Leave it to Gwen Stefani to fix a makeup mishap at the last minute.
The No Doubt rocker, 52, told Glamour she was forced to do her own glam for the 2022 Met Gala after the artist she’d booked had to cancel her appointment.
“I got in a situation at the Met Ball where I did a trial with a new person because the makeup artist I wanted to use wasn’t available,” Stefani recalled.
“We did a makeup playdate with this new girl. It was so fun and they’re both super talented and I learned so much. But when it came to the Met Ball, she had an emergency and couldn’t do my makeup.”
Luckily, the “Spiderwebs” singer came prepared.
“I brought my kit, thank God,” she said. “I had to do my makeup.”
Stefani paired her neon two-piece Vera Wang look with products from her own GXVE Beauty line — including Line It Up Clean 24-Hour Gel Pencil Waterproof Eyeliner ($21) in Bathwater, a bold metallic blue shade.
She also swapped her signature red lip for a nude hue, mixing Original Me Clean High-Performance Matte Lipstick ($26) in Tragic Me with Anaheim Shine Clean High-Performance Satin Lipstick ($26) in Stomp Box.
While most stars wouldn’t dream of doing their own glam, Stefani’s got big beauty skills; she worked at a department-store makeup counter in her native Anaheim, Calif., in the late ’80s.
“I was a fake makeup artist in the sense that they never trained me and I didn’t ever report to anybody,” she told Glamour.
“I could do a perfect red lip in less than a minute. In fact, I never worked with a makeup artist my entire career, really, other than one here or one there.”
Stefani also recalled having a “bad experience” with an artist early on in her No Doubt days.
“This guy came and did my makeup for the [album] artwork and I remember thinking I looked ugly. I was like, ‘I look prettier when I do my makeup,’ but I was too scared to say something. I still look at those pictures and I’m like, ‘Ugh.’ After that I took it into my own control.”