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Cannes Film Festival 2021: The Best Skin, Hair and Makeup Looks on the Red Carpet

Bella Hadid, Diane Kruger and more.
Cannes Film Festival 2021

After being cancelled last year, the Cannes Film Festival made a glorious return for 2021—and I couldn't be more thrilled to pore over all the celebrity beauty photos. (Finally, we don't have to rely on behind-the-scenes Instagram shots!)

Just like where we left off in 2019, this red carpet is all about the glam. Think: elegant updos, sophisticated makeup, and of course, radiant skin.

Here are the best close-ups from this year's festivities.

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid Annette Cannes premiere 2021

Bella Hadid at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Annette.'

Bella Hadid Annette Cannes premiere 2021

Bella Hadid at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Annette.'

Whatever she may or may not have had done, Bella's face is so mesmerizing—especially when she scrapes her hair back like this and sculpts her features with neutral-toned makeup. It's all so beautifully blended, and those fluttery lashes (on the top lids only) are the perfect finishing touch.

Bella is wearing: Moisturizer • PrimerFoundation in 3 NeutralConcealer in 3 Cool RosyPowder in 3 Neutral and 4 NeutralBlush in 028 Atrice • Eyeshadow in 649 Nude Dress and 689 MitzahLash primerMascara in 090 Black • Brow pencil in 003 Brown • Lipstick in 100 Nude Look Matte • Lip balm in 000 Universal

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger Tout S'est Bien Passe Everything Went Fine Cannes premiere 2021

Diane Kruger at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Tout S'est Bien Passe (Everything Went Fine).'

Diane Kruger Tout S'est Bien Passe Everything Went Fine Cannes premiere 2021

Diane Kruger at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Tout S'est Bien Passe (Everything Went Fine).'

I may be alone on this one, but I actually like the bow in Diane's half-up hair... I think it gives this look such a youthful, girly vibe. Usually, she does her own makeup, but not this time. While the shades are still her favourite neutrals, you can see the eyeshadow is amped up, with baby cat eyes (a.k.a. kitten eyeliner).

Diane is wearing: Serum • MoisturizerEye creamSunscreen/primer • PrimerFoundationIlluminatorConcealerColour corrector • BronzerPowderBlush in Pillow TalkContour and highlighter • Highlighter in SpotlightEyeshadow in Pillow TalkEyeliner in Pillow TalkMascara in Super Black • Brow pencil • Brow gel • Lip liner in Pillow Talk • Matte lipstick in Pillow Talk • Glossy lipstick in Pillow Talk • Lip gloss in Pillow Talk

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain Annette Cannes premiere 2021

Jessica Chastain at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Annette.'

Jessica Chastain Annette Cannes premiere 2021

Jessica Chastain at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Annette.'

We're used to seeing Jessica in bright colours (remember this blue, and this yellow?). I still think those suit her better than black, but she made the most of it with a romantic low ponytail and a brick-red lipstick that emphasizes her pale skin. It's a bit wintery and Gothic for the middle of summer, but I'm okay with this.

Candice Swanepoel

Candice Swanepoel Tout S'est Bien Passe Everything Went Fine Cannes premiere 2021

Candice Swanepoel at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Tout S'est Bien Passe (Everything Went Fine).'

Candice Swanepoel Tout S'est Bien Passe Everything Went Fine Cannes premiere 2021

Candice Swanepoel at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Tout S'est Bien Passe (Everything Went Fine).'

When you're Candice, you can rock the simplest of red carpet looks—barely-there makeup and a ballerina bun—and look completely stunning. I especially like the little gold highlights at the inner corners of her eyes.

Candice is wearing: SerumMoisturizer • Foundation • Powder • Blush in Love GlowContour and highlighter • Eyeshadow in The Sophisticate • Mascara in Super Black • Lip liner in Supersize Me • Lip gloss in Pillow Talk

Isabelle Huppert

Isabelle Huppert Tout S'est Bien Passe Everything Went Fine Cannes premiere 2021

Isabelle Huppert at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Tout S'est Bien Passe (Everything Went Fine).'

Isabelle Huppert Tout S'est Bien Passe Everything Went Fine Cannes premiere 2021

Isabelle Huppert at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Tout S'est Bien Passe (Everything Went Fine).'

Could Isabelle be any cooler?! Of course, I'd love to see her eyes and not the sunglasses, but this pair fit her so perfectly, and only add to her 'je ne sais quois' aura. I love her tousled red waves, too, and her matching warm red lipstick.

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Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard Annette Cannes photocall 2021

Marion Cotillard at the 2021 Cannes photocall for 'Annette.'

Marion Cotillard Annette Cannes photocall 2021

Marion Cotillard at the 2021 Cannes photocall for 'Annette.'

Marion is still one of my faves, even when I struggle with her outfit choices. (Two words: bike shorts. Just because they're Chanel, that don't make it right!) Yes, the hairstyle is unexpected. too, but she has often worn futuristic shapes like this over the years. Makeup-wise, I love the peach lipstick, but I'd definitely even out her brows to make them less tadpole-shaped.

Angèle

Angele Annette Cannes premiere 2021

Angèle at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Annette.'

Angele Annette Cannes premiere 2021

Angèle at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Annette.'

Angèle might be my newest beauty crush (she's a Belgian pop star who is really big in France). Is anyone else thinking baby Brigitte Bardot? Cat eyes and baby bangs seem to be her thing, along with a warm honey-blonde hair colour. Obsessed!

Lou Doillon

Lou Doillon Annette Cannes premiere 2021

Lou Doillon at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Annette.'

Lou Doillon Annette Cannes premiere 2021

Lou Doillon at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Annette.'

For years, Lou has been the epitome of the effortless "French girl" look, and this ensemble is no exception. Instead of a fussy updo, she wore her waves loose and natural, with lash-skimming bangs. All I can detect on her face is a bit of lip stain and black liner. 

Andie MacDowell

Andie MacDowell Tout S'est Bien Passe Everything Went Fine Cannes premiere 2021

Andie MacDowell at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Tout S'est Bien Passe (Everything Went Fine).'

Andie MacDowell Tout S'est Bien Passe Everything Went Fine Cannes premiere 2021

Andie MacDowell at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Tout S'est Bien Passe (Everything Went Fine).'

Andie is well-known for her signature dark curls, but now she's embracing grey hair, and it looks great with this white dress and orangey-red lipstick. The only disconnect I have here is with the eye makeup, which seems too heavy (especially with her low brows). 

Andie is wearing: Lipstick in 311 Be Brilliant

Didi Stone

Didi Stone Stillwater Cannes premiere 2021

Didi Stone at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Stillwater.'

Didi Stone Stillwater Cannes premiere 2021

Didi Stone at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Stillwater.'

I love that Didi (who is a French model) rocked this voluminous Afro, along with a makeup look that could be straight out of a 1970s fashion magazine. It's all about the 360-degree black liner dipping into points at her tear ducts, with bold berry blush and glossy lips.

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren Annette Cannes premiere 2021

Helen Mirren at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Annette.'

Helen Mirren Annette Cannes premiere 2021

Helen Mirren at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Annette.'

Helen is a walking ray of sunshine in this vibrant yellow gown, which brightens up her whole look. (A string of Dolce & Gabbana diamonds around your neck will do that as well!) I've got no issues with her makeup, but this would be so much better if her updo was smooth and sleek.

Chiara Ferragni 

Chiara Ferragni Stillwater Cannes premiere 2021

Chiara Ferragni at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Stillwater.'

Chiara Ferragni Stillwater Cannes premiere 2021

Chiara Ferragni at the 2021 Cannes premiere of 'Stillwater.'

Chiara, a.k.a. The Blonde Salad, brought a Boho touch to her red carpet look, and I love it. The two braids add interest to her beachy waves, and since the dress is strapless, it doesn't feel too busy. She really has the most gorgeous eyes, and they're complemented by the fringe of lashes and textured, brushed-up brows.


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