How To: Get Christina Aguilera’s Makeup Looks In Burlesque

Finally saw Burlesque on Friday and totally LOVED the hair and makeup on Ali Rose, played by Christina Aguilera! So here are a few breakdowns and face charts of some of my favorite looks by Christina’s makeup artist, Kristofer Buckle.

Look #1
For Ali’s small-town-girl look, Kristofer used “soft mauves on her lips and a very blushed coral on her cheeks”. He also kept her eyebrows “light and secondary” with Anastasia Perfect Brow Pencil in Ash Blond. Read this to learn how to rock coral blush.

Look #2
To add a touch of “fetish” feeling, Kristofer gave Ali a “strong, long eye with a severe cheekbone” that is nothing but fierce! Need help perfecting the cat eye? Check out this step-by-step tutorial.

Look #3
Ali gets long, almond eyes in a metallic pewter with fake upper and lower lashes and candy-like bright red lips. A black Swarovski crystal was used as the beauty mark.

Look #4
Ali rocks fake eyelashes custom-made by Kristofer that is inspired by an old Man Ray photograph. Try Make Up For Ever Strip Lashes in 137 Michelle for a similar look.

Look #5
With a “ballerina eye” in mind, Kristofer used pale pink glitter on the eyes with spiky lashes on the bottom. The Smashbox Burlesque Beauty Collection has all you will need to recreate the look. For a step-by-step tutorial, watch this video clip featuring Kristofer himself.

Look #6
This look is all about “liquid eyeliner with a wispy lash, glowing skin, and ruby lips”. Loves loves loves!

Look #7
Here, Kristofer used gold and orange shadows on Ali’s eyes and kept the shapes “feline” to go with the red lip.

So, which one is your favorite out of them all?

To learn more about these looks, check out InStyle’s interview with Kristofer and the official Burlesque Movie Companion Book available at

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. Where did you find that Bound to You picture?!?!

    WHen I was watching this movie, I loved all of the looks, especially that one and have been obsessing over finding a good picture of it but couldn’t.

    Thanks so much for this post and with the previously stated, I think it’s obvious that my favorite look is the green dress, Bound To You one. But I love all of them :)

  2. Holy cow, all the makeup looks great but I LOVE her first small town look. I’ve never seen Christina Aguilera look so fresh!

  3. I love the tutorials that were available on how to. But i was hoping there would been one for #6 the make up she had on with the satin green dress is beautiful and i really wanted to see how it was done. Maybe you guys can post it. That would be great.

  4. I need to know what foundation, power and that super pretty glow that is on her cheeks! Do u use a shimmer power, gloss, cream colour base, what… :)

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