The newest L'Oréal brand ambassador says this year at Cannes feels more special than ever

By Kaitlyn Frey
May 19, 2017 02:10 PM

Elle Fanning has had a pretty major month. She landed her first American Vogue cover, was named the newest brand ambassador for L’Oréal Paris and just hit the red carpet wearing a Cinderella style Vivienne Westwood gown in the French Riviera for her second Cannes Film Festival.

The star says being at Cannes this year feels extra-special, even though it’s not actually her first go-around. “It almost feels like a first Cannes again ’cause last year I came kind of towards the end of the festival, and this year I was here for opening night. It is even more energy than last year,” Fanning told PeopleStyle.

While the 19-year-old star has become quite the busy jetsetter, she revealed to us that no matter where in the world she’s headed, she always keeps one thing in her luggage to make her feel right at home.

“I have these pajamas that my sister [Dakota Fanning] completely makes fun of,” Fanning told us at the Cannes Film Festival. “She was like, ‘We are going to burn these’ because I’ve worn them since I was little.”

So what exactly makes these coveted PJs so special to the actress?

“They’re oversized Dr. Seuss boxers and this Gap Red shirt — I think it was for a charity my sister had done with Bono,” she said. “I cut the whole neck out and made it bigger….It was my designer phase of wanting to cut my clothes and make them unique. They go with me everywhere—those pajamas are staying with me for my entire life…or until they disintegrate.”

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The newest L’Oréal ambassador, who’s joining the likes of Blake Lively and Eva Longoria, added that she never leaves home without a few beauty must-haves, too.

“For me, I always have to keep a good lip balm or mascara in my purse. Mascara is very important to me. I feel like my eyelashes can be a little rebellious,” Fanning said. “They kind of stick straight out and go kind of wonky, so I have to curl them, put mascara on and get them under control to make my eyes open up.”

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But besides that, the Beguiled actress always makes sure to abide by one important beauty tip from her mom, especially as she heads into the summer months.

“I remember my mom always slathering sunscreen on me [and Dakota],” Fanning said. “Both her daughters have extremely pale, pale skin! It’s interesting. My mother actually gets very tan, but she had daughters that are part German [from our dad’s side] that are so white! Learning about your individual skin is very important.”

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