Beauty Halle Berry By InStyle Editors InStyle Editors Facebook Instagram Twitter Our editors and writers comprise decades of expertise across the beauty, fashion, lifestyle and wellness spaces in print and digital. We prioritize journalistic integrity, factual accuracy, and also having fun with every story we share. InStyle's editorial guidelines Updated on October 28, 2010 @ 05:35PM Pin Share Tweet Email Trending Videos Photo: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic Halle Berry 01 of 08 Yearbook Archives Halle Berry is no bare-all beauty. Although the actress is best known for styles that reveal more than they conceal (her pixie cut, her peekaboo Oscar dress), her natural elegance is always on display. "The great thing about Halle is that you can put her in a gown or in a bikini top with her thong showing, and she still looks classy," stylist Phillip Bloch has said. The new mother shows off her perfect bone structure with understated makeup and fuss-free hair. And her favorite beauty trick? Well, it's as stripped-down as can be. "A smile is pure," she has said. "It's good and real, and that's sexy." 1985: After graduating from high school, Berry wins the Miss Teen Ohio pageant-and is the first runner-up in the Miss USA Pageant in 1986. "Pageants teach you to lose and not be devastated," she has said. "It was great preparation for Hollywood." 02 of 08 1993 Kelly Jordan/Celebrity Photo Berry doesn't always suffer for beauty. "Lounging at a spa might seem self-indulgent to some people, but I look at it as part of my job," she told In Style. 03 of 08 1998 Barry King/Shooting Star Berry attends the premiere of Bulworth wearing a cascade of curls. "Sexy hair is hair that doesn't look done," her hairstylist Oscar James has said. "Halle's hair always looks touchable." 04 of 08 1999 Armando Gallo/Retna Berry goes short and sweet. "I just see myself as a short-hair, spunky kind of person," she has said. 05 of 08 2006 Gilbert Flores/Celebrity Photo The stunning star tackles another installment of X-Men. 06 of 08 2007 Jim Spellman/WireImage Berry framed her flawless features with long fringe. 07 of 08 2008 Jean Baptiste Lacroix/WireImage The flawless beauty knows the appeal of imperfection. "Halle taught me to do hair perfectly and then mess it up a little so it's real," hairstylist Neeko has said. 08 of 08 2009 Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic The actress met motherhood with a chic new look: a honey-highlighted layered bob.