We all try to imitate our favorite celebrities; we all get inspired by them and try to steal at least some small style or beauty tip from them to look as gorgeous as they do. Well, and we must admit that many of us get inspired by Halle Berry, as the 45-year-old actress looks simply amazing, as if in her twenties. Now the stunning diva sits down for a chat with Stylelist and dishes on such issues as her definition of beauty, her good looks, the reason of cutting her hair into a pixie, the life lessons she hopes to teach her daughter, Nahla and the most challenging role for her in terms of physical transformations. Read more to learn more!
On her amazing complexion, Halle told Stylelist that, “I think skin is really genetic. My dad has great, great beautiful skin. I think there are things that we can do to make good and bad skin better. But I think the real quality, texture and luminosity of skin is genetics. And you can affect it by what you eat, drink or whether you smoke or do drugs. I use a line called Kinara created by Olga Northrup. She has a spa that’s really close to my house and I’ve used her products for about 15 years.”
Being such a busy woman, it’s really surprising how Halle manages to always look impeccable. During the interview with Stylelist, the actress reveals her five-minute makeup routine, saying that: “Face powder, as I’m a shiny mess, and a lip. I have a bad habit of chewing my lips and without something on there, I just chew them off. I need some sort of moisture there, whether it be a lip balm or lip color. I’ve been wearing Just Bitten Kissable in Honey. It’s the perfect, creamy nude.”
Taking about the biggest makeup lesson she learned, Halle Berry told Stylelist that, “What I’ve learned is that makeup starts with a good base. You have to find a foundation that completely matches your skin tone, so you don’t have a different color face and body; something that’s light, oil-free and doesn’t feel too heavy. Everything else you can add, like an eye and mouth, but you have to get a good base.”
We all remember her sexy pixie crop, and now Mrs. Berry talks about her favorite hairstyle and how she decided to cut her long locks. “I am my best self when I have super short hair. That’s when I feel most like me and most confidant. I’ve had long hair until I was about 18 or 19, when I first started acting. I would go to auditions and see every other girl in the room with long, curly hair – whether it be natural or weaved in. I remember thinking this isn’t working for me. I have to somehow be different from these girls, so I cut all my hair off. I went to my manager’s office and he almost had a heart attack. He said, ‘You’re never going to work. You are no longer commercial.’ And I said, ‘That’s exactly it. I look like every other girl and they’re never going to notice me.’ Two weeks after I did that, I got my first acting job. It was ‘Living Dolls’ on ABC. They even said I was different. And it felt like me,” the actress recalls.
“Growing up as a black woman, I felt that if I didn’t have long hair, I wasn’t going to be beautiful. I always thought that. Cutting my hair was freeing. Someone saying you’re beautiful and the fact that you have no hair makes you even more beautiful, said to me it’s not about my hair. It’s about something else we emanate. I’ve lived with that my whole life,” she adds.
Like any mother, Halle also has some lessons she wants to teach her daughter, Nahla. “I want her to embrace all of who she is. Her father is French-Canadian. I have a white mother. I’ve always identified myself as black. That’s a choice that felt right for me. It wasn’t like I decided. I was always black. Nobody knew I had a white mother unless I said it. So, I hope she will grow and decide for herself how she wants to define herself in the world. I think the world will also tell her how she is going to define herself, by how they will define her. She will have to be ready to accept that, too. But whatever it is, I want her to feel good about who she is, where she comes from, embrace her little curly hair and everything about her.”
Read Halle Berry’s full interview on stylelist.com.
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