Looking good, Alicia Keys! If you haven't noticed, the Grammy-winning singer takes au natural to a whole new level. The talented beauty graces our screens every week as a coach on NBC's The Voice and somehow manages to always look flawless. Which, of course, is no easy feat especially because she's been candid about her decision to wear little to no makeup. So, why doesn't Alicia Keys wear makeup? And how do we get her gorgeous skin?
In 2016, Alicia wrote a powerful essay on LennyLetter.com where she explained the events that led to her decision to embrace her more authentic self. "Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn't put on makeup: What if someone wanted a picture??" she wrote. "What if they POSTED it??? These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking. And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me."
Preach, Alicia. You don't have to be a celebrity to feel the pressure of needing to be perfect. It's refreshing that the 37-year-old mom isn't afraid to address the unrealistic expectations women face every day. She even revealed the "light bulb moment" when she discovered she wanted to embrace the #nomakeup look.
"It wasn't until I walked into one of my first shoots for my new album recently that the issue was front and center again," she continued. "I'd just come from the gym, had a scarf under my baseball cap, and the beautiful photographer Paola (never met a Paola I didn't like) said, 'I have to shoot you right now, like this! The music is raw and real, and these photos have to be too!'"
She understandably admitted to feeling uncomfortable being shot in such a vulnerable state. Who wouldn't? "My face was totally raw. I had on a sweatshirt!" she explained. "As far as I was concerned, this was my quick run-to-the-shoot-so-I-can-get-ready look, not the actual photo-shoot look. So I asked her, 'Now?! Like right now? I want to be real, but this might be too real!!' And that was it. She started to shoot me."
Bravo — and obviously just because Alicia chooses to skip foundation in the mornings doesn't mean she judges those who prefer wearing a full face of makeup. After her essay was published, she tweeted, "Y'all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn't mean I'm anti-makeup. Do you! 😘😘"
Plus, celebrity makeup artist Dotti told W magazine that the singer isn't closed-off to the idea of wearing some makeup again in the future. "I was just speaking with her earlier and she said, 'There's going to be a time when I say, 'You know what? I want a red lip.'' This isn’t really a big statement. She's just loving where she is," Dotti revealed. And when it comes to being on TV, she's not afraid to draw out her strong features. She'll occasionally fill her brows with individual lashes or enhance her freckles with an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. She'll even use a little Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti-Age Serum on her cheeks.
"I hope to God it's a revolution," Alicia said. "'Cause I don't want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing."