Like it or not, Alicia Keys's recent decision to go makeup-free has inspired quite the debate—the discussions highlighting her choice to do so in defiance of unfair expectations from women in the entertainment industry, as well as the broader issue of normalising natural beauty for what it truly is (read: not "no-makeup makeup"). But no matter where your opinion falls in the spectrum of that conversation, there's at least one aspect that we can probably all agree on: Keys's bare complexion is looking good.
Perhaps we shouldn't be surprised that there's a pro behind Keys's glowing face—though we won't downplay the irony that said expert is actually a makeup artist. Dotti is known in A-list beauty circles as a champion of natural beauty and organic products, and she has worked closely with Keys to establish a very holistic skincare regimen.
"Alicia gets regular facials, does acupuncture and she eats healthy and exercises," Dotti tells W. "She knows you have to invest internally for your skin to look great externally. It's also about how you process your energy. She comes from a very strong place and she comes from a very kind place. That in itself is super important. But it's about the choices she's making and the products she's using."
But what are those products and choices? From jade-rolling to probiotic masks, keep reading to how exactly Keys keeps her skin looking so gorgeous.
Dotti is a big proponent of jade rolling, which is essentially a form of facial massage (with a crystal-healing bonus). In order to boost circulation and tackle puffiness even more, she likes to chill the roller first. "I stick a jade roller in ice, so it’s basically freezing when I roll it over her skin," she says. "I really, really work into all those areas where I want blood and water and energy brought to the surface. It brings her skin to life."
It's one of the oldest tricks out there, but don't underestimate the power of sliced cucumber to battle redness and irritation. "I'll grate a full cucumber, then place the pulp no higher than her brow bone and no lower than her under-eye bone, not going near sensitive parts of the eye," Dotti says. "If we've got time, I'll put the pulp all over her face until it draws the heat out of the skin and bring the blood to the top. That's what most of the cooling agents do."
If you'd rather not dirty up a knife and cutting board, Yes To's cucumber-based eye gel is a handy option. (Try chilling it in the fridge to give it a chillier boost.)
Dotti has no patience for those who are wary about face oils. "They think if they've got oily skin they don't want oil, but yes you do!" she says. She's a fan of this offering from MV, and often uses plain jojoba oil on Keys's face as well, since the consistency mimics the skin's natural sebum.
Dotti and Keys are big on masks—including this probiotic-infused formula from Eminence, as well as SK-II's Facial Treatment Mask (£60).
Finally, Dotti makes it clear that she and Keys aren't entirely opposed to makeup at all—the point is that it shouldn't be the standard. Still, Keys prefers a minimal look regardless, which often only entails a little brow pencil and this glow-inducing facial serum.