It’s definitely weird not to see Gwen Stefani’s signature bright lip and eyeliner, so when she went out there with her boy Blake Shelton looking like a sweaty figure skater, everyone was like, WHAT. Now, the man behind Stefani’s Sunday night beauty look, celebrity makeup artist Gregory Arlt, is stepping to her defense, saying that makeup is about having fun above all else. And I agree- I like the risk. But like risks, sometimes they don’t pay off.
“Well, the armchair warriors out there in social media land had some very strong opinions about this makeup look I did on Gwen for the Billboard Awards,” the makeup pro wrote on his Facebook page. “It’s basically what we’ve always been doing, just no upper liner or false lashes (and yes, a pale lip as opposed to a color). You’d think I sent her out with tinted moisturizer and Chapstick from what people were saying!”
He continued, adding that he loves trying out new looks on the singer, as she’s an amazing makeup muse: “Gwen is the ultimate Barbie head — we love experimenting and trying new things; sometimes subtle (Ooh! A pink lip! Ahh! Lining her eyes with shadow instead of liquid!) and sometimes dramatic (I bleached her eyebrows for the ‘Push And Shove’ video and sent her out onstage for the awards performance with a nude, pared down [’90s] supermodel, sun-kissed look).”
Hey again, more power to Gregory and Gwen. I just think it was too much dazzle, and not enough color.
What did YOU think of Gwen’s Billboard look? Check it out and WEIGH IN BELOW!