Alicia Keys Is Makeup Free and I’m Not All the Way Here For It

Alicia Keys Is Makeup Free and I’m Not All the Way Here For It

The internet is abuzz with Alicia Keys’s latest reveal. New single out? Nope, at least not yet. Ms. Keys is debuting her fresh face full of freckles and I couldn’t be happier for her.  Keys has just launched her #makeupfree campaign in what she says is an effort to empower all women to accept their natural beauty.  I’m sure it must be a relief to reveal her flawless face to the world.

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Ms. Keys certainly isn’t the first celeb to show herself as she is, so I can’t help but be a wee bit skeptical about the motive here. I’m sure there is an album release coming, kudos to her, but I think this message would be better received if it were coming from someone who had what some might consider imperfections. Fine, maybe she hated her freckles at some point, and maybe some folks think they are imperfections, but on the whole, I think it’s easy to show your bare face when your bare face looks so darn good.


I mean she’s out here with naturally thick brows, pretty white teeth, straight nose, no acne scars or dark under eye circles that I can see, and a head full of curly hair. I mean, she’s gorgeous. How hard can it be to show your naturally gorgeous face?



As a beauty blogger and someone who knows first-hand the power of makeup, I’m just not sold on the message here. With all the makeup shaming that goes on on social media, I can’t help but think Keys’s message will be somehow twisted to shame those of us who proudly wear makeup. I wear makeup maybe one or two days out of the week, and given the right circumstances and professional camera, you better believe I’d be showing my happy #makeupfree face to the world, too. So I am not mad, I’m just rolling my eyes a little bit. Am I alone?

 What are your thoughts?
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  1. I like it. All women have their issues. I’m proud of her. Why a motive other than empowerment. Kudos to her giving women a positive message. It’s a choice. I luv makeup. It’s art.however I don’t feel ugly without it. Some days I wear it;sometimes not. My skin. Is fair so my lashes and brows are very dark blonde (black women) . I’d be kinda washed out without anything. As I scream… it’s a choice ladies. Be and do you.

  2. I think the NO MAKE UP MOVEMENT is about being BRAVE and Healthy… Women can save our money, take better care and love our skin, and better appreciate what our Creator blessed us in our unique beauty. That way everybody wont look the same and our youth may better adore and admire how we are beautiful with being natural. I feel insecure with the trends on these crazy colors of hair, makeup, surgeries, fashion, and confusing our children with looking like their cartoons and the opposite sex thats not on our birth certificates. Make up creates insecurities in ourselves. If anything makeup should be used is you are in the process to clearing your imperfections like acne but its the main reason why we have clogged pores. I think if we as role models to our daughters, we should proudly improve our natural beauty them out men, and ourselves.(Men hate makeup and weaves anyway)

  3. I’m not here for it either. I like my celebrities dressed up and fabulous! If I wanted to see an au naturale look ill go to Walmart or look at myself in the mirror when I wake up.

  4. No girl, you ARE NOT alone! I side eyed this whole movement as well. I love the message it is sending to girls who probably got into makeup a little too early…however this is definitely a movement I will not be following.

  5. Here is the funny thing about makeup. I find that POC do a lot of shaming for wearing makeup and Caucasians do a lot of passive-aggressive shaming for not wearing makeup (the whole are you feeling ill comments). In all, going without enhancements is often looked down upon more than being enhanced. You see it all the time wear naturally full lips are made fun of but lip injected lips are praised. People made fun of freckles for decades yet creating fake freckles became a thing this year in the beauty and fashion mags. I think the real issue is that why are women not allowed to just be free to wear makeup, hair dye, weaves or just be natural without criticism?

    I’m like you, I wear makeup maybe twice a week or if I am going out on to a event (which is rare). I don’t care if people see my flaws, acne scars and hyperpigmentation. I’ve been criticized for wearing makeup and for not wearing makeup. People are generally biased to one side. What we should all be for is letting a woman express herself as she sees fit.

  6. I took a good look @ her skin & it is not flawless at all. I think that’s the point. Be your beautiful, natural self mo matter. I’m 64 & started wearing makeup @ 17. By 21, I didn’t leave the house without makeup. @,40, I cut off all my hair, no makeup, except lipstick. When I first stopped wearing makeup, I didn’t like what I saw because I wasn’t used to my naked skin. It took time, support & compliments from family & friends before I became truly comfortable with my natural skin. I can truly say my skin looks better now then when I was young. BTW, I still wear lipstick (organic). My lips r very dry & the diff products that I have tried to help my lips,continually break me out.

  7. This is why people are scared to open up about their insecurities. There are two ways it can go: Either people support and understand them, or people brush their problems off like it’s no big deal and they’re crazy for having them.
    Do you know how it feels to have people talk like your problems are invalid? As if you’re not allowed to have them? To have others judge you for them? I do. It sucks. A lot. And the next time I have problems I feel I need to share I’ll be too scared to do it.
    You and me both agree that Alicia Keys is a gorgeous woman with or without make-up, but that isn’t an excuse to talk about her like this. Not every woman who is perceived as gorgeous by other people will think the same about herself. Take me, I’ve been called cute multiple times but when I look in the mirror and see my flawed face I don’t believe them.
    You may think her curly hair is beautiful but people laughed at her when she was younger for it. Her freckles are something society sees as imperfections.
    She has her own insecurities and problems to deal with, and she has chosen to share them with the world. And what you did here is the worst way you can handle it.

    1. Amen. Who are any of us to judge the decisions someone makes for themself?? I’m sure her decision was not about any of us. And it probably took her a minute to decide she loved her for her

  8. I can definitely see your point. There’s a distinct difference between feeling you HAVE to wear makeup to look appealing or desirable versus wearing makeup because you WANT to. I chose to wear makeup because it makes be feel girly and I’ll admit pretty but I know I look pretty without it too! 😉

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