Gwyneth Paltrow looks amazing as she goes make-up free to mark her birthday 5 years ago

Gwyneth Paltrow looks amazing as she goes make-up free to mark her birthday

Gwyneth Paltrow is a celebrity that comes in for a lot of abuse.

Fair enough, her lifestyle website Goop isn't for everyone - but nor is it intended to be.

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Say what you like about her - and people tend to do just that - but Gwynny is never anything but herself, and that's pretty refreshing.

Yesterday was the Oscar winning actress' 44th birthday, and to mark the occasion, she shared this make-up-free image on her Instagram account.

The caption reads: "#nomakeup for my 44th birthday, embracing my past and future. Thank you for the instalove."

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She looks pretty damn good for any age - and kudos to her for "daring" to show her unvarnished appearance at a point in her life when Hollywood actresses are typically expected to conceal any signs of getting older.

Gwyneth has some form when it comes to this.

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Also, these bare-skinned images are a reminder of how alike Gwyneth and her daughter Apple are.

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Happy birthday Gwyneth.