The Origin of Gwen Stefani's Signature Red Lips: Her Grandmother!

In the new issue of Harper's Bazaar, Gwen Stefani dishes on her signature style: Red lips, platinum locks and more!

The Origin of Gwen Stefani’s Signature Red Lips: Her Grandmother!

In the new issue of Harper’s Bazaar, Gwen Stefani dishes on her signature style: Red lips, platinum locks and more!

-Lucia Peters

Gwen Stefani

By now you’ve probably seen all those amazing shots of No Doubt rocker Gwen Stefani in Harper’s Bazaar. You know: The ones where she appears decked in boatloads of hot pink—and sans her signature red lips. Shocking!

In the photo spread’s accompanying interview, Gwen reveals the origins of a lot of her style and beauty trademarks. Those lips? They came from a somewhat unexpected source: Her grandmother. When Gwen was in high school, her unexpectedly cool granny gave her a crimson lipstick. “I remember sitting in my ghetto, beat-up Honda Prelude,” Gwen recalls, “and putting on that lipstick in the rearview mirror and being like, ‘Uh-huh, I like that. That’s the sh** right there.’ I never stopped after that.” And boy, aren’t we glad she didn’t—no one rocks a red lip like Gwen Stefani.

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Gwen also dishes on her other trademark, her platinum blonde locks: At the age of 25, she spent eight hours in a hair salon in Long Beach getting the job done. “It was like I’d unlocked the key,” she says. “I remember feeling like, ‘I have arrived. This is me. Finally.” She makes sure to keep on top of the maintenance, too, just like her idol, Marilyn Monroe: “I heard she did hers with a Q-tip every 10 days, so I try to follow Marilyn’s rule.” Marilyn was never photographed with dark roots—“And you’ll never see me with roots, either!” Gwen adds.

Check out the rest of the interview in Harper’s Bazaar for more of Gwen’s style and beauty secrets—including how she handled her costumes, hair, and makeup for concerts before she had the luxury of having a stylist.

Don’t we all wish we could be as cool as Gwen Stefani?

Lucia Peters is BettyConfidential’s associate editor.


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