If you’re looking for a subtle, but sexy celebrity makeup look, Hollywood actress Halle Berry is an ideal beauty icon. Whether sashaying down the red carpet or posing on the cover of a fashion magazine, Berry telegraphs star power and ageless beauty. Whether you’re prepping your own café-au-lait complexion — or just want to learn her celebrity secrets — you can land a Halle Berry-inspired, sophisticated makeup look.

Things You'll Need

Wash your skin with a cleanser formulated for your skin type. Rinse skin with lukewarm water, then dry with a towel. Because makeup applies better to hydrated skin, spread a thin layer of moisturizer on your face to create a smooth canvas for your foundation.

Apply a creamy foundation to your skin. “InStyle” reports that Berry prefers a whipped crème foundation, because it gives skin a dewy look. Using your fingertips, lightly spread a crème foundation on your face. Blend the makeup thoroughly or until there are no prominent makeup lines along your jaw- and hair-lines.

Brush your brows in an up-and-out motion using an eyebrow comb. Using a slanted eyeshadow brush, fill in any gaps in your brows with eyeshadow that is one shade lighter than your brow hairs.

Swipe eyelids with muted charcoals and glittery silver shadow colors for an evening eye look. Berry’s makeup artist Kara Yoshimoto Bua, dusted her eyelids with shimmery silvers and grays for the “Cloud Atlas” movie premiere. For daytime, brighten your eyes with a subdued shadow hue that complements your natural eye color. Soften your eye look with a dark brown liner applied along your water line, or inner rim of the eyes.

Apply classic glamour to your lips and cheeks using soft colors. Halle typically wears understated and natural cosmetics instead of an overly made-up or theatrical look. Dust a soft peach or coral color on your cheeks with a fluffy brush. Apply a coral lipstick to your lips with your fingertips for a natural daytime or nighttime look.

Complete your daytime or evening makeup look with two coats of black mascara on your upper lashes.


  • Makeup lasts longer if you apply a finishing coat of pressed or loose powder with a fluffy brush or sponge.