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Alicia Keys' Beauty Evolution: From Flawless To Flawless

Oh, right, she looks gorgeous with makeup, too.

26/01/2017 1:30 AM AEDT | Updated 26/01/2017 1:30 AM AEDT
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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
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    At the 15th annual Soul Train Awards 
  • 2001
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    At the 7th annual Soul Train Lady of Soul Awards
  • 2001
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    During an MTV rehearsal at the Metropolitan Opera House
  • 2001
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    At the MTV Europe Awards 
  • 2002
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    At the Essence Awards
  • 2002
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    At the Grammy Awards 
  • 2002
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    At the MTV Europe Music Awards 
  • 2003
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    At Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party
  • 2003
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    At the VIBE Awards
  • 2004
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    At Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party
  • 2004
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    At the Grammys
  • 2004
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    At the Palais des Festivals during the 57th International Cannes Film Festival
  • 2004
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    At the 19th Annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony 
  • 2005
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    On MTV's "TRL"
  • 2005
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    On MTV's "TRL"
  • 2006
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    On MTV's "TRL" 
  • 2006
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    At Clive Davis' Pre-Grammy Party
  • 2006
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    At the Tribeca Rooftop in New York, New York
  • 2007
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    at BET's "106 & Park" at BET Studios
  • 2007
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    At MTV's "TRL" 
  • 2007
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    At Z100's Jingle Ball 
  • 2008
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    At the Black Ball
  • 2008
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    At the BET Awards 
  • 2008
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    At the American Music Awards
  • 2009
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    On the "Today" show 
  • 2009
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    At the American Music Awards
  • 2009
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    At the Collette Blanchard Gallery in New York, NY 
  • 2010
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    at the Gotham Magazine annual gala presented by Bing 
  • 2010
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    At a screening of 'Biutiful' hosted by the Cinema Society 
  • 2010
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    At the Keep a Child Alive Black Ball
  • 2011
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    In the portrait studio at the iHeartRadio Music Festival 
  • 2011
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    At the opening night after party for "Stick Fly"
  • 2011
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    At the BET Awards 
  • 2012
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    At the the MTV EMAs 
  • 2012
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    At the Givenchy Fall/Winter 2012/2013 show at Paris Fashion week 
  • 2013
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    At the 40 Principales Awards
  • 2013
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    On "Good Morning America"
  • 2013
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    At the 40 Principales Awards photo call 
  • 2014
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    At the book release of "Blue Moon: From The Journals Of Mama Mae & LeeLee" 
  • 2014
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    At the Grammy Awards 
  • 2014
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    At the Social Good Summit at 92Y 
  • 2015
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    At the Tidal launch event #TIDALforALL 
  • 2015
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    At "Billboard Women in Music"
  • 2015
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    At the Harlem School of the Arts 50th anniversary kickoff 
  • 2016
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    At the ''The Voice Of Germany" finals
  • 2016
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    At a photo call for "The Voice" 
  • 2016
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    At the MTV Video Music Awards
  • 2016
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    At the BET Awards 
  • 2016
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    Performing in Times Square 
  • 2017
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    At the Women's March on Washington 
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