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Alicia Keys: The Makeup Debate Continues

To makeup or not to makeup, that is the question. For many women, putting on makeup is a part of their daily routine before heading off to school or to work. In fact, makeup has become such a commercialized part of our society that almost everyone has opinions on how much is too much, or too little. Because of this, it always makes a splash when a celebrity is caught without makeup in a candid photo.

Alicia Keys, however, took this a step further when she decided to go completely makeup free a few months ago. The singer recently spoke to Allure about this choice.

Keys told the magazine that when she started in the music industry at the age of 20, she was covered in makeup every night, which lead to breakouts and some self-consciousness. The star soon came to the realization that being perfect was not the point.

She told Allure, “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. 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.”

Makeup, to Keys, is not about looking perfect. Makeup is a form of expression for those who choose to wear it, and those who choose not to. Keys acknowledges the incredibly high beauty standards that have been set for women, and she does not approve. By talking about makeup as self-expression as opposed to a means of achieving these high beauty standards, she rejects the perception that makeup is to be used as a tool.

The important thing, to Keys, is allowing what’s inside to shine through. This can be done by expressing yourself through makeup or by choosing not to wear any. Regardless, you can choose to express your beauty by focusing on yourself and doing what makes you feel empowered.

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