Charlize Theron: Beauty Look of the Week – Strategic Highlighting

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron

Who: Charlize Theron

Where: The W Magazine Golden Globes Celebration

Why we like it: If 2011 was the year of contouring and shading, 2012 is the year of the glow. Luminosity and strategic highlighting can be game-changing even in everyday makeup but Charlize Theron has been doing it right when it comes to evening. It’s proof that an evening look doesn’t have to be bold or bright to make an impact. 

How to get it at home: Maintining a natural skin texture is key when wearing a more natural look. Start with a foundation such as Bobbi Brown’s Natural Finish Long Lasting Foundation SPF 15 $46. This is a ‘soft-matte’ formula, which closely mimics the skin’s natural tone. Powder the skin with MAC’s Mineralize Skinfinish in Soft and Gentle $28, buffing it into the skin for added luminosity. With a fluffy brush, blend NARS’ Bronzing Powder in Laguna $33 onto the cheeks and up onto the temples. If you have particularly dull skin, or choose to use a matte powder, you can add another highlighter at this point. Benefit’s new Sun Beam $26 is a bronze toned liquid highlighter that works perfectly for adding a glow to the tops of the cheeks in a look such as this.

Fill in your brows with Smashbox’s Brow Tech $24, but be sure to keep them looking soft. Powders are better than pencils for looks like this as you don’t want a hard line. Apply Sephora Collection’s Prisma Chrome Eyeshadow in Shimmery Sand 10 $15 all over the lid. Line the upper lashline with a black powder in the outer corner but be sure to keep a light hand. Curl your eyelashes and apply Urban Decay’s Lush Lash Mascara $20 which not only lifts and separates the lashes but also contains a growth serum which will help your lashes grow longer. 

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