Alicia Keys has been making headlines lately for her refusal to wear makeup. There is even a rumor that her no makeup look is causing a feud with Miley Cirus on The Voice!
I totally get that makeup is a personal decision. There are some of us that refuse to wear makeup for whatever personal reason, and there are others that love everything that goes into an Instagram worthy 30 minute beat face. And there are so many in between. I’m here for all of it.
Whatever side of the makeup spectrum you fall in, more power to you. We got no beef. Some days I’m on the no makeup crew and others I’m on the beat face side but mostly I’m in between. Give me mascara and foundation and a little blush on those days I have to go to work and that is good enough for me. I see it as war paint in a way, a way to get ready for the day that lies before me.
I tried to be down with Alicia Keys on her movement, I totally understand her reasoning behind wanting to accept herself for who she is. And she is beautiful! Just like most of us makeup junkies are! But I don’t believe makeup is just for covering up. For most people, it’s like a good outfit, artful self-expression. Maybe I’m in the smokey eye mood. Maybe I’m in a dark goth lip mood. Both moods are still me and I’m not trying to be somebody I’m not. Nor am I unhappy with myself or my face in any way. It’s important that we realize that most people just love makeup, not that they hate themselves. No judgement zone.
Honestly though, when it comes to Alicia Keys I kind of get it…but when you’re in the public eye I do think that you should be calling that glam squad when it’s time to go to an event, like the MTV Awards. Check this…a supposed source from PerezHilton website…
“Alicia is annoying everyone with her whole makeup thing because it really has an impact on the entire production! She looks washed out and the camera and lighting operators need to adjust everything just for her.”
Now doesn’t this make sense though? Men wear makeup to appear on TV, that’s just how it’s been since the beginning of TV time. They may or may not wear makeup when they are off camera, but on camera it’s a thing. It’s essential that you look natural under all of those lights. To me it sounds like a dress code. You got a job, you probably can’t go to work in your PJs like “let’s get to work”. You probably are expected to be groomed. Most dress codes in jobs I’ve held have a section that discusses grooming and expectations. All I know is everyone in entertainment has a job to do. And it sounds like she is making it harder on everyone else because of a personal decision.
Now if you’re off the clock, do you! Whatever the mood strikes when it comes to your face. But when people are paying you to do a job….I would think that would be part of it. Especially in entertainment when image is just as important as talent.
The internet being what it is, I think most people are upset because they feel she doesn’t even care enough to dress up to a public event. To be honest, I can see her future contracts request that she wear makeup to events etc. And a little BB cream don’t hurt nobody. All I know is, she’s got us all talking.