We Know R&B Singer Alicia Keys Is OBVIOUSLY Still On That 'NO MAKEUP' Thing . . . But Last Night . . . Should She Have WORN MAKEUP?? (CLOSE UP PICS)

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R&B singer Alicia Keys has been wearing no makeup now for a few months -- she's protesting the fact that makeup provides unrealistic beauty standards for young women. We're all for her cause . . . but last night was the VMAs.

We're not saying that Alicia isn't BEAUTIFUL either, because she is. She just might have wanted to do a few touch ups before going on a NATIONALLY TELEVISED Awards show.

Alicia commenced her #NoMakeupMovement at the beginning of the summer, vowing never cover up again: "Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing,” she wrote in a powerful essay.

She didn't wear makeup last night (just an oil patdown), and she won't be wearing it for her new hosting gig on The Voice either.