Charlize Theron: The Secrets to Her A-List Style, Hair & Complexion

Posted Friday January 27, 2012 5:00 PM GMT

Charlize Theron is one of the most timeless, most alluring beauties in Hollywood. Her look embodies perfection and her incredible acting abilities have launched her to the top of Tinsletown’s most talented actresses.

Theron has also been a brand ambassador for Dior for over seven years! In the most recent of Dior J’Adore commercials, she rubs elbows with some of Hollywood’s most iconic women such as Grace Kelly, Marlene Dietrich and the bombshell herself, Marilyn Monroe. Miss Theron also found herself on the best dressed list of every fashion outlet for her stunning red carpet look at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards.

Recently, Charlize dished to ELLE all of the secrets to her A-list style, hair and complexion. You’ll be surprised as to how simple some of her beauty regimens are!

Here are the highlights from Charlize’s chat session. For more on her interview, be sure to visit ELLE!

On why she keeps her hair short:
I’ve never really had hair for myself. My style is always for playing a character, so I’m personally not superattached to any look. If I’m not working, I prefer something that’s easy to care for and doesn’t require a lot of styling—I’m not fussy! I try to be extra gentle on my hair since it endures a lot on set. My longtime stylist Enzo Angileri turned me on to hair oils for deep conditioning, so I’ll do a treatment when I have a little bit of free time.

On her signature blond look:
Even my color is usually in a state of whatever my next character is. For the Dior J’Adore campaigns, however, I always go superblond, which I love. It’s how I looked when the campaign started, and we’ve stayed loyal to it for the past seven years. It just feels right for J’Adore, which is all about glamour.

On her number one product:
I’m a massive believer in sunblock. Massive. I wear sunblock in the winter, when it’s rainy and gray out—all the time. And not just SPF 15; I wear 50. Five-zero! It’s a huge part of my moisturizing routine.

On her fashion approach for the red carpet:
I don’t think of myself as a trendsetter. I’ve always been more casual and effortless. I try to keep my red-carpet look classic. My makeup artist, Shane Paish, usually does some sort of smoky eye by lining my upper and lower lash line with waterproof liner and coating my lashes with tons of mascara. I’m lucky enough to have worked with the same crew who create a cohesive look with my hair, makeup, and styling.

On her confidence in the iconic 2011 Dior J’Adore TV commercial:
I’ve practiced yoga for many years, and it gives me energy and makes me feel really great. A few years ago, I also picked up cycling, which is better on my knees than running. I’ve learned you’re not ever going to have any real success unless you find something that you can really implement into your lifestyle and really love.

Charlize’s must-have beauty products:
- Dior Addict Lipstick in ‘Miss Dior’
- Cetaphil Gentle Skin Cleanser
- Dior Bronze Original Tan in ‘Spicy Tan’
- Dior J’Adore perfume
- La Roche-Posay Anthelios 50 Mineral Ultra Light Sunscreen Fluid SPF 50
- Kérastase Reflection Bain Chroma Riche
- La Mer lip balm

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