Alicia Keys has been going mostly makeup-free since 2016.Brendon Thorne/Steve Granitz/WireImage via Getty Images
- Alicia Keys started to wear minimal makeup looks after an album photo shoot in 2016.
- She has since taken the low-key approach during several major awards show appearances and performances.
- Keys most recently hosted the 2019 Grammys, choosing her signature natural look for the occasion.
Alicia Keys hosted the 2019 Grammys on Sunday night with a minimal makeup look, but it’s certainly not the first time the star has ditched the flashy looks typically seen during such a big event.
Keys wrote about her new relationship with makeup in an essay for the Lenny Letter in May 2016. She described a time when a photographer insisted on shooting her with no makeup for her album cover.
“I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” Keys wrote in the essay.
Whether she’s on the red carpet or posting personal Instagram photos, Keys has been sticking to a minimal makeup look ever since. Sometimes she forgoes makeup completely, while other times she sticks with a light touch of foundation.
Here are 16 times she has gone with little to no makeup.