Alicia Keys has been turning heads lately, not for what she’s wearing, but for what she isn’t. The Grammy Award winning singer posed bare faced for the June cover of Fault Magazine and declared she was no longer wearing makeup.
What sparked her decision? In an essay Keys described the microscope she was under in the public eye. She wrote, “Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn’t put on makeup: What if someone wanted a picture?? 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.”
Her breakthrough moment came at a photo shoot where the photographer wanted to shoot her just as she was, without makeup. “I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” she wrote. “I felt powerful because my initial intentions realized themselves. My desire to listen to myself, to tear down the walls I built over all those years, to be full of purpose and to be myself! The universe was listening to those things I’d promised myself, or maybe I was just finally listening to the universe, but however it goes, that’s how this whole #nomakeup thing began.”
Since going makeup free several months ago, Keys has made several public appearances including the MTV Awards, the Today Show, and the Democratic National Convention, all without makeup. She’s described her experience as “empowering and freeing”.
While Keys has made the decision to go without makeup for now, she has expressed that she’s not anti-makeup. In a Today Show interview she said, “I love my lip gloss, I love my blush, I love my eyeliner. It’s not about that. At the same time, I don’t want to feel beholden to have to do it.”
So what do you think of Alicia Keys’ decision? Are you team #nomakeup?
Stephanie Kemp is a writer, poet, natural hair lover, and social media specialist. Follow her on Twitter @stephanie_poet.