From the red carpet to the small screen, Alicia Keys has been fearlessly leading the no-makeup movement. And while there’s no foundation or mascara involved, her look does require an impeccable skincare routine. Makeup artist Dotti is the pro that keeps Keys’ skin looking picture perfect, and she shared all of the details behind the singer’s fresh-faced pictures with W magazine. Overall, it’s a straight-forward regimen that anyone could try at home.
The first step to Keys’ natural glow is probably in your freezer. “Right now, we’re doing a lot of ice work to tighten the skin and bring the blood to the surface,” Dotti tells W magazine. A cube will do the trick, but the makeup expert prefers to rub a frozen jade roller ($2; wish.com) all over Keys’ face. “It brings her skin to life,” says Dotti. “It practically makes her skin say, ‘Hi. I love you.’”
Another important item that you might find in your kitchen is cucumber. Dotti likes to grate an entire cucumber and apply it from the brow bone down to the under-eye area. “If we’ve got time, I’ll put the pulp all over her face until it draws the heat out of the skin and brings the blood to the top,” says Dotti.
Oils are also a crucial part of Keys’ stunning skin. “People get freaked out about oils,” says Dotti. “They think if they’ve got oily skin they don’t want oil, but yes you do.” MV 9 Oil Cleansing Tonic ($90; mvskincare.com) and pure jojoba oil are two must-have options that she uses on Keys. If you want to pamper your skin like The Voice judge, Dotti recommends Eminence Clear Probiotic Skin Mask ($54; emininstore.com) and SK-II Facial Treatment Mask ($135; nordstrom.com).
Once Keys’ skin is prepped, Dotti enhances her features by applying individual faux eyelashes to her eyebrows, and she accentuates the singer’s freckles with Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer ($23; sephora.com). Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti-Age Serum ($45; sephora.com) is used to give her cheeks a warm glow, and Dotti fights off shine with Mally Ever Colour Poreless Face Definer Mattifier ($40; ulta.com).
So Keys isn’t completely against wearing makeup. The singer said it best in a recent tweet, “Y’all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup. Do you!”
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