Your brain would immediately recognize this songstress if she were sporting her signature look: slicked back hair pulled into a high ponytail, winged eyeliner and some falsies, and a bright red lip. But thanks to a magazine makeunder, she’s almost unidentifiable — and that isn’t a bad thing.
Miss Ariana Grande graces the cover of the July issue of British Vogue, but you might not even know it was her at first glance. All of Ariana’s trademark beauty choices have been toned down to be softer and almost non existent. Yes, she’s a 24 year old woman, but the Florida native has always had a youthful look, and with this makeunder, she could now pass for a high school student.
While it looks like Ariana #wokeuplikethis, she didn’t. (C’mon, this is a Vogue shoot after all.) Celebrity makeup artist Mark Carrasquillo created a no-makeup makeup look for the cover shoot and hair stylist Chris Appleton was responsible for the loose and lightened locks, which are more of a creamy honey brown than her usual rich espresso hue. Ariana is so rarely photographed without a swipe of liquid eyeliner or a painted lip, let alone her hair down, and this shoot, photographed by Craig McDean, proves she can pull off either look.
But there’s more to the stripped down cover story photos than outside beauty. Inside the pages of the July issue, Ariana opens up about her anxiety as well as suffering from PTSD after the Manchester bombings during her concert performance last year.
“My anxiety has anxiety… I’ve always had anxiety. I’ve never really spoken about it because I thought everyone had it, but when I got home from tour it was the most severe I think it’s ever been,” she told Vogue.
While these photos of a natural looking Ariana are incredibly gorgeous, there’s something vulnerable about them, too, like a message is hidden in them, one that serves as a reminder that we’re all fighting some kind of battle behind the scenes.