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Makeup Breakdown: Christina Aguilera’s “Not Myself Tonight”

UPDATE: I spoke to Christina’s Makeup Artist for the video! Find out who he is and what he said about the lashes HERE

Christina Aguilera’s music video, “Not Myself Tonight,” from her new album Bionic, was released this morning. Always one to reinvent herself, Christina has done it again, this time hanging up her pin-up pumps in exchange for ballet fetish boots and latex.  It is a feast for the eyes and the hair and makeup are to die for.


Look One

The video starts with Christina looking straight into the camera. Her makeup, hair and pose are very similar to the album cover we have seen for Bionic ( Here). The album cover shows Christina in purple eyeshadow, while the video has her in a smokey grey, with a hollowed out crease. Christina’s artist placed some dramatic spiked eyelashes the top lid, and some longer ones on the bottom lashline to make her eyes pop. Her eyebrows are barley there, and her skin is kept super pale with a hint of contouring on the cheekbones, and around the hairline. The look is topped off with a bright red, glossy lip.

I’ve been trying to find out who makes the lashes she’s wearing, and although I haven’t found the exact ID, Makeup Forever’s 130 Jennifer lashes, and 131 Jean lashes are pretty similar.

Look Two

Love this look! The eyes are completely blacked out on the upper and lower lid with a jet black eyeshadow. The outer edges of the shadow are blended and smokey so that the shadow looks intense, but not too harsh. The ‘spikes’ coming off of her eyes are glued right above the crease on the upper lid, and right up against the lashline on the lower lid. The lips are still bright, glossy red, but have a little more of an orange tone.

Look Three

Christina mixes her old pin-up looks with her new futuristic self for “Not Myself Tonght’s” third look. Her eyebrows are drawn in dark and super arched, reminiscent of a 1950’s brow. Her eyelid crease is defined with a taupe shadow and black liquid liner was applied to her upper eyelid. To keep the look modern, her makeup artist attached long, sharp wings to the end of her lashline to give her that pin-up, cat-eye look while still keeping it fresh and very dramatic for the video. Christina’s lips are painted red and red glitter was applied on top for extra sparkle and shine.

While Christina’s eyelashes are probably custom made, Eeyelash.com’s M016 eyelash is very similar to the lashes she wears in this look. They are not nearly as dramatic, but a lot more wearable.

Look Four

For this look, black eyeshadow was applied to Christina’s eyelids, and is extended out into a dramatic cat-eye shape. Black eyeliner was smudged on her upper and lower lids, and her eyelashes extend way out into two points. 

For a little bit of a more wearable look, try using Makeup Forever’s 153 Kareth lashes.

Look Five

A big change from the dark smokey eyes in the rest of the video. For her fifth look, Christina was given bright, canary yellow eyeshadow all over her upper eyelid. The  pigment is strongest directly on the eyelid, and it fades out as it reaches the browbone. Her lashes are very bold and spiky, and she was given a thick line of black liner on her upper lid, which was slightly winged out. A hint of pink blush was applied to the apples of her cheeks and her lips are an glossy, orangey-red.

For similar lashes, try Eeyelash.com’s #030 lashes.

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  • Reply Natália- Bloggitando May 3, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    I love the first make up!

    Perfeita! (Perfect)

  • Reply Jodie Holt May 6, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Who did the make-up?
    This has inspired me so much ,
    thank you xxx

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey May 6, 2010 at 3:36 pm

      Hi Jodie!
      I have been looking so hard to find out the artist in charge of Christina’s makeup for the video, but no luck yet. Sorry! As soon as I find out, I’ll post it because they deserve lots of credit 😉

      • Lindsey
        Reply Lindsey May 11, 2010 at 4:42 pm

        Hey Jodie!
        I found out who did the makeup! Check it out here:


  • Reply Kimmie Z. May 8, 2010 at 7:40 am

    Love her makeup!! Especially the lashes. Who was her makeup artist?

  • Reply christ4404 May 9, 2010 at 8:39 am

    see this video to see the imitations the Christina aguilera have from other artist

  • Reply DeShawn Riley May 10, 2010 at 2:16 am

    Do you know if Billy B did her makeup?

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey May 10, 2010 at 5:20 am

      I’m not sure if Billy B works with Christina. I haven’t found who did the makeup but will let you know once I do!

  • Reply AnaBanana May 10, 2010 at 8:14 am

    hahaha Such a madonna rip off…. But dead sexy anyway. 😉

  • Reply Sheraz May 11, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Hi Lindsey!
    Could you tell me who did the makeup for the video? I can’t find it anywhere!!

  • Reply Celebrity Fashion May 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I would love to know where I can get those star shaped eyelashes…

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey May 19, 2010 at 10:13 pm

      Her makeup artist said that he custom made all of her eyelashes so I’m sure he did those too! 🙂

  • Reply Jazmin Sanderson- Hair & Makeup Artist June 23, 2010 at 9:48 am

    AMAZING breakdown of the makeup! I have been searching for images all over.. and here they are! So unique and so inspiring! He is truly a master of Artistry 🙂

    • Lindsey
      Reply Lindsey June 23, 2010 at 11:12 am

      I agree, he’s one of my favs! Glad you liked the breakdown. I looked at your site, you do lovely work too 🙂

  • Reply MC July 23, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    So where do we find that yellow shadow?

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