The Secret Behind Alicia Keys’s Glowing Complexion, According to Her Makeup Artist
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
Alicia Keys is a beacon of radiance—particularly in regard to her skin.
Since temporarily ditching makeup entirely several years back, Keys has become a touchstone for the self-care revolution, her flawless complexion serving as a luminous billboard for a well-honed above-neck routine.
Just today, the performer was spotted in London, a playfully positioned ponytail pulled taut at the crown—all the better to keep the focus on her iconic glow.
“It’s really a combination of skincare and makeup,” says makeup artist Romy Soleimani, who explains that the best results are achieved through an unending layering of the two approaches. “I’m constantly breaking down the makeup with skincare, whether that’s a spritz of hydrating mist over a final look or making sure I’m using the creamiest, sheerest products,” Soleimani says. “Also, paying attention to what the skin is doing that day is important. If [Alicia] has a lovely flush happening I’m not going to cover that up with foundation and then apply product blush.”
The lesson? Lit-from-within skin requires a truly intentional methodology, one that begins with a commitment to thoughtful maintenance and flourishes when paired with an equally mindful mindset in regard to makeup. Think of the exchange between skincare and makeup as a dialogue rather than two separate monologues, and you’re well on your way to a Keys-approved complexion.
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