We've talked about the best beauty at the Cannes Film Festival, but before we say goodbye to the cote d'Azur for another year, there's one more event on the celebrity social calendar: the annual Cannes amfAR Gala. Considered the hottest party ticket of the week, it took place on Thursday night in Antibes, France.
Here are the must-see hair and makeup looks:
I realize Charli's look is thisclose to her Billboard Music Awards appearance, but it's still my favourite. #sorrynotsorry She looks even more exquisite this time, even though the makeup is essentially the same: bold, creamy red lips; strong, full brows; gold lids with black liner in the waterlines. I feel like her skin is extra-luminous here, and the eyes a tad less smoky; plus, her hair is straight and off-the-face, not curly. The other thing is, she really knows how to strike the right pose and facial expression for the camera. (Yes, it's always the same, but who can argue that it works?) We all could learn a few things from her, I'd say!
And Sienna looks breathtaking as well. Were those adorable freckles always there and if so, why are we only seeing them now?! (Other explanation: sometimes makeup artists draw 'em on, on top of foundation, to make it look more natural.) Between that and the warm red lipstick, chunky dark upper lashes, glowing skin and brushed-up brows, Charlotte Tilbury nailed it 100 percent. The lip liner is still there, just much less noticeable because it blends into the lipstick—which is how it should be.
The only fault I can find with Chanel's look is that the base/highlight/whatever in the centre of her face is so very heavy. (Oh, and there's a stray makeup brush hair on her forehead.) Otherwise, I love this sooo much—her centre-parted low side bun is so feminine and elegant, and it's great that she nixed false lashes in favour of warm smoky eyes with diagonal edges.
Hooray, something different from Diane's usual taupe eye makeup. She did lil' cat eye flicks with shimmery lids and much darker brows. Then a deeper, glossier hue on the lips to match the berry tones in the appliqués on her dress. This is a great example of how peeps with fair colouring can dial it up just enough, without the makeup being too overwhelming. The more casual hair is a nice touch—you gotta have one non-dressy element to keep things fresh!
I wish we could see more of Zoë's face! Because this seems so great. Another rich red lip (sensing a theme on this red carpet?), and more of those cute nose freckles. Girl has fantastic fans at the inner corners of her brows, and I think I detect a little dot of eyeliner under the centre of each eye—that'd be a red carpet take on the Anna Sui runway look from fall 2012.
Every time I see Kendall lately, I think, why can't the rest of her family follow her beauty lead? (Except for Bruce. Bruce has his own, innate sense of style.) With this look, it's really about her dewy, sun-kissed 19-year-old skin. But the coral gloss and blush, fringe of lashes and shimmery brows are all nicely low-key. If Kim or Khloé copied this, I bet they'd look so much better.
Model of the moment Gigi (who is coming to Toronto next month, woohoo!) looks much paler than usual. Maybe it was impossible to go bronzey since she'd have to worry about so much skin matching—right down to her belly button! No complains here about her makeup, which centres around a soft neutral smoky eye with shimmer at the inner corners.
Wowza! Joan has been killing it in Cannes. This fluoro red lipstick, applied super-precisely, could not be any better against her warm, dewy skin—and notice how her cheeks match, just much more subtly. Obviously, hair off the face was the smart choice, and she didn't go too cray on the lashes or tightlined brown eyeliner. Joan, you are a goddess.
Speaking of goddesses... whenever I see Adriana, my brain cannot compute how she got this genetically fortunate. The pale, matte, coral-pink lipstick makes this look super-fun, especially with her dark hair, blue eyes and tanned skin. A smudgy smoky eye picks up on her hair colour and makes sure her eyes still pop. Even though I want to copy everything, I know it would never in a million years come close—I think it's the black hair-blue eyes combo that's necessary?
My girl Marion went vintage retro for this event, and it perhaps wasn't as successful as her straight hair looks in the other Cannes pics. (The shape of her side-swept waves maybe not quite right?) Still, I love her red lipstick—everyone's wearing red lipstick here!—plus defined lashes and fresh, fresh skin.
Rita, on the other hand, doesn't have skin that you would describe as "fresh"—even though she has a nice complexion. I'd love to see her with a lot less overall, although I suppose the base isn't the problem here. It's the false lashes. Eeks! And I'd like a lighter eye in general. But I do like the half-back hair with wavy ends quite a bit. She looks extremely glamorous, and more refined than usual.
They call Aishwarya the "most beautiful woman in the world" in India, and it's tough to argue with that. I'd love to know if this is her real eye colour, though, as she always has bloodshot eyes in every photo I've seen (and I've declined to use some where it was really off-putting). Aside from that, the lavender shadow is just gorgeous, even if it's too matchy with the gown. It pairs nicely with the sweep of black liner along the upper lash lines, plus peachy-nude lipstick and blush. Stunning woman!
So many beautiful blue-eyed brunettes on this red carpet, huh? Barbara is another, and only needed a bit of mascara plus matte taupe shadow to intensify her gaze. Hair is loose and textured, and it all really works with the bright, lacy red dress. (The golden rule of red carpet beauty: if your outfit is super-sexy/busy, go more casual with your hair, makeup or both.)
See, now here's an example of an outfit that needed less. With her shiny black waves and the black velvet dress, Liu didn't need such dark, smoky eyes—it's too much. I don't even like the hair down against the dress, because there's not enough contrast. If I were styling her, I'd scrape the hair back and trade the eye makeup for a bright orange lipstick.
Nina has been one to watch lately for sure. She seems to always do some version of a nude lip with brown tones on the eyes—but never any harsh lines or strong colours. Well, it works for her. I especially like the top knot with the bareness of the dress; it feels very effortless and beachy. She might just need a bit more bronzer on the face to match up the variation in tones. A.k.a. the Eagle!
Another blue-eyed brunette model type, another fabulous red lipstick. Isabeli's is more orange-toned, and she wore it sans blush, with just a slick of black liner and mascara. Hair is loose and fluffy, although maybe it would show off the high neckline of the dress better if it were up.
Karlie is trying out the new brown makeup trend on her lips and eyes. This feels perhaps a touch heavy compared to all the beach-inspired looks we're seeing from Cannes, but maybe it's the lighting. And, well, we can't see half of her face.
So pretty! Except I'm noticing the same issue we saw on Chanel: too light in the mid-face. It's not terrible by any means—Jourdan's base is actually much less heavy than Chanel's—and it's probably only visible in photos, not in real life. On the other hand, she might reconsider the false lashes, which are doing something wacky on one eye. Love her haircut, style and highlights.
More blue-eyed brunette beauty inspo, and I totally want to copy this as well. Model Alina really knows how to make her peepers pop, with the rim of smudgy black liner all the way around (it somehow doesn't feel too heavy), plus the cutest eyebrow-skimming bangs. The dangly earrings make a huge difference in rounding out the look and adding width to her lower face. I'm getting a modern '60s vibe, and I love it.
Izabel looks nice, but I'm not sure Cannes is the right place to do such an old Hollywood beauty look (albeit a modern one, with darker, burgundy lipstick). I'm tiring of this kind of thing in general, and would rather see her in something more summery and effortless, not trying so hard.
Louise came so close. So close! Her hair colour and style are too adorable, her skin is dewy and the peachy blush and lipstick suit her 100 percent. But then she put on the false lashes, which aren't even tapered properly from centre to ends. I don't get it!
An off day, or at least an off photo for Doutzen. I don't like this dress on her, and I'm not feeling it with the heavy eye makeup—although technically, the execution of the shadow is fine. Not sure why she has extra smudgy darkness at the inner corners of her brows, too. You would think the dark eyeshadow on its own would be enough.
I'm into this for Lily. The centre-parted updo makes her face look rounder, which I love, and the smoky grey shadow emphasizes her wide-spaced blue eyes. Unlike Doutzen's look, she's not trying to make some of-the-moment style statement, and that's okay. Sometimes simple is best!
Speaking of simple, nobody was more so on this red carpet than Sasha (yep, another model). It's her hair that dresses things up—anybody would look glam in those beautiful waves—but she kept her makeup to just pink lip gloss and mascara. So nice to see lashes that aren't trying to be more than they are.
Daniela is smokin' hawt, there's no doubt about that. (Brazilians! It's so unfair.) The dress is such a statement that the beauty part feels a bit heavy to me. I appreciate the fact that she's not wearing false lashes, but maybe less eyeshadow, and hair back, so it doesn't blend into the dress?
Very generic. I much preferred Emma’s look from the other Cannes round-up, even though it was admittedly OTT. Here, the red lips don’t seem to go with the paleness of the dress, and with the black liner and side-swept hairstyle, it’s all way too predictable. Still pretty, but this is celeb world we’re talking about!
I'm not a fan of the eyeshadow shape at all, but otherwise, I'd say Eva is looking pretty great (can you believe she's 42?!). The loose, easy hairstyle, fresh skin and natural lips/blush were a great way to play it with the high-shine silver dress. So it's really, really too bad about the unblended eyeshadow.
Maryna's eyebrows rival Cara Delevingne's, except unlike Cara, she didn't pile on the eyeshadow—just subtle smudginess, natural skin and lip gloss, with loose waves. I'd probably brush out the hair more, but overall, nothing wrong with this at all. It's not the most exciting, but totally fine.
This is the first time I can remember seeing Irina's hair down, and I really like it. But otherwise, gah! It really feels like she's trying too hard, but that's probably more her pose/facial expression than anything specific with the beauty styling. Probably just easing up on the waterlining would help. Do you think her upper lip is natural?
Dita Von Teese
Well, here's Dita doing her signature Dita thing. What can I say? She really commits to a look. And for someone with naturally blonde hair, she sure stays on top of those roots and brows! Nothing here is to my taste, but I do appreciate the good grooming.
Li has a bit of a bowl cut going on, but you know what? She actually wears it well, as far as bowl cuts go. The choppiness in the bangs breaks it up, and she really does have good style—looks great with minimal makeup against the white suit.
April Love Geary
Another minimalistic style statement. I like April's sleek, centre-parted ponytail and thick, straight brows with the white top—feels very clean—but she definitely needs some blotting papers ASAP. And probably a better base to just even out her skin tone, plus some lipstick or gloss, even just a nude.
Those of you who've been looking at these red carpet pics for ages with me can probably spot a newbie pretty quick, right? Enter Madison. Gorgeous girl (a model, of course), but she took things way too far on the makeup front, as newcomers often do. Too much contour, too much eyeshadow and the black in the waterlines is too harsh. Less is more, Madison!
I don't think I ever would've recognized Petra—compare this to how different she looked when I got to see her up-close and personal in NYC. I think it's partially the hairstyle, which isn't quite working; it looks textured but not in a good way, and it's hiding her blonde. I don't like the smudgy darkness under her eyes, either. It seems to drag her face down a bit.
More Paris! Sorry folks. And she doesn't look much different here from the other Cannes pic (nor, as I said before, from back in her heyday in 2004). She looks like she's become one of those people who get stuck in a beauty rut because they're clinging to the good old days in the past. The extensions and false lashes need to go!
And yet, Paris isn't getting bottom spot. We've got a few more to go, including Anja. Oh Anja, Anja, Anja! You can do better than this. Prime example of how dark eyeliner in the waterlines can be super-harsh and aging. So can too dark of a tan, and fried-looking hair.
I don't even know what to make of Georgina. The Marchesa designer is a pretty woman wearing A LOT of makeup. So much so that her skin looks somewhat leathery—it's weird. And I'm getting an overly-Restylaned vibe, too. I actually love her lip colour, so it's really a shame that gets lost in all the heaviness here.
What a disconnect! This one makes me chuckle, because Michelle doesn't seem like the type at all to wear princessy strapless gowns and diamond necklaces. Above the neck, it just doesn't fit—her hair looks effortless, as in she didn't make any effort whatsoever. And her complexion seems sweaty, not dewy.
I'm sorry to say this, but my first thought when I saw Snejana (another model) was "ghoulish." That's not saying anything about her natural assets, it's just that the eye makeup and foundation are truly scary. Who knew such a thing could happen just from going too light on the complexion and making your eyeshadow too dark, smoky and circular? I wouldn't want to meet her in a dark alley at nighttime, that's for sure.
Last spot goes to Madalina, a Romanian actress/model, and I don't think I need to explain why. She's only 26, but already the tails of her brows are arching towards the heavens, and her lips look doubled in size. How is that making her look "better"? Using injectables this way just boggles the mind.
Who had your favourite beauty look on this red carpet?