Alicia Keys has been inspiring us to the join the #nomakeup movement ever since her bare-faced appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards last year.
The 15-time Grammy-award-winning singer decided she didn’t want to try to hide her natural looks anymore – and has staunchly stuck with her break from makeup, eschewing makeup on a TV appearance on The Voice, and her red carpet attendances.
But in this month’s issue of Allure, the talented songstress has turned back to makeup in the most perfect way possible.
The cover embraces Keys’ flawless, makeup-free face, but the photo spread inside features bold turquoise graphic eyes, a sensational take on bottom liner and show-stopping slashes of bright purple across her orbital bone.
This is the first time she’s worn makeup in an editorial photoshoot since late last spring. And in typical Keys style, her reasoning is down-right ah-mazing.
“I’m not a slave to makeup,” she says in the interview. “I’m not a slave to not wearing makeup either. I get to choose at [any] given moment. That’s my right.”
At first, many saw Keys movement as a radical or political act. But Keys insists it was just a personal decision, and explains she’s not even anti-makeup.
“I think makeup can be self-expression,” she says. “I have no intention to shame anyone at all [who chooses to wear it]. No one should be ashamed by the way you choose to express yourself. And that’s exactly the point. However, if you want to do that for yourself, you should do that.”
Amen to that.
Story by Steph Russo