How To: Get the Avril Lavigne Look

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…

Avril Lavigne Lookalike Chyaz

Avril Lavigne Lookalike Chyaz

Avril Lavigne Lookalike Chyaz

Avril Lavigne Lookalike Chyaz

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’.

Hair

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!

Make Up

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!

Avril Lavigne What The Hell Video Make Up Tutorial

Avril Lavigne Losing Grip Video Make Up Tutorial

Avril Lavigne Smile Video Make Up Tutorial

Style

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!

Stay Creative,

Chyaz xox

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25 Comments

  1. Sofie
    June 15, 2011 / 11:01 pm

    I never knew you were an avril-imitator, how cool is that!? 🙂 Funny detail, but I found your videos on youtube because of your Avril make-up tutorials 😀 Love Avril!!

    • June 16, 2011 / 9:36 am

      Hehe! It was quite a while ago now 🙂 thanks, that’s cool 😀 x

  2. June 15, 2011 / 11:13 pm

    What a fun article 😀 The pictures are awesome 🙂

    • June 16, 2011 / 9:37 am

      Ahh thanks Lisa 😀 x

      • June 17, 2011 / 4:04 am

        You’re welcome ^^ x

    • June 16, 2011 / 9:37 am

      Ahh you DID look like her 😀 😀 awesome!! And that is SO cute, thank you 😀 xx

  3. Lizzie
    June 16, 2011 / 7:30 am

    very cool blog post 🙂

    • June 16, 2011 / 9:43 am

      thanks Lizzie! x

  4. AigaK.
    June 16, 2011 / 9:53 am

    “…I worked professionally as an Avril Lavigne lookalike,…” what dose that mean?

    • June 16, 2011 / 9:56 am

      I was signed to agencies and could go to events as an Avril lookalike. I didn’t do lots of work for them, but a little 🙂 x

  5. June 16, 2011 / 2:43 pm

    This is unreal! I’d love to point out something I love in particular..But I literally can’t. There is not one thing I love more than another in regards to this! AMAZING! xxx

    • June 16, 2011 / 3:14 pm

      Hehehe!! I have the biggest smile on my face 😀 😀 thank you so much sweetie, never fail to make me smile! xxx

    • June 17, 2011 / 11:47 am

      Thanks my dear! x

  6. Florencia
    June 16, 2011 / 6:22 pm

    haha i had a avril look too when i was younger!
    I think all of avril fans have copied her makeup or her hair! i love the article ^_^ xo

    • June 17, 2011 / 11:47 am

      Hehe yeah I think you’re right! x

  7. Shazza
    June 16, 2011 / 10:57 pm

    The clothing is pretty easy to pull off, I’ve copied a fair few of her Let Go era outfits now, and I have my own versions of the tie and singlet looks. I’ve been working with pinks, blacks and greens for the The Best Damn Thing/Goodbye Lullaby era. But still pretty much sticking to the style of Let Go, one example was a pink singlet with my black tie printed with skulls and crossbones. The makeup’s easy enough, and I’ve improved it thanks to your tutorials. The green and pink hair is difficult, I’ve used three different brands of green dyes, and the only one that sort of lasts a fair amount of time is Punky Color in Spring Green. The pink is easy, I use Special Effects in Atomic Pink, and it just lasts and lasts, I still have the same bottle I purchased months ago and have only used half of it. I currently have fully black hair now though, because the frequent bleaching (thanks to the green being so difficult) made some of the hair in my fringe break off, so I’ve dyed it all black and am staying well away from bleach for at least 4 to 6 months while my hair grows out and gets it’s health back.
    Another tip for people trying to achieve Avril’s look, something I do myself and others can too, I keep a folder full of photos of Avril on my computer, and go through and try to see what outfits I can copy, hence how I have copied the few that I have so far.

    • June 17, 2011 / 11:48 am

      That all sounds awesome!! I would love to see some photos 🙂 xx

      • Shazza
        June 19, 2011 / 11:50 am

        I posted my Sk8er Boi look on your facebook wall a couple of weeks ago 😀

  8. Amy
    September 27, 2015 / 9:58 am

    Wow You r so awesome i am a HUGE fan!!!! 🙂

  9. Caitlin Carlin
    December 4, 2015 / 4:04 pm

    Hey i love avril lavigne and I love her look. I’m thinking about dying my hair back to my natural hair color which is blond or dirt blonde. I just wish i new where to go to get the clothes for the outfits.

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