It was no surprise to anybody that sultry, talented 21-year-old Alicia Keys was nominated for a Grammy. With her exotic fusion of urban R&B, hip-hop and blues she has become the newest soul sensation. We also love her looks. Elegant and earthy, sophisticated and soulful, Alicia keeps things simmering off stage as well as on stage. To get Alicia's look shown here, follow the advice of New York City makeup expert and artist Deborah Grayson:
STEP 1 Begin by creating Cleopatra-like eyes. It's important to use a very tiny, pointed brush (available from some cosmetics line or in art supply stores). Dip the brush into water and then turn it in your pot of liner. (Test it on your hand to make sure it has an even consistency.) Create a clean, smooth, thin line above your lashes and continue out to the outer tip of the eye. (If you make a mistake, simply dip your brush in water, turn it in the pot of eyeliner, test it on your hand and re-draw the line.)
STEP 2 Using a thin, black pencil eyeliner, line the inside of the lower lash.
STEP 3 Using a shadow brush, apply a beige eye shadow under the brow bone. Next, apply a moss-green powdered shadow across the lid.
STEP 4 Fill in brows with a medium brown shadow using a very hard, angled brow brush. Curl lashes and apply mascara twice to upper and lower lashes.
STEP 5 Apply concealer around your nose, on your chin, under the eyes and just inside the eyes where they meet the nose. Follow by applying a matte foundation all over the face using a sponge or brush. Set that with a light dusting of translucent powder that matches your skin tone.
STEP 6 Apply powder blush to the apples of your cheeks using a blush brush. Sweep the color up toward the outer eyes. Next, dip your brush into translucent powder, then sweep it over the blush to diffuse it so you won't see where it starts and stops.