In a new interview with Allure magazine, Alicia Keys opens up about her relationship with makeup.
“I’m not a slave to makeup. I’m not a slave to not wearing makeup either,” says Keys.
The “In Common” singer graced the cover of the fashion magazine’s February 2017 issue, rocking electric eyeshadow and liner; it’s the first time Keys has worn cosmetics since last spring. She announced her intention to go makeup-free in a May 2016 issue of Lenny Letter, from “Girls” star Lena Dunham and producer Jenni Konner.
“I think makeup can be self-expression. I have no intention to shame anyone at all [who chooses to wear it]. No one should be ashamed by the way you choose to express yourself. And that’s exactly the point. However, if you want to do that for yourself, you should do that,” Keys tells Allure.
The 35-year-old singer also reflects on what prompted her to take a break from all the concealer, contour and cream: “I started at 20 years old in this ridiculously invasive world [the music business] in which everyone covered me in makeup and then threw me under tons of lights, so I’d sweat for two or three hours.”
Finishing with: “It took me so long to finally say, ‘Whoa! Who am I under there?’ That is just my own personal quest.”
A recent judge on “The Voice”, Keys unveiled a short film called “The Gospel” in November to tie-in with her sixth studio album “Here”.