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Gwen Stefani’s Morning School Run Must-Have? Makeup!

08/08/2012 at 02:00 PM ET
Terry Richardson for Harper’s Bazaar

She’s taken the stage in front of thousands of screaming fans. She’s made her debut as a designer. And she’s even effortlessly strutted her stuff down the runway.

But, hands-down, Gwen Stefani‘s most challenging role to date? Motherhood.

“It’s super fun being a mom, but it’s hard too. Finding that balance between work and family is the hardest thing I’ve ever done — by far,” the No Doubt frontwoman, 42, says in the September issue of Harper’s Bazaar.

Despite her hectic schedule — a typical day is dropping her eldest son Kingston, 6, off at school, working on her band’s latest album, fulfilling business obligations and spending the evening with her boys, including Zuma, 4 this month, before wrapping up the day on her music video sets — Stefani still manages to keep up with her signature style from her bleached blonde locks to her red hot lips.

“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,” she shares.

“I like to make my husband [Gavin Rossdale] like me more and he likes it when I’m wearing makeup.”

And it seems as if Kingston is already following in the footsteps of his fashion-forward mom; After recently delving into the world of caped crusaders, Stefani indulged in an afternoon visit to a costume shop to spruce up her son’s superhero wardrobe.

“He just discovered superheroes and he’s obsessed,” the songstress says. “It’s like when I discovered Marilyn Monroe: ob-SESSED.”

– Anya Leon

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Alicia on

“I like to make my husband [Gavin Rossdale] like me more and he likes it when I’m wearing makeup.”

Oh dear….Heads are gonna roll….

Presh on

Gwen are you trying to tell us that ur husband dosen’t lyk u au natural

Monica on

Well thank God my husband doesn’t like it when I wear makeup cause I hardly ever do. I really hope that is an exaggeration. But they have been together forever so I guess it works for both of them.

Mtns Mama on

LOL – Gavin Rossdale wears more makeup than she does! What a life – feeling so trapped by the mask that you can’t drop your kid at school without painting it on.

alissa on

What about the song “Underneath it all” or “Artifical Sweetner” then again, with the 2nd song I mentioned was at the beginning of their relationship <3. Either way, i love you Gwen! Your one of my idols reguardless

Melissa G on

Man it’s a good thing she never had girls, I would hate her passing on this “gotta put on make-up for my man” idea to a girl. She just comes across as so superficial and insecure to me. And don’t get me started on how she dyes her eldest son’s hair since he was a toddler.

Mia on

I love Gx + I think that’s one of my most beautiful pix of her!

She definitely has mentioned she’s insecure + more confident with makeup on….she look’s so amazing with her signature style I would want to keep it on all the time too!

Obviously Gavin loves her for her – hence the song “Underneath it All” (Track 5 on Rock Steady album if you count the intro as Track 1- 2001)

Tee Tee on

Wow, that was a sad interview to read!

bebe on

There is nothing wrong with the fact that her husband enjoys her made up!! I’m sure he loves her no matter what, but people how many of you have been in a committed relationship for over a year? You have to do things to keep it fresh. You have to make an effort. If for her that’s using make-up (which she stated she enjoys) to feel pretty and attract her husbands attention, then so be it!! Why would you all judge that?? She makes an effort, she keeps herself attractive, why hate on her for it. I don’t get the comments.

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