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Lupita's label love

Lupita Nyong'o's make-up artist tells her she looks major when she puts her lipstick on.

The Kenyan-raised star always shines on the red carpet and her outfit choices at the Cannes Film Festival were no exception.

Lupita stunned in a green, floor-sweeping Gucci creation, as well as wowing in white as she soaked up the ocean views with a friend. Her closet is bursting with designer pieces, but Lupita has a few favourite fashion houses she always turns to.

"Miu Miu and Prada fit me well and I love the colours. Prada is bold with a deep, rich colour scheme, whereas Miu Miu is playful and bright," she listed to British newspaper Metro. "I also like Suno and Jonathan Cohen."

As well as her beauty and style being lauded, Lupita has achieved widespread acclaim for her acting work. She bagged the best supporting actress Academy Award for her part in 12 Years a Slave, and admits she's glad she can be a role model.

"It can be overwhelming to think about being a role model. I think our greatness lies not just in what we do but also in what we inspire others to do. I'm honored to be an image that young girls of my skin colour will see," she said.

Being in the constant glare of the media's spotlight can be tough, but Lupita often turns to her make-up artist for a pep talk.

"Fame didn't mean anything to me until I got the Oscar nomination. That's when it became real. Now I feel I'm in a place of privilege. It's an important place considering how the media consciously and subconsciously affects how we feel about ourselves. My make-up artist says, 'You have the clothes and they're fabulous, then you put on lipstick and you're major!'" she smiled.

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