Eva, Monica, Sophie Without Makeup Cover French Elle April 2009

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Stars Sans Fards (Celeb without makeup) on a magazine cover! Ever thought that would be possible? They say there’s no makeup, no photo retouching, nothing but the naked truth about their skin.

Eva Herzigova, Monica Bellucci and Sophie Marceau grace three different covers of French Elle April 2009. Photographed by Peter Lindbergh in the best light with the best background so we don’t see how pale they are, how different they really are from us, even without makeup! (the story continues after the jump! Don’t miss the gallery with Elle’s Sans Fards April 2009 issue!)

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Joining Eva Herzigova, Monica Bellucci and Sophie Marceau in the Makeup-less parade are: Karin Viard, Charlotte Rampling, Chiara Mastroianni, Ines de la Fressange, Anne Parrilaud. Monica Bellucci thinks Lindbergh brings her “italianity” to light, just like in a Rossellini movie.

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The idea behind this issue is not the crusade against retouching but changing the perspective we use to look at the feminine beauty. Valérie Toranian, editor in-chief of Elle France chose Peter Lindbergh because he has a way of showing “a real beauty, proof that these women, permanently retouched in the magazines pages can be just as beautiful au naturel.”. Sophie Marceau’s confession that “When they’re retouching one of my photos, I can’t find myself” is rather tricky. Why go on and accept photoshop/airbrush/photo retouching of any kind if it’s not you?

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#1 Adriana on 04.16.09 at 1:50 am

Not even a tiny bit of airbrushing? Monica and Sophie has the same colour on their lips…..

#2 Ellington on 04.17.09 at 10:12 am

They are three very striking women with or without makeup. I like the idea of this, I wonder if other magazines might follow suit?

#3 Jill on 04.17.09 at 12:47 pm

Naturally Beautiful Women!!

#4 bfg9000 on 07.18.12 at 6:58 pm

Since when lipstick doesn’t count as make-up? Also, Monica and Sophie seem to have a bit of eyeshadow.

#5 Lau. on 01.17.16 at 11:59 am

If you think there is no makeup involved with this you are fooling yourself, you can clearly see that the eyebrows are done and that they probably have the slightest layer of foundation or at least something similar on their face. Just saying.

#6 kpriss on 01.18.16 at 1:40 am

fair enough – I was even going through some makeup tendencies for 2016 and the main trend seems to be the ‘no makeup makeup’ which was explained exactly as you put it with some mild foundation touches, eyebrows and even some mascara ^_^ oh, how I love semantics!

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