Who's Behind Lea Michele's Sexy 'Glee' Makeover?

12/26/2012 at 10:00 AM ET

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Lea Michele promised us a Glee makeover — and a Glee makeover we’ve seen!

The actress, who plays college freshman Rachel Berry on the show, says her character has had a sexy style upgrade this year, and she owes it all to Glee creator Ryan Murphy.

“It was Ryan’s idea to do this shift for Rachel, having her become a little more grown up, a little more New York,” Michele told PEOPLE recently while working with Candie’s. “I basically pick out the outfits with our costume designer, and we take all of the photos to Ryan to approve. It’s really collaborative.”

But it goes beyond the costumes: Rachel’s hair and makeup are more major, too, again, thanks to Murphy.

“He’s so involved with everything — what shoes I wear, what kind of eyeliner I put on,” she says. “I don’t know how he does it. He has so many shows, but still finds the time to help with this.”

And though we’ve been loving Rachel’s sensual smoky eyes this season, Michele says that’s probably her least favorite part of her character’s new look. “I’ve been trying to tone that down a little bit,” she admits. “It’s a b*tch to take off at night!” Tell us: Are you loving Rachel Berry’s revamped look? Or did you prefer her high school makeup and clothes? 

–Kate Hogan

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Ana on

I love Rachel’s new look! I actually would love to have her wardrobe from this season.

Fray on

I’ve always loved all of Rachel’s clothes and this season is no different. I wish we got to see more if her in NY to enjoy them.

Nicole on

Rachel’s look this year is too grown up. It makes her look like she aged a decade over the summer. And I’m glad to hear that Lea doesn’t like the raccoon eyes that much either. It was always interesting to see what Rachel would be wearing from week to week, and her clothes always managed to let her quirky nature show through, but now it’s just like, “Oh boy. Black clothes, heavy hair, raccoon eyes. How lovely. Except not.”

Claire on

The wardrobe, as a wardrobe, is nice — very New York, and I like all the black. She needs to lose the heavy make-up, though. And overall, even though I like a lot of the clothes, I don’t think it’s a good choice for the show to have changed Rachel’s look this much this drastically. She doesn’t look 17/18 years old — she looks 25 or 26. And she doesn’t look like Rachel Berry; she looks like Lea Michele. That’s a problem; I love Lea, but I watch Glee to see Rachel’s story.

Jan on

Her new clothes are awesome and she looks hot! I want all of her outfits. Glad she’s toning the makeup down though. She’s so naturally pretty that it’s really unneeded.

jessica on

This is why this show has tanked this year. I think the clothing and eyeliner and ridiculous storyline that makes this cw plot like cheap and tacky is the reason why people have stopped watching this show in droves. Lea Michele is just not a subtle actress and it shows more and more every week and I am just not interested in this dancing with stars plot on glee and stopped watching for two reasons. This new york broadway stuff is just not that interesting on a show that is very much a high school centered show and the new actors on glee especially the new york side are just not that compelling to watch there was a reason why nine sucked in the theatre and it is even worse on television.

Debra on

I can handle the clothes but I agree with Lea, the eye makeup is too much. I also don’t like that they seem to be implying that after changing their wardrobe, makeup and attitude to a more sexy style automatically makes a person grown up. That’s a bad example to set to any teenage girl that might still be watching this show. Given how the ratings seem to drop with every episode, I am not the only one who feels this way.

Acababy on

Totally agree about the eyeliner being too much. Her eyes are lovely and big and dark without it. I love the clothes though and Rachel’s confidence. I hope we spend more time in NY with her so I can start watching the show again. Lima is super boring and the new and old kids there suck. Poor Sue.

Mafer on

I hate it!! it´s not Rachel Berry AT ALL!! specially the over the top make up…this new little sex kitten is so out of character that it makes it hard to relate to her as before

Jenna Elayne on

I hate Rachel’s new look. The clothes themselves are fine, but it’s such a generic look and has lost all of the quirky personality that used to be so integral to Glee in general and Rachel Berry in particular. There’s a great deal of medium ground between the old reindeer sweaters and the endless parade of black miniskirts, and I just wish Glee would let her style have evolved instead of drastically changing it overnight.

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