Alicia Keys’ No Make-Up Movement

by Korrien Hopkins

Eva Rinaldi [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Alicia Keys is an American singer, songwriter, pianist, and actress. The Girl on Fire singer has been generously blessing our souls with her soulful realness and insanely amazing vocal and pianist skills since the early 2000s. Today, you can find her bare faced and beautiful. Alicia Keys is helping to spread the “No Makeup Movement” to encourage young women to feel comfortable in their own skin.  She launched this campaign late last year. She wrote in her Lenny Letter essay,

“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.”

She has been spreading the word of her campaign on NBC’s hit show The Voice, where she is a coach. She has been hitting the red carpets flaunting her radiant glow of self-love and acceptance. She makes It very clear that she doesn’t want her message to be confused with her being anti make-up. Of course, not everyone is as accepting of themselves or by society. Alicia Keys is a lighter complexion black female displaying fairly European features that are praised in this white-washed society. And of course, unlike her, not every woman has access to high end facial products and dermatologist she may use. Even without being accepted by society, or having perfectly clear skin it is important that women love and accept themselves unapologetically.

Those with minor skin conditions have many small things that can be done to help alleviate skin issues, which can in turn boost your confidence and overall health of your skin. Alicia Keys said that eliminating dairy from her diet contributed to her acne-free skin. I am a witness to this first hand. On my journey to veganism, I slowly eliminated dairy from my diet and saw drastic changes. Also drinking tons of water has helped. As women, we are pressured to look a certain way all the time and from experience, I know how frustrating it is to get asked, “Are you sick?” and hearing, “You look really tired” (which I may be, since I’m a college student and all) on the day I decided not to wear makeup.

Alicia Keys proves women can skip the make-up, whether its to enjoy those few extra minutes in bed, or to let their skin breathe. I love makeup, I literally get to paint my face and I thoroughly enjoy it. On days I feel down, doing my makeup helps lift my spirits because, in my opinion, any form of art heals. Alicia Keys’ no makeup movement has helped me to embrace my natural beauty. Its easy to use this movement to compare to your bare face to others, but that does more hurt than harm. Highlight and contour should not be a requirement to feel beautiful. So, I salute those who join the movement if even for a day as well as those who don’t. In the words of Beyoncé, I enjoy waking up and going to class saying, “I woke up like this.” In all reality, do what makes you happy and not society, and do it unapologetically so.

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