What Jennifer Lopez Really Looks Like Without All That Makeup

Looking at Jennifer Lopez's bare-faced selfies, it's hard to believe she's in her 50s. When she's on the red carpet, Jenny from the Block isn't afraid to slap on some serious makeup. She loves to rock a super smoky eye and a nude glossed lip. Fans are so used to seeing Lopez with a full face for work, it's hard to imagine what she looks like relaxing around the house.

Normally, her schedule is jam-packed with acting, hosting, singing, dancing, and producing. But during quarantine with her kids and former fiancé Alex Rodriguez, Lopez took the chance to let her hair down and show fans her more natural side. In August 2020, she posted a practically makeup-free selfie to Instagram with the hashtag #morningface. She wore a cozy-looking white robe, with what looks like some eyeliner leftover from the night before. The post quickly accumulated over 2 million likes, with comments calling her "glowing." Other comments praised Lopez for being "real and beautiful," while others doubted whether Lopez had digitally enhanced her natural beauty. "Ugh not even my coffee filters like this...." one commenter speculated. 

As unbelievable as Lopez's skin might look, she posted another make-up free video in her robe soon after. While she gushed about her excitement being back on set shooting a video, the morning sun showed off her smooth, blemish-free face. It's easy to envy how Lopez looks when she wakes up, but it turns out keeping her face looking wrinkle-free takes a lot of work.

How JLo keeps her skin looking great in her 50s

Jennifer Lopez hasn't been shy about sharing how she keeps her skin looking so incredible. First up: slather on the SPF. She told Hollywood Life, "I'm rarely in the sun, but if I am, I wear a lot of sunscreen. I've never been one to take a lot of sun, which is why my skin has maintained itself. And I don't drink or smoke or have caffeine. That really wrecks your skin as you get older." Lopez applies the same discipline to her diet that she does to her SPF. Lopez credits her skin's youthful glow with her habits of constantly drinking water and making sure to snack on plenty of fruits and vegetables (via People).

Of course, JLo's amazing skin doesn't just come from her healthy lifestyle. Naturally, there are skincare products involved. She told People that she loves glycolic acid "to get that healthy glow and clear skin." She also washes off her makeup at night religiously. While all that sounds overwhelming, there's one aspect of her beauty routine that's perfect for lazy girls: sleeping. "The number one tip is to always get enough sleep. I can't stress this enough. Ideally I would love to get nine or 10 hours of sleep, but either way, I always make sure I get at least eight," she told InStyle. Not only is it good for her skin, all that sleep must be why she's been able to resist the siren call of caffeine.

Jennifer Lopez's usual make-up routine is extensive

When Jennifer Lopez is lounging at home, she might feel comfortable going bare-faced. However, when she's onstage, Lopez uses a seriously huge amount of products to match her major fashion and hair choices. In 2018, when Lopez was performing in her Las Vegas concert residency "All I Have," her longtime make-up artist, Scott Barnes, offered Allure a peek backstage at her dressing room. Her vanity was laid out with dozens of make-up products and cups full of well-maintained brushes. Makes sense, since Lopez's face has to shine under the bright lights of Vegas, and withstand dancing and costume changes.

In fact, when Allure asked Barnes to break down Lopez's most essential products, he could only narrow it down to eleven. Lopez's taste in make-up ranges from eye-wateringly pricy to surprisingly wallet-friendly. Lopez is big on La Mer The Moisturizing Soft Cream, which costs $190. Barnes told Byrdie, "Skin prep is really important because you want to make sure the skin is hydrated and plumped before applying foundation and concealer or it won't look right." Proper moisturizing keeps make-up from settling into any creases through long wear.

If La Mer isn't in the budget, you can still stay at Lopez's level with a popular lip salve which is a bargain at just $6. Lopez apparently lives for Rosebud Perfume Co. Rosebud Salve, which is a favorite among celebrities including Nicky Hilton. The rose-scented lip salve keeps Lopez's lips hydrated between frequent lipstick changes.

During her morning routine, Jennifer Lopez takes care of her skin and her soul

While Jennifer Lopez may have previously relied on high-end skincare products, the actress and singer now utilizes goodies from her own budget-friendly line: JLo Beauty. In an Instagram video, J.Lo has shared her simple, four-step morning skincare routine. The "Marry Me" star begins by washing her face with her signature gel cleanser, "That Hit Single." The second step of her skin care routine involves a serum called "That JLo Glow" which is perhaps Lopez's favorite skin product. "Shh...don't tell the others, they get jealous," she joked in a video.

"There's not a day, there's not a morning, there's not an evening, there's not a moment when I'm not putting this on," Lopez revealed in an Instagram tutorial. "It is the magic ingredient, the secret sauce, the fountain of youth, the vitamins for your face." JLo ends her routine by applying two different creams. The first, "That Big Screen" doubles as a facial moisturizer and sunscreen. The second, "That Fresh Take" functions as an eye cream.

The "Hustlers" star's morning routine wouldn't be complete without feeding her "soul," as well as her skin. Lopez partially credits her stunning transformation to affirmations. According to Harper's Bazaar, Lopez has affirmations printed on pillows around her house. "Affirmations are so important," she shared. "I am youthful and timeless. I tell myself that every day, a few times a day." 

The Hustlers star has a beauty philosophy

As for her night routine? Jennifer Lopez also sticks to her tried and true J.Lo beauty products when she's winding down for the day. But the "Anaconda" star switches things up with a few deviations from her morning routine (via Instagram). The New York-native kicks off her evening skincare ritual by washing her face with "That Hit Single," a gel cleanser that also serves as a makeup remover. After applying her serum, "That JLo Glow," the "Jenny from the Block" singer opts for "That Blockbuster Cream." Unlike "That Big Screen," this moisturizer does not feature SPF and is specifically geared towards evening use. "It feels so luxurious, but not too heavy," Lopez explains.

After applying her "That Fresh Take" eye cream, Lopez applies one of her newest skincare products: "That Overnight Hustle." In an Instagram tutorial, the actress refers to it as a nighttime resurfacing treatment that is "gentle enough to use every night."

Once her nighttime routine is complete, Lopez enjoys at least eight hours of shuteye. According to the official JLo Beauty website, sleep is one of the five key pillars in J.Lo's beauty philosophy. The rest of the "five S's" include supplements, sunscreen, serum, and sano. "In Spanish, they say 'vivir sano,' which translates to living a healthy, sane life." Still curious to learn more about JLo Beauty? Here is everything we know about Jennifer Lopez's beauty brand