That is, unless you’re Lady Gaga on the set of upcoming musical drama A Star Is Born. The singer-turned-actress has revealed she appears in the film without a scrap of make-up on, under director Bradley Cooper’s strict instruction.
"It put me right in the place I needed to be, because when my character talks about how ugly she feels — that was real,” Gaga told the Los Angeles Times. “I’m so insecure. I like to preach, but I don’t always practice what I preach."
Cooper even took to Gaga’s face with a makeup remover wipe during her screen test, telling her, “Completely open. No artifice.”
Despite this being Gaga’s first major film role, she went with Cooper’s unorthodox request – although she drew the line at going without a chapstick and Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour cream.
“I tried to sneak some make-up in, but Bradley wouldn't go for it," she recently revealed to Graham Norton.
A Star Is Born is a remake of the 1937 classic and follows a country singer-songwriter (played by Cooper) who falls in love with a struggling nightclub performer (Gaga). Gaga wrote many of the songs she sings in the film.
“It’s a dream come true and an honour to be a part of this incredible movie,” she shared on Instagram. “Bradley Cooper’s ability as a director, actor and musician is astounding.”
A Star Is Born hits Australian cinemas on October 18. Watch the trailer here.
This article originally appeared on marie claire.