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“It took me forever,” Alicia Keys reveals how she gets her skin to look this good

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Since the summer, Alicia Keys’ face has been a famously make-up free zone and now the singer has revealed the journey to a bare face hasn’t come easy.

Keys says it has taken her “forever” to achieve the naturally flawless look that’s becoming her trademark and was forced to make two key changes to go from having a face “full of bumps and pimples” to a clear, glowing complexion.


Read more: Alicia Keys' empowering #nomakeup revolution: “I don’t want to cover up”


“It took me forever to get this skin,” the 35-year-old told Elle. “I mean, I know how it feels to have a face full of bumps and pimples. I lived through that in the public eye.

“But when I first got pregnant [with son Egypt, six] I started to eliminate dairy from my diet and drank a lot more water, which made a huge difference to my skin.”

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When she first announced her commitment to ditching cosmetics, Keys wrote a candid essay for Lenny discussing how she used to feel “worried” if she left the house without wearing make-up, before she started “focusing on clarity and a deeper knowing of myself.”

“I don't want to cover up anymore,” she wrote. “Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.”

Keys laughed off the idea she was on a crusade to encourage others to shun make-up, adding that she herself once felt pressured into wearing make-up by the music industry.

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Keys’ make-up artist (you’ll see why she has one) Dotti, revealed last month to W Magazine the natural tricks she uses to keep the star’s skin looking flawless.

Ice

“We’re doing a lot of ice work to tighten skin, bring the blood to the surface,” she said. “To basically give it the pop that you need,” she says. “I stick a jade roller in ice, so it’s basically freezing when I roll it over her skin. I really, really work into all those areas where I want blood and water and energy brought to the surface.'”

Cucumber

“I’ll grate a full cucumber, then place the pulp no higher than her brow bone and no lower than her under-eye bone, not going near sensitive parts of the eye,” Dotti says. “If we’ve got time, I’ll put the pulp all over her face until it draws the heat out of the skin and bring the blood to the top.”

Oils and masks

Dotti recommends that even those prone to oily skin should embrace facial oils, and recommends MV Organic Skincare. She’s also a sucker for SK-II Facial Treatment Mask.

A dab of make-up

Okay, she’s vowed to stay on the cosmetics wagon but occasionally when the singer is filming The Voice, Dotti will dip into a select bag of tricks, including:

- filling the singer’s eyebrows with individual lashes

- enhancing her freckles with a brow pencil

- applying Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti-Age Serum to her cheeks

 

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