We’ve seen a lot of looks from Christina Aguilera throughout the years, from her Stripped days as a bronzed brunette to the Jessica Rabbit tresses and bold red lips she donned in 2016. The makeup-free look she’s currently serving up on the cover of Paper magazine, however, just might be the biggest transformation we’ve seen from the Burlesque star yet.
Aguilera, 37, took to social media to share the jaw-dropping snap of herself as shot by Zoey Grossman. Gone were her signature kohl-rimmed eyes and bold red lips, replaced instead by a flawless bare complexion.
As the Grammy-winner explained in the accompanying interview for the spread, the look was significant to her current place in life. “I’m at the place, even musically, where it’s a liberating feeling to be able to strip it all back and appreciate who you are and your raw beauty.”
Accompanying photos from the shoot, also shared by the singer, see her doing just that, with the mother of two washing bright shades of burgundy eye makeup off to reveal a gentler, softer-looking X-tina, complete with springy, curled locks in place of her regular stick-straight locks.
The juxtaposition is a particularly striking one, which suits the ever-evolving artist, who’s hard at work on her first album since 2012’s Lotus. “I can’t stay in a stagnant place for too long,” she quips.
But don’t expect her to shelve her makeup collection just yet — “I mean, I’m a girl that likes a beat face, don’t get it twisted.”
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