What 9 Olympic athletes look like with and without makeup

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Simone Biles on a red carpet (left) and a no-makeup selfie posted by Simone (right).
Simone Biles shared her no-makeup selfie to Instagram on May 11, 2017. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images and Simone Biles/Instagram
  • Some Olympic athletes, like gymnasts and ice skaters, often wear makeup while competing.

  • Others typically go barefaced while playing, like soccer star Carli Lloyd.

  • On Instagram, however, many athletes have shown themselves with and without makeup.

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Simone Biles ditched her gymnastics glam for a 2017 Instagram post.

Simone Biles on a red carpet (left) and a no-makeup selfie posted by Simone (right).
Simone Biles shared her no-makeup selfie to Instagram on May 11, 2017. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images and Simone Biles/Instagram

At the time, she captioned her photo: "no makeup no nothing goodnight world 💭💤."

Fellow gymnast Aly Raisman also shared a barefaced selfie that year.

Aly Raisman with makeup (left) and without makeup (right).
Aly Raisman shared her no-makeup selfie to Instagram on November 4, 2017. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images and Aly Raisman/Instagram

Raisman is known to wear a natural makeup look and simple hairstyles. But sometimes, she prefers to go completely makeup-free.

"No makeup & no filter weekends," she wrote on Instagram alongside a selfie seemingly taken from her kitchen. "Just be you..... embrace you..... 💗 Start your weekend by being kind to yourself & others 😊"

In April 2018, Simone Manuel looked radiant in a selfie taken in the sunshine.

Simone Manuel with makeup (left) and the athlete without makeup (right).
Simone Manuel shared her no-makeup selfie to Instagram on November 4, 2017. Kevork Djansezian/Stringer/Getty Images and Simone Manuel/Instagram

The swimmer said in her Instagram post that she was "savoring the sun" when she took the photo, in which she appears to not be wearing any makeup.

More recently, she's shown off her glamorous style and standout makeup at red-carpet events like the Golden Goggle Awards.

Serena Williams used a no-makeup photo to show the realities of motherhood.

Serena Williams with makeup and without.
Serena Williams shared her no-makeup selfie to Instagram on February 21, 2020. Getty Images and Serena Williams/Instagram

When she's not dominating tennis courts, Williams often opens up about being a mother to her young daughter.

"I am not sure who took this picture but working and being a mom is not easy," Williams wrote. "I am often exhausted, stressed, and then I go play a professional tennis match. We keep going. I am so proud and inspired by the women who do it day in and day out. I'm proud to be this baby's mama @olympiaohanian. #nofilter #nomakeup #nohairbursh lol #justme."

Ashley Wagner ditched her signature red lipstick in October 2020.

Ashley Wagner with makeup (left) and without makeup (right).
Ashley Wagner shared her no-makeup selfie to Instagram on October 2, 2020. Streeter Lecka/Getty Images and Ashley Wagner/Instagram

She posted a barefaced selfie that showed her glowing skin as part of an advertisement for the skin-care brand Tula. The figure skater also shared how beauty impacted her self-image over time.

"24 years of skating brought me lots of fabulous glamorous moments that I will forever cherish," Wagner wrote. "It took me a really long time though, to truly feel beautiful without a full face of makeup."

"I felt my most competitive with a bold red lip, I felt super human with a cat eye," she continued. "It sounds frivolous but it really became part of what I thought made me, ME."

Wagner added: "Retiring, I came to realize that skating was just something I did, not who I was completely. I realized I had a lot of work to put in, and that started with learning to love myself for just being me. My journey with my skin has been a long one. I used to be embarrassed at how dry my bare skin was, how pale I looked. But day by day, I challenged myself to look in the mirror and compliment one thing looking at my bare face. Self love is a skill, it's a practice. Now I can confidently say I love how I look. I feel healthy, happy, and beautiful just the way I am. I challenge you all to love the skin you're in, because you deserve it."

Carli Lloyd snapped a natural photo from the field that same month.

Carli Lloyd with makeup (left) and the athlete without makeup (right).
Carli Lloyd shared her no-makeup selfie to Instagram on October 5, 2020. Jason LaVeris/Getty Images and Carli Lloyd/Instagram

"The road back continues. One day at a time. 💪🏼👊🏼" Lloyd wrote, adding that it was a "beautiful day for a jog."

The soccer star is typically pictured without makeup, though she occasionally wears bold black eyeliner and red lipstick at awards shows.

Basketball player Breanna Stewart celebrated the holidays last year while wearing minimal makeup.

Breanna Stewart with makeup (left) and the athlete without makeup (right).
Breanna Stewart shared her no-makeup selfie to Instagram on December 24, 2020. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images and Breanna Stewart/Instagram

At the 2019 Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Sports, Stewart walked the red carpet in full-glam makeup that included brown eye shadow, sparkling highlighter, and more.

In December 2020, however, she seemingly ditched those beauty products before taking a natural selfie on Christmas Eve.

To kick off 2021, Allyson Felix showed off her glowing skin on Instagram.

Allyson Felix on a red carpet (left) and Allyson in an Instagram selfie.
Allyson Felix shared her no-makeup selfie to Instagram on December 24, 2020. Getty Images and Allyson Felix/Instagram

The track and field athlete took her selfie in the car in mid-January, and captioned it: "E N E R G Y✨"

In March, Olympian Lindsey Vonn shared photos of herself with and without makeup.

A screenshot of an Instagram post from Lindsey Vonn that shows her with and without makeup.
Lindsey Vonn shared her no-makeup selfie to Instagram on March 16, 2021. Lindsey Vonn/Instagram

In the caption of her Instagram post, Vonn pointed out that while she might look different in the images, they were taken on the same day. She also emphasized that she's the "same person" in both. "All that changed was makeup," Vonn wrote.

"I love getting glammed up when I have photoshoots and events, but underneath, I'm still the same person with the same feelings and things I'm going through," she continued.

"In the world of IG filters and makeup hacks, I always remind myself that true beauty is the character you bring to every room... everything else washes off! ♥️" Vonn wrote.

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