Alicia Keys is a singer who we have all heard about. She produces music that evokes feeling, littered with metaphors and symbols that are unique to how she feels. Keys is a successful, beautiful woman, but her decision to stop wearing makeup earlier this year has sparked interest in many people. This week Keys has been put under a lot of scrutiny after her makeup artist revealed that she may not be as barefaced as we thought. But is it worth everyone’s time to get worked up over “pore less face definer mattifier?”
Keys is obviously a gorgeous woman, but as she describes it, she did not always feel that she was beautiful. Keys was pushed into her fame quickly, and with this fame came a lot of scrutiny and judgement. In a letter written to Lennyletter.com, published on May 31, 2016, Keys described the reasons why she wanted to stop wearing makeup, “Everyone had something to say. ‘She's so hard, she acts like a boy, she must be gay, she should be more feminine!’ But the truth is, I was just from New York, and everyone I knew acted like that...Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of. And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect. One of the many things I was tired of was the constant judgment of women. The constant stereotyping through every medium that makes us feel like being a normal size is not normal, and heaven forbid if you're plus-size. Or the constant message that being sexy means being naked... My desire to listen to myself, to tear down the walls I built over all those years, to be full of purpose, and to be myself! The universe was listening to those things I'd promised myself, or maybe I was just finally listening to the universe, but however it goes, that's how this whole #nomakeup thing began.” Ever since she started her no-makeup campaign, she has remained true to her promise. Many of her fans have been inspired by her decision and have also decided to embrace their natural beauty. We have seen other female celebrities go without makeup before such as Kim Kardashian, and the queen, Beyonce, but something about Keys’s reasons behind her bare-face debut made it something special. So you can imagine the reactions when Keys’s makeup artist, Dotti, told W Magazine, “She might fill her brows with individual lashes or enhance her freckles with an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. She’ll give her cheeks a warm glow with Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti-Age Serum or curb shine with Mally Ever Colour Poreless Face Definer Mattifier.” Individual lashes, not falsies, but individual synthetic hairs being put onto her face are getting this much attention?! If false eyelashes are being deemed as makeup, are extensions and weave makeup as well? For the girl to go from wearing a full face of makeup, foundation, eyeliner, mascara, blush and highlighter to individual eyelashes takes a lot of courage.
What was your reaction to Keys’s makeup artist’s big reveal? Do you still appreciate Keys’s effort, or were you disappointed to find out about the lashes and mattifying primer?