Stars without makeup: Plain Janes or plain brilliant?

AnnaLynne McCord sported minimal makeup while visiting Israel in May.

Story highlights

  • McCord was praised for tweeting a makeup-free picture after tabloids criticized her skin
  • Stars like Bethenny Frankel and Jennifer Love Hewitt have also shared fresh-faced pictures
  • Source: Some publicists encourage clients to share more natural photos with fans
After being photographed without makeup while in Vancouver last month, candid shots of AnnaLynne McCord hit the Web, with with one site noting: "Her facial blemishes were completely visible."
"This is newsworthy? Me not wearing makeup," the "90210" actress recently told CNN. "The more I thought about it, the more upset I got."
And so, one week later, in her New York hotel room, a barefaced McCord snapped a photo of herself and posted it on Twitter for her more than 140,000 followers to see.
In the past few months, stars such as Bethenny Frankel and Jennifer Love Hewitt have also shared fresh-faced pictures of themselves via their Twitter accounts. Meanwhile, actresses Zooey Deschanel and Paula Patton, among others, posed without makeup for People's Most Beautiful issue.
And we can't help but look.
"It's human nature," said Brian Solis, a principle media analyst at Altimeter Group. "There's a level of mystique to celebrity, and