The Voice star Gwen Stefani and husband Blake Shelton are clearly still in the honeymoon stage of their relationship two years after getting married. Stefani, 54, shared a picture of herself posing next to Shelton on a boat, the singer looking incredible in a stripy one-piece swimsuit. "You guys look so cute!" a fan commented.
Stefani doesn't agree that strong women can't be glamorous. "You know how certain things just are and you don't really know why?" she says. "I was always into anything quite girly. It's weird because nowadays I feel like people don't want to say that—like, it's not cool and you're not a strong woman if you like to play with Barbies. I don't get that. I always played dress-up. I always played with glamor and makeup. I guess it's just part of my DNA."
Stefani credits good habits with her ageless looks. "Besides exercise and eating right, one skincare secret is hydration. I like my skin to look super dewy," she says. "I just want to look as good as I can at any age, like we all do, and share that quality makeup truly does make a big difference in how you feel. The magic is in the makeup."
Stefani does her own makeup, which is a soothing ritual before each show. "For every show I've ever played live, I've done my own makeup," she says. "That's part of the ritual to [become] the person that needs to be out there. Getting ready is my favorite part. Coming up with looks and hair and makeup is why I love being on The Voice. Now, I love coaching as well and I love being able to access my history and share that with people—but being in the glam chair? Maybe that's why I got this far, because I love it and a lot of people just can't tolerate sitting in the chair [laughs]."
Stefani started her own GXVE makeup line despite advice to the contrary. "My dad told me not to do it," she says. "Everyone was saying, 'Don't do it, Gwen! Just go sail away to Oklahoma and make out with Blake. Don't work anymore.' But I feel if I'm not creative in some way, that's my purpose. I have to do that."
Stefani is famous for her bold red lip. "I think that's what happens when you grow up next to Disneyland and you see princesses," she says of her Anaheim upbringing. "I've always been inspired by old movies and Hollywood starlets. When I was in high school, I can remember the moment that I first saw James Dean. It's probably how you are discovering the '80s and '90s now. My mom grew up in the '50s and '60s, so I was seeing pictures of her when she was young, and seeing my grandmas in the '40s. It was a fascination with those generations—how they were glamorous during the war, with their hair and the red lips. So, red lipstick was something that I always thought was glamorous and made you stand out and look so feminine. It's your mouth, it's your voice. (Tue 5) Views: 431
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