The Oscars is the biggest night of the year in Hollywood, so understandably celebs spend hours primping and preening in order to look their best.
However, there was one prominent actor who decided to give foundation a miss for the 90th Academy Awards. You might have heard of her – Frances McDormand, who also happened to take home the Oscar for best performance by an actress in Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.
This isn’t the first time that McDormand has flouted conventions and decided to go fresh-faced – she’s had a stunning run of success this awards season, and every time she’s walked the red carpet we see her in little to no make-up.
In a nod to the Time’s Up movement, in McDormand’s acceptance speech she asked every female nominee to stand up, saying: “Look around, ladies and gentlemen, because we all have stories to tell and projects we need financed.”
Her inspirational speech and the fact that she really went against the grain with her bold beauty choice struck a chord with people.
Frances McDormand is wearing no makeup. That is so incredibly refreshing.— Laura Bassett (@LEBassett) March 5, 2018
Still loving Frances McDormand for going against H'wood norms and declining to wear makeup outside of her job. THANK YOU for normalizing women with their bare faces. Eyeliner does NOT make the woman.— ☮✌The Main Mel✌☮ (@MelAndHerPosse) March 5, 2018
Many felt inspired by her confidence.
Frances McDormand is wearing not a LICK of makeup to the Oscars and someday I hope to possess a fraction of her confidence— Laura Turner (@lkoturner) March 5, 2018
I absolutely love Frances McDormand, she's so aspirational. I love that she's genuine and authentic, she doesn't put on airs, she's fine with being makeup free, she admits her nerves. And above all else, she's just a powerhouse. #Oscars #Oscars2018— A.J. (@Trust_Progress) March 5, 2018
Wearing no make-up is not a sign of laziness on McDormand’s part – it’s not like she turned up to the awards in a hoodie. The 60-year-old actor was wearing a striking gold and black long-sleeved gown to go with her tousled short hair.
Choosing to wear make-up or not is a totally personal decision, and celebrating McDormand is by no means throwing any shade on the women who did model some stunning beauty looks. It’s just refreshing to see an actor decide to go bare-faced, and hopefully showing others that it’s OK to do so if they want to as well.