Alicia Keys is tired of society’s bullsh*t, unspoken makeup requirements, and she’s not gonna take it anymore. In a recent essay published for Lena Dunham’s feminist website/newsletter Lenny, Keys got personal about her choice to turn to a #nomakeup lifestyle…

This realization came to light when she began work on her upcoming album. “Before I started my new album, I wrote a list of all the things that I was sick of,” she writes. “And one was how much women are brainwashed into feeling like we have to be skinny, or sexy, or desirable, or perfect.”


Love, love, love this video!

5 thoughts on “#nomakeup

  1. I only wore makeup for a couple of years of my life, and it always made me feel like was wearing a costume, trying to be something and someone I definitely was not.

    OK, I’m told it looked good, and I even agree, but… In real life I don’t want to make myself look “better than I am”, projecting a skewed look and attitude that aren’t really who I am.

    I’m a simple, no-fuss, no extra work, come as you are kind of person. That’s why wearing makeup feels like a costume, like I’m impersonating someone else.

    Special occasions, like weddings, are the only exception. There, I would stand out too much by *not* wearing makeup 🙂

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    • Because of my facial pain, I stopped wearing make-up a long time ago. Plus, it’s awfully expensive. Still, I must admit that I miss the smooth look of base, mascara that made my straight lashes a little darker and curlier, and eye shadow that made my small eyes look bigger. And for some women, this mask allows them to have more confidence in themselves.

      But overall, make-up is just too much of a hassle, especially for pain patients. And since I don’t need it to attract a partner, it’s just a waste of time and money.


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