Rock star. Fashion icon. Blonde bombshell. Whichever way you think about her, Gwen Stefani always looks like she’s in the midst of a major beauty moment. Case in point: Her smoldering sexy style in the music video for No Doubt’shighly anticipated new single, "Settle Down.” Makeup artist Emily Kate Warren tells us how to rock her silky skin, seriously flirty eyes and showstopping scarlet lips.
Step 1: Since the key to this look is smooth and glowing skin, start by gently exfoliating with a fine scrub or a product with salicylic acid, such as Dermalogica Skin Purifying Wipes.
Step 2: Smooth on a hydrating moisturizer. While your face is still damp, apply a sheer, luminous foundation using a damp sponge. Try:Lancôme Teint Miracle Lit-From-Within Makeup.
Step 3: Dust a bit of powder only on your T-zone to avoid looking shiny and oily. Keep the rest of your skin dewy. Use a highlighting cream on the temples and upper cheekbones for added sheen. Try: Urban Decay Urbanglow Cream Highlight.
Step 4: Add just a bit of color to your cheeks by applying a touch of muted natural pink blush. Try:L’Oréal Magic Smooth Soufflé Blush in Cherubic.
Step 5: Apply a pearly eye shadow all over your lids. Then swipe a black liquid liner, such as Benefit Magic Ink Jet-Black Liquid Eyeliner, along your top lids only. Finish the look by applying several coats of black mascara. For extra drama, add a half lash strip along the tops of your outer lash line. Try: Sephora Collection Flirt-It Lash Duo.
Step 6: Prep lips for a fiery pout by lathering them in balm, and then gently scrubbing with a tissue wrapped around your finger to remove flakes. Swipe on an opaque, long-lasting red gloss, like the one Stefani herself uses in the video: L’Oréal Infallible 8 HR Le Gloss in Red Fatale. For even deeper color,layer a lip liner in the same shade underneath the gloss.
Would you rock Gwen Stefani's sultry style?
About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team