I have been a fan of Alicia Keys for a while now. I wasn't an immediate fan, though. I didn't get the whole piano playing, braid wearing, hip-hop thing she had going. But, I she won me over. So, I started paying more attention to her look. One of the things that struck me was how bold her makeup was. This is a time when most everyone was wearing neutral tones of gold and bronze, nude lips and a lot of brown. But, along comes this chick who was wearing purple and teal and bright green. I loved how daring she was and it was a nice contrast to how tomboy-ish she appeared to be. It was interesting. That was the Alicia Keys of 2001. Now we see the Alicia of 2009. She's come a long way. She's softened her entire look. Gone is the edge and roughness to be replaced by softness and grace. Her makeup reflects that. There is a subtly and simplicity that enhances her natural beauty (because she truly is a natural beauty) instead a lot of colors and shapes that made a statement but took away from it.