Now that the annual Cannes Film Festival has come to a close, it's time to review the very best part: the red carpet beauty. Oui, oui!
I thought the stars did very well this time around, providing tons of glammy hair and makeup inspiration, with only a handful of missteps. (Because it wouldn't be a French film festival without a few WTFs....)
I cannot resist Amber Heard in a bold red lip—we've seen it before here and here, but I don't get tired of this look at all. It's absolutely stunning with her flawless complexion, just enhanced with some pinkish blush, upper lashes and strong brows. I like the loose and undone hair to keep it youthful and uncontrived.
Amber is wearing: Lip pencil in Mysterious Red.
I wasn't into the red hair when I saw it at the Met Gala, but here, I actually think it looks great on Kristen. Even the darkish roots. I love the delicate waves and of course, her signature smoky eyes. Notice how they're pulled out horizontally instead of going up; I think this is a great way to make them modern and interesting. (Plus that really helps to widen out a long face shape.)
Red-haired people, have you considered wearing more lavender? Because it's a freakin' fantastic colour on Jessica Chastain here. She echoed the hue of her dress on her eyelids with a very soft lilac shimmer, but otherwise kept things super-light and neutral, with sheer gloss and a neutral blush. If I could change one thing here, it'd be the blush placement—I feel like it's dragging down her face a bit. Love the loose, textured hair.
Applause for this bright pink lipstick colour on Rosario. Isn't it amazing? She makes a great beauty point here—that a bold lipstick choice becomes the entire outfit's statement. Her skin looks great, too, although there's perhaps something strange going on with the lashes from this side view.
Rosario again because did you know she has an undercut now?! I had no idea. I guess she wears it well... if that's your thing. Her skin really does look fantastic.
Yay, Christina! Hopefully we're all still fans despite the revelations here. The wig is looking good here in a half-up style with side-swept bangs, and God, I love her skin. So peaches and creamy with that blush and lip colour. She also makes me want to do a winged eye, stat.
More Christina to crush on. Here, the wig is styled loose and parted in the centre, and again her skin is looking gorge. The differences are smudgier liner and stronger lips and cheeks. Love!
Her skin! It's insanity. I feel like this look is all about that, instead of anything specific with the makeup. Brows look a bit stronger than usual and I'm digging this soft pouf shape to her hair.
Here's how JLaw's hair looks now that she's growing it out. (A decision I'm really happy about; I feel like there was some kind of inverse relationship between the shortness of her hair and the amount I liked her. Hopefully things change now.) I think this tousled hairstyle is very cute, and I like how she dressed it up with her signature smoky eyes contrasted against fresh, natural skin.
Cate looks so great here, with high-drama eyes complimented by statement earrings and her hair scraped back (with just a little bit of volume on top). What's most interesting about the makeup is how the shadow is concentrated at the outer corners, all very well blended and like Kristen Stewart's, helping to extend her eyes outward. I think she's wearing a few strategically placed false lashes, too, but they're very tasteful.
Blake Lively is a gorgeous woman, but I'd love to see her with a lighter touch all around. This eyeliner and shadow feels a bit heavy; I think she could've done the same look with much softer definition. Her hair's tied up into a long ponytail-braid, which is great!
Blake is wearing: Mascara
Much better here, save for the visible bobby pin. This is what I'd love to see more of on Blake—less bronzed/sexy makeup and more elegance. I don't know if I've ever seen her do a red lip, but it's really great on her. She didn't need the lashes.
Blake is wearing: Lipstick in Blaze of Red
Everyone is talking about Nicole Kidman's face, so I guess this means I'll have to update this little analysis. She definitely looks more... puffy. And the eyebrows seem like they're Spocking. Cosmetic enhancements aside, I really like her hair here, and it's nice to see her in a rare red lip.
Throwing in another shot of Nicole from another angle. She doesn't look as puffy here, but there's some new line above her lip that I don't recall before. Botched filler? I will say that I like this rolled hairstyle.
Remember how much we loved Léa Seydoux at the BAFTAs? This look is similarly glam, but with jewel-toned green instead of the navy blue, and the focus is on the lips instead of the eyes. Darkish lips like this are often risky and unflattering, depending on the celeb, but I think they work great on her, and pick up on the reddish colour of her hair. I'm loving the side bun, soft brows and the flirty shimmer around the eyes.
You're getting another pic of Léa Seydoux because this is just too adorable. Doesn't she look like a French Emma Stone? This is making me want to dye my hair red again and wear it all textured like this. I love how the lashes and soft liner define the face.
We're seeing a lot of red lips at this film fest, on people who don't normally wear them—including Zoë here. I like them on her, but really wish she didn't pair it them with these eyes. The curvy feline liner is SO cool on its own, and would've stood out best with a matte, pale-ish lip. With the red, the message kind of gets lost.
Zoë is wearing: Lipstick in True Red
Julianne Moore's hair looks incredible here—it's so shiny! You don't always have to curl your hair for it to look special occasion-worthy; here, the sleekness and the way it's been arranged with a defined part and side-sweep really elevate the look. I'm not crazy about the smoky eyes, but love that she's let her real skin shine through instead of wearing heavy foundation.
This second Julianne look is better, I think. She looks super-elegant with her hair in a high bun and the dangly earrings, plus a slick of plummy lipstick to compliment the smoky eyes. Well done!
Huge Laetitia fan here; I had to interview her once for a Ralph Lauren fragrance she was fronting and she is even more drop-dead beautiful in person. Note how she's wearing her hair in the new swoopy style that creates volume near the part; it's very glam and feels more on trend than a side-swept style that's close to the head. I really like her eyeliner, but am undecided on the oxblood lips. I kinda want to see her in a bright, fun pink or orange.
So jealous of Aishwarya Rai's hair and eyebrows. The Indian actress went for traditional glamour with big waves and lots of lashes. No issues here.
Rooney Mara flew in for the Calvin Klein party (since she's the face of Downtown), and chose her signature dark lips in a brownish red shade. Her skin is as flawless as ever, and very matte; hair was tied back on one side and loose on the other. It's very Rooney.
You know I love Marion, but I'm not feeling this look. Maybe it's the angle of the photo. Or the really uncomfortable-looking collar there. I don't think this twisty side-roll thingie is her best hairstyle, although her skin, lipstick and brows and are all great.
I love this picture of America Ferrera. The sun is shining, her skin has that vacation glow and her hair looks healthy and thick. Out of anyone, she looks like she's enjoying Cannes the most. Sometimes it's nice to see bare-ish skin and a smile set off by a clear glossy lip.
Cara Delevingne was there, doing her Cara Delevingne thing. I feel like her beauty looks would be so outstanding on anyone else, but when she wears them, it's like, "Oh, just a regular day in the life of Cara." Since, y'know, she's so genetically blessed with those brows and that face and that hair. This is a version of what Laetitia Casta was doing: vampy lips with a side-swept hairstyle, although Cara's is more tousled and voluminous.
Karlie Kloss was at Cannes, too, but I've gotta say—she's underwhelming me on the red carpet lately, which is really a shame. You'd think models out of anyone would push the boundaries a bit, since they CAN. This is a bit different to her Met Gala look in that the eyes are smoky, not cat eyes, and the updo is textured instead of smooth. But both were a bit boring and neutral. Yawn.
This might be the first Rosie Huntington-Whiteley pic I've liked in a very long time. She looks less wooden here than usual, and I feel like those wild earrings help a lot to switch up her usual straight-hair, neutral-makeup look. I think she might be over-accessorizing with the necklace, but I guess that's understandable when you get to wear millions of dollars in jewels.
Salma went very casual on this red carpet, wearing her hair the loosest and most naturally curly I've ever seen it. The woman looks good. She's 47, so whatever she's doing, it works. I like that she had a little fun with her makeup and did an orchid pink lipstick with some thick black liner on the top lids.
Really gorgeous; even more gorgeous than Monica looked at the Met Gala. She has the coolest heart-shaped widow's peak, no? I love that her hair is dressed up by that and then thrown back over her shoulders. Makeup is very minimal, save for the groomed brows, a bit of eyelid shading and the straight-up lashes.
Had to include this adorable shot of Chloë Moretz, who's wearing her hair all beachy underneath a cool brimmed hat. I'm into her brows and lip colour; very nice!
Chloë is wearing: Lipstick in Coy
Well, Naomi is just on the wrong side of dewy here. If it wasn't for all the shine, I'd be into this—I love her side ponytail, the little quiff at the front and her blush and lashes.
Uma Thurman did her usual red carpet look of neutral makeup paired with textured hair. And I'm not sure about the hair. It's a bit messy, right? And what is that thing in it—the elastic?
I have no strong feelings about Mia Wasikowska here; she looks pretty good! The woman has lovely skin.
I completely forgot about Eva Green. Remember her? She was a big deal in 2006-7 after Casino Royale. I feel like her roots need some attention (since she dyes her hair much darker than her natural light brown). I also don't know why she has this thing for smoky eyes all the way around. I know it can look neat on the runway, but more often than not in real life ( as we saw on Elisabeth Moss), it just ends up looking like you didn't sleep.
I'm not so into this look on Coco Rocha. She pulls off the wet hair, but the cat eyes together with the berry lips and orange blush seem a little overdone.
Of course Irina Shayk can wear a hooded gown—in chartreuse! of all colours—and still look better than you or I. Life is unfair. Weird get-up aside, the interesting thing about her makeup is the gold shimmer at the inner corners of the eyes. A bit matchy, but I'm okay with it.
I like this liner on Natasha Poly—it not only flicks up at the outer edges, but it also dips down around the tear ducts in baby Vs. I'm not crazy about her schoolgirl hairstyle, though, or the brownish lips.
You knew Eva Longoria would be here; I feel like Cannes is her favourite event of the year. I had to zoom out so you could appreciate the full length of her fishtail braid, which has to be the most unfortunate one I've ever seen. It's so crazy messy, and why is it curling at the bottom? It always irks me when celebs like Eva—lovers of super-heavy beauty looks—try to pair that with messy braids. They don't go together!
I sure hope it was windy on Roberto Cavalli's yacht, otherwise I can't imagine what was going on with Sharon Stone's wacky hairstyle. If Naomi Watts was on the wrong side of dewy, then Sharon Stone is in the next town of tousling!
We've got a similar situation here with Juliette Binoche! High-speed winds or tousling fail?
As Lainey says, Lindsay Lohan is sad smut. I hesitate to comment on her hair and makeup because there's obviously a lot more going on than an off day with the styling. I REALLY wish she'd quit with the lip injections!
Ahhh... that's better, isn't it? A little bit of Gosling to the rescue, and to leave you with a sweeter taste in your mouth before we wrap up this Cannes coverage. Nose job or not, I think we can all agree, he's looking REAL nice. Do you think he has a skincare regimen?
And one more for the road. If we're going to have a Gosling, then we deserve a Pattinson, too. Enjoy!
Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty look on this red carpet?