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Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman is living the good life—or la bonne vie, we might say—in France, and her beauty routine has benefitted from it.

The actress, who currently resides in Paris with husband Benjamin Millepied and son Aleph, 4, opened up to the French magazine Gala about her new life as a Parisienne. As it turns out, the City of Light not only fosters a vibrant, creative culture—it also allows women to feel, well, sexier too.

"I confess, I feel more sexy. It's so amazing to me that I feel [like] another person," Portman told the magazine.

"In Paris, everything seems easier," she continued. "We can afford not to do much in beauty and still have the beautiful air. The French are more natural than Americans, that's obvious…I spend my time observing to try to imitate them."

Natalie Portman, Cannes

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While Portman's beauty routine abroad may be simpler, she does still have some go-to staples that seem pretty universal: Compact power, lipstick and absorbent papers are key in her routine—as well as her favorite Diorshow Kohl liner. The actress often opts for a red lip (but, as she explains, never with the smoky eye). Her most-loved French product? Hervé Herau Gel-crème Extra-riche to keep her skin soft and dewy.

As far as staying in shape in a city known for its decadent, buttery foods, the actress run three times a week and frequently practices yoga to maintain her svelte figure.

And Natalie's style remains classic as ever—although she finds herself wearing one bold color more than others.

"In Paris, I wear red. This is perfect for the most chic capital of the world," she said.