Emilia Clarke On Red Lipstick, Khaleesi's Hair Routine And Why She Called Herself The Cabbage Patch Kid

'I really struggled with my confidence growing up. I thought I was too fat. I thought I was ugly. I called myself the Cabbage Patch Kid.'

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As the platinum-haired, dragon-riding, death-defying Khaleesi/Daenerys Targaryen, Emilia Clarke's signature hair and make-up has become a thing of Halloween costumes everywhere, almost singlehandedly re-ignited our love for overly complicated braids, and even inspired fashion week runways (did someone say Elie Saab Couture?).

But as herself? Well, let's just say the Game Of Thrones actress' routine is refreshingly down to earth.

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Speaking to InStyle, the 30-year-old revealed her secret to feeling beautiful is just plain, old homegrown happiness:

'This is going to sound like the soppiest load of nonsense, but when you're happy, that's beauty. The ability to have a giggle and not take yourself too seriously. Being able to look in the mirror and be cool with who's looking back at you. Trying to be as genuine as you possibly can, including with what you put on your face. I love make-up, but suffocating my face with it just isn't my bag.'

But if she is going to get her make-up on? It's all about the going out out red lipstick.

'I usually keep it super natural. But if all else fails and I need to pull myself together because my friends are like, "You can't bail on us tonight, you bailed last night," I do red lipstick. Every woman needs a good red. It makes you feel strong and fierce, and you can literally have nothing else on your face besides mascara and blush.'

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We feel you Emilia - confidence is key. But even Emmy-nominated actresses have their moments of self doubt:

'I really struggled with my confidence growing up. I thought I was too fat. I thought I was ugly. I called myself the Cabbage Patch Kid', Clarke told InStyle, 'But then there's a special moment that happens as a young adult when you start to find out who you are, what you like, how you take your coffee, the people who make you feel good and who you should be around. You begin to see beyond what your face or body looks like.'

Preach.

Continuing to discuss how her real life beauty routine and Khaleesi's more fictional get up differ, Clarke confessed, 'Emilia doesn't wash her hair as much. I feel bad when I meet people and they realise I'm Khaleesi, and they get disappointed because we look nothing alike. I'm like, "Sorry, that ain't really me! It's a wig." No human is that beautiful.'

Note to self: add modesty to list of things we love about Emilia Clarke.

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