Sunday 11 December 2016

People aren't happy that Alicia Keys didn't wear makeup at the VMAs

Published 30/08/2016 | 09:26

Musician Alicia Keys arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Musician Alicia Keys arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
Singer Alicia Keys arrives for the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Picture: / AFP PHOTO / Angela WeissANGELA WEISS/AFP/Getty Images
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for MTV)
Alicia Keys attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Swizz Beatz and Alicia Keys attend the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Alicia Keys attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Musician Alicia Keys arrives at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards. Picture: REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz

You can't please everyone.

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Alicia Keys famously said that she wouldn't wear makeup again and she clearly meant it.

Alicia Keys attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
Alicia Keys attends the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards at Madison Square Garden on August 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

The Girl on Fire singer (35) revealed in April she decided to go for a completely natural appearance, saying she was constantly on edge for fear of being pictured without makeup while out and about.

“Every time I left the house, I would be worried if I didn’t put on makeup: ‘What if someone wanted a picture? What if they POSTED it?,” she wrote. “These were the insecure, superficial, but honest thoughts I was thinking.

"And all of it, one way or another, was based too much on what other people thought of me," she wrote in an essay for Lena Dunham's Lenny newsletter at the time.

“I felt powerful because my initial intentions realised themselves,” she writes. “My desire to listen to myself, to tear down the walls I built over al those years, to be full of purpose and to be myself!

"The universe was listening to those things I’d promised myself, or maybe I was just finally listening to the universe, but however it goes, that’s how this whole #nomakeup thing began.”

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But while owning the red carpet at the VMAs on Sunday night, some people still found it hard to adjust to a female celebrity going completely makeup free.

One woman's tweet has since gone viral for saying, "Just a little concealer next time that's all" alongside a pic of Keys with husband Swizz Beats.

Some of her followers echoed her statement with: "Fill in the brows and a little bit of tinted lip balm. And she'll be straight."

Keys followed up the criticism with a gorgeous makeup free photo, saying she's not "anti-makeup", but her time with cosmetics is over and she has been largely praised for it.

Then again, one of those people was Piers Morgan, so she might be rethinking her decision now.

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