GWEN STEFANI'S NUDE MAKEUP: YES OR NO?

At the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, Gwen went for a strobe-tastic nude makeup look sans her signature liner, lashes and bold lip. Did it work?
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At the 2016 Billboard Music Awards, Gwen went for a strobe-tastic nude makeup look sans her signature liner, lashes and bold lip. Did it work?
Gwen Stefani makeup at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards with Blake Shelton

Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Last night at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards wasn't the first time singer Gwen Stefani had sidestepped her signature winged liner and bold red lips for shades of nude. But perhaps it wasn't her most successful.

Gwen Stefani signature red lips and bold liner

Gwen Stefani wears the look she's most known for in this photo from the launch of her Urban Decay collab.

I'm a huge fan of Gwen on The Voice. She's a fantastic coach, all warm and maternal and very smart. I particularly enjoy the work of her longtime beauty dream team, hairstylist Danilo (we chatted with Danilo here) and makeup artist Gregory Alt – whether more natural or over-the-top dramatic, Gwen always looks uhmazing

Gwen Stefani and beau Blake Shelton performed a duet from his new album, If I'm Honest.

Gwen Stefani and beau Blake Shelton performed a duet from his new album, If I'm Honest.

But Gwen's Billboard Music Awards look last evening... something seemed off, and sparked some social media discord.

Gwen Stefani nude makeup with Ciara_2016 Billboard Music Awards

Gwen Stefani with Ciara at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

The nude lip colour got much of the blame, but it wasn't the real problem. Gregory Alt went for a soft eye-makeup look, without a trace of the black liner and thick inky lashes the star often wears. Mistake, I think. 

Gwen Stefani nude makeup_2016 Billboard Awards

Gwen and Blake wrote "Go Ahead and Break My Heart" together; they first performed it on The Voice.

Not that Gwen can't carry a less defined eye. But those bold brows and exaggerated highlighting – pardon me, strobing – and contouring create an overall effect that overpowered her eyes and made people ask WTF? Here, look at some random images in which Gwen wears a better version of her Billboard makeup:

gwen stefani in nude lips

Gwen Stefani This is What the Truth Feels Like

Gwen Stefani on her latest album cover – nude lip with defined eyes and fluttery lashes. Gorgeous.

Gwen Stefani makeup_Used to Love You

Gwen Stefani in nearly bare gloss, along with dramatic lashes and a hit of dark liner. Love.

Gwen Stefani nude lips on The Voice. Love.

Gwen Stefani on The Voice: shades of nude, but more intense eyes. One of my fave season 9 looks.

Fave Gwen Stefani makeup look on The Voice Season 8

Gwen Stefani on The Voice: my fave makeup look from season 9. Adore. Dramatic eye, nude lip.

Gwen Stefani barely-there lip theatrical eyes on The Voice

Gwen in theatrical eye makeup with a light pink-nude lip – I loved this look from The Voice too.

back to gwen's billboard awards makeup

Gwen Stefani on stage at the 2016 Billboard Awards

Gwen Stefani on stage at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Gwen's Billboard Awards makeup looked better on the jumbo screen as she performed onstage – the soft eye makeup made her look vulnerable, which I think was the point. 

In this snap from Danilo's Instagram feed, Gwen looks fantastic under those bright stage lights.

Gwen Stefani selfie after the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Gwen Stefani posted this selfie on Instagram after the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

And the eye makeup worked in Gwen's selfie, of course. 

Gwen Stefani's 2016 Billboard Music Awards makeup: yes or no?

Gwen Stefani's 2016 Billboard Music Awards makeup: yes or no?

But off-stage...

What do you think about Gwen's Billboard Awards makeup? Yes or no?

Update: here's what Gwen's makeup artist Gregory Arlt had to say (nothing unexpected, really) about things.