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Alicia Keys Makeup Tutorial

How-To: Alicia Keys's Bright BET Makeup

Alicia Keys showed off two distinct hairstyles at the BET Awards, and she took a playful approach to her makeup, too. Her skin's golden glow is perfect for hot Summer nights, and by pairing a shimmery violet eye shadow with a shiny fruit-punch lip, she shows that you can have a little fun on the red carpet. To find out how to replicate her look at home,


Face: Starting with clean and moisturized skin, apply a medium-coverage foundation such as Iman Second to None ($23), which is available for a wide range of skin tones. Then, blend a luminizer like Smashbox Artificial Light in Glow ($30) on the apples of the cheeks. Then sweep a warm, rose-tinged shade of bronzer on cheeks and the bridge of your nose; Too Faced Caribbean in a Compact ($25) should do the trick nicely.

Eyes: Alicia's eyes sparkle in warm plum and gold shades, and cream shadow is a great way to get the look. You'll need two colors; try Benefit Creaseless Cream Eye Shadow ($18) in Stiletto and Tattle Tale.

Use a brush to apply the gold color on your eyelids, from the lash line toward the brows. Use a narrow, flat-tipped brush to bring the color along the lower lash line near the inner corner of your eye. Next, use the darker shade on the lid itself. Use a black pencil eyeliner to define the upper lash line (aim to get the color in between the lashes, not above them). Alicia is wearing false eyelashes, but you can fake the look with two coats of black mascara. (Just be sure to curl your lashes first.)

Lips: With color this bold, it's best to break out a lip brush for precise application. Choose a bright pink shade such as MAC lipstick in Eager ($14), then use the brush to fill in your lips. Follow with a coat of warm, sparkling gloss; Max Factor MAXalicious in Girls' Night Out will add a little shine to your smile.

The finishing touch: Dust your clavicle, shoulders, and upper arms with a shimmer powder such as Urban Decay Honey ($26) for a little more shine.


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carhornsinapril carhornsinapril 9 years
agreed. i think it ages her horribly.
cottonpoots cottonpoots 9 years
I'm glad I'm not the only one who thinks that. It's quite scary, actually.
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
I actually think this is an awful picture of her...
emalove emalove 9 years
I wear that Benefit cream shadow in Tattle Tale nearly every day...I usually use it as a base too for powder shadows. It's fab.
WiCkeD_LaDy WiCkeD_LaDy 9 years
thanks Bella i love her in the awards all her skin just look perfect...
msdyanelk msdyanelk 9 years
Even for an award show her makeup in this photo looks kinda hard, especially for the summertime.
glam-sugar glam-sugar 9 years
Nice look. That Benefit Stiletto cream shadow is amazing, it's one of my favorites! :)
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