Alicia Keys Is Still Makeup Free and I Still Think The Media Circus Surrounding It Is A Distraction

Alicia Keys’s decision to go makeup free was announced via a Lenny letter a few months ago.  I told you guys then that I couldn’t really wrap  my mind around why this was a thing in the first place.

The thing is, believe it not, most makeup wearers are makeup-free more times than not. When I worked in an office, I wore concealer or BB cream, mascara, and lipstick. At home? Nada? Running errands? Nada. Going out to eat? Only if I felt like it.

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But then Miss Keys decided it was a movement of sort, and has been showing us her bare face every chance she gets:

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Ultimately I think it’s good for young girls to see women living confidently without any adornments. But now that we’re 3 months into this, the “no makeup” stance is starting to feel old. I know this is a bit contradictory, because I’m writing about it too, but WHAT is the big deal already? I’d like to move on.  What is the point and how long will it go on? Can we, as a collective, get back to enjoying your music without being distracted by all this nothingness?

What do you think?! Share your thoughts below!

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Well Hello! My name is Lisa and you've stumbled upon my own little corner of the world. I'm a lipstick-loving, high heel junkie, mom, and wife. When I'm not here bringing you the latest in beauty, fashion, hot topics, and bits and pieces of my life with my family, you can find me over on youtube swatching lipsticks and sharing my latest natural hairstyles. Make sure you also follow me on Instagram and Snapchat under my brand name Lisa A La Mode. I'm a real person. I promise.

    1. Girl, The first ammendment was established to ensure that if folks spoke out about the government they wouldn’t be placed in jail. Freedom of speech doesn’t have anything to do with us discussing something Miss Keyes herself has made into headlines. We’re not trying to jail her, we just want to get back to the music.

        1. Girl. the word is “sham,” not “shame.” And I’m not mad about not wearing makeup. I’m annoyed it continues to be news. THAT is the point of the article.

      1. Beautifully said. This is a journalist with a job reporting. Keyes, like us all determines her own beauty. We can choose to enjoy her talent.

  1. How would we know that she’s not wearing make-up if someone didn’t point it out ? Who cares? I’m glad she’s showing that your face should be clean and moisturized; not painted all the time.

    1. why not & who cares..she’s established, with a family, & cute enough to pull it off…music will never leave her…

  2. I think it’s a great message to all young women out there. Pleasing society is hiding the “real you”. Since when is it a crime to be comfortable in your own skin??

  3. I dont think of it as a “sham” or “distraction”. Its her face…this is how she naturally looks…so its now bad to be makeup free…wow

  4. I love this. I feel the same way. Like girl I don’t wear makeup either you want a high five? Smh! And it’s not like she never wore makeup. Her face, clearly, used to be caked in it. You can’t claim all natural now ma’am. But it could be just another way to get press and push her new agendas. Or she could just be tired of getting dressed up everyday. Lol Either way, put out an album and I’ll worry about you! Other than that, girl bye! Lol

    ~ Sanaa

  5. I love Alicia with or without make up. I’m What’s does that have to do with her music. If it’s a shame which I can’t see how, who cares. You are beautiful in your own skin. Not a bad message. Natural hair, natural face what’s wrong with that. I wear lip gloss that’s it.

  6. I believe it is important that young ladies see that in order to be in show business and television that you do not have to wear a ton of makeup. While you are a everyday woman who doesn’t have to worry about people following you taking pictures and saying is she sick, tired or crazy because she doesn’t have all the makeup on all the time, Alicia Keys isn’t viewed as such by a lot of young ladies. They see images on social media, magazines, and television of their idols such as Alicia Keys, Beyonce, maybe even Nicki Minaje and believe that in order to be a star they have to look the part at all times, or that they need makeup because no one in the industry has freckles like them. When there’s ton of women on television with freckles in their face but the concealer and other makeup covers it. Alicia Keys was never a diva to began with, she came in the industry with jeans, timberland, and braids and I’m pretty sure makeup wasn’t initially her idea, but when in Rome and you want to make it you have to wear what looks good for the camera. I believe her statement of no makeup is not for women like you who can go with or without it, but more for young girls who feel like they can’t even run to their neighborhood market without a ton of makeup on their faces because they believe they’re ugly and unattractive. As far as the music, I believe she released a song thia year and I’m pretty sure she is quite busy being a mother and wife and please know just because you don’t hear her voice on the song doesn’t mean she isn’t the woman behind the music. Music was just her foot in the door to be the woman God wanted her to be.

  7. Let her live her life the way she wants! She’s a beautiful woman with or without make-up. Notice that she takes care of her skin and her brows are done. I don’t believe it’s a distraction from her music at all. It’s a lifestyle choice.

  8. How we view being “natural” and how celebrities view it is completely different yet the same. Lisa, you basically said it “most makeup wearers are makeup-free more times than not. When I worked in an office, I wore concealer or BB cream, mascara, and lipstick. At home? Nada? Running errands? Nada. Going out to eat? Only if I felt like it.”

    The problem is we don’t see her when she is doing day-to-day activities. We only see her on the red carpet and at events. I believe her stance is “how I am at home, in the studio and running around NYC/NJ is how you get me on camera”. She is just simply tired of playing nice for Hollywood likes. She probably was never really into makeup enough to care about a basic day-t-day look.

  9. I don’t think initially it started being about others. I believe the initial purpose behind what is now a “movement” was for her to embrace her own “imperfections” and natural beauty. Some people may not wear make up 24/7 but there are a A LOT of people who wear makeup and will not be seen with out it because they don’t feel beautiful. And then celebrities they have the pressure to be “beat” all the time or they end up in some ugly tabloid or gossip column. So in a way she could just be choosing to take the power away from others by being “bare.”

    I believe that the movement is healthy and many women (famous or not) are empowered by it- consuously and subconsciously. I’ve seen comments and interviews of people who say that they’re inspired but don’t have the guts to do it. By her taking the lead, for however long her heart chooses, you don’t know who she’s helping to embrace their beauty- the way God created them. I think for those who are watching, it’s necessary because one or two appearances without it isn’t enough. It’s easier to do one or two shows and go back to what’s comfortable! But longevity to me shows that it’s not just a fad to gain followers or impress people, its commitment to the message. It’s only when you continue to do something when no one is watching that it’s likely done from a genuine place. So I say if it’s important to her: ROCK ON GIRL! And for those who aren’t interested, focus on the music, fashion, or whatever your heart desires! And everyone is happy!😇

  10. Yeah I agree with everyone…just do it without making a huge deal out of jt. It’s like I don’t introduce myself as Keisha, I sometimes wear make up 😂

  11. My question is why do u care that much? Why is it a shame? I call this Artikel a shame and a disgrace to womanhood. Its her choice to speak about going make up free ..she has the right to do that.

  12. Why do you feel it’s a distraction? Natural beauty is not a distraction if anything it is an attraction. Just because you chose the makeup face does not mean everyone has too. It’s a choice! Stop labeling everything as a distraction. This post is a distraction from the real issues in the world. It’s people loosing their lives and you are worried about what this woman chooses to wear on her face. Get over yourself!

  13. Well we are in a time where women want to be free from chemicals on or in our bodies.So I guess that’s her journey for now..Hair and Makeup over load.We are naturally beautiful. Just a little lip tint..I think she’s beautiful..

  14. This is really a question worth discussing! and I would have felt the same as you, had it been some other artists needing attention on themselves rather than their talent.
    I don’t think it is the case here since she stated her choice with it in the first place and that was it.
    Now the whole thing has been excessively dealt with by the media mainly but I don’t think she is in really using it in any way.

  15. I am annoyed by it. Of course sure can go make up free! She has millions of dollars to use the beat skin care and go to the best dermatologists. She is showing off she has beautiful skin… which is great for her! What about all the woman with acne scars and hyperpigmentation that feel pretty with make up? This is shaming them. Talk to us when you have some lines or scars yours exposing Alicia. Until then sit down.

  16. I believe when You listen to music, you listen with your ears and not your eyes. If you are disgruntled by her appearance, you may appear to be seen as shallow. HER make up does not define her as an artist or a person. But just like we all are, you’re entitled to your opinion. It’s her face, not yours, it’s her music career, not yours. I doubt you are getting paid whether or not she created another got record.

  17. I just see ot as love the skin you’re in! It doesn’t take all the make-up to feel beautiful! I love it. Especially in this day and age where kids are starting to wear make-up at younger ages now! Idk just my two cents. Love you and all of you including your imperfections bc someone may be looking up to you and you won’t even know it!

  18. I feel your grievance is with media and how media covers it. However it is (to me) a good piece of information to hear that she wasn’t comfortable and she is doing what it takes to make herself comfortable. Her face was naked at the VMA’s. A place were women are basically required to be made up. So it’s good info to hear. News is information. Her face is fashion information so it’s fashion news, not world news, social news (probably) but it is information. It is the perception that she is controlling her image for the sake of herself and women who think you can’t be beautiful without a glam square and thousands of dollars of makeup on your face. It’s good news. You don’t need it but someone does.

  19. I think it’s “a thing” because most celebrities are caught WITH makeup. She’s breaking that tie. I don’t understand why that is a hard concept to grasp. A black woman writing this article at all is a sham in itself. Moving on…

  20. I think it’s news because she’s a celebrity and apparently they’re not supposed to be seen without be camera ready. Us regular folks can go anywhere we please with eye buggers wrinkles and what not and no one will bat an eye. There will actually be someone to tell us to put some makeup on. But believe this is not “real” news. It’ll only be real news and a movement when a kardashian decides to lose the makeup. (No shade) The media attention is a distraction because it has made (if not glorified) women to believe that a full face is what makes them beautiful and nothing else. Women are not learning how to take care of their skin under the beat.

  21. Clearly, the children that were left behind are reading this post. Between confusing “shame” and “sham”, then missing the point of the post, folks are mad for nothing! #lettucepray

  22. To be honest, the media hype would not exist if women were not complaining about her not wearing makeup on social media. The ones who complained let the media know this was a topic of interest and can earn them views. Heck that is why bloggers, myself included, are writing about it because the public at large made it an issue once again.

  23. Actually, Alicia comes to a big realization every few years, she talks about it like all the rest of us haven’t already had those same epiphanies, like she’s all guru/budda. Her and Gwyneth Paltrow. All I care about Alicia, is that she plays and sings fantastic, which of course she does

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