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Cannes 2018: The Best Celebrity Beauty Looks on the Red Carpet

Léa Seydoux, Kristen Stewart and more.
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Of all the red carpet events I report on each year, I think my favourite has to be the Cannes Film Festival. 

Frankly, the beauty vibe is just BETTER. Fresher skin, more creative makeup, and, for the most part, an absence of my pet peeves like obvious contouring and false lashes.

Of course, it helps that at least 50 percent of the attendees are actually models! But you'll also see many of my actress beauty crushes, including Léa Seydoux, Emilia Clarke, Penélope Cruz and Marion Cotillard.

We have a lot to cover, so my commentary will be more succinct than usual!

Léa Seydoux

Léa Seydoux at the 2018 Cannes jury photocall.

Close-up of Léa Seydoux at the 2018 Cannes jury photocall.

What I like: Léa's soft strawberry lipstick, stick-straight lob and fresh skin. This is so effortlessly beautiful! What I'd change: Nothing.

Léa Seydoux at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Cold War.'

Close-up of Léa Seydoux at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Cold War.'

What I like: Léa's rich burgundy-red lipstick, perfectly feathery brows and slicked-back updo. What I'd change: Nothing.

Léa Seydoux at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Everybody Knows.'

Close-up of Léa Seydoux at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Everybody Knows.'

What I like: Léa's brushed-out vintage waves. Obsessed! Also loving her smudgy, smoky liner and peachy-nude lipstick. What I'd change: Nothing.

Léa Seydoux at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion Awards Dinner in Cannes.

Close-up of Léa Seydoux at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion Awards Dinner in Cannes.

What I like: Léa's shorter bob (yes, she cut it midway through the festival!), luminous smoky eyes and coral lip gloss. What I'd change: Nothing.

Léa Seydoux at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Under the Silver Lake.'

Close-up of Léa Seydoux at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Under the Silver Lake.'

What I like: Léa's winged black liner, coral-red lip gloss and slicked-back wet hair. What I'd change: Nothing.

Léa is wearing: Liquid liner

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'BlacKkKlansman.'

Close-up of Kristen Stewart at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'BlacKkKlansman.'

What I like: Kristen's glossy burgundy eyeshadow (she always wears this colour so well!) with clear lip gloss and seamless blush. What I'd change: I'm not so into her curly blonde mullet.

Kristen Stewart at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion Awards Dinner in Cannes.

Close-up of Kristen Stewart at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion Awards Dinner in Cannes.

What I like: Kristen's white eyeliner... if you look closely, you'll see an actual string of pearls along her lash lines! What I'd change: Her brow tails are too obviously drawn on.

Kristen Stewart at the 2018 Cannes amfAR Gala.

Close-up of Kristen Stewart at the 2018 Cannes amfAR Gala.

What I like: Kristen's two-toned navy and light blue eyeshadow, paired with a neon pink lipstick. So fun! Also note the deliberate bobby pin placement. What I'd change: Nothing... except it may be bobby pin overkill at the back.

Kristen Stewart at the 2018 Chanel x Vanity Fair party in Cannes.

Close-up of Kristen Stewart at the 2018 Chanel x Vanity Fair party in Cannes.

What I like: Kristen's heavy teal eyeshadow, all the way around her eyes. It works because her hair is off her face, and the rest of the makeup is low-key. What I'd change: Again, the brows are noticeably overdrawn.

Kristen Stewart at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Everybody Knows.'

Close-up of Kristen Stewart at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Everybody Knows.'

What I like: Kristen's smoky, shimmery eyeshadow—it would be quite heavy on most people, but she can pull off a super-strong eye. The brows are better this time! What I'd change: I'd prefer a sleeker updo (less volume at the top). 

Kristen is wearing: Eyeshadow in Éclat Énigmatique • Eyeshadow in Noir Pétrole • Liquid liner in Noir • Mascara in Noir

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid at the 2018 Fashion for Relief show in Cannes.

Close-up of Bella Hadid at the 2018 Fashion for Relief show in Cannes.

What I like: Bella's soft waves (I can't recall seeing this style on her before!). The natural makeup, especially the gold liner underneath her eyes, is perfect. What I'd change: Nothing. 

Bella Hadid at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'BlacKkKlansman.'

Close-up of Bella Hadid at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'BlacKkKlansman.'

What I like: Bella's ridiculously glowy, flawless skin! I think she wears a tight updo better than anyone else, and it's nice to see a colourful lipstick for a change. What I'd change: Her face is darker than her body.

Bella Hadid at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Ash Is Purest White.'

Close-up of Bella Hadid at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Ash Is Purest White.'

What I like: Bella's glossy straight hair and warm neutral makeup. What I'd change: The contour's a bit intense.

Bella Hadid at a 2018 Dior dinner in Cannes.

Close-up of Bella Hadid at a 2018 Dior dinner in Cannes.

What I like: Bella's bangs (which I'm assuming are clip-ins) with a messy top knot and red lip gloss. What I'd change: Nothing.

Bella Hadid at the 2018 Magnum x Alexander Wang party in Cannes.

Close-up of Bella Hadid at the 2018 Magnum x Alexander Wang party in Cannes.

What I like: Bella's tight updo with undone curls—with the oversized hoops, this feels very '90s! What I'd change: Nothing, although it looks so tight that her features are being pulled up, too. (Either that or Botox!) 

Lupita Nyong'o

Lupita Nyong'o at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Sorry Angel.'

Close-up of Lupita Nyong'o at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Sorry Angel.'

What I like: Lupita's matchy-matchy berry-toned lipstick and eyeshadow. The sculptural updo is pretty cool, too. What I'd change: I wish the eyeshadow was more diffused toward the brows.

Emilia Clarke

Emilia Clarke at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion photocall in Cannes.

Close-up of Emilia Clarke at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion photocall in Cannes.

What I like: Emilia's bright pinky-red lipstick, bare eyes and strong brows. What I'd change: Nothing, except I miss her brunette!

Emilia Clarke at the 2018 Cannes photocall for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

Close-up of Emilia Clarke at the 2018 Cannes photocall for 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

What I like: Emilia's matte, pale skin (no discernible blush), subdued red lipstick and side-swept bangs. Classic and chic! What I'd change: Nothing.

Emilia Clarke at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

Close-up of Emilia Clarke at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

What I like: Emilia's peach lipstick (I NEED this shade!) and matching blush. It looks like there's a hint of purple in her eyeshadow. What I'd change: I don't think the volume on top of her updo is really working.

Emilia is wearing: Face mistMoisturizer • Tinted moisturizerLip balm • Lipstick in Carezza • Body oil • Tinted body lotion in Light

Penélope Cruz

Penélope Cruz at the 2018 Cannes photocall for 'Everybody Knows.'

Close-up of Penélope Cruz at the 2018 Cannes photocall for 'Everybody Knows.'

What I like: Penélope's pretty hair and pink lipstick—I love the contrast of the baby pink with her warm colouring. What I'd change: The lip liner isn't blended.

Penélope Cruz at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Everybody Knows.'

Close-up of Penélope Cruz at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Everybody Knows.'

What I like: Penélope's black liner, blended out from the waterlines, and rose lipstick. What I'd change: The contour is too dark and too orange.

Hailey Baldwin

Hailey Baldwin at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Girls of the Sun.'

Close-up of Hailey Baldwin at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Girls of the Sun.'

What I like: Hailey's pastel pink top knot (which she has since dyed back to blonde, by the way) with gold eyeshadow and her always-flawless skin. What I'd change: Nothing.

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion Awards Dinner in Cannes.

Close-up of Salma Hayek at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion Awards Dinner in Cannes.

What I like: Salma's navy liner, copper eyeshadow and rosy pink lipstick. Such an unexpected combination—and it makes her girly styling way more interesting. What I'd change: Her lip liner isn't blended.

Salma is wearing: Concealer in 2 FairPowder in 2 MediumHighlighterHighlighter and contour • Eyeshadow in Star Gold • Eyeshadow in Dolce Vita • Eyeliner in Marlene Midnight • Mascara in Black Vinyl • Lip liner in Supersize Me • Lipstick in Too Bad I'm Bad

Salma Hayek at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion photocall in Cannes.

Close-up of Salma Hayek at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion photocall in Cannes.

What I like: Salma's glossy red lipstick, long lashes and inner-corner highlighter. What I'd change: Nothing.

Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'BlacKkKlansman.'

Close-up of Cate Blanchett at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'BlacKkKlansman.'

What I like: Cate's pinned-to-one-side lob and shimmering pink shadow. What I'd change: Nothing. 

Cate is wearing: SerumMoisturizer • PrimerFoundation in 3 • Concealer in 1 • Concealer in 2 • Powder in 2 • Powder in 1 (as highlighter) • Powder in 8 (as contour) • Blush in 502 • Eyeshadow in 11 Rose Ashes (under brows) • Eyeshadow in 29 Armani Cruise (all over lids) • Eyeshadow in 1 (at roots of lashes) • Eyeshadow in 5 (under eyes) • Mascara in Black • Brow pencil in Sand Blond • Lipstick in 303 Dragee • Lip liner in 6

Cate Blanchett at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Cold War.'

Close-up of Cate Blanchett at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Cold War.'

What I like: Cate's shimmery, smoky shadow, creamy pink lipstick and textured hair. What I'd change: The eyeshadow could be more blended, and I prefer the softer, ashier brows.

Cate is wearing: SerumMoisturizerPrimer • Foundation in 3Concealer in 1Concealer in 2Blush in 306Highlighter in 10 BeigeBronzer in 100 • Powder in 5.5 • Eyeshadow in 12 Gold Ashes (under brows) • Eyeshadow in 23 Camel Smoke (in socket) • Eyeshadow in 15 (over lids) • Eyeshadow in 6 (over lids) • Eyeshadow in 2 (at roots of lashes) • Mascara in Obsidian Black • Brow pencil in 1 • Lipstick in 508 Alexandrie • Lip liner in 4

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard at the 2018 Chopard Gentleman's Night in Cannes.

Close-up of Marion Cotillard at the 2018 Chopard Gentleman's Night in Cannes.

What I like: Marion's purple cat eyes, peach lipstick and voluminous half-up hair. So fun with the leopard bodysuit! What I'd change: I'd just blend that lower lip liner.

Marion Cotillard at the 2018 Cannes photocall for 'Angel Face.'

Close-up of Marion Cotillard at the 2018 Cannes photocall for 'Angel Face.'

What I like: Marion's creamy red lipstick and black cat eyes. What I'd change: I'm not crazy about the wet roots... and her brows are looking a bit sperm-like here!

Amber Heard

Amber Heard at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Sorry Angel.'

Close-up of Amber Heard at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Sorry Angel.'

What I like: Amber's healthy, dewy skin with classic winged liner and red lipstick. The messy top knot keeps this from looking too "done." What I'd change: Nothing.

Amber is wearing: Eyeshadow in Nude 1Liquid liner in BlackMascara • Lipstick in Matador

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Yomeddine.'

Close-up of Julianne Moore at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Yomeddine.'

What I like: Julianne's soft plum eyeshadow paired with pink blush and lip gloss. Her brows were handled very well—great texture! What I'd change: I think the blush placement is too low.

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Girls of the Sun.'

Close-up of Kendall Jenner at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Girls of the Sun.'

What I like: Kendall's straight brows and fluffy lashes (I'm sure they're extensions). Her skin is really nice here! What I'd change: Her lips look ridiculously fake, and the contour down her nose is too obvious. 

Kendall Jenner at the 2018 Chopard Secret Party in Cannes.

Close-up of Kendall Jenner at the 2018 Chopard Secret Party in Cannes.

What I like: Kendall's brows and long lashes (again). What I'd change: The contour is too dark/orange, and I'm not a fan of goopy lip gloss.

Lais Ribeiro

Lais Ribeiro at the 2018 Cannes amfAR Gala.

Close-up of Lais Ribeiro at the 2018 Cannes amfAR Gala.

What I like: Lais' sleek ponytail, cat eyes and contoured lips. Normally, I would be against that unblended lower lip liner... but it looks good here! (Then again, what wouldn't look good on her?) What I'd change: Just some powder on her upper lip and around her nose.

Jennifer Connelly

Jennifer Connelly at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

Close-up of Jennifer Connelly at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

What I like: Jennifer's mesmerizing shimmery eyeshadow, defined lashes and black liner hugging her waterlines. Set off, as usual, by strong brows, fresh skin and an ultra-tight updo. What I'd change: The dab of gloss on her lips seems out of place.

Sara Sampaio

Sara Sampaio at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

Close-up of Sara Sampaio at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

What I like: Sara's blackberry lipstick—I love this shade with her icy blue eyes! Notice how she skipped eyeliner and instead is wearing natural lashes and a dusting of silver shimmer. What I'd change: Nothing.

Sara Sampaio at the 2018 Fashion for Relief show in Cannes.

Close-up of Sara Sampaio at the 2018 Fashion for Relief show in Cannes.

What I like: Sara's smooth, retro waves with glossy red lips and what appears to be the same eye makeup as the previous look. What I'd change: Nothing.

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Sink or Swim.'

Close-up of Diane Kruger at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Sink or Swim.'

What I like: Diane's smooth, vintagey bob and subtle smoky eyes. I much prefer this to the edgy texture we've seen her with lately. What I'd change: A style with more volume, like Léa Seydoux's brushed out waves, would have been so pretty.

Liu Wen

Liu Wen at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo A Star Wars Story.'

Close-up of Liu Wen at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo A Star Wars Story.'

What I like: Liu's stained lips, dewy skin and perfect brows. What I'd change: It looks like there's too much product near her roots.

Doutzen Kroes

Doutzen Kroes at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

Close-up of Doutzen Kroes at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

What I like: Doutzen's jet-black liner and defined lashes. The rest is just classic peachy tones with super-simple hair. What I'd change: Nothing, although it's a little boring. 

Alessandra Ambrosio

Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

Close-up of Alessandra Ambrosio at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

What I like: Alessandra's creamy rose lipstick, dewy skin and natural brows. What I'd change: The overlining of her lips is very aggressive... do you think she got lip injections as well?

Jasmine Tookes

Jasmine Tookes at the 2018 Chopard Secret Party in Cannes.

Close-up of Jasmine Tookes at the 2018 Chopard Secret Party in Cannes.

What I like: Jasmine's bright orange lipstick, undone top knot and natural lashes. Plus, her skin is so very glowy! What I'd change: Nothing.

Elsa Hosk

Elsa Hosk at the 2018 Cannes amfAR Gala.

Close-up of Elsa Hosk at the 2018 Cannes amfAR Gala.

What I like: Elsa's pink eyeshadow and red lipstick. The pink turns a classic winged liner and lipstick look into something far more exciting. What I'd change: I don't love the white in her lower waterlines.

Elsa is wearing: MoisturizerFoundationComplexion booster • Concealer • Highlighter and contour • Contour • Blush in Es Vedra • Blush and highlighterPowder • Eyeshadow in Sophisticate • Eyeshadow in Exagger-Eyes • Eyeliner • Mascara in Black Vinyl • Lipstick in Red Carpet Red • Lip liner in Bad Romance • Body highlighter

Elsa Hosk at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Girls of the Sun.'

Close-up of Elsa Hosk at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Girls of the Sun.'

What I like: Elsa's pink lipstick, soft lashes and old Hollywood waves. She looks like a Barbie doll come to life (in a good way)! What I'd change: Nothing.

Shanina Shaik

Shanina Shaik at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

Close-up of Shanina Shaik at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Solo: A Star Wars Story.'

What I like: Shanina's pink eyeshadow, all the way up to her brows, with matching blush and lipstick. I love that she paired this with a chartreuse dress! What I'd change: Nothing.

Shanina is wearing: Foundation • Complexion booster in 6 Tan/Dark • Blush and highlighter • Eyeshadow in Exagger-Eyes • Mascara in Black Vinyl • Lip liner in Supersize Me • Lipstick in Charlotte Darling

Thandie Newton

Thandie Newton at the 2018 Cannes photocall for 'Solo A Star Wars Story.'

Close-up of Thandie Newton at the 2018 Cannes photocall for 'Solo A Star Wars Story.'

What I like: Thandie's half-back curls—this has always been one of my favourite styles for curly hair! I also love the hot pink lips; it's nice to see her doing colour there for a change. What I'd change: Nothing. 

Georgia Fowler

Georgia Fowler at the 2018 Cannes amfAR Gala.

Close-up of Georgia Fowler at the 2018 Cannes amfAR Gala.

What I like: Georgia's gorgeous smoky eyes... I could stare at them all day! I'm also obsessed with her brows, semi-glossy pink lips and slicked hair. What I'd change: Nothing.

Adriana Lima

Adriana Lima at the 2018 Cannes amfAR Gala.

Close-up of Adriana Lima at the 2018 Cannes amfAR Gala.

What I like: Adriana's glossy peach lipstick, dewy skin and wet hair. What I'd change: The blush isn't quite blended, and I'm not sure how I feel about the super-straight brows.

Adriana is wearing: PrimerFoundationConcealer in Light • Contour in Light • Contour in Light to Medium • Blush in Rose • Highlighter in Molten Gold • Setting spray • Eyeshadow palette in Soda Pop (available September 2018) • Eyeliner in White Luster • Mascara in Very Black • Lipstick in Purely Nude

Adriana Lima at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Burning.'

Close-up of Adriana Lima at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Burning.'

What I like: Adriana's super-precise red lipstick and soft lashes. What I'd change: I'm not crazy about the stiff retro hair.

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Girls of the Sun.'

Close-up of Helen Mirren at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Girls of the Sun.'

What I like: Helen's tousled short cut with shimmering eyeliner and a hot pink lip stain. What I'd change: Nothing.

Ming Xi

Ming Xi at the 2018 Chopard Trophy photocall in Cannes.

Close-up of Ming Xi at the 2018 Chopard Trophy photocall in Cannes.

What I like: Ming's soft, side-parted hair with the ends curled under. I also like her brows, lashes and coral lip gloss. What I'd change: I'd add a bit more blush and coverage around the nose.

Izabel Goulart

Izabel Goulart at the 2018 Cannes amfAR Gala.

Close-up of Izabel Goulart at the 2018 Cannes amfAR Gala.

What I like: Izabel's shimmery plum eyeshadow with matte pink lipstick and long waves. What I'd change: Nothing.

Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan at the 2018 Cannes photocall for 'Wildlife.'

Close-up of Carey Mulligan at the 2018 Cannes photocall for 'Wildlife.'

What I like: Carey's bold red lip stain and natural lashes. What I'd change: Something about this feels a little dated... I think it may be the hairstyle (I'm not a fan) and the pink blush (I would've skipped it). 

Carey Mulligan at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion photocall in Cannes.

Close-up of Carey Mulligan at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion photocall in Cannes.

What I like: Carey's straight lob (this hairstyle is more like it!) and a pop of sheer, hot pink lip gloss. What I'd change: Nothing.

Irina Shayk

Irina Shayk at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Sorry Angel.'

Close-up of Irina Shayk at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Sorry Angel.'

What I like: Irina's glowing skin, perfect brows and golden eyeliner. I think she tightlined with a darker shade, too, but kept her lashes super-soft. What I'd change: Her upper lip can't naturally be this way... can it?

Josephine Skriver

Josephine Skriver at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Sorry Angel.'

Close-up of Josephine Skriver at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Sorry Angel.'

What I like: Josephine's baby pink lip gloss, defined upper lashes and undone updo. What I'd change: I'm not sure about the cut-crease eyeshadow technique; that always strikes me as dated.

Daphne Groeneveld

Daphne Groeneveld at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'BlacKkKlansman.'

Close-up of Daphne Groeneveld at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'BlacKkKlansman.'

What I like: Daphne's long curls, super-natural brows and rosy lip colour. What I'd change: Nothing.

Romee Strijd

Romee Strijd at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Everybody Knows.'

Close-up of Romee Strijd at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Everybody Knows.'

What I like: Romee's flippy waves, shimmery eyeshadow and flawless skin. There's nothing groundbreaking here; this is all about showing off her natural beauty. What I'd change: Nothing. 

Joan Smalls

Joan Smalls at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Girls of the Sun.'

Close-up of Joan Smalls at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Girls of the Sun.'

What I like: Joan's chic ponytail, full brows and super-glossy red lips. What I'd change: So, her upper lip never used to be so distractingly huge (I just looked up her old pictures). Joan, you're better than this!

Barbara Palvin

Barbara Palvin at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Burning.'

Close-up of Barbara Palvin at the 2018 Cannes premiere of 'Burning.'

What I like: Barbara's rose lipstick, subtly shaded eyes and natural brows. What I'd change: The false lashes cheapen this. 

Chloë Sevigny

Chloë Sevigny at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion Awards Dinner in Cannes.

Close-up of Chloë Sevigny at the 2018 Kering Women in Motion Awards Dinner in Cannes.

What I like: Chloë's glossy red lipstick with just mascara. You know what? We're so used to hiding every perceived imperfection, but I find it refreshing to see real, foundation-free skin! What I'd change: The only thing I might cover is some of the redness around the nose; I find that instantly makes you look more polished.

Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty look on this red carpet?

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