Get the Look: Charlize Theron

Friday, 15 February 2013

Get the look: Charlize TheronBeing South Africa’s golden girl is no small feat, but ever since getting a brief wild-child phase out of the way, onse Charlize has always been the prime example of relaxed elegance. We take a look at how to recreate the look she sported at last year’s MTV Movie awards.

While Charlize has been sporting classic, understated hair and make-up looks for some years now, this was an especially toned down look for her – speculation was rife that it was because of her son, Jackson, whom she’d adopted just a couple of months earlier. Another reason could just be because Charlize was wearing a bright red peplum dress, and that she knows that if you’re wearing bright colours, you keep the make-up toned down to avoid looking like a scary person.


In a time where everyone is sporting barrel curls, braids, and buns, Charlize has opted here for a classic, bouncy blowdry. It’s simply parted off-centre, and left to fall naturally – we think this is a beautiful style on Charlize.


With a toned down make-up look, a flawless complexion is key. After moisturising, start off by using a primer over the entire face, paying special attention to areas with rougher texture or enlarged pores. Try Dermalogica Age Smart Skinperfect Primer, R625, or Stila One Step Correct, R330. Follow with a liquid or cream foundation for a dewy finish, and if you need to use powder, make it a translucent one like Catrice Prime & Fine Translucent Loose Powder, R75. Finish off with a sweep of peach-toned blush like Estée Lauder Pure Colour Blush in Brazen Bronze, R425.


For the eye shadow, all you need is two shades of gold or bronze and a highlighter shade – you’ll have to play around with what suits your skin tone. Blend them over the lower lid and into the crease, and add a dab under the lower lid too. Use a light metallic liner, especially if you have light eyes like Charlize – Chanel currently has a beautiful limited edition rose gold liner called OR Rose, R270. Round off with a slick of black mascara.


Lips are dressed in a soft nude peach, with not much shimmer or gloss. A swipe of nude lipstick followed by Palladio Herbal Lip Gloss in Clearly Coral, should do the trick. If you’re not wearing red like Charlize was doing on this occasion, a deep red lippie would also look great with the soft golds and muted tones.


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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. Carlene

    Love the simplicity of the hairstyle.

    6 years ago •

  1. Hess

    The hair with that dress is perfection.

    6 years ago •

  1. Shahieda

    I appreciate the tips on the eye make up. I’m going through a lust phase for metallics.

    6 years ago •

  1. anisha

    She is such a natural beauty! I have always been scared to pull of the nude look but guess what, I am going to give it a try!

    6 years ago •

  1. Ladyconfused

    Such a natural beauty, doesnt need a lot of cosmetics

    6 years ago •

  1. Ayesh

    Charlize is definitely one of the most beautiful South African women out there. Got to love this girl! So beautiful. Will definitely try these tips. :D Perfect eyes and smile!

    6 years ago •

  1. Nancy Katy

    Stunning..Love Her Hair and Make up..Chalize has Beauty and such elegance..

    6 years ago •

  1. Hess

    What a beautiful woman! Really love the way her eyes are done up.

    6 years ago •

  1. lips&pout

    I love the natural look on her, it definitely enhances her features

    6 years ago •

  1. sale

    Love the natural look for the evening…it looks fresh and the face so clean…

    6 years ago •

  1. Ruweida

    Lovely article! I love these tips :)

    6 years ago •

  1. Simone

    Her make-up is genius… It highlights her natural beauty so well.

    6 years ago •

  1. Makeup Addict

    The make-up looks very natural and beautiful!

    6 years ago •

  1. Alison

    Totally perfect girl, so gorgeous!

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Love her eyes, not a fan of much else this time

    6 years ago •

  1. DIVA

    She is always stunning, relaxed elegance indeed.

    6 years ago •

  1. Moodliar

    Charlize is the epitome of sheer beauty. I love that her make up is always so natural and flawless which enhances her natural beauty.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pannack

    She looks lovely, love the way her hair looks!

    6 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    i love Charlize, she is really a beautiful person on the inside and outside.

    6 years ago •

  1. Riekie

    Her make-up is always done flawlessly, really nice make-up job.

    6 years ago •

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