June 6, 2012

Halle Berry wants to age beautifully

She was the first black woman who was declared Most Beautiful Woman in the World, by People’s magazine,and nine years after the event her beauty doesn’t seem to have faded at all. On the contrary. At 45, Halle Berry looks better than a lot of women much younger than her, and this is because she knows that true beauty has nothing to do with plastic surgery.

In an interview for Stylelist, she says that when she thinks of beauty, she thinks of people like Tina Turner, “who was always beautiful but has gotten more beautiful as she’s gotten older. And part of that comes with maturity, wisdom and being comfortable in your skin. She hasn’t become a victim of plastic surgery where she starts to look like somebody else. Audrey Hepburn aged really beautifully, too. Women that have the confidence to try to recapture their youth in a way that somehow makes them not look like who they are, I look to those people that age like that and hope that I follow in their footsteps.”

Halle believes that the genetic material has a great importance in the way we look, and especially in the way our skin looks like: ”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.”

When it comes to her five-minute makeup routine Halle is not too complicated. “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 is a lip balm or lip color. I’ve been wearing Just Bitten Kissable in Honey. It’s the perfect, creamy nude.”

Over the years the actress learned that the most important thing about makeup is the 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.”