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Natalie Portman on Her Favorite French-Girl Makeup Trick and Her New Movie


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Natalie Portman is not afraid of ghosts. But she’s not totally sure they don’t exist.

The 35-year-old actress has the supernatural on her mind because she plays one half of a psychic-medium sister act, alongside Lily-Rose Depp, in her new film Planetarium. (Depp, whom Portman scouted for the role herself, is an uncanny look-alike.)

Directed by Rebecca Zlotowski, Planetarium transports the two actresses to 1930’s France on the brink of World War II, where the fashion is unbelievably chic and the people are unbelievably gullible. Portman and Depp, who toggle between English and French throughout (Portman’s two years living in Paris helped her out), revel in their rising fame but feel the war looming. And when a fan attempts to photograph of the spirits they commune with, they make an unexpected discovery.

Ahead of Planetarium’s Los Angeles premiere today, Portman gave us a call to talk about ghosts, getting her chakras read, and the best French-girl makeup trick she picked up while living in Paris.

InStyle: This was your first time speaking French onscreen. Did that require special prep?

Natalie Portman: Yeah, I work with a coach. It was learning how to say my lines with the best possible accent, knowing which word to emphasize. Because French is a lot flatter than the way I speak English. I tend to be more sing-songy in my English than you would be in French.

IS: Did you pick up any French-girl flairs during your time living there?

NP: Definitely. I would never wear red lipstick before, and now I do it all the time. It’s a very French-girl thing to wear no makeup except for a red lipstick. The other thing is wearing gym clothes on the street—I would never do that out there. [Their] attitude is: Gym clothes are for the gym. My family’s been teasing me because if something bad happens, I go, “Oulà!” It’s, like, what you say if someone slams on the breaks. "Oulà!” It’s a weird thing—I don’t even think it’s French. I think I’m misusing French. [laughs]

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IS: You were the one who scouted Lily-Rose Depp to play your sister in Planetarium. How'd the idea come to you?

NP: I pointed her out because they were looking for someone young, around 16, who spoke English and French, and who obviously was a great actor. I saw a picture of Lily-Rose, and I showed it to Rebecca. Obviously she speaks English and French because of her parents [Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis], and I wouldn’t flatter myself to say that I look like her, but I feel like we could be in the same family. Rebecca auditioned her and was like, “She’s incredible. She’s really, really talented and special and interesting.”

IS: Let’s talk ghosts. You said in an interview, “I don’t really believe in this kind of stuff, even though I think it’s possible…

Britney Spears Shows Off the 'Real' Her in Make-Up Free Photo


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Britney Spears is having a glam-free day.

The pop star, 35, posted a make-up free photo on Instagram Monday, writing, “On days where I don’t get primped and made up for my show, this is the real unglammed me…”

“So nice to meet all of you!!” Spears joked. “I call this my morning coffee at home look️ #NoMakeupMonday if you don’t count the leftover mascara under my right eye… .”

Spears doesn’t shy away from posting on social media, frequently taking to Instagram to show off her workouts and beach-ready body.

The singer shared yet another jaw-dropping gym selfie last week, this time giving fans her key to making it through all those workouts she does to sculpt her perfectly toned body.

“Staying focused,” Spears captioned her shot — which showed the “Work Bitch” singer standing in front of a gym mirror in a pair of red short-shorts and grey tie-dyed halter top, her killer abs on full display.

Her message came a day after Spears posted a video of her outdoor workout — documenting a sunny circuit of yoga poses, dumbbell lifts and kettlebell swings.

Spears previously said having her kids, Sean, 11, and Jayden, 10, changed her approach to exercise.

“After I had Jayden, it was real easy for me to get back in shape,” she told Women’s Health . “But five years later, I started noticing changes in my body. My hips are a bit wider because I’ve had kids. So it was crucial for me to be continuous with my exercise. Consistency is key.”

The Surprising Korean Beauty Product That Transformed My Skin


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My complexion has a new best friend, and it might be exactly what your beauty routine is missing, too. Essence, a hydrating, super-lightweight serum popular in Korean skincare routines, has totally transformed my skin—and I'm never looking back.

For the past year or so, my skincare routine has been loosely inspired by Korean beauty advice, but there were a few steps I was skipping. The famous Korean skincare routine involves nine different steps in addition to essence, including two kinds of cleanser, toner, sheet masks, eye cream, and SPF. While I'm all about giving my skin TLC, I was a little skeptical about essence in particular; I didn't really understand what it did, and I wasn't sure it would be worth the extra time or money.

Enter Hungarian Water Essence ($42; from the Korean skincare brand belif. I spontaneously purchased a bottle and foolishly let it sit, unopened, in my cabinet for months. When I finally gave it a try, I couldn't believe I had let this magical product go unused for so long.

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I had always assumed essence was basically just fancy water, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The lightweight formula appears to be a cross between serum and toner, but it truly deserves a category of its own. In Korean skincare routines, essence helps add a boost of hydration and prime your face so the products you layer on afterwards work better. The theory is that skin prepped with essence can better absorb heavier formulas such as serum and moisturizer.

A few days after I started using belif Hungarian Water Essence, my skin had noticeably improved. I suddenly had a glow! What's more, it seemed like the other skincare products in my medicine cabinet were better delivering on their promises. I've long used Fresh Black Tea Age Delay Firming Serum ($75;, especially on my forehead, where I have some deep lines. It always gave my skin a hydration boost, but once I started prepping with essence, I noticed that my forehead lines began to dramatically fade, as if I had taken a magic eraser to them.

I use this product every night, and now wake up with the fresh, dewy, soft skin I'd always wanted, but could never quite achieve. My love affair with essence also convinced me to take the plunge into the full K-beauty routine. I find that this routine is one of the most relaxing parts of my day, and helps me de-stress and unwind as much as it benefits my skin. Give essence a try—you just might become a convert, too.

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