Christina Aguilera may not be judging The Voice this season, but much of the show’s buzz has been about the fresh, svelte look she debuted at a screening last week. And now we’ve got the scoop on her head-to-toe makeover, straight from her hair, makeup and styling team.
All three gushed about Aguilera’s new look and attitude, which a source credited to having more time for a healthier lifestyle.
“Without the grueling production hours Christina can focus … most importantly on herself,” the source tells PEOPLE, adding that she’s eating fresh and trying new exercise routines. “Its amazing what having some personal time can do not only for the body but also for the mind and the spirit.”
Below, Aguilera’s team spills how they played up her svelte shape and gorgeous glow for the screening.
Stylist Simone Harouche: “Christina is in a great place in her life and is looking great. She’s been gravitating towards less provocative silhouettes,” Harouche tells PEOPLE of picks like Aguilera’s fit-and-flare Parker dress, worn with a Versace belt and Louboutins. “While still wanting to keep it feminine and sexy, her outfit choices lately are leaving more to the imagination.”
That means higher necklines, more flowy skirts and “playful” ensembles, Harouche says. “Clothes reflect where you are at mentally sometimes. I think Christina’s in a happy place and that is reflected in her clothing choices.”
Hairstylist David Babaii: “We wanted to keep it really natural,” Babaii says of his collaboration with Aguilera. “It’s really easy, chic, Bohemian, soft. I think it’s just a California, summer vibe.”
Babaii used his own beach spray to rough up Aguilera’s dry hair, then curled it with a large-barrel curling iron and finished by working powder through her roots for more texture. And though it was simple, it paid off: “I get tweets from her fans requesting stuff. But I’ve never had 2,000 Facebook messages praising me,” he says. “And I’m like, all I did was use a curling iron!”
Makeup Artist Mary Phillips: “She said she didn’t want anything crazy, just to feel glow-y and pretty,” Phillips said. “I was just going for something beautiful, blond bombshell-y and sun-kissed.”
“Christina wears a lot of red lips, so I wanted it to be something different,” Phillips tells PEOPLE. “So we did something very toned down, something for spring. Lots of lashes and easy, pretty skin.”
For more on Aguilera’s sexy slim-down and hot new look, pick up this week’s issue of PEOPLE magazine, on newsstands Friday. And tell us: Do you like her style pared-down or amped up?
–Alex Apatoff, reporting by Jackie Fields and Jessica Herndon