Alicia Keys made it clear to the world that she was done with makeup sometime in 2016.
But now, it seems like she’s taken back her decision merely one year later.
Although she appears make-up free on the cover, Keys did choose to wear a touch of paint for the inside images. Keys enlisted makeup artist Dotti to apply a teal cat eye in one photo, black lines under her eyes in another and streaks of vivid purple paint shooting of the corners of her eyes in the final picture.
“I’m not a slave to makeup. I’m not a slave to not wearing makeup either,” she tellsAllure. “I get to choose at [any] given moment. That’s my right.”
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“I started at 20 years old in this ridiculously invasive world in which everyone covered me in makeup and then threw me under tons of lights, so I’d sweat for two or three hours,” she says. “It took me so long to finally say, ‘Whoa! Who am I under there?’ That is just my own personal quest.
“I am all about a woman’s right to choose. I think a woman should do anything she wants as it relates to her face, her body, her health,” Keys says. “Whatever mode of expression that empowers you, that’s what you should do. What I am not down for is this ridiculously high, unrealistic expectation about appearance that we as women are held to.”
But even Keys admits that doing away with superficiality on the outside has, ironically, made her more beautiful than ever.