Alicia Keys is no stranger to going makeup free. Here are 16 times she has worn little to no product.

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Alicia Keys hosted the 2019 Grammys on Sunday night with a minimal makeup look, but it’s certainly not the first time the star has ditched the flashy looks typically seen during such a big event.

Keys wrote about her new relationship with makeup in an essay for the Lenny Letter in May 2016. She described a time when a photographer insisted on shooting her with no makeup for her album cover.

“I swear it is the strongest, most empowered, most free, and most honestly beautiful that I have ever felt,” Keys wrote in the essay.

Whether she’s on the red carpet or posting personal Instagram photos, Keys has been sticking to a minimal makeup look ever since. Sometimes she forgoes makeup completely, while other times she sticks with a light touch of foundation.

Here are 16 times she has gone with little to no makeup.

Keys began opting for minimal makeup looks in 2016.

Keys began opting for minimal makeup looks in 2016.
Alicia Keys at the NBCUniversal Upfront Presentation in May 2016.
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Keys wrote in an essay for the Lenny Letter that a photo shoot with photographer Paola Kudacki for here album “Here” struck a chord with both herself and her fans.

“Once the photo I took with Paola came out as the artwork for my new song ‘In Common,’ it was that truth that resonated with others who posted #nomakeup selfies in response to this real and raw me,” she wrote.

Read Keys’ full essay on Lenny Letter.

Keys then wore her no-makeup look to the BET Awards in June 2016.

Keys then wore her no-makeup look to the BET Awards in June 2016.
Alicia Keys at the 2016 BET Awards.
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This was one of the first major awards shows Keys attended with the subtle look.

She brought the movement to the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet in August 2016.

She brought the movement to the MTV Video Music Awards red carpet in August 2016.
Keys made a red carpet staple in late 2016.
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She arrived in a vibrant red and black dress.

Keys took to Twitter in August 2016 to clarify some of her thoughts on the “no makeup” movement.

Keys took to Twitter in August 2016 to clarify some of her thoughts on the
Alicia Keys at the Keep a Child Alive’s 13th Annual Black Ball in October 2016.
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“Y’all, me choosing to be makeup free doesn’t mean I’m anti-makeup,” Keys wrote alongside a makeup-free selfie on Twitter. “Do you!”

Keys then brought her signature look to NBC’s “The Voice.”

Keys then brought her signature look to NBC's
Keys joined the panel of judges in 2016.
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Keys joined the show for its 11th season in 2016.

Keys framed her face in a bold red outfit for the 2016 Billboard Women In Music event.

Keys framed her face in a bold red outfit for the 2016 Billboard Women In Music event.
Alicia Keys at the 2016 Billboard Women in Music event.
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She paired the look with an oversized wide-brimmed black hat.

She brought the look to the performance stage during an appearance on the “Today” show in September 2016.

She brought the look to the performance stage during an appearance on the
Keys performing on the “Today” show.
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She wore a black blazer with multicolored sleeves.

She then performed at the Grammys in February 2017, two years before hosting the annual ceremony.

She then performed at the Grammys in February 2017, two years before hosting the annual ceremony.
Alicia Keys performed at the Grammys in 2016.
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She wore a black jumpsuit with tons of sparkly silver details.

Keys also proved the look was perfect for Paris Fashion Week in March 2017.

Keys also proved the look was perfect for Paris Fashion Week in March 2017.
Alicia Keys during Paris Fashion Week 2017.
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The star pulled the minimal makeup look off effortlessly during the major fashion event.

She kept it going in January 2018 with an appearance at the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Grammy event.

She kept it going in January 2018 with an appearance at the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Grammy event.
Alicia Keys at the Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing Grammy event in January 2018.
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She accessorized with hoop earrings and deep-red nail polish for a touch of color in her mostly black ensemble.

She walked the red carpet of the 2018 Grammy Awards in January 2018.

She walked the red carpet of the 2018 Grammy Awards in January 2018.
Alicia Keys at the 2018 Grammys.
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She wore an all-black ensemble to match her subtle makeup look.

Keys most recently kept her makeup low-key for the 2019 Grammys in February.

Keys most recently kept her makeup low-key for the 2019 Grammys in February.
Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz attend the 2019 Grammys.
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Refinery29 reports that Keys kept her makeup subtle with a $15 foundation from Burt’s Bees.

She still managed to make a bold statement on the red carpet with an eye-catching red gown by Armani Privé.

She later changed into a teal Oscar de la Renta jumpsuit during the ceremony.

She later changed into a teal Oscar de la Renta jumpsuit during the ceremony.
Keys had several outfit changes during the 2019 Grammys.
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She paired the ensemble with a printed Emilio Pucci headscarf.

She later changed into a pair of sparkling Balmain trousers during the awards show.

She later changed into a pair of sparkling Balmain trousers during the awards show.
Alicia keys hosting the 2019 Grammys.
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She paired the eye-catching pants with a black wide-brimmed hat.

Keys also changed into an eye-catching red jumpsuit by Oscar de la Renta.

Keys also changed into an eye-catching red jumpsuit by Oscar de la Renta.
She then wore a jumpsuit with a matching cape overlay.
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The jumpsuit had a sheer cape overlay for a glamorous touch.

Though Keys continues to keep her makeup minimal, she told Allure in 2017 that she has not completely sworn off cosmetics.

Though Keys continues to keep her makeup minimal, she told Allure in 2017 that she has not completely sworn off cosmetics.
Alicia Keys wearing a leather jumpsuit during the 2019 Grammy Awards.
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“I’m not a slave to makeup,” Keys told Allure in January 2017. “I’m not a slave to not wearing makeup either. I get to choose at [any] given moment. That’s my right.”

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