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Make-up Muse: Natalie Portman

Sinead Van Kampen

Published 14/02/2011 | 11:27

Natalie Portman. Photo: Getty Images
Natalie Portman. Photo: Getty Images
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Assured, classic and never afraid to experiment, Natalie Portman recently wowed the red carpet at the Golden Globes with flawless make-up, a classic up-do and a sumptuous satin gown by Viktor & Rolf.

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When it comes to radiant skin we don't imagine Natalie has to spend too long getting things right. An Israeli with an English rose complexion, Natalie teams bold lips and a simple chignon for a bright twist on a classic look. To steal this look, start with a long lasting illuminating foundation like Guinot's Illuminating Foundation and add a soft glow by working outwards blending with fingers. Imperfections can be erased with a liquid concealer like Mac's Select Cover Up.

Applied with a concealer brush, dab a little under the eyes and nose as well as on any blemishes for a flawless finish. A light dusting of powder like Bobbi Brown's Sheer Finish Pressed Powder should keep the base in place, while a sweep of pale pink blusher like Estée Lauder Signature Blush in Sweet Nectar across the cheeks will give a similar rosy glow.

Natalie favours light, natural tones for eyes, and her look for the Golden Globes was no different. Pink and taupe hues gave eyes natural depth and you can steal the look with a bit of natural blending. Begin by washing a light pink eyeshadow like Rimmel's Glam'Eyes in Precious Rose across the lid and up to the brow bone before gently working a deeper hue like MAC's Satin Taupe across the socket for a smokey finish. For a sultry feel, gently add more taupe shadow along the bottom lash line and finish eyes with a couple of coats of lengthening mascara.

While Natalie kept her eyes natural, a twist to the look came with a little colour to the lips, and this is a great way of adding some wow factor for the red carpet. The 29-year-old went all out with a beautifully bright fushia pink and before you apply, stop colour bleeding by gently working a little nude liner like Mac's Lip Pencil in Spice around the outline of lips and for a softer finish, a gentle smudge works a charm. When it comes to shade, Rouge Dior Lipcolor in Star Fuchsia will give lips a vibrant colour, but if you need to tone it down, a light pink like Fuschias Lip Tint in Butterfly Kisses should work with most skin tones and give a more delicate flush of colour.

Harvard graduate Natalie is rarely spotted with a hair out of place and tends to favour more classic styling now that the boy crop has had its day. Prepare up-styles with a mousse like TRES Extra Firm Control before you style, and adding a mist of Bed Head Tigi's Masterpiece Massivs Shine Hairspray will ensure your look stays natural and strays can be tamed on the go. Classic, elegant, bright - does Natalie Portman ever get it wrong ?

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