Get the look: Jennifer Hudson

Thursday, 20 September 2012

Get the look: Jennifer HudsonJennifer Hudson (who’s equally famous for her breakthrough role in Dreamgirls as for her dramatic weight loss) is one of my last shreds of hope that it’s possible to remain classy in Hollywood. She always looks well groomed whether she’s dressed up or down, and we decided to copy her classic, glamorous evening look.


For some advanced make-up trickery, do your highlighting and concealing before applying foundation. Apply a liquid or cream highlighter (or foundation two to three shades lighter than your skin tone) on areas of your face that protrude, or that are hit by the light of a camera flash. Go for the length of your nose, the top edge of the cheekbones, cupids bow, and the bony areas underneath as well as above your eyebrows – these are the areas you want to attract attention to.

Next, contour the following areas with a creamy foundation or concealer two or three shades deeper (not yellower) than your skin: sides of the nose (if you have a broad nose), corners of the jawbone (if you have an angular jaw), underneath the jaw bone and chin (to minimise a double chin) and also on the fleshy part of your cheeks, to create a ‘hollow’ under your cheekbones.

Gently blend both the highlighter and the contouring colour, and start adding a buildable foundation like Inglot AMC Cream Foundation, R249. Now you’ll have to seriously blend away until (especially the contouring colour) is invisible, and add foundation until you’re happy with the coverage. Add a light sweep of blusher, like YSL Blush Radiance, R495.


Jennifer H favour’s a classic, almost old-fashioned eye shadow look, and I love her for it. It consists of four steps: In the outer corner, apply a dark grey or black shadow in a small V-shape, followed by chocolate brown shadow along the length of the crease (both matte colours). Fill the lower half of the lid (beneath the crease) with a shimmery copper or bronze, and sweep a light application of the same bronze just above the crease as well. Using a beige-toned pearl shade, highlight the inner corner and fill in the remaining area underneath the brow bone, and blend everything together very well. Line upper and lower lash lines with a felt tip liner like YSL Shocking Effet Faux Cils, R385, and complete with mascara.


If you have fine eyebrows like Jennifer, fill them in with the same matte chocolate brow eye shadow you used earlier (applied with an angled brush) – this looks more natural than a pencil. Also keep them in place with a balm or wax instead of a brow gel – Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour Skin Protectant, R155, works wonders.


This miss loves a glossy red lippie with an orange tone, and so do we. Try Catrice Ultimate Shine Lip Colour in Ketch-Me-Up, R55, paired with L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss in Ravishing Red (which is actually orange), R99.


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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. Pseudo_kate

    Love that the look is sophisticated without appearing like too much effort and time was put into it.

    6 years ago •

  1. JADE

    Absolutely stunning, love the way the red lip colour makes evrything pop, and the eyelashes just stunning – shes my true inspiration

    6 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    Wow Jennifer always looks good I love her look I will give it a try

    6 years ago •

  1. Zakeera Parker

    i just cannot do the red look-no red lips, no red nails….

    6 years ago •

  1. JamieBaby

    Thee lipstick looks lovely on Jennifer!!! :)

    7 years ago •

  1. TheLiteSideOfLife

    Love this look, so chic! Especially the pop of red lips! Gorge :)

    7 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    Don’t like red lipstick, but it looks so good on Jennifer H

    7 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Like the look, but some parts of her face look a bit ashen

    7 years ago •

  1. BeautyBloggess

    The bronze eyeshadow looks amazing on her.

    7 years ago •

  1. Maddy

    Jennifer looks great but i like her simple eyemakeup the best.

    7 years ago •

  1. Lady-T

    The traces of foundation on her hairline is noticeable (or its me being jealous). She is pretty.

    7 years ago •

  1. Hansen

    Just bought my wife last week the L’Oreal Colour Riche Le Gloss, her lips are luscious. I like the way Jennifer wears her make up, always compliment her clothes and skin colour.

    7 years ago •

  1. Tasha

    Her eyes look great. It is such a natural look for her.

    7 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    Loving her eye make up. she looks stunning

    7 years ago •

  1. Mpoyif

    She looks great – Just not a fan of red lipstick

    7 years ago •

  1. Humphreys

    I so admire Jennifer Hudson! She’s such a great role model.

    7 years ago •

  1. Hima

    Using 3 different shades of foundation seems complicated!!! loved the look on Jennifer…

    7 years ago •

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