Avril Lavigne Gets a Makeunder: See Her Without Her Signature Eyeliner!

12/23/2013 at 01:57 PM ET

Avril Lavigne makeunderCourtesy Allure

Avril Lavigne‘s dark, heavy black eyeliner is so much a part of the star’s public “look” that she wore it for her wedding, engagement photo and album cover. And lest you think it’s only for fancy occasions, Lavigne tells Allure she nearly never takes it off. “I wear the black eyeliner — M.A.C. Smolder — pretty much every day,” she tells the magazine. “I do it when I’m just at home.”

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So the beauty editors at Allure took it upon themselves to give the star a makeunder for their January issue. “Today we really want to switch it up,” she says in the video, above. “So I didn’t have very much makeup on, and just had a modern dress [and] bangs.” The results are elegant, showing off her luminous skin and pretty lips, in what artistic director Paul Cavaco calls a “clean” makeup look.

“I like the idea of trying new things, of playing around — as long as you can go back to what you’re comfortable in,” Lavigne tells the magazine, while also confessing that she relies on her long hair as a “security net.” Check out the video below for the finished makeunder, and see another video that explains how Lavigne gets her eyeliner just right here.

What do you think of Lavigne’s makeunder? Should she experiment with new eyeliner looks more often?

–Alex Apatoff

FILED UNDER: Beauty , Cosmetics
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Smithy on


Jen on

SOOOO MUCH BETTER. What an improvement. Didnt realize she was such a pretty girl. Fresh faced is the way to go Avril.

JV on

She looks gorgeous! This look is much better….more mature!

anon on

Wow, she really is beautiful under those raccoon eyes!!

Dillweed on

She looks SO much prettier without the raccoon eyes!

lilly on

AWWW she is so pretty!!!

Ariana on

I had no idea she was such a beauty! But you know she’ll go back to the raccoon eyes because she lacks confidence without them (like Kate Middleton and her ghastly eye makeup).

Carrie M on

She looks like an adult now! Much improved….

Melanie on

Never thought I’d say this, but she looks amazing! Never knew there was a pretty girl underneath all of the makeup!

Pasha on

I never knew what her eyes color was because of those raccoon liner. She looks gorgeous with lighter make-up, definitely.


less is more! looking GREEAT!

Ann on

She is a beautiful person. I love the makeunder picture.

K on

She looks like Taylor Swift.

Kristine on

So much better!! I’ve always thought it was a shame she puts on so much eyeliner…if you put something like that on so thick people don’t see you, they see your makeup. It’s very distracting.

KP82 on

Sooo much better! She really is a beautiful girl, but should start to tone it down considering she’s not 16 anymore.

nadia on

She looks great!

Noodles1282 on

I agree with all of you. Hopefully, she is reading your responses.

val on

she looks like emily vancamp!

Dina on

This is one of the most superficial news ever.

rachel on

she looks so pretty she has amazing skin that women will pay money for and hers is natural what a great time for a makeover considering she just got married

KJM on

LOVE LOVE LOVE!!!!!! She looks pretty and fresh.

Tracy on

WOW! She is absolutely gorgeous without all of that junk on her face!

Karla Vaughan on

She looks great, like the look much better.

akmgr on


Angie on

She looks absolutely BEAUTIFUL without all of that makeup! However, in the video, she has the eyeliner on in all of the shots that I saw, other than the one of the pic above. Regardless though, she should definitely tone it down. She really is such a natural beauty!

Shannon on

I didn’t even recognize her! She looks amazing!!!!

Angella on

Ravishing beauty! Keep the new look.

northerner on

Where is Avril? This does not look like her style. I may not choose to dress like her, but I love her edge cause that’s who she is. This is pretty, but sort of generic pretty.

Sue's on

She’s beautiful, with or without makeup… Very pretty.

Tara on

She looks so much better!

yahoo on

She looks like a plain jane, almost invisible. Put the heavy make up back on.

Kica on

She looks GREAT! I hope she keeps that look and gets comfortable with it. Sometimes you need to break out of the comfort zone.

Dani on

She reminds me of Sienna Miller like this….. Naturally pretty.

Kathie on

she looks so pretty!!

Gail Springman on

She’s adorable without it. I hope she realizes that & stays with this look.

ashley on

Absolutely stunning!

Gemma on

Thank you God! I can not stand her dark makeup look. She always looks like she just finished a good cry and her mascara is a mess. Never looks good and I cringed at her wedding photo – she is going to regret that in the long run. She looks great now!

soonergirl on

She was really overdue for a change-up, and she looks FABULOUS. Hope she doesn’t go back to that heavy black liner, it’s not a good look on her. Way to go, Avril!

Guest on

Soooo much better

Kristen on

wow, she looks a million times better here.

the truth on

In my opinion, the first shoot may make her look classier but also definitely younger. Plenty of airbrushing although it is obvious she has a pretty face. The second shoot actually gives her plenty of eye make up – but they`re professional make up artists so instead of racoon eyes she looks classier.

meg on

She looks great!!

me on

She still looks like Azyl Rose……..

Julesy on

I never did understand why Avril insisted on wearing that excessively heavy black junk around her eyes. That is all you see when you see her. She looks miles better with natural eyes.

m on

she looks like Amy Adams here. win.

jane on

she looks so much better without all that black gunk on her face

Marlie on

Incredible. She looks 100 times better. She’s very pretty and looks like a grown up now. Huge improvement!!

janetspillows on

I love Avril’s music. I have to say that she looks beautiful with less make up. She can also pull off the rock look so either way she looks great, but if I had to pick I would say that less make up looks better on her. Wish I had that luck. ;)

Tiffany on

She looks so much better without eyeliner. Much prettier!

GL on

She’s so much prettier without all of the black eyeliner.

shileshia on

Much better!!♡

Chris on

She looks so much better without it! It also makes her look like she’s about 16

Gg on

She looks so much better. She’s actually a pretty girl

Brittany on


Jennifer on

I really, really like the “clean” makeup look on Avril! She is such a pretty girl. The heavy eye makeup doesn’t do her justice. A clean pretty, barely there makeup look is stunning on her and shows her true beauty.

Oh My! on

This is absolutely THE BEST she has ever looked.

Erin on

MUCH better! That eyeliner does her no favors. Who knew how pretty she was underneath?

Tessa on

Wow she looks so much better and she is a really pretty woman without all that gunk on her eyes.

Tessa on

I cannot believe the difference. She really is pretty and looks more into the 21s century. I hope she stays this way.

blackadonai on

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NickyAngel on

Avril looks FABULOUS :-)

Bella on

Stunning….please consider sticking with it. You look awesome!!

Elissa on

She looks so pretty!!

Tajma on

Very pretty

Chrys on

She looks SO much better without the dark eyeliner. It makes her look mature (in a good way)

Tani on

Much better!!!

BBB on

Looks like Taylor Swift minus the squinty eyes.

jsp8133 on

She looks very pretty but doesn’t look very excited about her new look.

LSP on

I think she’s very pretty either way, but probably better like this. Eyeliner is fine, but that amount of makeup can really misconstrue how a person actually looks.

The.Pretty.One on

Seriously, does anyone still care about Avril Lawho? *Yawn*

Samantha on

Avril looks stunningly beautiful. Less is more- hope she keeps this look!

Peter on

Very pretty!

Sublime on

Still looks hot to me, with or without makeup.

Nathanial on

Gorgeous either way! She is especially beautiful expressing herself in the way that make HER the most happy.

Alyssa on

I think she looks beautiful either way. this is my first time seeing her without a lot of makeup on and I have been watching her videos and listening to her music for a long time.

Neutral on

Since I am only interested in the way people look and if they are attractive, I obviously desire to comment. Oh, she is so pretty. This made my day. No, pretty is the only important thing. It is all that matters. People’s looks are what I’m drawn to. Way to go, thanks for appealing to people like me that think pretty is something to focus on that we bow down to it. Wow! Wonderful!

kat on

I didn’t know she was so pretty. She needed to grow up & this look is great for her.

Jose on

Agree with everyone. She looks waaaaay better without clothes on!

Jose on

I would type a lengthy comment but my fingers are too sticky.

Jose on

Adam Ant would be proud.

livewire72 on

She is very beautiful!

bc on

Eyeliner?! what she needs is a pair of tits.

eric on

wow. never knew she was pretty.

John Max on

She’s hot any way you look at her. She has a smoking body too, talented on top of it. She looks younger without the eye makeup. But if I had my say, keep the heavy eye makeup, just like it more.

Sean on

Wow, shallow much, people?
She looks good with or without the makeup. If you can’t see that, well … not sure what that says about you.

Angella on


Karyn on

She (Avril) looks beautiful!

Lizzy on

Oh my gosh… stunning.

JP on

She looks so much better, and younger in a way, without the unflattering eyeliner. She’d also look awesome with a choppy shoulder-length bob. Ah, well.

hidee on

She looks younger without the overdone eyeliner….A natural look suits her best!!

Mary on

I love her look so clean and fresh. She is beautiful without black eyeliner. Wow what big different.

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