Alicia Keys. Beautiful Alicia Keys has started a no makeup movement, and it’s been gaining steam. This isn’t the first time a celebrity would go without makeup, but Alicia Keys no makeup movement has been resonating with a lot of people.
She wrote an article in Lenny Letter about needing to be free and real and bare. I respect that. At first, however, I thought that starting a no makeup movement was a bit dramatic because I mean, it’s makeup. Does it really need a movement – especially considering that Trump is trying to be the president of the United States of America? But then, I was only thinking that from my own point of view.
I have a love and hate relationship with makeup. I love putting it on, but honestly, I love taking it off even more. You won’t catch me at home with makeup on. And yes, there are people who sit home with makeup, and there are people who wear full makeup (lashes and all) to the beach. I don’t understand it, but it’s not on my face. The only way I’d have makeup at home is if maybe I just got back from somewhere and didn’t really have the time to take it off before guests came over and I didn’t want to leave them to go wash my face. In fact, to say that I love taking my makeup off would be an understatement.
Also, my makeup preferences have evolved. A decade ago, I would have loved to put every color on my face, but now, I’m different. I just want a natural face and popping lips. But I don’t think too much of people who love wearing makeup all the time. I think of it more like art. Some people just love to play on their face without it meaning something deep.
That said, I know that there are people who would never go out without makeup because they don’t feel secure enough to do that. Maybe it’s because they have troubled skin; maybe they’re dealing with some personal issues; maybe they just prefer their look in makeup; and maybe they are indeed covering their issues up. Whatever the case, I do not have deep feelings toward makeup. I just know I spend most of my time in no makeup. That’s why my foundation lasts forever.
For the Alicia Keys no makeup movement, I suppose she’s trying to inspire women to love themselves and not be defined by the fleekiness of their face. As expected, however, some women are lashing out and calling it makeup shaming. You know there’s shaming for everything: fat shaming. Slut shaming. Body shaming. Food shaming. Period shaming.
Igwe is in support of Alicia Keys no makeup movement because he’s been a long time complainer of women in what he deems to be excessive makeup. You know those before and after pictures that makeup artists put up? Na dem cause the fight, and Igwe calls them witchcraft, so naturally, he’s all for no makeup. Truth be told, those serious makeup looks are deceitful, but it’s probably not much different from hair extensions and heels.
But what about the people?!
All in all, I think that this Alicia Keys no makeup movement is nothing but a developed world problem. People who are not sure where their next meal will come from do not bother about whether or not to use makeup. That said, if this Alicia Keys no makeup movement inspires one woman to love herself more, then I am all for it.
P.S. There are over 12 million posts under the #NoMakeup hashtag on Instagram. Men sef have joined the movement. Ha!
P.P.S. Alicia Keys is beautiful though. She looks like a 17 year old girl in the picture above.