It takes work to give Christina Aguilera a natural look

Apr 5, 2012 at 4:45 p.m. ET

We all love to joke about Christina Aguilera's ridiculous makeup preferences. We can't hate on her this time: The big-voiced singer showed up on The Voice wearing a much more subtle makeup look. Hey, Christina: You looked great! Keep it up. Please.

Christina Aguilera shows off new makeup look on The Voice

You know how Christina Aguilera always looks like she put on makeup with a clown's cosmetic palette? She must have found the time to look in a mirror and check out her overdone look, because she showed up to Monday's live show of The Voice with a toned down makeup look and slimmer body.

OK, she's still wearing a lot of makeup, but it's much better than what she usually wears.

Now, Aguilera is revealing her vision behind the look on her website. "Our glam look all revolved around the color of my dress," she wrote of her Roland Mouret sheath dress. "I thought it was fresh and bright and I wanted to be sure my hair and makeup complemented the color, rather than clashed with it."

Her stylist also weighed in on the look.

"I loved the color and silhouette so much," Mark Townsend wrote. "It was such a great fashion moment with a touch of sexiness, so I wanted her hairstyle to have the same feeling."

Makeup artist Jake Bailey also shared his secrets: "We did a bronze smoky eye, big lashes, tawny cheeks and a rosy glossy lip," he wrote. "I started by lining her eyes with CoverGirl Liquiline Blast Eyeliner in black. I then smudged the liner with a small cone shaped eyeshadow brush to soften the edges. I smudged even more liner up onto her eyelid and layered 'bronze' shadow from M.A.C on top all over the lid and into the crease."

You have to have eyelashes, too! "I used a strip of false lashes from Ardell called 'Wispies' and coated them with DiorShow mascara."

Aguilera obviously made a conscious decision to change, because the singer isn't exactly known for following what the crowd wants her to do. "You can never be too much of anything. You can never be too perfect, too thin, too curvy, voluptuous, this, that. I've been on all sides of the spectrum as far as any female in this business," she told US Weekly in a recent interview.

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