Now that the fun's over in Cannes, it's time to catch up on the many show-stopping celebrity beauty looks from all the festival red carpets. (I'll do a separate report on Thursday night's amfAR Gala pics, to avoid making this post any longer and any more potentially computer-crashing than it already is!)
Here are the top beauty looks from the Cannes parties and premieres, plus makeup deets where available:
Sienna gets top spot, and it's all because of her hair! Initally, I wasn't sure about her new bob, but it's absolutely glorious in these voluminous waves. Sort of a fresher, modern Marilyn Monroe look, yes? Then just matte berry lips, because the dark brows add enough definition against her blonde hair. Actually, I shouldn't say that, because check out the looong list of prods Charlotte Tilbury used (all her own):
Sienna is wearing: Illuminating primer // Foundation in 6 Medium // Concealer in 2 Fair and 3 Medium // Powder in 2 Medium // Contour and highlighter // Blush in Moon Beach and Formentera // Brow pencil in Cara D // Eyeshadow in The Sophisticate // Eyeliner in Audrey // Mascara // Lip liner in Pillow Talk // Lipstick in Bond Girl // Lipstick in Walk of Shame
This look featured rosy, coppery tones on the lids, definition in the waterlines, natural lashes—and again a matte lip. I can't abide by the visible bottom lip liner, but otherwise, quite nice!
And now for a beachy vibe, with tousled waves through her bob and pulled back. You can really appreciate her eye makeup here—I just love these warm tones with her blue eyes. Again with the bottom lip liner, though... why?
Sienna is wearing: Illuminating primer // Eyeshadow in The Golden Goddess // Eyeshadow in Amber Haze // Blush in Moon Beach // Blush in Ibiza // Lip liner in Pillow Talk // Lipstick in Penelope Pink // Lipstick in Bond Girl // Body shimmer
Finally, some colour! To go with her textured, slightly bouffant updo, Sienna wore a bright red lipstick with brushed-up brows, black liner and what appear to be false lashes. I like it, but her face seems a tad darker than her chest. Read this, Sienna?
We already talked about Lupita's "lotus lips," a.k.a. this vibrant, glossy purple-pink hue. So amazing! Her skin is super-flawless and hair is regal as well. Alas, I don't love how the false lashes are so long and appearing only on one eye... and whatever's under her brows seems possibly not blended.
Marion! So great to see one of my top beauty crushes, here looking all fresh and natural. The hair is what makes this polished; it's strictly partly on one side, pinned half-back and then flat-ironed straight through the lengths. I love, love, love seeing such a bare, confident face. Vive la France!
And here's how that same hairstyle got dialled up for evening. The additions of creamy pink lipstick, matching blush and a subtle shimmery-smoky eye add more drama without feeling heavy. Of course, the diamond earrings are key (and the main difference between us and celebs!).
This is great, too! Marion channelled the '60s with side bangs and a high ponytail, which I suspect had the help of a fall to give it so much length. The eyes are a subtle smoky in purple, to pick up on the dress, with peachy-pink cheeks and lips (though that lip liner is borderline problematic). What can I say? Marion's not to everyone's taste, but she's always my personal number one.
Who else thinks Emily should hire this makeup artist—Florrie White from the UK—and ditch whoever was giving her heavy-handed stuff like this? She looks amazing with a softer palette and more delicate brow (although seems to have lost the tails now?). Notice the angular edge of the shadow, which is a very important micro-trend at the moment.
This one is even better. I'm going gaga for the lip colour, which is doing incredible things for Emily's skin tone—and is the perfect compliment to her new, blonder hair colour. With little other makeup save for a sweep of blush and some mascara, she looks prettier than ever.
Emily is wearing: Lipstick in Poppy Pop
Natalie's another (former) beauty crush who hasn't been on the red carpet circuit in a few years. So it's great to see her back with an big statement: an unexpected swipe of bright blue along the upper lash lines. I love it! Her brows have become nice and full, and she always did look chic in a sleek updo. Perhaps she could tone down the lashes.
Eeks, bad lighting alert! Cannes must be a nightmare that way for makeup artists, since they need to worry about daytime, nighttime, flash, no flash.... Here, I think Natalie's minimal makeup look just got washed out. More colour on her lips and some earrings would've helped a great deal.
That's better! Again we have a side-parted, tight-to-the-head updo, which shows off Natalie's pretty features. I don't mind the dark fringe of lashes here, and love the pairing of a medium pink lipstick with brown eyes and a green dress. (Plus, didja notice? Stars are just like us and need their root touch-ups, too!)
When you first look at Joan, you think it's going to be the same glowy, taupey neutral look that we've seen a million times before. But no! Close-up, she's got an awesome eye makeup idea: black waterlines all the way around, defined lashes, shimmering gold lids and a rich plum under the lower lash lines. Don't you want to copy this? Same with her healthy, touchable waves.
Have you ever seen more flawless skin in your life? Not fair, Emma. Heavy makeup would be all wrong, so instead she gets the palest pink eyeshadow in a 360-application, plus even softer cheeks and rosy mouth. I'm not sure what to call the undone hairstyle, but it's my kind of updo! Now, are those clumps of gel through her brows or what?
Speaking of ridiculously good skin... I present you Salma Hayek. (And did you know? She doesn't even wash her face in the mornings! I've gotta try that.) Her complexion is really the centre of this look, because everything else is just a soft enhancement: groomed brows, sculpted lids, natural lashes, barely detectable blush, brownish-berry lip gloss.
Okay, let's face it. With a dress like this, nobody's looking above the neck! But I like the idea of putting a bright pop of candy pink lipstick against a purple dress and warm skin (this would be too matchy on cool undertones). Salma is aging very, VERY well.
This isn't my favourite in Diane's beauty repertoire. While I appreciate her mixing it up with the wavy, half-up hairstyle, it just seems a bit aging, or not modern... or something? I can't quite put my finger on what's wrong. Maybe it's that it emphasizes the square shape of her face. Meanwhile, brows are looking excellent. And makeup is her usual DIY taupe job.
Now this looks more like the Diane I know and love. Less is definitely more for her, as in this simple wavy lob, minimal eye makeup and berry lip stain.
Leave it to Rooney to take a creative, cool-girl approach to red carpet glamour. Here, it's a half-up topknot with a mini middle part at the front, plus peachy-brown makeup and strong, masculine brows. Kate Lee did this makeup, so of course, it's all seamless perfection.
Charlize's hair colour looks weirdly greenish-yellow, but it's probably the brutal Cannes natural light. Makeup is nothing exciting, as per usual. I think she must be doing Botox, if the area between the eyes/brows is any indication.
Models, huh? They sure know how to pose! Karlie does look beautiful here, although much more generic than in the past with her new blonder and longer hair. It's refreshing to see red lipstick on a thin upper lip for once (see? nothing wrong with it!), but I think she used too much cheek contour.
So jealous of these French girls with their perfect skin and low-key makeup looks! Léa went equally bare as Marion, with natural lashes, pinky gloss, soft shadow and that's pretty much it.
Here's the evening version. Not all that different, except for the jewels and a smokier eye, with a hint of shimmer at the inner corners. Léa is just so beautiful, gah!
Another shot, different lighting but again, almost the same makeup. This time, there's more shimmer happening at the inner corners of her eyes, but the rest is all very natural and restrained. Don't you wish the French aesthetic would catch on in America?
Rachel is another one where I just gawk at her beauty. I mean, look at this—she's barely wearing much, except soft definition around the eyes, strong brows and a creamy berry mouth. Her hair is gelled a bit at the part and roots, but fluffy everywhere else. The only thing I'd change is blending that lip liner.
And it gets even better! With her hair set in waves and then brushed, Rachel has a glam, old Hollywood vibe. The makeup keeps things super-fresh, centring around that covetable coral pink lipstick, plus bold brows and lush lashes.
Rachel is wearing: Lipstick in 246 Rose Comtesse
For this daytime event, Rachel wore her hair up, throwing the focus on her stained lips, flushed cheeks, defined lashes and strong, dark brows. English rose beauty at its finest.
This one's a variation on the previous evening look, with similar hair (just a deeper side part) and the eyes emphasized instead of the lips. I love a good cat eye, just wouldn't have done the false lashes, and the blush seems patchy.
Another natural look—I guess that was the safest way to play it in this unforgiving sunshine? Cate could use a bit more brow definition, but otherwise this bare-faced makeup and textured hair are all good.
Don't try this at home, kids! Barbara pulls off the cray-cray liner, but only because she's a) 21 years old, 2) a model, and c) in Cannes of all places–where else to wear something extreme like this?
Whoa, where did these brows come from? Did Nikki always have them? Because they are great—and would've been greater without the distraction of the false lashes. I'd love to see her with more clean makeup, hair scraped back and letting the brows do the work of framing her face (as they should).
And this is why Doutzen is one of the world's highest-paid supermodels. She is drop-dead gorgeous in these graphic cat eyes (which bring out her striking baby blues), plus rosy-nude lips and cheeks and half-up hair. Notice how natural her brows are. Put away your tweezers, folks!
Yep, it's the same person. Clearly, lighting can be your best friend or worst enemy. Ah well, it makes her more human to have a few crow's feet!
Adèle was born for eye makeup. Seriously, I've seen few celebs whose eyes are this almond-shaped, and take makeup so perfectly, whether it be smokies or these baby cat eyes. The golden shimmer at the inner corners is a nice touch, and I like that the rest of the face is matte and nearly bare. Not loving her new haircut, though.
Pretty, even if Naomi once again crossed the fine line between dewy and shiny. She still looks amazing in an unforgiving tight updo, silver shimmer shadow and peachy-pink lips and cheeks. I even don't mind the false lashes this time.
For daytime, Naomi followed the cue of her fellow celebs with natural makeup. She kinda reminds me of Nicole Kidman in this pic—must be the thicker, wavier hair.
Not good, sorry Naomi. I think it's a matter of lighting more than makeup, although one might argue that her foundation is too orange compared to her chest. Still, it's quite refreshing to see an un-Botoxed face, which is a true rarity in Hollywood.
Much better! I don't find this as youthful as Naomi's first look, but she's still radiant and didn't overdo her makeup. She must be a smoker, huh? I've always wondered why she doesn't bleach her teeth.
It's all about the mass of wavy hair for me. Cara wouldn't look out of place as an extra in 'The Princess Bride'! Nevermind the probably too-heavy eye makeup and thick brows. So over those brows right now... you, too?
I'll give you a moment. Just take in Alexandra's out-of-this-world luminous skin—it's unbelievable, huh? As if that weren't already unfair, she's also got crystal-clear blue eyes that pop like crazy against the red lipstick. People like this don't really need makeup because they already have so much contrast naturally.
You know what? I actually like this for Michelle. She's no girly-girl, so the sleek ponytail against the high black neckline really works. Then, just black tightlined eyes, a bit of shimmer and nude lips. It's a great fit for her style.
Yes, Toni has severe genetic advantages. But we can still learn something here: the shimmering silver eyeshadow all the way around her eyes with chunky mascara looks amazing. Especially for blondes.
Haven't seen Leona in forever, and she looks great here. There's no one thing that stands out, it all just enhances her tan skin and blue-green eyes (an incredible combination). Side note: how are the whites of her eyes sooo white?!
I shudder to imagine what I'd look like if I rocked up to Cannes in just a ponytail and as much makeup as Nina's wearing (meaning not much!). But she pulls this off beautifully. I'm enjoying the tone-on-tone effect of her hair, eye colour, brows and skin.
Bit more Boho here, wearing loose hair with an air-dried texture. The makeup is elevated by a peach lipstick and matching blush, but still natural on the lashes and brows. Models get it about false lashes!
Another model... there are so many at Cannes! Lily did the classic cat eye, adding liner all the way around in the waterlines and a glossy pink mouth. All set off by—to quote a former commenter—my #dreamskin!
You can tell Sara is French, right? Just from looking at her. It's the way she wears her red lipstick—a North American would at least have mascara, but here, there's none that I can detect. And for that I applaud her! It takes confidence for sure, but the effect is so youthful, especially with mussed-up, bedhead hair.
It's Marie's Beauty Editor debut and my gosh, she's stunning! Easily a favourite out of Cannes. I love the combo of the big necklace, (cleavage!) and straight hair with minimal makeup. She seems sexy, confident and most of all, like she's having a blast out there.
Another newbie, and she couldn't be more opposite to Belgian Marie. English Emma went bold everywhere, from the bright red lips to the black liner to what looks like dyed-darker hair. There's an aspect of this that's appealing, probably because she's so beautiful to start, but I think having slightly lighter hair and subtler eye makeup would be even more flattering. Plus, the overdrawing of the upper lips seems suspect.
Sara is one of the new crop of Victoria's Secret Angels, and with such gorgeous eyes, you can see why. No complaints about the styling at all. Just can't help but notice how the camera highlights every little grooming prob, i.e. lip fuzz. Well, even Angels are human!
Andie made a rare red carpet appearance and I think she could've done a better job on her makeup. The blush seems too strong, brows too heavy and there's so much darkness under her eyes. At least her hair is as gorge as ever.
Sophie is a bit of a legend in France, so I hear. Obviously, her hair and makeup were the French way—bit of hair volume, slightly smoky eyes, but that's pretty much it.
The Carine Roitfeld look also gets a lot of play with French women. Sophie did the same heavy black liner, but her bangs half-concealing her eyes. Only in France do you see things like this...
This one's the effortless-beauty-to-go-with-a-white-shirt look. I can't say I'm a fan, but you know, I'm not French. I do appreciate the individuality, however.
Another one with hair hiding her eyes. This would drive me crazy! But it is perhaps my favourite of Sophie's Cannes looks, as it's the most conventionally glamorous.
This one just plain isn't fair. The lighting is a b*tch, for sure. Look how how it brings out every single pore on Sophie's face—and she has good skin! Mind you, her green eyeliner has smeared under her eyes, and she could use some lip colour or earrings to brighten this up. And I really don't like her haircut. Bangs yes, layers no.
Paris Hilton is back! And it looks like she hasn't updated her style since the early '00s. Same obviously fake coloured contacts, same extra-long, streaky hair extensions and same makeup that appears stolen from Barbie's bedroom in the Dream House. I dunno... I could be into her comeback if only she'd update her style a bit. C'mon, Paris, it's 2015 now!
Who had your favourite beauty look on this red carpet?