Lea Michele Strips Down for Allure, Reveals Beauty Secrets

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Lea Michele on the December cover of Allure.

Here's a surefire way to land yourself in Principal Figgins's office.

Though she's never without her girlish bangs and knee socks on the set of Glee, Lea Michele is rocking a racier retro look for the December issue of Allure.

Sporting '40s-inspired waves, winged eyeliner, and a white tank number for her pretty cover shoot with Norman Jean Roy, the actress soon cranks up the heat with an inside fashion spread that sees her stripping down to frilly bras from Stella McCartney and Agent Provocateur.

Clearly not afraid to court controversy, Michele also opens up about the fallout from her sexy 2010 GQ photo shoot with Terry Richardson.

“People were really offended by this, being that we play high school students,” she says.

“But we’re not high school students! Cory [Monteith] is almost 30, and Dianna [Agron] and I are 25. But there was such controversy. There was one photo where I was sitting on a bench, and they just happened to get me in a pose when my legs were like that [spread open] and ... Look, I do try to keep in mind that there are a lot of young viewers watching our show. But it’s a delicate balance, continuing to be who you are but also remembering you’re in a certain position. But would I do it again? Absolutely."

The multitalented star also isn't shy when it comes to talking about the pressure she's faced to get a nose job ("My mother would say to me, 'Barbra Streisand never got a nose job. You're not getting a nose job.'") and why she and occasional co-star Gwyneth Paltrow are misunderstood.

"I don't know what people are smoking," she tells the magazine. 

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Quinn who? Michele gets sultry in the boudoir.

"This woman is one of the most talented, beautiful, smart-but-laidback, cool people I’ve worked with. That’s what I hate about this business. Before I met her, I was intimidated because of her image. But she’s the greatest. See, I came from the theater world, where the word ‘diva’ was awesome. But it’s different in Los Angeles."

Diva or no, Michele has her must-haves when it comes to beauty products. She swears by Aveda's Body Chakra fragrance, Chanel face wash, and products from Bliss, Kate Somerville, and Dr. Hauschka, though her hair sometimes take a beating.

“For every day, I’ll shower, leave it wet, and slick it back in a ponytail," she says. "To go out, I let it get a little messy. No heat. When I am working, my hair goes through so much sh-t. Like, when I do one of those Slushee scenes? That’s three showers.”

For more Lea Michele, visit Allure online and pick up the December issue, on sale at the end of November.