Get the Look: Marion Cotillard

Steal the style tricks of a classic French siren – Oscar not required.

The most buzzed-about actress of the moment, Marion Cotillard, is also a staple on the style pages and the face of Dior. No wonder: with her dark curls, understated makeup, and wardrobe of chic, figure-flattering dresses, Marion has a signature style that radiates an especially French confidence and charm. Regardez:

The secrets behind Marion’s distinctive look? It’s all about experimenting with clothes, accessories and makeup while keeping to a few tried-and-true rules:

1. Soft hair

Whether it’s short or long, Marion keeps her hair soft and layered – no blunt lines or harsh angles here. Her hair is always romantic, feminine, and natural-looking. Tip: try large velcro rollers at the end of your blow dry to get a similarly tousled look.

2. Know your colours

Marion tends to choose clothes and even makeup in a few colours that flatter her pale skin and dark hair: mauves, ivories, blacks, and pinks. Regardless of the style or shape of her clothes, she projects a signature style through a colour palette. What’s yours?

3. Invest in great lingerie

Marion’s figure always looks great, and we suspect it’s partly because she – like most French women – knows the power of great foundation garments. A properly-fitted bra can change your outfit entirely, and a pretty properly-fitted one can give you an air of confidence and mystery to boot.

4. Makeup counts

As the face of Dior, Marion must embody the style DNA of the house from head to toe. Her makeup is always quintessentially Dior: soft, feminine, and elegant – never brash or overwhelming. Check out the makeup counters at your local posh department store and invest in high-quality cosmetics to step your own makeup look into high gear.

The essentials (or: look who learned to make a collage in iPhoto, and is uploading it even though it messed up the quality of the images, simply because she spent all morning learning how to do this for you, you’re welcome)…

Clockwise, from top left: Pour La Victoire Irina Suede Pumps on Hidden Platform, $250, Shopbop; Dior Addict Lip Color in Pinstripe Plum, $26, Sephora; A.M. Pep Up Dress, $77.99, Modcloth; Sunglasses by Elizabeth and James (available for purchase November 2010); Hanover Scarf, $250, Diane Von Furstenberg; Black lace bra, $145, Deborah Marquit and underwear, $145, Agent Provocateur.

Tres chic, non?

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