:

    She’s cute! Almost completely unrecognisable too. She should lighten up a bit more often when she’s not onstage – I bet she wouldn’t even get papped.

  2. Maguita says:

    She looks a bit like a young Ange Jolie!

    Very cute and very fresh. Amazing the ton of paint she wears on a regular basis though. I would not have recognized her walking on the street with that fresh face.

    Next up, Lady Gaga? Or over her dead body?

  3. RocketMerry says:

    Eh. I actually expected her to be much prettier without war-make up, like most women are.
    She does look younger (seriously, no eye make up can make any woman look five years younger, and much more sunny/innocent), but not as pretty as I thought she would be.

  4. Eve says:

    Looks like a completely different person.

  5. hannah says:

    Soo much prettier! She usually wears so much eye make-up and weirdly it makes one of her eyes appear much larger than the other.
    All she needs is to paint in her eyebrows slightly and put on a bit of mascara. But I guess that doesn’t go with her whole bubble gum pop image.

  6. Hakura says:

    She really does look like a different person, like anyone I’d see walking around the mall.

    She has great skin (hard to believe, with all the makeup she wears), & a pretty face. She’s annoying as hell, but I have to give her props for being brave & self-confident enough to actually ‘expose’ her real ‘self’ to the world. Other celebs who’ve claimed to be makeup free have usually looked like they were lying, but Katy definitely isn’t.

  7. lower-case deb says:

    i didn’t realize that makeup ages her sooo much.
    she looks completely fresh-faced here.

    she’ll fit right in with the sophomores going to uni or something. she looks the part (not too freshman-like, but not yet haggard like seniors)

    and i’m so glad that all the makeup and paint she slathered her face with haven’t done any lasting damage yet). i hope she’ll read all the positive comments and not become a paint junkie.
    (i have a cousin, not very much older than me, who is “addicted” to makeup. basically it damaged her face and now she has to put on even more makeup to cover up. it’s a vicious circle)

  8. Ramaona says:

    She had pretty bad skin. She has here makeup no makeup – at least foundation and concealer. Her skin is too smooth and there is no any discolorations or redness. Too perfect to be real.

  9. cupidityrox says:

    she looks cute. she should go natural more often

  10. Helen says:

    She has TERRIBLE skin, are you kidding me? That’s why she piles on the makeup. She’s not bare-faced here either, I believe, just went lighter on the makeup.

    I’m not judging her for having bad skin (it happens, we all know), just that, I’m sure, she could find a better stylist to help her cover whatever problems she has.

  11. Snowpea says:

    Ummmm, are you guys who are saying she looks good for real?

    She’s as plain as a pumpkin! Plainer!

    In America you say ‘homely’. I LOVE that word. We say plain. It’s the same thing, just not as descriptive ; )

  12. Crystal says:

    She looks super cute and young. How old is she anyway ?? I think she has a really nice body too.
    I’m surprised she looks this good without makeup. Not because I think she’s ugly (I think she’s pretty) but because she wears such heavy eye makeup and all the women I know who wear heavy eye makeup look like trolls without it.
    I want her boobs… That is all.

  13. Diane says:

    She looks alot like Lily Allen in these pics.

  14. Me says:

    She’s gorgeous. Im not understanding the nasty comments on this one!

    • Kimbob says:

      Yeah, I don’t understand the negativity either. I mean, don’t get me wrong…not a fan, but she looks far better w/out makeup than I thought she would.

      I think she looks really good w/out all the makeup. I honestly thought she was “hiding” something because she not only wore makeup, but ALOT of makeup.

      It’s nice to know/see that she really doesn’t have to wear makeup if she doesn’t want to.

  15. Zelda says:

    She’s fine. Pretty average looking.

  16. SMH says:

    She’s cute! She looks a lot younger without all the make up. But I understand how it’s part of her “persona” and why she wears it.

    As for those wondering about her terrible skin- she is a proactive skin care spokesperson. So maybe it really has helped her skin. It works for many people.

    I wish she’d get rid of the purple hair she’s sporting lately. I don’t think it’s flattering to her (as well as the dark lipstick). I think she’s so cute with black hair.

  17. lucy2 says:

    I think she looks cute and younger, and with a little makeup she looks very pretty. With tons of it she just looks tacky.

  18. Andrea says:

    Those eyebrows are killin me

    • valleymiss says:

      Lol I can SO relate to her plight. Katy is naturally dark blonde and dyes her hair black. I have medium brown hair and dye my hair black. We are both pale with blue eyes and light, barely-there eyebrows. If I don’t fill mine in, I look like Katy does. Cuz the thing is, the eyebrows ya DO have get washed out by the flash of the camera. It IS pretty amazing how she looks like an entirely different person. I’ve said it before, but there are precious few celebs who can pull off the no makeup thing and look pretty and like themselves: Jessica Simpson, J. Lo, and Jennifer Love Hewitt come to mind. Without the makeup, they still look like cute women, just less made-up versions of themselves. Katy looks totally different.

  19. samira677 says:

    There have been pap photos of Katie without/minimal make-up and she does look pretty. Everybody looks horrible when they first wakeup in the morning. It was rude for Russell to do that.

  20. FreeSpiritedGirl says:

    Umm…she looks unrecognizable. :// Ah well…claps for the people who do her make up. They did a really great job making her look like a diva.

  21. Barry Soetoro says:

    PILE the MAKEUP back on Katy!!!
    We don’t like our pop stars to look like US!

  22. Hakura says:

    I wonder how long she spends in the makeup chair everyday? Taking her from *this* to her usual ‘look’ seems as though it would take awhile. & does she wear her stage makeup out on off days?

  23. Adrien says:

    Oh my, she looks exactly like my teacher (my teacher’s gorgeous). That’s a good thing. She looks fine, not stunning, just ok pretty. I thought she looked plain when she posed next to VS models on their fashion show. VS models aren’t conventionally pretty but they are super stunning. Also, remember her make-up less face Russel Brand posted on his twitter? She looks so ordinary there. She looks so cute on the youtube clip above. So yeah, better than expected… better than Zooey Deschanel sans fards (sorry Zooey).
    Forget Katy. I want to see Dita von Teese unmade.

  24. Jenna says:

    I actually think she looks really cute! But maybe she shouldn’t thin out her eyebrows that much at the end there.

  25. Franny says:

    I wished I looked that cute without makeup. I have super white eyelashes, which makes your eyes all about disappear, so I do not leave the house without eyeliner and mascara. Lucky bitch.

  26. lil ole me says:

    Sorry, if you hadn’t told me who she was- I wouldn’t have recognized her. People can still tell who I am without my makeup, and I wear A LOT of makeup.

  27. Diana says:

    She looks really, really pretty without makeup on. Not understanding the negative commentary.

  28. Jordan says:

    I didn’t even recognize her! Unless she is on stage (if she must), maybe she should lighten up on the make-up. She is very cute without makeup. I wonder if the Katy Perry’s and Lady Gaga’s, who generally look like the average woman, hide behind their makeup and crazy outfits because of their insecurities. It’s a shame because it would be nice to see these successful women looking more like average girls. Even Adele piles on the makeup and I think she doesn’t need that much either.

    • Hakura says:

      I think I remember reading somewhere about Adele being self conscious all the time (about her weight, mostly). But she’s also a very private person who runs from the spotlight (enough so to wear a trench coat & PJ bottoms on an outing so no one would recognize her xD)

      But I think Adele keeps it pretty tame compared to Katy & Gaga.

    • ZenB!tch says:

      The difference between Katy and Gaga is that Katy still seems human with the make up. Gaga seems so alien that I couldn’t careless about her life. Zzzzz….

      My thought was Katy has guts because now she will be recognized on the street when she runs around without make up.

      Of course I’m anti-social (hate people in the way Britney does) so to me having a normal face to hide behind were I famous would be a necessity.

      I wish I had one to hide behind in real life.

      • Hakura says:

        It’s nice to see I’m not the only ‘anti-social’ person here. xD I’ve muttered ‘I hate people‘ so many times, when seeing someone do something asinine, &/or piss me off.

        It’s true, about Gaga. Katy’s makeup can be extreme, but the only time she looked alien (to me) was for that music video.

  29. DeeDee says:

    She’s hideous inside, that is what matters.

  30. Lisa says:

    She looks good, despite using that crap ass Proactiv!

    • ZenB!tch says:

      I blame that crap for my sun-damage splotches. In 2004 I had lovely even toned skin. In 2005 I worked for them and had free or really cheap Proactiv up the wazoo. I wore SPF60+ that I ordered from Europe and everything like I normally do but by 2006 my face was as mottled as Michael Bay’s – coincidence? I think not.

      Now I need to get lasered – sigh.

      • Lisa says:

        Ugh! I used it around the same time, and ended up with the same problems! My skin was red to begin with and it got even more irritated. I think when they tell you a product will basically bleach your towels, you should stay away from it!

  31. Gayle says:

    I think she looks completely different and way better with makeup. Without it she is average at best, and that’s only because she still has youth going for her. Tons of college girls look so much prettier that these photos. Her jawline is very unattractive.

  32. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    Without makeup katy looks like Kim Kardashian.

  33. sup says:

    i think she looks much cuter and fresh-faced this way! i don’t know how, because that photo that russ tweeted as well as her beach photos revealed a much manlier and older looking mug. whatever she had done looks good and natural and i say good riddance to the clown make-up complete with ridiculous doll eye-lashes.

  34. Jen says:

    Foundation and concealer on for sure. Just no heavy eye or cheek makeup.

    Yes she looks younger, but average at best. There are millions of cuter girls out there.

    • Hakura says:

      If she did put on skin makeup/concealer for these pictures, why did she leave out her puffy, dark circles under her eyes?

      And it’s true, but no matter how gorgeous someone is, there’s always going to be someone out there that’s even more beautiful.

  35. UniqJaz says:

    I think she is wearing foundation and concealer.

  36. Mew says:

    She’s not makeupless. She has makeup. It’s just so natural and that kind of “without makeup look” style that as a contrast to her normal clown-face, she looks makeupless and fresh. But she still has makeup.

  37. Dee says:

    While I think she looks good without the face paint, I’m very concerned by the fact that KATY PERRY has got a movie coming out. Things have really come to this?!!!

  38. Amanda G says:

    She looks like a completely different person…and also very ordinary (I’m being nice). I bet she doesn’t get recognized when she goes out like that.

  39. F5 says:

    I thought it was Kelly Cutrone ب_ب

  40. Bette says:

    I agree with those who have said she’s not completely without makeup here. She’s at least wearing concealer or light foundation, and some light lip gloss. No way would KP ever go completely bare-faced if she knew she was being filmed. But still, it’s effectively the same thing, right? She’s not “done up” so we can actually see what her real face looks like.

    I remember when she & Russell were married, he said in an interview that he thought she looked the best without makeup, and that he loved her first thing in the morning when she woke up “all confused and annoying” (he said this with affection). So however ill-advised it was for him to tweet that infamous photo, I honestly don’t think he meant it to be as much of a “dick move” as it seems.

  41. Zelda says:

    Kinda looks like Maggie Gyllenhall

  42. Kristen says:

    She’s beautiful without makeup, but I would NEVER recognize her. She looks like a completely different person.

  43. Elle says:

    For tv/film especially HD, you need make up – its compulsory, because the camera picks up every single flaw whether u have good skin or not! Working in film myself you tend to get used to the hours of make up that music artists put on.
    So no she isn’t make up free at all, it looks like she has two different foundations on and heavy concealer – just ‘make up less look’ which is popular.

  44. Camille (The original) says:

    Very average looking and it looks like she has a thick coating of foundation on.

  45. Smarty says:

    Last pic reminds me of Lily Allen

  46. faye says:

    She’s cute, but she’s def noit as hot as everyone tries to make her out to be. Even with the 40 lbs of makeup.

  47. B says:

    She’s cute but very plain/average.

  48. Hm says:

    Of course she looks average – so what? I don’t think she’s trying to look beautiful, just human. She looks friendly and nice. What’s wrong with having average looks? She took those average looks and average to below-average voice and created an enormously successful career.