After Alicia Keys revealed in a 2016 Lenny Letter that she’ll be embarking on a journey to go makeup-free, the star has been holding true to her promise and hardly wearing a stitch of makeup on red carpets and out-and-about. While that doesn’t mean she has completely abandoned cosmetics altogether, she has been much more selective about what she wears and when—and that starts with focusing on the skin.
While last night’s Grammy Awards called for a more dramatic — though not heavily made up — look, Dotti, Keys’ makeup artist, stresses that so much of her client’s radiant glow doesn’t just come from an army of great products; rather, it stems from within.
“She knows you have to invest internally for your skin to look great externally,” Dotti shared with W Magazine. “It’s also about how you process your energy. She comes from a very strong place and she comes from a very kind place. That in itself is super important. But it’s about the choices she’s making and the products she’s using. It’s the work of a good team.”
As for when the singer does choose to wear makeup — usually when she’s judging on The Voice or performing, Dotti does apply small touches to accentuate the star’s radiant beauty. For example, she’ll apply individual lashes to Keys’ brows to fill in any sparse spots, or accentuate her freckles with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer.