Billboard did an interview with makeup artist Gregory Arlt and one of Gwen’s closest friends, about the inspiration behind the makeup looks done for Gwen on her new album, “This is what the truth feels like.”
In the interview, Gregory tells Billboard there are 3 looks for the album and photoshoot. The inspiration for the album cover came from the famous Marilyn Monroe photoshoot with Alfred Eisenstaedt. This look was more stripped down and raw, which coincides with her album that is open, honest and raw…she was baring everything in this album and the first look was exactly what Gwen was feeling and singing when you listen to the honesty of her lyrics.
The second look was the 50’s inspired Marilyn bombshell with a Red Lip classic look done for the single “Misery.” The looks coincide with the events in Gwen’s life from the beginning…when her “life blew up in her face,” feeling exposed to the world, to starting her healing process and lastly…being in love. The 3 looks were based off the evolution of herself as she went from the more natural look for the album cover, then on to the 2nd look which is when she starts to go through the healing process and has that classic red lip look for her single “Misery,” and the last look is a 60’s inspired look that hasn’t been seen yet, except at the end of the behind the scenes video where Danilo (her longtime friend and hairstylist) and Gregory are working on her in the 60’s inspired outfits.
Gregory says that the last look is “really strong and beautiful look.” Gwen is in love and has new music so she is feeling more “flirty and feminine” so they went off how she feels now to do the 3rd look. The brief scenes in the video show the 60’s inspired look from her longer hair, her happy and flirtier makeup look and her amazing outfits that show this fun happy side to Gwen. We can’t wait to see that look when it officially comes out!
Gregory also goes on to describe how to get the perfect red lip, perfect brows and tells how he makes Gwen look so gorgeous with her makeup looks. Another thing that he said is that he isn’t a fan of contouring because of the harshness it can create when doing a side profile, although it can look good in photography when facing the camera. He prefers to do strobing and highlighting which is something I love to do as well, being a makeup artist. Reading this article, made me really excited to see that as a makeup artist myself…Gregory Arlt has the same ideas and concepts I personally prefer as well as have the same tricks that he uses for the red lips and brows. Check out the full article here: http://www.billboard.com/articles/news/lifestyle/7272569/gwen-stefani-makeup-artist-look-tips