4 posts tagged "64th Annual Cannes Film Festival"
Milla Jovovich and her amfAR Versace gown got prime placement in our “Best of Cannes” slideshow, but her bold lip color choices over the past week deserve a shout-out, too. The L’Oréal spokesmodel ventured into both deep scarlet and light fuchsia territory, with her eyes heavily lined in black pigment and her chin-grazing bob fashioned into a charming seventies-era side-sweep. We’re partial to Milla in crimson, but let us know below if you’d like to mount a case for pink.
Why Gwen Stefani was on the red carpet at last night’s highly anticipated Tree of Life premiere in Cannes—Terrence Malick’s movie starring Brad Pitt, Sean Penn, and up-and-comer Jessica Chastain—remains unclear. What is apparent, however, is that she made a conscious decision to go for it with her hair and makeup. The hollaback girl channeled Jean Harlow in a major way with a deep side part and tightly curled marcel waves before scrawling on heavy black eyeliner and noticeably forgoing her signature red pout in favor of—get this—hot pink. Assuming that Gwen truly swears by L’Oréal Infallible Le Rouge lipstick, “the color that grabs hold and doesn’t let go” (she’s currently fronting the ads), we’re going to guess that she slicked on a couple of coats of its Perennial Pink for last night’s event. She certainly stood out among the tamer beauty looks Zoe Saldana and Angelina Jolie were working. (Attention, Angelina: That matte red lip you rocked at Cannes two years ago is still burned into our brain. More of that, please.) What do you think of the new Gwen?
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.
The 64th annual Cannes Film Festival is officially under way and day one is already shaping up to be a good one for celebrity beauty sightings, much to the enjoyment of the throngs of spectators camped out in front of the Hotel Martinez. Salma Hayek delighted crowds in a décolleté-bearing Gucci dress this morning to promote Puss in Boots with Antonio Banderas, and Woody Allen was out and about with Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams, the co-stars of his flick Midnight in Paris. McAdams was sporting a new, Riviera-friendly hair look for the occasion, complete with chunky highlights of the platinum and honey variety and extra-long, blunt-cut fringe. Color us excited for the rest of the week’s events. You too?