‘No make-up’ champion Alicia Keys still loves cosmetics


Alicia Keys loves red lipstick, despite her association with the ‘no make-up’ movement.

The singer has been a figurehead for the trend since 2016 when she wrote an essay about embracing natural beauty for Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter titled “Time to Uncover”, and in January (18) garnered much praise when she flaunted a bare complexion on the Grammys red carpet.

In spite of her newfound reputation, Alicia insists she hasn’t given up on cosmetics all together.
“Sometimes, I want some damn make-up, and I’m going to wear it!” she said in an interview with Variety. “Guess what — if I want to wear red lipstick and put eyelashes on, I can do whatever I f**king want. I am the creator of my own destiny.”

In fact, the No One hitmaker is still taken aback that her decision to go make-up free has been hailed as such a revolutionary action.

“Suddenly it was a movement, and I don’t even know what that means,” the 37-year-old admitted. “It doesn’t have anything to do with make-up or no make-up. It has to do with who are you, what makes you feel good, how do you want to express that and even just asking the questions — ‘What do I feel?’ ‘How do I feel good?’ However that is, you should do it.”

Though Alicia now appears to be comfortable in her own skin, she went on to share that, like many other female artists, she was plagued by the same insecurities that affect many women working in the entertainment industry.

“We’re supposed to be this big, and so tiny, and so skinny. If we have any hips or any thickness or width with us, we’re fat. We torture ourselves; we don’t eat. I’ve experienced all of that,” the songwriter recalled. “If you go to work without make-up, it’s like, ‘Are you tired? You look tired.’ And it’s like, ‘I’m not f**king tired!’”