Alicia Keys Goes Makeup Free for VMA’s

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“It is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt.”

The VMA’s are known for flashy dresses, elaborate performances and perfectly styled hair and as always Alicia Keys outshone the rest in every category.

The “Girl on Fire” singer stunned in a red and black Just Cavalli long-sleeved printed maxi dress and gothic inspired necklace.

Her hair was done up in a messy bun with braid accents revealing glowing skin free of eyeshadow, mascara and well…makeup.

This is a onetime occurrence for the “Voice” judge who vowed to go makeup free in a May 2016 Lenny Letter essay, where she reflected on how makeup controlled her entire outlook.

“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,” she said. “And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me.”

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But after a photo shoot with photographer Paola, she was able to find her confidence once again, “It was just a plain white background, me and the photographer intimately relating, me and that baseball hat and scarf and a bunch of invisible magic circulating. And I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” she continued. “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.”

Have you ever gone makeup free? Do you prefer to wear makeup or show off your natural beauty? Let us know in the comments below.


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    lisellahawknp22 August 31, 2016 at 3:02 pm

    i don’t really wear any makeup if at all. ocasionally i wear some lipstick or gloss but that’s it.

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      gymnastlove4 September 5, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      Me neither @lisellahawknp22. I feel kind of odd wearing it except occasionally. I love lip balm though!

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    madiha_y August 31, 2016 at 3:48 am

    This is so SO amazing!
    Absolutely love each and every one of your articles!

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