Makeup has long been a polarizing topic, a trend that has carried over into the world of streaming where female gamers have reported dealing with harassment and a number of other harsh realities. As the presence and treatment of women in gaming has gained increasing scrutiny, many of Twitch’s most popular female streamers have taken part in a growing trend: posting no-makeup videos or selfies.
The motivations behind these reveals vary. Some streamers have taken the plunge in effort to support fellow female content creators or the Twitch community as a whole. Others merely seem to want to offer their viewers and fans a more candid look at their everyday lives. Whatever the reasoning, a number of Twitch stars have hopped on the bandwagon. Here’s a peak at what some of these streamers look like without makeup, as well as the situations that led them to take such a step despite the potential backlash.
Imane Anys, a.k.a. Pokimane, remains one of the world’s top female streamers after rising to fame and fortune through her League of Legends and Fortnite plays. In 2018, she caused a bit of a stir by streaming sans makeup in support of another Twitch streamer, even going through her makeup routine for the benefit of viewers and predicting that there would be backlash. The stream, which has since been removed, set off a Twitter conversation about unrealistic expectations and the accessibility of women streamers.
As part of the discussion, Pokimane said that she was at peace with her own imperfections. She also tweeted out another set of makeup free selfies with the caption, "No one looks good 24/7, and a lot of different things can affect someone’s appearance! We’re all only human, so let’s be kind to one another."
KittyPlays, whose real name is Kristen Michaela, has 1.1 million followers on Twitch. She isn’t necessarily in Pokimane’s league — but she has attracted a large number of devotees by playing Fortnite, Fall Guys and Among Us. Like several other female streamers, she’s done a makeup tutorial or two, showing the before ("even if you’re having the worst skin issues in your whole life") and after so fans can see her looking both natural and put together.
KittyPlays believes women should learn what makes them feel the best and express themselves that way. "It’s time to start showing the world that the gaming women are extremely dynamic. We are very special," she said in a makeup tutorial from 2019. She urged others to figure out what they can bring to the Twitch community: "how you can change the meta and how you can improve on it and explore it," as she put it.
With 185,000 followers, Twitch streamer InvaderZie hasn’t quite hit the big leagues — but that doesn’t mean she isn’t making waves. She lost a bunch of her fans earlier this year when she aired a rant shaming viewers who don’t donate or subscribe. Still, she also drew some attention from bigger streamers. Those included Pokimane, who weighed in on the controversy in a series of tweets.
InvaderZie’s Instagram feed is full of selfies, both of her in daily wear and cosplay outfits. In one, she looks like she has just showered and the caption reads, "This is no make-up." The moment appears to be a rare exception to her usual routine, however. As a self-proclaimed former professional Disney princess, it’s clear she knows her way around an eyeshadow palette.
Lily Ki, known as LilyPichu on social media, has been streaming for more than a decade. She plays games like Minecraft, Among Us, and League of Legends, and has gathered 1.6 million Twitch followers. In the past, she’s clearly been unafraid of showing off her less serious side, as she even posted a selfie to Twitter of herself in bed while wearing a Pokimane t-shirt, with whom she worked and lived at the OfflineTV content house.
For Lilypichu, going without makeup is more normal than some other female streamers. You often see her hosting videos in the form of a cute anime-style avatar instead. She said in a recent Twitch video that she tries to do a feed once a week in which she’s wearing nice clothes and cosmetics. According to her Instagram feed, she’s also been experimenting with different cosmetics, so fans may get to see more of her makeup looks.
Twitch partner Neekolul began her Twitch streaming career in 2017 with Fortnite, but soon moved on to other games, including League of Legends and Dead by Daylight — although today she mostly seems to play Among Us.
You may know Neekolul as "the OK, Boomer girl," who became Internet-famous for her political support of presidential candidate Bernie Sanders. She went viral on TikTok with a singing and dancing video first, and her popularity gained her hundreds of thousands of followers on the platform. However, she made additional news when she lost many of her new viewers after revealing on Twitch that she has a boyfriend.
In 2019, she posted a couple of selfies to Twitter taken from her car, saying, "Some no make up selfies to scare u today." In the past, she has also been accused of wearing too much makeup, but quickly dismissed those concerns over social media.
Adept, whose 275,000 Twitch followers like to watch her play Overwatch, Among Us, and In Silence, is no stranger to streaming without makeup. In fact, she posts occasional makeup and skincare content, which means there are definitely images of her out there with an unpainted face. This has unfortunately opened her up to criticism from viewers.
"There’s a whole-a** video of me without makeup on," she said in a Nov. 1, 2019 stream after discovering Discord users were passing around one of her no-makeup screengrabs (via Dexerto). "There’s tons and tons of makeup streams of me with no makeup on. We all established I’m ugly. Stop trying to use the one screenshot to justify that I’m ugly." Adept further criticized the individuals in question, saying that the screenshot "doesn’t make me as ugly as you are."
Adept is clearly skilled at putting on cosmetic products, but she also has a sense of humor about makeup mishaps. In October 2020, she posted on Twitter about getting a concealer wand shoved up her nose. While one of her male followers seemed a bit confused as to what she was talking about, her female fans could probably relate.
Koblenz, Germany’s Isa, also known online as HoneyPuu, is a Twitch streamer who has a ways to go before she catches up with some her contemporaries. Nevertheless, she’s attracted an impressive 81,600 followers to date. Since 2019, she has streamed mostly League of Legends, although she also plays Call of Duty: Warzone, Among Us, and Sims 4, among others.
HoneyPuu’s popularity may be somewhat limited in the U.S. because she doesn’t speak English in her videos, but she, too, jumped on the clean face bandwagon when she posted a no-makeup, unfiltered selfie to Instagram in August 2020. On the About section of her Twitch page, the streamer describes herself as a 20-year-old woman who loves cats (hers are named Clea and Simba). In addition to wearing makeup, HoneyPuu also sports small tattoos and has spoken about them in her livestreams.
While Dessyyc might not be the absolute biggest name on Twitch, she is blowing up on TikTok. With over 3 million followers on the video-sharing platform, the 25-year-old Canadian cosplayer and gamer has plenty of clips of her in full cosplay makeup, and her fans love it. Even when she’s streaming "Valorant" or "Overwatch" to her 26k Twitch followers, she generally has a full face of makeup on.
However, she shows her bare face frequently on TikTok. Dessyyc posts fun transition videos quite often, showing the process of going from no makeup and casual clothes to a full cosplay getup in just a few seconds. She also does makeup tutorials on her YouTube channel, showing viewers how to do specific cosplay looks. Her tutorials are made to be relatively easy to replicate, as well. Instead of focusing on specific makeup palettes that could cost a lot of money, she takes her time to explain different colors and techniques.
She has made videos on special effects makeup that are chilling. Through her content, Dessyyc has shown that she’s quite talented, but she’s not afraid to show the world her natural look, either.
DizzyKitten, a variety Twitch streamer with over 600k followers, shared her no-makeup look with fans a few years back. During the stream, she talked about how weird it was to see herself without eyeliner on camera because of how much it "changes the way you look." However, despite any reservations she might have had, she was all laughs and giggles throughout the stream, and the Twitch chat was full of support.
She also mentioned that her face pretty much looks the same if she wears any makeup that’s not eyeliner, which is the one product that she felt made a noticeable difference. Ultimately, she ended up doing her makeup on stream to show fans her process and her favorite products.
DizzyKitten mostly streams games or "teatime" streams, as she calls her Just Chatting streams. She’s also a popular ASMR streamer. She’s been streaming since 2013, and judging from her vulnerable and fun makeup tutorial stream, she had no problem with being open with her fans.
Loserfruit has a reputation most streamers dream about. In addition to having her own skin in "Fortnite," Loserfruit has won over fans with her bright personality and willingness to have fun online. She famously leaked her own personal information in a daring move to communicate directly with her fans, making her one of the most memorable streamers around.
Ultimately, Loserfruit’s viewers enjoy watching her because she’s not afraid to be herself. They saw more of her casual, everyday look after Loserfruit shared a picture of herself at the gym, sans makeup. The image shows Loserfruit with friend and fellow streamer Faffsy after an intense workout session, sporting their branded athletic wear.
The picture served as an advertisement for Gymshark, a line of workout clothing and accessories, but it also showed Loserfruit’s fans that she’s not afraid to show her everyday life on camera. By posting a photo of herself doing casual, everyday activities like working out, Loserfruit sent the message to fans that it’s okay to be who you are, with or without makeup. It’s safe to say that with her blushing cheeks and healthy glow, Loserfruit still looked cute at the gym.
Starsmitten has over 240K followers on Twitch, where she streams a variety of games, and even more on Twitter. Yet despite having a large online presence, Starsmitten doesn’t let internet fame go to her head. While she mostly sticks to natural makeup looks, Starsmitten doesn’t hesitate to post a selfie of herself without makeup now and again.
However, it’s not as if Starsmitten posts her bare face just to show off her good looks. Instead, she shows images from her everyday life, with or without makeup. In one picture, the streamer showed off her hair before getting it dyed by stylist Mindy Nam. Starsmitten didn’t smile or pose in the picture, but instead gave her fans a realistic image of what she looked like on a normal day. This picture let viewers see what Starsmitten is like as she does errands and lives a normal life, and proved that even streamers need to let their skin breathe and relax in between lengthy gaming sessions.
Most streaming fans know Jessica Blevins from her relationship with another famous gaming star, Ninja. Blevins helped her beau build his business from the ground up, before all the fame, and continues to work as his manager and closest confidant. Fans of Ninja probably don’t know that his wife began gaming when she was just five years old and that the pair actually met at a gaming tournament. In fact, Blevins has her own Twitch channel with over 450K subscribers. On her personal channel, she streams cooking tutorials, gaming sessions, and conversations with fans, showing off her personality and winning viewers over with her charm.
Blevins doesn’t pretend to be something she’s not, and she’s shared photos of herself without makeup several times. In one such photo, Blevins included the caption, "In my natural habitat. No makeup, no filters, just me. Although I love posting glam selfies, 99.9% of the year I’m in sweats and not wearing makeup." Blevins flashed a bright smile at the camera, showing that she was truly happy, comfortable, and at home. Of course, Blevins can get glammed up, too, and definitely knows her way around an eyeshadow palette. Either way, she’s beautiful.
Gamers have probably heard of Alinity from her involvement in multiple scandals, including some backlash after restaurant drama in 2021, and the infamous cat toss incident. Of course, there’s tragedy in Alinity’s life, too, and the streamer is multidimensional. Regardless of her good or bad behavior, Alinity openly shares her life with her fans, even if part of that life includes what she looks like without makeup.
Alinity shared a selfie after a bout with a nasty illness, commenting, "3 nights of straight coughing has left me with a ton of rib pain and… tighter abs?" The streamer subtly flexed her leaner figure before tweeting in a follow up, "Oh this is what I look without makeup." Of course, the streamer was beautiful with her voluminous hair and effortless charm. Fans rushed to tell Alinity she was gorgeous, even after a nasty cold.
Alinity also shared a video of herself without makeup on her Instagram, caving to fan requests to see what she looks like underneath her usual look. In the caption for the video, she noted that her eyebrows and eyeliner were microbladed, a temporary tattoo treatment that semi-permanently allows for a makeup-inspired no-makeup look. Whether she’s sick and fit or goofing around for fans, Alinity always looks fantastic.
Xchocobars has famous friends in addition to her own hefty following. She once lived with pals Pokimane and Valkyrae, who she still frequently games with. She boasts over 890K subscribers on Twitch and plays many different genres of games. However, her cute aesthetic and bubbly personality entertain her fans no matter what games she decides to pick up.
Of course, Xchocobars has other talents as well, including elaborate cosplay looks. Before one stream, she posted a picture of herself to Twitter with the caption, "Bare face because i’m doing my makeup on stream!" The streamer invited viewers along for the ride, sharing tips and tricks of the makeup trade. Fellow streamer Yvonnie responded by saying, "you’re so pretty without makeup you legit don’t even need it!" Internet personality Jenny Vu simply wrote "CUTIE" in all capital letters. It’s heartwarming to see Xchocobars receive so much support and encouragement from not only her viewers, but her friends, too.
In addition to her no-makeup look, viewers have enjoyed seeing Xchocobars in various costumes and fashionable outfits while streaming. She even streamed as a potato once.
Emiru, who has over 320K subscribers on Twitch and over 1M fans on TikTok, knows how to execute daring makeup looks. She frequently cosplays on stream and posts images of her costumes on social media. That being said, cosplay is an art, and makeup is a tool that Emiru uses to change her appearance, not a mask she hides behind.
In a clip from a now-deleted stream, Emiru got ready on camera while discussing some makeup left over on her neck from her last cosplay. After she made a particularly funny face, she said "Someone’s going to screenshot that and be like, ‘Emiru no makeup, so disgusting.’" The streamer joked about her potential detractors, continuing to apply her makeup and get into cosplay on camera.
Emiru also shared a TikTok that featured her in two different looks, interacting with herself. In the first outfit, she wore a t-shirt and no makeup, while in the second look she appeared in full cosplay, complete with a blue wig. The shapeshifting streamer can look like anyone with the help of her arsenal of makeup, but sometimes she appears as just herself, no makeup at all. Emiru’s social media highlights the intricacies of cosplay and shows how much makeup can shape a person’s look. No matter what character Emiru pretends to be, or whether she chooses to wear makeup, she can’t hide her beauty from fans.