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Blake Lively Reveals Her Beauty Secret Weapon

09/07/2012 at 12:00 PM ET

We assume Ryan Reynolds fell for Blake Lively because, well, what guy wouldn’t? But maybe her favorite beauty trick helped seal the deal: “[A scent] is a weapon, if you choose to use it,” Lively tells Elle.com. “If you want someone to miss you, go secretly and spray your fragrance somewhere. You can say, ‘Oh really, it came off? I didn’t even realize it got on your sweatshirt …’”

Lively chatted with the site about her new role as the face of the women’s fragrance Gucci Première. “[Première] isn’t about being couture in an elite sense, it’s about a woman in her finest, most realized form, feeling her best,” she explains. “And that can be at any time — even just going to the grocery store. You should always feel like the world is at your fingertips in some backless, sparkly number.”

The Gucci aroma is a blend of bergamot, orange blossom, white floral, musk heart, leather and balsamic woods, but the first fragrance Lively owned was less highbrow.

“It was really bubbly and very yummy smelling … The scents I wore when I was younger were more cheery, sweet and almost saccharine,” the Gossip Girl star reveals. “As I’ve grown older, they’ve gotten a little heavier. I even sometimes mix cologne with perfume when I want a more empowered-woman type of smell.”

And though some women say a pair of sexy stilettos instantly boosts their confidence, the actress believes perfume can do the same thing. “I think that when you smell good, you feel good,” she shares. “You know how when you’re in a room and someone else smells good, you’re like, ‘Where is that?’ They have such a power over you in that moment.”

Watch a behind-the-scenes video of Lively’s Gucci Première campaign shoot above. Tell us: What scent instantly boosts your confidence?

–Jennifer Cress

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