Gwen Stefani's Signature Red Lips Have Gone Missing (and We Have a Theory as to Why)

01/08/2016 at 06:04 PM ET

Throughout Gwen Stefani‘s 13-year marriage to Gavin Rossdale, she was rarely spotted without her stand-out red lips. But with Blake Shelton as her new love interest, her signature look seems to have taken a backseat. Trust us — we’ve been taking notes.

Gwen Stefani Red LipsTrae Patton/NBC via Getty (2)

Sure, she still wears a red lip here and there — but on this past season of The Voice (when she was guaranteed to be with Shelton all night) and on recent red carpets, her signature scarlet pout was hardly seen.
Instead, Gwen’s been experimenting with nude and pale pink shades.

But that’s not all she changed — her hair switch-ups show she’s going through a down-for-whatever beauty evolution. They also prove that she’s definitely taking a step outside of her comfort zone.

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So what’s going on? In her 2012 Harper’s Bazaar cover story, Stefani revealed that Rossdale preferred her made up. “I like to make my husband like me more,” she said of Rossdale. “And he likes it when I’m wearing makeup.”

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And then, in 2013, Rossdale made it very clear to Ryan Seacrest that he had no problem with her go-to shade.

“No, I don’t worry about [getting Gwen’s lipstick on me]. There’s plenty of ways [to get it off] — soap and water is fine. It’s all worth it!”

Could her signature scarlet shade be a reminder of Rossdale? Is Shelton influencing her new beauty MO? Unclear, but considering that Stefani was seen wearing red again while at a football game with her new man, we’re guessing she’s just all about experimenting right now.

Do you prefer Stefani’s lips red or nude? Do you have your own theory about her

–Jillian Ruffo

FILED UNDER: Beauty , Cosmetics , Gwen Stefani
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DaGuest on

I think she looks a lot better without the funky hair and bright red lips. I think she should save those for on-stage performances.

Laurie Klinsky on

I agree with DaGuest (lol). Her funky hair & bright red lips are fine when you’re on stage performing, however, I think she looks more natural & more beautiful with her current look. JMO

Rhonda on

Miranda Lambert has said in many interviews that Blake prefers her without makeup! I have a theory also. She’s trying to make her boyfriend like her more. lol

Sherry on

She looks better with the nude or more subtle colors. Much prettier.

pat on

Red or pink, She still looks very masculine.. I do believe she is so crazy over Shelton he could tell her to rid of the lashes, wigs, hair pieces lip injections, botox and makeup ect. My opinion she seemed very needy when she met him. He no doubt gave her that funny boy intertainment and she has fell for it. I do believe he will drop her as fast as she fell for him. At the moment he is getting lots of what he likes most…ATTENTION.

Bree on

This woman never ages!! And she actually looks younger without the bright makeup.
I look older than her and I am still in my 20s.
Definitely a fan of the new look. She looked like she was constantly. In costume before.

Kimberly H on

I’ve always thought se was beautiful. But when I saw the nude/pink lips and more subtle hair style… WOW!! Even more gorgeous. I too think the funky hair and bright lips are great for performing.

elegant gypsy on

She tries to look like she 21 but that was decades ago. Maybe she will finally grow up!

Susan on

Her “comfort zone” wasn’t so comfortable. The change is amazing, kind of like when Christina Aguilera did a makeup make-under at the beginning of Burlesque. Don’t they know that they look SOOOOOO much better when the makeup is enhancing rather than transforming them into a different, clownish version of themselves?

pat on

In my other comment I forgot to say thanks to PEOPLE for having our girl Miranda in the this weeks scoops section of the magazine. Great photo of her, So pretty and natural. Also was Shelton]s Manager Narvel Blackstock (Reba’s ex) marrying one her girlfriends Laura Stroud this weekend.

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