If you didn’t know makeup is addictive, don’t worry, Alicia Keys has got you covered. The musical artist talking about her decision to stop wearing makeup in 2016 in more detail.
The “Girl on Fire” hitmaker is the cover girl for Glamour UK and in her cover story for the magazine’s fall/winter 2020 issue she told them: “Makeup was a big thing for me; I had been wearing it since I was, like, 16 years old,”
“And then, as I got into the music world, it was what you did every day to do your television, or to do your shoot. So, I did it because I thought that’s what you’re supposed to do. And I realized I became addicted to it; I didn’t feel comfortable without it.”
Keys first discussed her choice to quit cosmetics and launch the #NoMakeup social media campaign in a 2016 essay for Lenny Letter entitled “Time to Uncover,” recalling her confidence after going barefaced for her “Here” album photoshoot. “I swear it [was] the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” the Grammy winner wrote. “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.”
The 39-year-old Alicia Keys didn’t put on makeup on a couple of red carpets and performances that year, but eventually softened her stance, telling Allure, “I’m not a slave to makeup. I’m not a slave to not wearing makeup either. I get to choose at [any] given moment. That’s my right.”
The many sides of Alicia💙❤️🤎
Which side best represents you today? 1, 2 or 3? What word would you use to define your mood? pic.twitter.com/mYZV7SlcUg
— Alicia Keys (@aliciakeys) November 2, 2020
Somewhere in the story Keys discussed the upcoming launch of her lifestyle and beauty brand, Keys Soulcare. “I’ve always had a challenging time with my skin and having to figure out how to manage it, and be in the spotlight,” she said. “Having to constantly be in this crazy cycle of putting on make-up to cover the bumps and scars and then because I had make-up on under the hot lights, there were more bumps and scars. I felt like I had to hide everything, and I felt really self-conscious.”
“I struggled so much in my skin and really even being clear about my self-confidence and self-worth. So, it’s a dream come true, [as] I’ve always wanted to create something [like this] because I wanted something that would work for me when I was having difficult times; that would make me feel great and that was also good for me.”- added Alicia Keys
We will make sure not to lose control of our makeup application.
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