Staying true to her vow made public earlier this year, Alicia Keys went to the MTV VMAs without makeup. It helps, of course, that she’s got gorgeous skin.
With her hair up in braids and in a red Just Cavalli number, the barefaced beauty was all smiles for the paparazzi. She seemed legitimately happy about her decision. If she chooses not to wear a ton of foundation and change up her natural appearance, good for her.
But no shade (get it?) of course to the women who came in with eyeliner so sharp it could cut someone or a pair of dark lips. The point being is that everyone is free to make a choice.
Alicia wrote an essay in Lenny about how makeup limited her understanding of beauty and made herself too self-conscious to really enjoy what was happening around her. The singer has since made a lot of appearances without makeup and also recently had a photo shoot to emphasize her beliefs.
Photo courtesy of US Magazine