MTV was really taking a risk by having everyone walk into the VMAs on a white carpet instead of a red one. It was an award show shot in HD, which means it wasn’t a shock to see some people strolling in with their faces covered in a 1/4 inch thick layer of foundation, concealer, powder, the shadow from 6 Morphe eye palettes, 18oz of lipstick, and an entire bottle of setting spray. There’s no way MTV would have gotten their damage deposit back if someone like Kim Kardashian were to trip and land face-first on that carpet. If Kim left a makeup imprint of her face on that carpet, you know the first thing she would have done was had it sent to her mom’s house with a note that said: “Possible $$$ opportunity. Call the rug from Aladdin and set up a camera.”
Thankfully MTV didn’t have to worry about any of that when Alicia Keys hit the white carpet, because her face was au naturel….kind of.
Alicia has been doing the SANS FARDS look for a little while now because she doesn’t want to “cover up” anymore. She showed up at the BET Awards back in June looking like she had a whole lot of nothing on her face, and she did it again last night at the VMAs. Alicia never specified whether she’s done with makeup complete or just done with heavy makeup. To me, it looks like Alicia wore some makeup last night. I could be wrong; there is a chance that Alicia’s eyelids have a natural non-chemical glow and her eyelashes might only be coated in a born-with-it layer of length and separation.
Either way, the no-makeup look combined with that office casual caftan she was wore during her on-stage poetry slam gave me major flashbacks to my 10th grade art teacher who answered every question with, “Whatever your inner light is telling you.”
Here’s more of Alicia from the white carpet last night, as well as some pictures with her husband Swizz Beats.