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Hold the hate for Gwen Stefani’s makeup at the BBMAs, please

Gwen Stefani wasn’t her normal self at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards.

The singer appeared on stage with her boyfriend, Blake Shelton, wearing a very different makeup look than we’re used to. For years, Stefani never appeared anywhere without perfectly applied red lipstick and detailed eyebrows, but for the show, she opted for a muted look with nude lipstick and bronzed cheeks and eyes.

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And the response was… not so kind.

You get the idea.

Here’s the thing: Stefani doesn’t look “old” or “washed-out” — she’s simply changing things up and we’re not used to it. She’s allowed to wear whatever she wants. It’s difficult to believe, but she’s 46, and maybe she feels like it’s time to be a little more natural with her look.

Image: John Shearer/BBMA 2016/Getty Images for dcp

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Or maybe she’s just happy and comfortable in her relationship with Blake Shelton and doesn’t feel the need to cover up all the time. It certainly seems like it, especially since her recent makeup-free Instagram post was originally meant for him.

“I just got in bed and I was like, ‘Maybe I’ll send a picture to Blake,'” she told People. “I probably took about 10, and that one looked cute and I was like, ‘I’ll just post it.'”

And you know what? She looked absolutely gorgeous in that photo, too.

Keep doing you, Gwen. Rock that classic No Doubt look if you want; go natural if you want. And, haters? Bye.

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