All About Christina Aguilera's Toned-Down Look

04/04/2012 at 02:30 PM ET

Christina Aguilera
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Christina Aguilera appeared on The Voice‘s first live elimination show Tuesday night looking soft, subtle and sexy — just the way we like her! The noticeably slimmer mentor ditched her harsher hair color and often-heavy makeup, opting for a much simpler routine.

“Our glam look all revolved around the color of my dress,” Aguilera writes on her website. “I thought it was fresh and bright and I wanted to be sure my hair and makeup complemented the color, rather than clashed with it.”

To balance the marigold Roland Mouret frock, Aguilera’s makeup artist, Jake Bailey, gave the singer “a bronze smoky eye, big lashes, tawny cheeks and a rosy glossy lip,” he writes on her site. After lining her eyes with black liquid CoverGirl liner — smudging it to soften the edges — he used a bronze M.A.C shadow on her lids and finished with a strip of false Ardell lashes and DiorShow mascara.

Bailey warmed Aguilera’s cheeks with CoverGirl’s “Sierra Sands” blush, lined her lips with a rose Inglot liner, then applied a layer of Dior Addict Ultra Gloss “for extra shine,” he shares.

Hair stylist Mark Townsend also worked to highlight Aguilera’s dress. “I loved the color and silhouette so much,” he writes on her site. “It was such a great fashion moment with a touch of sexiness, so I wanted her hair to have the same feeling.” After spraying her damp blonde locks with Sally Hershberger Super Keratin Spray, he dried it with a large round brush, then spritzed 4-in. sections of hair with Dove Style+Care Flexible Hold Hairspray and curled with a 2-in. curling iron.

To finish, Townsend rubbed Malin+Goetz Hair Pomade in his hands and fingers — “To warm the product,” he explains — then “raked” his fingers through her hair, “for separation and piecey-ness,” he shares.

Personally, we love Aguilera’s toned-down look — it reminds us of her gorgeous “Genie in a Bottle” days! — but want to know what you think. Tell us: Do you love Aguilera’s softer look?


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funkytown on

now if she’d just rein those boobs in and cover them up!!! it’s quite obvious she has them, but we don’t need to see them every single minute.

Nota on

Julianne Hough is not a plastic bimbo. You see the real woman. Christina would go unrecognized if she took off the gallons of make up, wore a natural hair color, and dressed in something that didn’t show everything she has or wants to have. She’s a walking breathing mannequin with Mariah Carey tendencies. Become as real as your voice, Christina, I bet there’s a beautiful woman under all that…stuff.

Vickie Glisson on

I love this look so much better on her!!!! The gright red lips & dark eyes & curly hair take away from her beauty!!! As they say, less is definitely more!!!

wanda on

She looks so much better, not trampy looking like she had been.

SayinitLikeItIs on

She’s portly

SayinitLikeItIs on

She is a size 16 squeezing into a size 4 dress…Im actually nauseous looking at her pics, toned down or not. Get some clothes that fit girl

VR on

She is young too, so when you still have it, flaunt it, and it never means going overboard with clothes and makeup! Older women tend to want to wear more makeup to show less wrinkles etc…I would give anything to know now what I didn’t know then. Less is more…more makeup is better worn for a bold evening look! Good job she nailed it, and looks fantastic:) Keep it up…listen to the feedback, all positive!!! When done right, we look great, she looks like she feels good about herself too. Way to go…

Baseball Serendipity on

A million times better! She is naturally beautiful and all the hoopla takes away from her. This was a breath of fresh air! I hope she stays this way.

Jessilyn on

I think she looks so much better toned down. She is really beautiful but it’s hard to tell behind all that dark makeup.

Suzanne on

I couldn’t believe how much better she looked!!
She definitely needs to keep that appearance.

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