This Is What It Really Takes To Look Like Alicia Keys Without Makeup

October 10, 2016  |  
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Kudos to you if you hopped on Alicia Keys’ #NoMakeup bandwagon and realized you had become too dependent on contouring and eyeliners to feel beautiful rather than let your natural beauty shine. However, if you’re feeling like your natural glow and Alicia’s just aren’t the same, don’t worry. The thing is, there is no waking up like this; being naturally flawless still takes a lot of work — and products — and this woman just laid out exactly what it takes to get skin like the 35-year-old artist, mother, and activist.

Dotti, “the one-named makeup artist widely known for her organic ethos and vegan sensibilities,” according to W Magazinespilled the beans on A. Keys’ #NoMakeup routine from the inside (healthy eating and exercise) out (regular skin care treatments), and it goes a little something like this.

“Alicia gets regular facials, does acupuncture and she eats healthy and exercises,” Dotti told W. “She knows you have to invest internally for your skin to look great externally. 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.”

Team Member #1: Ice

“Right now, we’re doing a lot of ice work to tighten skin, bring the blood to the surface. To basically give it the pop that you need,” Dotti said. “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. It brings her skin to life, it practically makes her skin say, ‘Hi. I love you.’”

Team Member #2: Cucumber 

“On some days, I’ll look at her skin and say, ‘You need cucumber today,’ so 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. 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. That’s what most of the cooling agents do.”

Team Member #3: Oil

“People get freaked out about oils. They think if they’ve got oily skin they don’t want oil, but yes you do!,” Dotti explained. She first uses MV Organics 9 Oil Cleansing Tonic on Alicia and the brands Pure Jojoba oil when she needs it because “It’s so close to the natural sebum we produce in our skin.”

Team Member #4: Masks

Dotti said she treats Alicia to masks occasionally, “including a special rubber-textured one from a facialist friend, as well as Eminence Clear Probiotic Skin Mask and SK-II Facial Treatment Mask,” W reported.

And there are also a few pseudo-makeup enhancements Alicia uses when judging on The Voice or performing, Dotti pointed out, like filling in her brows with individual lashes or enhancing her freckles with an Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Definer. Sometimes Dotti will also give her cheeks a warm glow with Vita Liberata Self Tanning Anti-Age Serum or apply Mally Ever Colour Poreless Face Definer Mattifier to control shine.

“Compared to the world of makeup, there is minimal,” Dotti said. “She’s already powerful to look at, with those amazing Cleopatra-shaped eyes, and now we get to see them!”

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