Even if we don't understand the jumps Olympic figure skaters are doing (triple sal-what?), we can still appreciate the sport thanks to their beautiful and often questionable outfits.

But aside from the flamboyant costumes (hello, Evgeni Plushenko), figure skaters at the 2014 Winter Olympics are expected to wear lots of makeup.

Think of it as a play and the skaters are the actors: the audience, who are usually far away from the stage (aka. the ice), have to see the performers' faces and in order to do that, the actors have to wear a lot of makeup which up close looks too theatrical but from far away, looks natural.

So when we see the skaters up close during the kiss and cry, we really notice their bright lipstick, red cheeks and tons of mascara and eyeliner.

Which makes us wonder: what do Olympic figure skaters look like without all that competition makeup?

See what they look like au natural:

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  • Kaetlyn Osmond

    Canada's Kaetlyn Osmond poses in the kiss and cry zone in the Women's Figure Skating Free Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 20, 2014. AFP PHOTO / DAMIEN MEYER (Photo credit should read DAMIEN MEYER/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Kaetlyn Osmond

  • Tessa Virtue

    Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of Canada compete in the ice dance free dance figure skating finals at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the 2014 Winter Olympics, Monday, Feb. 17, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

  • Tessa Virtue

  • Gabrielle Daleman

    Canada's Gabrielle Daleman waits for her marks in the Kiss and Cry zone after performing in the Women's Figure Skating Short Program at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 19, 2014. (Photo credit should read ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images)

  • Gabrielle Daleman

  • Meryl Davis

    US Charlie White and Meryl Davis celebrate winning the gold medal during the Figure Skating Ice Dance Flower Ceremony at the Iceberg Skating Palace during the Sochi Winter Olympics on February 17, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNIS

  • Meryl Davis

  • Gracie Gold

    SOCHI, RUSSIA - FEBRUARY 19: Gracie Gold (R) of the United States waits for her score with her coach Frank Carroll in the Figure Skating Ladies' Short Program on day 12 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • Gracie Gold

  • Ashley Wagner

    Ashley Wagner of the United States waits for her score in the Figure Skating Ladies' Short Program on day 12 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 19, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

  • Ashley Wagner

  • Maia Shibutani

    Maia Shibutani and Alex Shibutani of the United States wait for their score in the Figure Skating Ice Dance Free Dance on Day 10 of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics at Iceberg Skating Palace on February 17, 2014 in Sochi, Russia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

  • Maia Shibutani

  • Jenna McCorkell

  • Jenna McCorkell

  • Felicia Zhang

  • Felicia Zhang

  • NEXT: Best And Worst Olympic Figure Skating Outfits

  • BEST AND WORST

    We can't decide whether Russian Aliona Savchenko's Pink Panther-esque bodysuit is horrible or hilarious. YOU DECIDE.

  • BEST

    France's Vanessa James and Morgan Cipres go Parisian chic with complementary black and white. (We're obsessed with Vanessa's bedazzled arm.)

  • WORST

    Americans Meryl Davis and Charlie White make figure skating outfits look cheesy thanks to Meryl's blinged out purple dress.

  • BEST

    Russia's Tatiana Volosozhar and Maxim Trankov look dashing together with his military inspired uniform and her romantic pale blue dress with an embellished choker.

  • WORST

    Canada's Dylan Moscovitch and Kirsten Moore-Towers go gaudy in brightly-coloured outfits. Orange and pink should never be seen together. Ever.

  • WORST

    Japan's Tatsuki Machida looks like he could take on Jennifer Lawrence as the 'Boy On Fire.'

  • WORST

    China's Cheng Peng and Hao Zhang clash with neon green, dark blue and a smattering of orange in their messy ensembles.

  • BEST

    Italy's Charlene Guignard and Marco Fabbri look like star-crossed lovers in their "Romeo and Juliet" themed costumes.

  • WORST

    Spain's Javier Fernandez hurts our eyes thanks to his striped pants and multi-print jacket.

  • WORST

    Japan's Yuzuru Hanyu may have won the gold medal for the men's skate but we're not feeling his bejewelled outfit.

  • WORST

    Australia's Gregory Merriman and Danielle O'Brien look rather silly in their neon patchwork outfits. How can we take them seriously when they look like clowns?

  • BEST

    Fine, we admit to being biased but Canada's silver medalist Patrick Chan looks elegant and regal in his blue floral shirt with the deep v-neckline.

  • BEST

    Russia's Evgeni Plushenko has worn plenty of fabulous outfits during his career but this sheer sequined shirt should take the gold.

  • BEST

    Canada's Scott Moir and Tessa Virtue look super cute in their complementary black-and-white outfits. We love Tessa's triangle trimmed top.

  • BEST

    We also love Tessa and Scott's romantic ensembles: her pink dress is gorgeous and his dark outfit complements it perfectly.

  • BEST

    Russia's Nikita Katsalapov and Elena Ilinykh channel "Black Swan" in their swoon-worthy ballet-meets-figure skating outfits.

  • WORST

    What is going on with the embellished crotch on American skater Jason Brown?

  • BEST

    He makes up for it with this fabulous outfit. (Would you look at that belt??)

  • WORST

    France's Brian Joubert should be heating up the rink with his fiery lightning suit but instead it falls flat.

  • WORST

    Canada's Kevin Reynolds is a fantastic skater but not so great at picking his outfits. The gold cuffs look awkward and the blue colour-blocked shirt is messy.

  • WORST

    Uzbekistan's Misha Ge channels the '80s with this razzle dazzle suit. In a bad way.

  • BEST

    Russia's Vera Bazarova makes a case for bejewelled headbands.

  • NEXT: Tessa and Scott's Style Evolution

  • 2006

    We think Tessa and Scott would feel more at home on the dance floor in Spain with these spicy outfits.

  • 2007

    Tessa is a vamp in a slinky red dress with a faux cutout down to her navel.

  • 2007

    Tessa's lilac embroidered gown is fit for an Haute Couture runway in Paris.

  • 2007

    Tessa's romantic dress complements Scott's classic ensemble and bold blue.

  • 2008

    We love Tessa and Scott's matching brocade outfits, especially Tessa's wide skirt!

  • 2008

    Tessa and Scott look as if they came straight out of the '50s in their retro outfits.

  • 2008

    Fit for a Big Fat Gypsy Wedding, Tessa and Scott go all-out in their multi-coloured outfits.

  • 2008

    Once again, Tessa sports this soft blue number but Scott contrasts it nicely with a brown look.

  • 2009

    We could dance all night in Tessa's pink and purple halter dress.

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