Why Alicia Keys Hasn't Worn Makeup In Two Years

Emily Blackwood
Alicia Keys no makeup
Alicia Keys no makeup

If her soul-crushing anthems of love and heartbreak aren't enough reasons for you to love Alicia Keys, let me offer you one more: the R&B singer hasn't worn makeup in two years.

Which is crazy, because she was literally glowing last night at the Grammys.

But since May 2016, Keys has led her own personal make-up free campaign as a token to her journey of self-empowerment and love.

"I don't want to cover up anymore," she wrote in an article published in Lenny Letter. "Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.

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The 15-time Grammy Award-winning singer and songwriter has kept true to that mindset. On Sunday she walked the red carpet without a drop of makeup.

She posed for photos with her husband Swizz Beatz and presented an award during the show. The 37-year-old's hair was pulled back by braids, which were held together by zip ties. Because she's Alicia Keys, and she can literally make anything look cool.

The (no-)makeup artist for The Voice judge revealed a few secrets in late 2016 about what exactly gives her that glow.

"Alicia gets regular facials, does acupuncture, and she eats healthy and exercises," Dotti told Allure. "She knows you have to invest internally for your skin to look great externally."

"It's also about how you process your energy," she continued. "She comes from a very strong place and she comes from a very kind place. That in itself is super important. But it's about the choices she's making and the products she's using. It's the work of a good team."

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In addition to positive thinking, good energy and being healthy, Keys' skin is also prepped for the red carpet with a combination of an ice-cold jade roller, cucumber pulp, natural oils and occasional a face mask.

Keys has clarified in the past that being "makeup free" doesn't necessarily mean being "product free."


"Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn't put on makeup: What if someone wanted a picture??" Keys 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."

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Emily Blackwood is an editor at YourTango who covers pop culture, true crime, dating, relationships and everything in between. Every Wednesday at 10:20 p.m. you can ask her any and all questions about self-love, dating, and relationships LIVE on YourTango’s Facebook page. You can follow her on Instagram (@blackw00d) and Twitter (@emztweetz).

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