This is what Kaley Cuoco really looks like without makeup

Kaley Cuoco has a close relationship with her longtime makeup artist and boyfriend, Jamie Greenberg. The Flight Attendant actress is such a loyal customer that she often helps Greenberg demonstrate her skills on her YouTube channel, where fans can watch the beauty pro prep Cuoco for events including the 2019 Golden Globes and the Hollywood Walk of Fame 2014 Actor’s Induction Ceremony. “Kaley is always willing to try new looks. She’s one of the most outgoing, fun and compassionate people I know and just has fun with everything,” Greenberg told Us Weekly in 2019.

Greenberg spoke to Glamor about some of the bold beauty looks Cuoco has had to experiment with over the years, including glossy eyelids, matte fuchsia lipstick, and winged liner on her upper and lower lash lines. But while there’s a whole universe of makeup products and techniques out there for Cuoco to explore with her best friend, The Big Bang Theory star gives her skin a breather from time to time.

What happened when Kaley Cuoco went to work without makeup

Kaley Cuoco isn’t one to necessarily wear makeup when she’s around other people. During the many years she was filming The Big Bang Theory, she wasn’t worried about coming to work with a blemish — though she did have to face a group of wisecracking co-workers who wouldn’t pretend they would not notice it . “I walked onto the set this morning with no makeup on,” Cuoco recalled to Cosmopolitan in 2014. “Jim [Parsons] was like, ‘Oh my god, you’ve got a huge pimple on your face!’”

But there was a time when Cuoco worried about what other people thought of her looks, and it didn’t help that she was once a self-confessed reader of internet comments. After seeing what some judgmental trolls were saying about her, she actually decided to put more effort into her day-to-day looks. “So I started doing makeup. And they started writing, ‘Wow, someone really likes being in front of the camera’ and ‘Your hair is made for coffee now,'” she recalled.

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Cuoco told PopSugar that she was plagued with breakouts during her teenage years, which weren’t good for her self-esteem either, but she got her acne under control by using Proactiv. “I was at the point where I would have tried anything,” she said. Now, Cuoco is confident enough in the appearance of her skin that she lets Jamie Greenberg share Instagram pics of her before and after she put on her makeup (pictured above).

Kaley Cuoco gave her makeup artist an unusual challenge

As Kaley Cuoco’s makeup artist, Jamie Greenberg had to do a lot more than just select eyeshadow palettes and steady her hand as she spread out eyeliner. Ahead of the 2021 SAG Awards, Greenberg took to Instagram to show her followers the unusual spots on Cuoco’s body that she should cover up — and a small dab of concealer definitely wouldn’t do the trick. The dark, round circles on Cuoco’s back were the result of a cupping session in which heated cups were placed on the skin. The resulting suction creates bruises, per WebMD.

“I needed some magical makeup to cover up those cupping marks,” Greenberg wrote, revealing that she relied on just one product to get the job done: Clarins Everlasting Youth Fluid. Greenberg regularly takes to Instagram to showcase the products she uses to get Cuoco red carpet ready, like the Dr. Harris Anti-Wrinkle Mask, a black cloth mask Cuoco wore over his eyes ahead of the 2021 Emmys. “It relaxes you completely and at the same time takes away your wrinkles. You don’t need Botox or Xanax anymore,” Greenberg wrote.

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In addition to relying on her makeup artist’s help to achieve her best looks, Cuoco has confessed to using plastic surgery to transform her appearance, telling Women’s Health that she got a nose job and breast implants. “As much as you want to love your inner self… I’m sorry, you also want to look good,” she explained.