Gone are the days of cut-out cow-printed cowboy pants, bikini tops and more-is-more eyeliner a la Christina Aguilera’s 2002’s hit Dirrty. The singer known to rival Gwen Stefani in the lipstick stakes (a tenure which has spanned decades) has had a make-under, as seen on the latest cover of Paper magazine.

The 37-year-old The Voice coach is almost unrecognisable – foundation-less, eyelash extension-less – and says while she’s all about a “beat face”, she enjoyed stripping back to her raw beauty. “I’ve always been someone that obviously loves to experiment, loves theatrics, loves to create a storyline and play a character in a video or through stage,” she said. “I’m a performer, that’s who I am by nature. But 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.”

When it comes to beauty advice, Aguilera says it’s important not to let social media dictate your idea of beauty. “Be fearless in breaking new boundaries and don’t be afraid to go against the grain of criticism along the way,” she said. “There’s always gonna be those trolls out there or people that have their own definition and ideals of beauty.”

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