Avril Lavigne is actually the reason I first made a YouTube video – I had always been told I resembled Avril, and after several requests to demonstrate how I achieved the ‘Avril’ look, I decided to make a video to show them. I’m going to be honest – I wasn’t even aware of the existence of the make up tutorial before this – now look at me!
When I was younger, probably between the ages of 13-16, I worked professionally as an Avril Lavigne lookalike, so had quite a bit of practise at perfecting her ‘look’. Here are a few photos from that period…
I had a fun time working as a lookalike, but was also pleased to stop in a way, as it helped me to do the usual teenage thing of discovering my own identity. Sounds a bit clichéd, but true! However, there is nothing wrong with emulating someone’s style, or even parts of it, every now and then! So here is my quick guide, some top tips, on getting the Avril ‘look’.
Avril’s hair has changed a lot over the years! When it was poker straight and brown, it was easy to maintain the Avril look – LOTS of heat protection spray followed by excessive straightening. A couple of years after breaking onto the music scene, Avril dyed her hair blonde. To achieve that look, I had half a head of highlights at a salon (which I still have today! Blondes have more fun!). She then progressed to a pink chunk under the front section of the hair. I also had this done at a salon, taking a chunk of hair from the front right and having the pink colour poking through the front blonde strands. In recent months, she has become more creative with colour! To achieve the latest ‘pink and green’ look, take the very front two sections of hair (about an inch wide), and dye those pink. Then, grab the sections next to those pink ones and dye green. Avril seems to like changing it up, so feel free to add a couple more streaks of both colours towards the front of the hair where it takes your fancy!
This is one instance where a video can say it better than I ever could. Here are a few of my classic Avril Lavigne make up tutorials from my YouTube channel!
Like her hair, Avril’s style has changed drastically over the years, yet has still somehow retained some elements of the original style that people fell in love with. It started off with tank tops and ties, and has morphed into kick-ass dresses, heels and, well, hoodies, via tutus, corsets and biker boots. And, of course, almost every item is adorned with studs, skulls, stars and a little sprinkling of animal print. You might be thinking that this sounds remarkably like my style – and I guess it is! I no longer look to Avril for direct inspiration, but the particular elements that inspired me years ago have really stuck and I believe I’ve made the style my own!
Her clothing like, Abbey Dawn, is a recurring feature of Avril’s style – you can buy Abbey Dawn online: http://www.abbeydawn.com/
It’s been a pleasure to pass on my Avril Lavigne look knowledge! I hope it has been helpful!