Audrina Patridge‘s reality show Audrina got cancelled last fall and she doesn’t have many projects lined up, so it’s not surprising that she decided to participate in xoJane‘s “makeunder” series where they strip away the layers and layers of makeup that stars unnecessarily cover themselves in.
As attention-seeking as this seems for both sides, Audrina’s photos are as revelatory as Sammi Giancola‘s were: She looks less like an overly buffed reality star and more like a pretty LA girl.
Audrina told xoJane’s Cat Marnell that in many ways the experience was liberating:
“I was going in not really knowing what to expect. But I was super happy with the results. It was that whole ‘90’s grunge rocker look that I absolutely loved. Sometimes I don’t just go for it and I’m super-safe so it was nice to let loose and put things together and embrace it.”
But really, the more important thing is how we feel about the makeunder. The main detail that we noticed was that Audrina’s signature “ceiling eyes” — her tendency to be constantly looking up while having faux-sympathetic conversations and staged fights with her co-stars on The Hills – have been shifted back to an almost level gaze.
Could it be her self-admitted three-hour regimen (with over thirty products) that somehow screws up her eyes? There’s really not much that could be done when she was on reality TV, though a Fark commenter noticed that at least one publication has Photoshopped Audrina’s eyes into a normal place.
Maybe she has some sort of allergic reaction to the colored eyeshadows and black eyeliner that she uses to, in her words, “make my eyes pop more.” Maybe what we call Ceiling Eyes is her irises rolling away from toxic makeup. Because she apparently has naturally dark and thick eyelashes, so what you see in the makeunder pic is her without any help in the eye department.
And notice how her eyes have come back almost to center. There’s still a hint of her eyes drifting upwards, but no one’s perfect.