How To Get Red-Carpet Makeup Right
Proper Riviera beauty typically takes its cues from the sun—a little bronzer here, some shimmer lotion there—but when the Cannes Film Festival comes to town, all of that changes. “You can’t think about Cannes without thinking about Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Deneuve,” celebrity makeup artist for Christian Dior Christophe Danchaud told us from the newly designed Dior Beauty Suite at the Hotel Majestic, referring to the icons’ heavily lined eyes and lots and lots of lashes. Danchaud, who has tended to Monica Bellucci’s gorgeous face for upward of 12 years, is the brand’s go-to guy for properly primping out its spokespeople—including newly named Dior Hypnotic Poison face Mélanie Laurent. “The trick is no powder until she walks out,” he says of keeping actresses camera ready for premieres and photo calls. “I love when you can see fresh skin, so I put powder on the T-zone and only the T-zone. It gives the right shine to cheeks.” As for blush, Danchaud prefers to start with a cream texture on really dewy skin and then dust on a powder pigment, like Dior’s Bronze Harmonie de Blush in Rose Brazilia “super-big,” from the apple of the cheek, way up past the temple.
When it comes to eyes, film premiere makeup requires eyeliner, but applied with restraint. “I like liner when you just have the liner. Lids need to be nude, nude, nude. Then mascara—you have to use it on the red carpet.” Danchaud’s method is to start with something volumizing like Dior’s Diorshow Extase and then top it off with DiorShow Blackout for an even fuller effect. Discussing the Hollywood set’s ubiquitous smoky eye, Danchaud says that he’s into it every once in a while. “It’s sexy,” the face painter points out. “And you can do it on every woman.” He recommends switching it up for added character, though, using a green, navy, or brown base rather than the more traditional black.
In regards to red lipstick—every actress’ best friend in paparazzi pictures—Danchaud prefers an orangey red to the blue varieties. “I like Rouge Dior in Red Premiere,” he says adding a proviso to the uninformed: “If you do the eyes, though, you can’t really do the lip too.” First-timers, take note.