It's pretty hard to separate Gwen Stefani from her signature look: platinum blonde hair and matte red lips. And since we've been pretty loyal fans ever since her "Tragic Kingdom" days, we've always been curious just where her beauty regimen came from.
As the cover girl for the September issue of Harper's Bazaar, Gwen dishes to the magazine about just where she got the idea to rock red lips. It turns out that her grandmother gave her her first red lipstick when she was still in high school:
I remember sitting in my ghetto, beat-up Honda Prelude, and putting on that lipstick in the rear-view mirror and being like, ‘Uh-huh, I like that. That’s the sh** right there.’ I never stopped after that.
Yup, we can definitely imagine the 42-year-old mom feeling pretty cool showing off her red lipstick as a subversive teen. These days, Gwen is pretty used to glamming it up though. The singer even confesses to putting on makeup multiple times a day and claims that she wears it at home for her husband Gavin Rossdale. “I like to make my husband like me more,” she says.
While she's certainly more high maintenance now, Gwen originally spent eight hours at the salon at the age of 25 to get her make her first foray into the world of platinum blonde hair. But, according to the "No Doubt" front woman, it was definitely worth it. “It was like I’d unlocked the key,” she says. “I remember feeling like, ‘I have arrived. This is me. Finally.’”
Check out Gwen's feminine cover and shoot and click over to Harper's Bazaar for more details about the September issue hitting newsstands August 21.
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See how Gwen Stefani's red lipstick and platinum hair has evolved over the years!
Gwen Stefani performs as part of her band, No Doubt, at the Newport Beach Concert in Newport Beach, California.
Gwen Stefani backstage at the Berkely Community Theater.
Gwen Stefani backstage Live 105's BFD 1996 at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California.
Gwen Stefani at the 24th Annual American Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 8th Annual Billboard Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 1998 MTV Video Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the Hollywood premiere of "Go."
Gwen Stefani at the Christian Dior boutique opening in New York City.
Gwen Stefani at Vivienne Westwood's Fall 2000 fashion show.
Gwen Steani at the 2000 Billboard Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 2001 MTV Movie Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 2001 My VH-1 Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 2001 Billboard Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 44th Grammy Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 45th Grammy Awards.
Gwen Stefani at T-Mobile Action Sports Team "Action-Packed" event in Hollywood, California.
Gwen Stefani at the 18th Annual American Cinematheque Awards honoring Nicole Kidman.
Gwen Stefani at the 2003 Billboard Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 2004 Brit Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 2004 MTV Video Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani performs on MTV TRL in New York City.
Interscope Records CD release party for Gwen Stefani's "Love, Angel, Music, Baby."
Gwen Stefani at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 2005 Brit Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 47th Annual Grammy Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the premiere of "Constantine" in Hollywood, California.
Gwen Stefani at "The Girls" Fashion Week book launch party.
Gwen Stefani at MTV's "TRL" presents New Sounds of Summer at the Hard Rock Casino.
Gwen Stefani at the 2005 Teen Choice Awards.
Gwen Stefani 's celebration of the Harajuku Lovers Tour 2005 in Hollywood, California.
Gwen Stefani launches L.A.M.B. men's sneaker line at Barney's in New York City.
Gwen Stefani at the 2005 Billboard Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 48th Annual Grammy Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 2006 American Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 2006 Billboard Music Awards.
Gwen Stefani at the 2007 NRJ Music Awards in Cannes, France.
Gwen Stefani attends the 4th Annual "Black Ball" Concert for "Keep A Child Alive" at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City.
Gwen Stefani attends "A Night To Benefit Raising Malawi & UNICEF," hosted by Madonna and Gucci, at The United Nations in New York City.
Gwen Stefani at the 2009 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Graydon Carter.
Gwen Stefani attends Bloomingdale's celebration for Fashion's Night Out at Bloomingdale's 59th Street Store in New York City.
Gwen Stefani performs with her band, No Doubt, on NBC's "Today" show at Rockefeller Center in New York City.
Gwen Stefani attends Fashion Group International's 26th Annual Night of Stars at Cipriani Wall Street
Gwen Stefani arrives at MOCA 30th Anniversary Gala.
Gwen Stefani poses at the L.A.M.B Fall 2010 fashion presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week.
Gwen Stefani at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2011.
Gwen Stefani arrives at "The Artist's Museum Happening" MOCA Los Angeles Gala.
Gwen Stefani poses for a photo at the 33rd Annual Kennedy Center Honors in Washington, D.C.
Gwen Stefani backstage at the L.A.M.B. Fall 2011 fashion show.
Gwen Stefani in London, England.