Get the look – Gwyneth Paltrow

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Get the look: Gwyneth PaltrowGwyneth Paltrow‘s gained credibility for not embarking on any extravagant campaigns, but rather promoting simpler, sustainable living – which she incorporates into her website, Goop, a weekly lifestyle journal.

If you’re pale and blonde, you should make absolutely sure to always define one feature very well, or you might blend in with the wall behind you. Lining your eyes, tinting/filling in your eyebrows, or slapping a berry shade on your lips will enhance a feature and guarantee you’ll get noticed.


Freckles and blemishes show up quite prominently on pale skin. If you want them covered, opt for a medium cover foundation and blend until you’re happy with the coverage. If your skin type is oil-prone, choose a compact powder, but if you skin type falls towards the drier side, go for a liquid or cream consistency.


Choose a peach or pink blush, and apply to the apples of your cheeks. This look does not call for bronzer, but you can use dabs of highlighter on cheekbones, brow bones, and you can even finish off the entire look with a light dusting of highlighter powder if you don’t have oily skin.


Use a black kohl liner for a defined, yet soft line on the upper and the outer half of the lower lash line. I would advise against lining the waterline (inner rim) to avoid a ‘closed eye’ appearance. Follow with accents of dark blue or silver eyeliner on the inner half of the lower lashes, and be sure to blend where the two colours meet. Round off the eyes with some silver or grey eye shadow, then add a few slicks of midnight blue or black mascara.


Line the entire lip with a nude peach/nude pink pencil, and follow with gloss for long lasting, low maintenance lips.

Colour cosmetic suggestions for green girls:

Couleur Caramel is a certified organic make-up brand that stocks anything from powders, eye shadows and mascaras, to lip glosses, blushers and bronzers. The packaging is made from wood and recycled cardboard but also have refillable cases. Available from selected spas or call 073 579 5053.

Phycisian’s Formula is free from fragrance, PABA, as well as 132 known skin irritants. Think beautiful bronzers (their Shimmer Strips are my all time favourite), blushers, eye shadows, mascaras, the works. Exclusive to Dis-Chem stores nationwide.

The Body Shop was the cosmetic pioneer in fair trade, human rights, and anti cruelty campaigns, and they have been the most vocal in these fields for many years now. They offer beautiful baked eye shadows and blushers, as well as foundations, bronzers and mascaras. They also have a range of budget-friendly make-up brushes.

Priori’s CoffeeBerry range of foundation, concealer, bronzer and finishing powders are 100% natural and contain CoffeeBerry extract that protects and nurtures your skin without negatively impacting our environment. CoffeeBerry extract is an anti-ageing botanical that fights free radicals and the causes of skin ageing. For your closest CoffeeBerry supplier, contact 011 486 4904.


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Chantelle loves the beauty industry and is a junkie for all things high-tech. A background in skincare therapy and a secret dream of becoming a copywriter steered her in the direction of beauty blogging. To read more of her writing, visit her blog

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  1. Anne

    Definitely going to try this out on my eyes

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    Love her hair and make up! I am also pale like her and like to think you can still look good without a tan

    6 years ago •

  1. Mpbutterfly

    She looks beautiful and natural. I will be trying out the eye shadow and eyeliner this weekend.

    7 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    She really looks simply maturely beautiful, almost natural.

    7 years ago •

  1. julandism

    Gwen looks great, however, I think she will look better with a few darker highlights….it will give her a more natural look!

    7 years ago •

  1. Jennifer Poverello Ruegg

    The best I have seen her

    7 years ago •

  1. Botes

    Such a stunning lady, always looks flawless and well groomed.Love her look!!!!

    7 years ago •

  1. Anita

    I adore Gwyneth! She always looks lovely

    7 years ago •

  1. Maria Meyer

    She always looks Gorgeous! Natural and confident!

    7 years ago •

  1. Clarad

    One of my favourite actress. Love her look and tips on Goop.

    7 years ago •

  1. Charles

    Great article. Thanks for the info :)

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    her look is simply and she still looks good.

    7 years ago •

  1. Sam

    Wow, she looks really beauty and not overdone at all.

    7 years ago •

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