How To Get Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. Beauty Look

When it’s time to put together the look for a L.A.M.B. fashion show, the beauty team not only looks at the collection for inspiration but also its designer, Gwen Stefani. We were backstage at the show and learned quite a bit about how to create hair and makeup that can hold its own against the in-your-face, street-chic L.A.M.B. clothing. A girl can’t be noticed only for her outfit — her mug has to get the same attention, right? More, lots more, after the jump. Hairstylist Danilo said the hairstyle he created for the show was taken right from Gwen’s head. Since the clothing was very fluid and feminine, he said he wanted the hair to be the exact opposite and bring out the “inner tomboy” of the models. The result was a messy bouffant with the sides and back of the hair pulled back into a bun. Pantene Ultimate Texture Hairspray and Root Lifting Volumizing Spray Gel gave the hair the necessary texture and volume. To get the bouffant just right, Danilo used a technique called French lacing, which involves teasing hair piece by piece with a brush. The Sonia Kashuk mixed bristles brush is his favorite to use for this, FYI. Pieces in the front were allowed to hang forward over the forehead.

Gwen was backstage rocking similar makeup as the models, but hers was a little more understated. (And yes, in real life Gwen does embody Love, Angel, Music, and Baby in every sense of the words — she’s approachable, has an angelic face, rock star hair, and an inviting and warm smile, so now you know.) Makeup artist Donald Simrock said he was inspired by playful ways to reinterpret makeup trends from past decades. The look was what some would call very ’80s, but Donald defined it as the ’80s revisits the ’50s, and wanted the makeup to complement the androgyny of the hair. The result was a classic, pretty look using M.A.C. cosmetics that focused heavily on the eyes. The eyes were first lined in Fascinating Eye Kohl, a white eyeliner. Then the white was covered up with Blooz Eye Kohl, an electric blue. (The white liner helped make the blue pop more.) Some models wore acid yellow or vibrant red liner. Since the eyelids were so intense, Donald didn’t use false eyelashes and only added mascara in Black Dazzle. However, a very pronounced brow offset the vibrant lids. The thick brows were manicured and brushed. The lips were really interesting: Donald blended a classic nude lipstick with Midnight Media, a semi-matte black lipstick, to get a gray-ish lip color. Taupe blush was used on the cheeks, and the complexion was left somewhere between semi-matte and glow-y.

Gwen even picked the semi-matte polish that coated the models’ fingernails and toenails and was wearing the same colors. Red for the toes. White for the fingers. When asked why the fingers didn’t match the toes, a Dashing Diva manicurist said “matching is out.”

Well there you have it. Fashion and beauty are meant to complement each other, and sometimes, in order to complement, you have to go in a completely opposite direction.