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Lupita: I favour effortless elegance

Lupita Nyong'o always makes sure her clothes put a smile on her face.

The 31-year-old was propelled into the limelight after her award-winning role of Patsey in last year's 12 Years a Slave and is now admired for her flawless style. Describing her taste in clothes, Lupita explained how important it is that her outfits make her happy while wearing them.

"I think you have to be eclectic. I like to dress with a sense of humour and not take myself too seriously. I like clothing that puts a smile on my face, and I love fabrics that have a nice ease," she told Hello! Fashion magazine. "I also enjoy experimenting and trying new things. But I know people who are incredibly stylish who only wear black and do it so well. Find what makes you happy and go with it. Elegance is unaware of itself. It's a gliding effortlessness, like a gazelle."

It's not just her ensembles and acting skills that Lupita is praised for; her iconic cropped hairdo and bold make-up choices also garner a lot of attention. She often rocks bright eyeshadow on the red carpet and it's a go-to beauty look for the Mexican-Kenyan star.

"I look for products that bring out the best in my skin and don't alter it. I use eyeshadow quite often when I'm going out or when I want to play up my eyes. I watch my make-up artist [Nick Barose] give me a smoky eye; he does it so much better than me," she laughed. "I attempt to do it myself when I'm on my own, and I'm proud of my efforts. Red lips are classic, and any woman of any complexion can wear that look. For every day, I gravitate towards more muted burgundies."

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