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Celebrity Close Up: Gwen Stefani

The star reflects on her trademark style and reveals what makeup she can't live without

What woman wouldn't love to embrace a little bit of Gwen Stefani's style? Here's an inside peek into her world and the scoop on a few of her beauty secrets. —Glo

By Maggie Bullock for ELLE

Fresh off a No Doubt reunion tour and the spring show of her fashion line, L.A.M.B., Gwen Stefani touched down in New York recently to introduce the latest iteration of her Harajuku Girls fragrance franchise (this time, the fab five are reimagined as tanned, bikini-clad Sunshine Cuties). An inspiring blend of superstar and supermom, Stefani was in full regalia — sharp brows, pink-painted lips, gobs of gold jewelry — while Zuma, her faux-hawked one-year-old (“my bunny,” Gwen cooed), attempted a sweet escape from her lap.

Fans love that your look wasn't dreamed up by some music exec. It's authentic.

No Doubt was together for nine years before we even got on the radio, and I've looked pretty much the same since the beginning. In one of the first interviews I ever did, I'm sitting on the floor, gluing together this jailbird costume — basically the same one I wore two years ago in the “Sweet Escape” video. I still use the same references: old Hollywood — Marilyn, chola girls, Anaheim girls, English schoolgirls, and Japanese Harajuku.

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Was the makeup at your spring runway show inspired by your own look?

I've basically done the same makeup since ninth grade: eyeliner, a strong brow, not much eye shadow, and red lips. For the show, we did the big, thick liner I've always done, but in pop colors: red, blue, and yellow. I thought it was going to look tough, but under the lights, it was soft, pretty.

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What's the secret to doing your own makeup on tour?

Sweat-proofing. I don't know how many calories I must burn every night. I'm dying up there! You can get waterproof stuff at the beauty supply, but it's mainly about layering. And double lashes: I stick two rows of false lashes together. Luckily on this tour, I had a little break to go backstage and respackle.

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