This Is How to Get Gwen Stefani's Perfect Pout
At the recent opening of MAC's new boutique on Beverly Drive, the singer's makeup artist, Gregory Arlt, dished on her fave lip shades. Hint: They don't include orange.
Gwen Stefani’s incredible voice, body and sense of style aren’t the only things women everywhere covet. The brand-new judge on The Voice has a beauty look that’s made her an icon. "If you close your eyes and think of Gwen Stefani you see a red lip and platinum hair and a cat eye," says MAC director of makeup artistry Gregory Arlt, the singer’s go-to makeup artist (who also works with performers Cher and Dita Von Teese).
At the recent opening of MAC's latest boutique — a color-coordinated store on Beverly Drive in Beverly Hills featuring rainbow LED light displays and a private makeup room — Pret-a-Reporter picked Arlt’s brain about exactly how he creates that picture-perfect pout, among other things.
In general, says Arlt of Stefani's lips, "We stick to the classics: Russian Red, Ruby Woo, MAC Red. Cherry lip pencil is our favorite." While red might seem like a no-brainer, Arlt says he always considers her outfit when selecting just the right one.
"For instance, for The Voice she wore a high-collared almost schoolgirl blouse, so I did Ruby Woo because matte feels more intellectual," he says. On another occasion, when filming a Wild West–themed Voice commercial where Stefani rode in on a motorcycle in a bricky red flannel, Arlt selected a matching dark brick red lipstick.
While the duo is currently adding more pink and fuchsia shades into their rotation — see the VMAs red carpet, for example — Arlt says "[Gwen] has been petrified of orange.” That said, "She’s really open to trying new things." Expect to see fun versions of the “standardized Gwen look — the paint by numbers I can do with my eyes closed in an earthquake,” with glittery eyes, interesting liner and nude lips this season on The Voice.
One thing that’s consistent despite the playful makeup: Stefani’s brows. "Every week when we’re together I brush them up and make sure they’re trimmed and tweezed. She's got a beautiful arch and has a little hair underneath it, so sometimes we fill that in and go thicker when she’s doing more of a clean eye, or I’ll err toward thinner if we’re doing a heavy eye," says Arlt, who swears by brown eye shadow to fill them in, followed by MAC Brow Set gel. "She says, 'You always do my brows so good,' " adds the artist. We concur.