Get the Look: Kerry Washington

Thursday, 24 January 2013

Get the look: Kerry WashingtonKerry’s currently the talk of Hollywood because of her gutsy role in Tarantino’s Django: Unchained, which is showing in cinemas at the moment. We can’t all be A-listers, but with this trendy look, you’ll still make heads turn.


The lob (long bob) is big news at the moment. Length can vary from just below the chin, to brushing the shoulders (as seen here), with slight layering around the face. If you have curly or coarsely textured hair, it’s better to go slightly longer – your stylist should be able to guide you. Have a couple of mid-toned streaks added to dark hair in the ombre fashion – in other words, not all the way from the roots, but rather from the mid-lengths to the ends.
A fringe like the one pictured, not only looks great, it handily disguises a multitude of skin and eyebrow sins!
Blow dry or straighten your hair until it is sleek, and apply a serum if you’re prone to flyaways and frizz. Or you can try Repair and Protect Heat Defence Gloss Spray by Pantene, R65.


Use a colour correcting primer like Stila One Step Correct, R330, to even out redness and imperfections. Follow with a medium cover product like Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Tinted Moisturiser, R235. Dab a rosy blusher on the apples of the cheeks and the tip of the nose.


Apply Stila Waterproof Smudge Crayon in Midnight Blue, R210, in a thick line on the upper lid, and smudge it to create a dramatic, smoky effect. This product is a primer, shadow and liner, so it saves a lot of time. Highlight the inner corners with violet or silver shadow. If you prefer to work with powder shadows only, try Almay Intense i-Color Smoky-i Trio for Blues, R165. Round off with a mascara like Maybelline Great Lash Lots of Lashes, R99.


Even when wearing a nude lip colour, lips should be very well conditioned. LUSH makes the most amazing lip scrubs (R75 for a 25g pot) from vegetable oils and castor sugar, and they smell divine – think variations of mint, chocolate and bubblegum. The best thing is that they’re edible, so when you’re done, you simply lick the excess off your lips!

When applying nude lip colours, it’s most flattering to stick to a pink undertone if you have a warm/orange toned skin. Pale skins can get away with more types of nudes, including the “true” beige nudes.


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Get the look: Pabi Moloi
Get the look: Kristen Stewart
Get the look: Jessica Alba
Get the look: Kelly Rowland
Get the look: Tanya van Graan

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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. Esterhuizen

    Learning so much from this website! Love it <3

    6 years ago •

  1. Funindawo

    love the eyes, i wouldnt look nice on that look though

    6 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    I really like the way the eyes are done in this article. Always terrified of using waterproof products cause they’re a mission to scrub off… Love the edible lip scrub!

    6 years ago •

  1. Adele

    Totally love this style, might just go and cut my hair in that style.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lah

    WANT the Stila Waterproof Smudge Crayon in Midnight Blue

    6 years ago •

  1. Firefly

    Love her hair, not the make up so much

    6 years ago •

  1. Angelisha

    Need a New Look… She is Stunning…

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love her hair, but her face looks a bit dull. She looks older than she is

    6 years ago •

  1. Cat

    I like the eyes but think she should have had a bit of lip gloss on, can’t see anything on her lips in this picture

    6 years ago •

  1. Debbie

    Great sleek hair, Tarantino is lucky

    6 years ago •

  1. Nuuh

    Wow I love her hair she really looks good

    6 years ago •

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