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Alicia Keys by Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Allure US April 2021

Alicia Keys Preaches Self Care in Allure Magazine

It’s been a crazy year. I hope everyone is still thriving physically, mentally and spiritually. In this issue of Allure, the beautiful Alicia Keys tells us how she’s been adjusting to the changes in her own routine. She also gives us guidance into prioritizing self care with some examples of her own. Check out the interview she does in the Allure and photos taken by Daria Kobayashi Ritch.

Alicia Keys by Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Allure US April 2021
Khiry earrings. Makeup colors: Chubby Stick Shadow Tint For Eyes in Ample Amber, Up-lighting Liquid Illuminator, and Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Colour Balm in Two Ton Tomato by Clinique.

Her daily routine

“I try to wake up at 5:30,” she says. “I want some things before the day goes away and then I can never get it back. I love to do my meditation early and usually piggyback that with a workout. I’ll be done maybe at 6:30, 6:45, and then I’ll start to wake the kids up. It takes me a hundred years to wake them up. We leave the house about 7:40 and bring them to school. I usually have a bunch of calls. Then I clear all the business stuff by about two or three.” An afternoon in Keys’s household is refreshingly mundane: Pick up the kids, maybe basketball practice, homework, dinner, bath, bed. “Then I have adult time,” she says. “A lot of the times I will work. I will create until eight, nine, ten, sometimes later.”

Alicia Keys by Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Allure US April 2021
Alicia Keys reflects. Balmain top. White/ Space earrings. Makeup colors: Hyper Easy Liquid Liner, Color Sensational Lipstick in Bare Reveal, and FaceStudio Master Holographic Prismatic Highlighter in Purple by Maybelline New York.

How COVID has affected her

“I’ve been traveling with music since I was 17 or 18. There’s really never been a time when I’ve just been still. It’s a new experience and it feels really, really, really good, in that sense of being still and solid with my family unit and being much more present.”

Alicia Keys by Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Allure US April 2021
Versace top, bralette, skirt, and shoes. Tiffany & Co. earrings. Makeup colors: Matte Shadow, Brow & Liner Palette, Putty Blush in Bali, and Compact Bronzing Powder in Golden Bronzer by E.L.F.

On creating space

 “Man, if I can’t find my own space. We all need our own space, just period. No matter what you do or what your job is, you need your own space. [I need space] to create the lyrics or the idea or the concept, or even just to have the confidence.”

Alicia Keys by Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Allure US April 2021
Balenciaga pants and shoes. Makeup colors: Intensify Me! Liquid Liner in Intense Black, Exhibitionist Lipstick in Temptress Rose, and Clean Fresh Cooling Glow Highlighter Stick in Pink Thrill by CoverGirl. Artworks: Texas Isaiah, my name is my name, iii. Nailah F. Davis, Jason. Devin N. Morris, Homeostatic 2018.

On creating rituals

“I love the idea of creating these rituals and [learning] how we can make new ones. I started with the rituals that I use in my life, like lighting a candle. If I feel like I don’t know what to do, I will say, ‘I am clear on all the decisions I have to make’ and I will call it forth. I will say that to myself and that becomes my mantra.”

Alicia Keys by Daria Kobayashi Ritch for Allure US April 2021
Balenciaga top. Tiffany & Co. earrings and necklace. Makeup colors: Eyes to Kill Designer Liner in Onyx, Smooth Silk Eyebrow Pencil in Mahogany, and Ecstasy Lacquer Lip Gloss in Acqua

How this past year has subtracted human connection

“It’s so easy to never leave your comfort zone. It’s true. We have access to everything. And yet, from this digital world where we can literally see anyone in any place in any country at any time, and we have access to it all, how do you interface when you’re on the other side of the screen? It’s deep. It might be a song. Let me see if that’s a song…. I need to write that. It’s called, ‘The Other Side of the Screen.’“

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