STYLE & BEAUTY
01/25/2017 09:30 am ET

Alicia Keys' Beauty Evolution: From Flawless To Flawless

Oh, right, she looks gorgeous with makeup, too.
Yes. To. All. Of. This. 
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Yes. To. All. Of. This. 

Today it might hard to remember a time when Alicia Keys, goddess of all things good and makeup free, actually wore makeup regularly. After declaring herself free of the stuff last June, her name became synonymous with natural beauty, her example responsible for an overhaul of our morning routines. 

Keys recently explained that makeup and the effect it had on the skin made her feel “even more self-conscious, objectified and judged” in the early days of her career. But take a look back at her beauty looks of yesteryear, and you’d never know it. Her wide range of bold looks included bright eyeshadows, deep lips and more epic hairstyles than we can count.  

Of course, starting with a pretty fabulous canvas helps, but looking back at our our favorite Alicia Keys beauty moments only solidifies that she’s simply stunning, both with makeup and without.

In honor of her birthday on Jan. 25, join us in fallin’ down one seriously gorgeous memory lane. 

  • 2001
    At the 15th annual Soul Train Awards 
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    At the 15th annual Soul Train Awards 
  • 2001
    At the 7th annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards
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    At the 7th annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards
  • 2001
    During an MTV rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera House
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    During an MTV rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera House
  • 2001
    At the MTV Europe Awards 
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    At the MTV Europe Awards 
  • 2002
    At the Essence Awards
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    At the Essence Awards
  • 2002
    At the Grammy Awards 
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    At the Grammy Awards 
  • 2002
    At the MTV Europe Music Awards 
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    At the MTV Europe Music Awards 
  • 2003
    At Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party
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    At Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party
  • 2003
    At the VIBE Awards
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    At the VIBE Awards
  • 2004
    At Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party
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    At Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party
  • 2004
    At the Grammys
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    At the Grammys
  • 2004
    At the Palais des Festivals during the 57th International Cannes Film Festival
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    At the Palais des Festivals during the 57th International Cannes Film Festival
  • 2004
    At the 19th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 
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    At the 19th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 
  • 2005
    On MTV's "TRL"
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    On MTV's "TRL"
  • 2005
    On MTV's "TRL"
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    On MTV's "TRL"
  • 2006
    On MTV's "TRL" 
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    On MTV's "TRL" 
  • 2006
    At Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party
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    At Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party
  • 2006
    At the Tribeca Rooftop in New York, New York
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    At the Tribeca Rooftop in New York, New York
  • 2007
    at BET's "106 & Park" at BET Studios
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    at BET's "106 & Park" at BET Studios
  • 2007
    At MTV's "TRL" 
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    At MTV's "TRL" 
  • 2007
    At Z100's Jingle Ball 
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    At Z100's Jingle Ball 
  • 2008
    At the Black Ball
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    At the Black Ball
  • 2008
    At the BET Awards 
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    At the BET Awards 
  • 2008
    At the American Music Awards
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    At the American Music Awards
  • 2009
    On the "Today" show 
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    On the "Today" show 
  • 2009
    At the American Music Awards
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    At the American Music Awards
  • 2009
    At the Collette Blanchard Gallery in New York, NY 
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    At the Collette Blanchard Gallery in New York, NY 
  • 2010
    at the Gotham Magazine annual gala presented by Bing 
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    at the Gotham Magazine annual gala presented by Bing 
  • 2010
    At a screening of 'Biutiful' hosted by the Cinema Society 
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    At a screening of 'Biutiful' hosted by the Cinema Society 
  • 2010
    At the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball
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    At the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball
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