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Keira Knightley shares secret to chic eyebrows

Keira Knightley relies on a swipe of bright red lipstick to boost her confidence.

Keira Knightley has opened up about the beauty routine and style inspirations.

The British actress is the second celebrity to star in Chanel's Beauty Talks web series, following Gisele Bundchen's debut in March (16). In the video, the French fashion house's global creative make-up and colour designer, Lucia Pica, gives Keira a vampish '30s style makeover, while the star discusses her top beauty tips.

Sitting in a boudoir-like atmosphere of an actress’ dressing room, Keira explains the secret behind keeping her famous eyebrows looking perfect.

"The first tip is that when you have enormous eyebrows like mine, they need to be combed and often," she joked, adding, "And you need a professional to do it."

The Imitation Game star also prefers a professional to apply her make-up for red carpet events, though she does enjoy playing with cosmetics in her own time. However, the brunette beauty freely admits she doesn't believe in using make-up brushes.

"When I do my own make-up I get far too confused to use brushes so I always only ever use my fingers... and partly because it makes me feel happy because I feel like a kid finger painting," she smiled.

The mother-of-one adds that when she is feeling down there is nothing like a swipe of red lipstick to boost her confidence. She also follows the late Coco Chanel's famed mantra: "Put your red lipstick on and attack".

"It's an amazing idea... it's very true because if I've had a bad day then the only thing to do is put red lipstick on and go out into the world," she explained.

With regard to her screen influences, the 31-year-old cites Katharine Hepburn, Bette Davis and Jeanne Moreau as her favourite stars and on occasion will try and reference their look or style in a character through "subtle nods".

In general, though, Keira wants her to look to be precise and chic but never overdone.

"You have to be very precise about what the make-up says," she shared. "My idea of beauty is something that is totally true to itself."

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