The 15-time Grammy winner has opted for a light touch of makeup for her Allure photo shoot. A year ago Alicia Keys pledged to go bare face to lead in her au naturel revolution.
Sources say that she appears NOT to be make-up free on the cover however Keys chose to wear a minimum paint for the inside of the magazine. Keys went with a make-up artist of her choosing to apply a teal cat eye in one photo, and black lines under her eyes in another. In her final shot the corners of her eyes were painted a bright purple.
“I’m not a slave to makeup. I’m not a slave to not wearing makeup either,” she tells Allure. “I get to choose at [any] given moment. That’s my right.”
“I started at 20 years old in this ridiculously invasive world in which everyone covered me in makeup and then threw me under tons of lights, so I’d sweat for two or three hours,” she says. “It took me so long to finally say, ‘Whoa! Who am I under there?’ That is just my own personal quest.”
Her passion for wearing no makeup relates to her freedom of self-expression, but the decision didn’t stem from radicalism. She found herself sweating under bright lights and breaking out all the time realizing that she needed to take better care of her skin.
“I think there’s something really beautiful about what resonates from within us. One thing I’ve heard more than ever is this glow that people refer to that I have. I kind of recognize that glow because I’ve begun to listen to myself inside,” she says. “And I think there’s something really powerful that happens when you start to listen to yourself. It makes you feel more aware. In touch. More confident. I’m not more confident because I think I’m better than, but because I’ve been hearing myself more, listening to myself more. And that’s taken a little minute to arrive at that place.
“But there’s definitely something powerful about the way your inner feels that reflects on the outer, on your skin. That, to me, is real beauty.”