We're calling it: May is the most glamorous month of the entire year. Why, you ask? Well, first we have the Met Gala, which always falls on the first Monday of the month. We are graced with over-the-top and on-theme hair and makeup looks from some of the most influential celebrities on earth. Then, almost immediately after the Met Gala commotion begins to settle, the Cannes Film Festival kicks off.
Sure, it's a film festival at heart, but it's really much, much more than that. It's also one of the biggest beauty events of the year, with attendees donning exquisite old-Hollywood-inspired hair and makeup looks. Keep scrolling to see the best beauty looks from the 72nd annual Cannes Film Festival red carpet—from Bella Hadid's extremely sculpted bronzer to Elle Fanning's hot pink '50s-inspired lipstick.
Bella Hadid's Cannes makeup was all about taking her features up and out. Look closely, and you'll see that her bronzer and blush were placed strategically in the hollows of her cheekbones, jawline, and temples, in order to draw out her already over-achieving features. It's making us want to dust Dior's Backstage Contour Palette ($45) all over our faces.
Maria Borges' red-carpet makeup was all about glow, glow, and more glow. We like the way her defined brows and full lashes bring a strong framing element to her otherwise soft and dewy look.
Sara Sampaio walked the red carpet ahead of the Rocketman premiere. We're guessing her look was Elton John-approved; it involved a bold silver suit, sculpted hairstyle, and matching silver eyeshadow and highlighter. It's a modern and futuristic take on old-school glamor.
Shailene Woodley was another celebrity who opted for slicked-back, wet-look hair. She paired it with bold kohl-rimmed eye makeup and giant diamond earrings (as one does).
We love when Priyanka Chopra wears a cat eye, and this negative-space one she wore while posing on the Cannes red carpet didn't disappoint (look closely, and you'll see that the wing of the eyeliner has been left blank; only the shape of it has been drawn on). The liner was complimented with her trademark plum-colored pout.
Izabel Goulart made an appearance with big Victoria's Secret-esque barrel curls and a smokey eye. We like the way her petal-pink lip brings out the gold glitter placed on her eyelids. It's all very glamorous, isn't it?
Daria Strokous wore one of our most favorite beauty looks of them all. Her short blonde bob was parted on the side and slicked back into a super sleek coif. As for her makeup, it was all about subtly luminescent skin and a stroke of metallic green liner on each eye. It's a gorgeous look, and one we want to copy ASAP.
Can you tell that bronzer is an important product on this year's Cannes red carpet? Eva Longoria's bronzer added depth and dimension to her makeup look, which also included a nude gloss, sharp cat eyeliner, and a touch of shimmer in the inner corners of her eyes.
The words 'Cannes' and 'red lipstick' go hand-in-hand. Blanca Padilla's velvety red lipstick was the perfect focal point to her otherwise low-key look (and by low-key we mean her natural-looking brows and simple, fluttery lashes).
Here, Rita Ora is pictured at a Cannes photo call. We like the way her platinum blonde hair has been curled into S-waves and swept back into a chic low pony. We also like her rosy-brown monochromatic makeup.
Deepika Padukone won the award for most dramatic hair and makeup (so far at least). Her sculptural high-pony and graphic black underliner made for an extremely eye-catching look—as did her giant ruffled black-and-white gown.
Remember that old Hollywood makeup we were referring to earlier? Yeah, this is it. Selena Gomez paired her vibrant red lip with an angled cat eye before walking out onto the Cannes red carpet. Like so many other celebrities, she finished off the look with plenty of diamonds.
Romanian actress Madalina Ghenea was photographed at Cannes with long, tousled waves and a flicked-out smokey eye. We love her whole look, but we have to give a special shout out to her perfectly arched eyebrows.
Georgina Rodriguez attended the Cannes premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood with a classic pairing of cat eyeliner and red lipstick. She topped it all off with a sapphire necklace that, at least to us, looks a lot like the one Kate Winslet wears in Titanic...what was it called, the Heart of the Ocean?
There is no better color pairing than orange and blue. Madison Headrick channeled the '60s on the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood red carpet, wearing a powder blue gown, orange lipstick, black eyeliner, and a sleek center part.
Speaking of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, one of the film's stars, Margot Robbie, also attended the Cannes premiere. To complement her soft lilac lace off-the-shoulder gown, stylist Bryce Scarlett created delicate partial braids along either side of her face. Makeup artist Patti DuBroff stayed on theme with angelic, barely-there glitzy lids and a shimmery pink-gold lip.
Winnie Harlow paired her shiny crown braid with fiery red eyeshadow that was blended all the way up to her brow bone. Bold lashes and a swipe of shimmery lip gloss topped it off.
Victoria's Secret model Josephine Skriver wore a hair and makeup look that sat at the intersection of classic glamor and modern elegance. The trick, we think, was in the pairing of a traditional red-carpet hairstyle with pink eyeshadow and lots and lots of highlighter.
Doutzen Kroes wins the award for most jaw-dropping hair and makeup look at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival. She arrived on the red carpet with slicked-back side-parted hair, a bold ruby red lip, and smokey cat eye makeup.
Cindy Bruna's radiant velvet complexion is one thing, but her shiny, springy curls are something else. She looked fresh, timeless, and natural (at least compared to some of the other more heavy-handed hair and makeup looks).
Supermodel Coco Rocha isn't afraid of wearing edgy and editorial makeup looks. Here she is on the Cannes red carpet wearing matte black eyeliner in a graphic cat-eye shape. The effect is made all the more striking by contrasting against her velvety pale complexion.
Lately, Dakota Fanning has been all about no-makeup makeup. For her 2019 Cannes debut, she framed her super glowy complexion with strong eyebrows, a hint of mascara, and a petal-pink lipstick.
Elle Fanning, who happens to be Dakota's younger sister, also walked the Cannes red carpet. Her hair and makeup look was unlike anyone else's. She channeled silver screen sirens from decades past by wearing pinned up curls, pink lipstick, and a swipe of black eyeliner. We like the fact that her makeup artist kept her freckles on display.
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