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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l on

Wow! Looking good!

myladyeve on

Much better! Keep it up!

Lily on

She looked gorgeous.

Ceci on

Now she’s rocking a sexy but still classy look! Love it! What a difference less makeup and toned down hair makes. Hope she continues with this trend..

elizabeth on

I thought she looked fantastic. This is the best I have ever seen her look.

Josie on

I agree, Cortnee. I thought it Julianne too. She looks so much better, dark and smokey is nice for once in a while, but this suits her so much better. Keep it Xtina!

Hope on

She looked stunning.

Me on

it wasnt her toned down make up i noticed, but it was that she lost so much weight! she looked awesome… not that bein heavier is a bad thing. but she really did look great :)

KH on

She looks so much better!

lisa on

She looks so much better, younger, fresher, like a grown woman, not some sad teenager dressing like a tramp. Now if she would tone down oversinging every song she sings. Maybe this makeover will help her realize less is more.

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