10 Times Alicia Keys Inspired Us With Her Thoughts On Beauty


For as long as we can remember, Alicia Keys has been touching hearts and lives with soulful powerhouse anthems.

Samantha Callender Jan, 25, 2017

Over the last year, Alicia has taken her mission beyond the music through a no makeup movement.

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Opting to rock a bare face on her latest album cover, magazine covers, talk show appearances, and red carpet events, Alicia’s goal is to send the message that being you in your simplest form is enough. And if you want to slay in a full face of makeup, that’s okay, too! 

Though she’s had some haters along the way, we’re here for the movement and in honor of her birthday, we’re looking back at her most inspiring Insta-moments. Take in the natural beauty and her most impactful quotes below! 

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“I hope to God it's a revolution. 'Cause 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.”

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

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"[Going makeup free is] the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt."

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“You grab the brush and gel and pull your beautiful big hair back into the tightest ponytail you possibly can to contain your unique hair in a bun — hiding a piece of who you are in order to fit into a picture of what others seem to see as perfection.”

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“I love my lip gloss, I love my blush, I love my eyeliner … It's not about that. At the same time, I don't want to feel beholden — to have to do it.”

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“... Me choosing to be makeup free doesn't mean I'm anti-makeup. Do you!"

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“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.”

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“I started, more than ever, to become a chameleon. Never fully being who I was, but constantly changing so all the "they's" would accept me.”

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“'I think the most important thing is you do what feels good for you.”

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“I swear is it the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt . . . because my initial intentions realized themselves."