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Make-up Muse: Charlize Theron


Charlize Theron. Photo: Getty Images

Charlize Theron. Photo: Getty Images

Chanel's Inimitable Intense Mascara

Chanel's Inimitable Intense Mascara


Charlize Theron. Photo: Getty Images

Charlize recently swapped her usual smokey make-up tones for a minimalist look, which could well turn out to be this year's signature look.

Cutting a demure figure in a white cocktail frock by Versace and a Stella McCartney cropped blazer, the look is pared back, clean and a well judged return to understated glamour, which manages to be dazzling without being overpowering.

The key to the look is in Charlize's pearlescent skin, something we're not all blessed with. If you want to get this look then a clever lift in colour is needed along the way. Taking care to blend in well , begin with a natural looking foundation like Bourjois's Healthy Mix, and for those wide awake eyes minimise the bags with a brightener like Clarins Instant Light Perfecting Touch. The latter is great lightener providing it's blended well with foundation to avoid streaks and for concealer, a dab of Benefit's Erase Paste will work wonders. Finish with Rimmel's Stay Matte pressed powder to reduce the shine.

For Charlize's bright eyed look, shadow has been kept to an absolute minimum with colour from a natural palette and the lift coming from lashings of mascara. Prep those peepers with Primer Potion by Urban Decay and work flat, nude tones in beiges and light browns across the lid and into the crease of the eye for a defined finish. To keep things sharp and make her eyes appear larger, Charlize has been busy with a separating mascara. For a similar effect, try layering a formula like Chanel's Inimitable paying particular attention to the inner and outer corners for a rounded finish.

The usual nude shades for lips have been ditched in favour of a pinker hue, which works perfectly. Prep lips with a nude coloured pencil before gently brushing a soft coral like Bourjois's Sweet Kiss in Juicy Tangerine across lips. Keep lines clean and the curve flat. As the lips are really the only indulgence to this look it's important not to overstate the effect, so take real care not to drift outside the lines. Once lips have been injected with colour, a quick tissue press followed by another coat should mean topping up won't be called for later.

Charlize continued her pared back aesthetic with a classic low ponytail and some fantastically hidden hair. Milk Maid braids and slicked back styles are key hair trends this year and investing in a smoothing serum like Redken's Glass range will give extra sheen and TRESemmé's Freeze Control hairspray comes in useful for keeping those fly-aways to a minimum. Sharp, detailed and super subtle - we love this look!

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