Gwen Stefani's Views on Makeup Will Have You Running to Sephora (VIDEO)

gwen stefani bazaarI've always sort of admired women who throw on a few coats of mascara and a couple of strokes of powder when they're just hanging out at home. They seem so chic. And I'm, like, the polar opposite. Typically, I don't even "throw on a pair of jeans" when I'm loafing around the house (sweatpants or bust!). It's not that I don't like enhancing my appearance with a little Dior Show and Bare Escentuals. It's that I'm super lazy. And I hate taking off makeup. (I'm not lazy about taking off makeup, though. Going to sleep with bronzer and eyeliner smeared all over my face? No, no, no. Not an option.) Anyway, the reason I bring up wearing makeup when you're "not really doing anything" is the reason people always bring up wearing makeup when they're "not really doing anything": Gwen Stefani.

In a recent interview with Bazaar, Gwen, not surprisingly, confessed that she has a hot and heavy love affair with makeup, saying: "I’ve always been a girl who loves to dress up. I already put my makeup on twice today: I put it on to take my kid to school, and then I went home, washed my face, and put it on again to have lunch with you. I like to make my husband like me more, and he likes it when I’m wearing makeup."

Wearing makeup for your husband -- and just your husband? What a novel idea. I mean, I'll definitely put m'face on if my husband and I are going out to dinner or whatever, but honestly, it rarely crosses my mind to, like, do a cat eye when it's just the two of us sitting around watching House Hunters International. But maybe I should -- not just because I like looking semi-attractive for him, but because we just had a kid and we never really go out anymore. So really, when you do the math, I pretty much never wear makeup these days. And for as much of a pain in the ass it can be to take off at the end of the day, it is fun, and it definitely makes me feel, I dunno, pretty?

So, I'm gonna make like Gwen Stefani this weekend -- really, I am! I'm going to apply some of that ridiculously expensive mascara I own and rarely use, and maybe even throw on some of that stuff that makes my cheekbones look dewy. But first I need to get a really efficient makeup remover.

Check out Gwen:

Do you wear makeup when you're not going out?

Image via Harper's Bazaar



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Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I don't buy it. I know my husband prefers me without make up and I doubt there is a guy alive who would rather kiss a woman who has lips covered in goop than a nice pair of soft, naked lips.

cmjaz cmjaz

Most men I've know DO like a woman with makeup. They love the lipstick too.

EmmaF... EmmaFromEire

I think make up is one of thise things that inexplicably divides women.... One thing to bear in mind is the confidence it can give, a little can go an awfully long way for some people, and there is nothing wrong with that, i know I feel good with a bit of foundation and mascara on (and some decent brows!!). So maybe that could be the root of it? Either way, I love wearing make up and any excuse to wear some I'll gladly take!!

right... rightside

I'm like Gwen - I've loved make-up since I was a very young girl, and enjoy putting it on (though once a day is enough for me, unless I have an evening event that requires a touch-up or reapply).  I worked for a dermatologist years and years ago, and she actually recommended daily use of good-quality products to create a physical barrier between the elements and your skin, and of course, removing it completely at night. 

At this point in my life, my make-up routine is practically on auto-pilot and takes less than 5 minutes, and I do it even if I don't have plans to leave the house (which rarely happens anyway).  I use PUR mineral products on my face - tinted moisterizer, mineral powder, and bronzer, and Benefit They're Real mascara. 


right... rightside

****moisturizer.    Got fumble fingers today.

the4m... the4mutts

I typically don't use makeup, even when going out. I've got natually lovely skin tones.

But when I notice that I've been slumming it in jammie pants, or workout clothes a little too often, I will put on some "normal" clothes, a little makeup, and do my hair. Its half for me, to make me feel better, and half for my SO. He prefers me without makeup, but every now and again, he likes the nice suprise of coming home to a little extra.

nonmember avatar meghan

This chick is way too fixated on image.

nonmember avatar MomofTwo

I think it depends on the guy... Gavin obviously met her wearing tons and tons of make up, and when you wear THAT MUCH make up you are bound to look significantly different without it. My husband hates when I wear more make up than just lipstick n eyeliner.. even on for our wedding he requested that I just wear those two items because otherwise I would look way too unnatural and unlike the girl he fell in love with.

Torra... TorranceMom

If I'm going to interact with people (other than my children) during the day, I don't do it without my full face of makeup (BE foundation, eyes & a little bronzer or blush). I've always loved the way makeup looks, I think even a little goes a long way and gives a woman that 'polished' look.

BlueD... BlueDogMom

Why wouldn't a wife want to look nice for her husband? I don't want to see my hubby looking grubby every day. I assume he feels the same way. I don't walk around dressed to the nines all day, but I do try to look nice... style my hair, a little lip gloss and mascara, wear actual clothes (not yoga gear) most days. Like the other commenter said... look a little polished. Not only does it show him that I want to look nice for him, but it makes me feel better too. 

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