The Best Beauty Looks at the Cannes Film Festival

Winged liner, soft waves and luminous skin.

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There’s just something about the Cannes Film Festival that brings out the best in celeb beauty. It’s like the Oscars, but better—more experimental, and with a glamorous, summery vibe thanks to the backdrop of the French Riviera.

Case in point: these stunning looks from Bella Hadid, Lily-Rose Depp and many more. Here are all the must-see hair and makeup close-ups:

Bella Hadid

Bella Hadid, Ismael's Ghosts Cannes premiere, 2017

Bella Hadid at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Ismael’s Ghosts.’

Bella Hadid, Ismael's Ghosts Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Bella Hadid at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Ismael’s Ghosts.’

What I like: Bella’s fresh-faced Hollywood glam. Say what you will about her cosmetic tinkering, but the woman has insanely gorgeous skin. Also loving the voluminous, wavy bob and cat eyes. What I’d change:Nothing.

Bella is wearing: Highlighter in Nude Glow // Eyeshadow in Météore// Eyeliner in Catwalk Black // Mascara // Lip gloss in Underground // Tinted lip balm

Bella Hadid, Okja Cannes premiere, 2017

Bella Hadid at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Okja.’

Bella Hadid, Okja Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Bella Hadid at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Okja.’

What I like: Bella’s feline eyes. She was BORN to wear this eyeliner! Notice how the lashes and brows don’t overpower it, and the pressed-on red lipstick balances things out (I’m glad she didn’t do nude lips). Nobody does sleek hair better. What I’d change: Nothing.

Bella is wearing: Eyeliner in Catwalk Black

Lily-Rose Depp

Lily-Rose Depp, Cannes opening ceremony, 2017

Lily-Rose Depp at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony.

Lily-Rose Depp, Cannes opening ceremony, 2017

Close-up of Lily-Rose Depp at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony.

What I like: Lily-Rose’s combo of light brown eyeshadow and black waterlines. With the single colour carried all the way up to her (totally natural!) brows, it’s a new take on the traditional smoky eye. Flawless skin, piecey waves and nude lips complete this Grecian-inspired look. I just love her colouring! What I’d change: The over-lined lips are obvious and unnecessary.

Lily-Rose is wearing: Foundation // Bronzer in Deep // Blush in No. 22// Eyeshadow in Bronze Antique // Eyeshadow in Silver Pink // Eyeliner in Hyperblack // Mascara in Noir // Lipstick in Beige Doré

Naomie Harris

Naomie Harris, Cannes Opening Ceremony, 2017

Naomie Harris at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony.

Naomie Harris, Cannes Opening Ceremony, 2017

Close-up of Naomie Harris at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony.

What I like: Naomie’s pink lipstick and matching shimmery shadow. I respect that she almost always skips false lashes, with a smudgy brown liner defining her eyes instead. Hair-wise, the soft waves are a nice change of pace from her usual straight style. What I’d change: Nothing.

Lily Collins

Lily Collins, Okja Cannes premiere, 2017

Lily Collins at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Okja.’

Lily Collins, Okja Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Lily Collins at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Okja.’

What I like: Lily’s ultra-dramatic liner, lashes AND brows. This is all about the contrast against her pale skin and white dress. Her blush and lids are peach, but her lips are more pink, with a dab of gloss in the centre. What I’d change: Nothing.

Lily Collins, Hollywood Foreign Press Association Cannes event, 2017

Lily Collins at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 2017 Cannes event.

Lily Collins, Hollywood Foreign Press Association Cannes event, 2017

Close-up of Lily Collins at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s 2017 Cannes event.

What I like: Lily’s curls! And glitter eyeshadow! There’s also a bright white eyeliner extending into a cat-eye flick. Few celebs could pull off all of these things simultaneously yet look so downright chic. What I’d change: Nothing.

Salma Hayek

Salma Hayek, Cannes 70th anniversary celebration, 2017

Salma Hayek at the Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary celebration in 2017.

Salma Hayek, Cannes 70th anniversary celebration, 2017

Close-up of Salma Hayek at the Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary celebration in 2017.

What I like: Salma’s fresh lob! I guess it’s a wig, but this would be such a fun update for her—a lighter colour, centre part and straight, angular style. I’m always blown away by her skin and brows, and this peachy-pink makeup is exceptional. What I’d change: Nothing.

Elle Fanning

Elle Fanning, Cannes 70th anniversary celebration, 2017

Elle Fanning at the Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary celebration in 2017.

Elle Fanning, Cannes 70th anniversary celebration, 2017

Close-up of Elle Fanning at the Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary celebration in 2017.

What I like: Elle’s bold blue cat eyes. (A look we haven’t seen since Olivia Wilde did ’em back in 2013!) Her rosy lips and cheeks, feathery brows and soft hair complement them perfectly. What I’d change: Nothing.

Elle is wearing: Eyeliner in 10 I’ve Got the Blue

Marion Cotillard

Marion Cotillard, Chopard Cannes party, 2017

Marion Cotillard at Chopard’s 2017 Cannes party.

Marion Cotillard, Chopard Cannes party, 2017

Close-up of Marion Cotillard at Chopard’s 2017 Cannes party.

What I like: Marion’s classic red lipstick and au naturel eyes. The wavy piece in front adds just the right touch of softness. She may have just been dumped by Dior, but Marion will always be a beauty icon for me! What I’d change: Her arches are a bit angular here, so I’d tone those down and fill in the tails more.

Jessica Chastain

Jessica Chastain, Ismael's Ghosts Cannes premiere, 2017

Jessica Chastain at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Ismael’s Ghosts.’

Jessica Chastain, Ismael's Ghosts Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Jessica Chastain at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Ismael’s Ghosts.’

What I like: Jessica’s raspberry lipstick—I always love this colour on her! Pairing it with peach blush makes the look more interesting. Her hair is as gorgeous as ever, and I love that she’s doing softer lashes and brows these days (the red brow pencil is a good match here). What I’d change: Nothing.

Rihanna

Rihanna, Chopard Cannes party, 2017

Rihanna at Chopard’s 2017 Cannes party.

Rihanna, Chopard Cannes party, 2017

Close-up of Rihanna at Chopard’s 2017 Cannes party.

What I like: Rihanna’s tight updo and precisely-applied red lipstick. Even though she went for traditional glamour look, it feels fresh because we rarely see her like this. The false lashes are over-the-top, but it’s Rihanna, so… okay. What I’d change: Nothing.

Rihanna, Okja Cannes premiere, 2017

Rihanna at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Okja.’

Rihanna, Okja Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Rihanna at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Okja.’

What I like: Rihanna’s brown lipstick and side-parted top knot. Very ’90s! This time, her cheeks are more sculpted and the lashes are toned down. What I’d change: Nothing.

Emily Ratajkowski

Emily Ratajkowski, Loveless Cannes premiere, 2017

Emily Ratajkowski at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Loveless.’

Emily Ratajkowski, Loveless Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Emily Ratajkowski at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Loveless.’

What I like: Emily’s undone hairstyle (it’s a braid in the back) and matching tawny lips and cheeks. Her brows look amazing, and I’m good with these defined lashes. She reminds me of a ’60s Sophia Loren! What I’d change: The liner flicks seem off; they should taper more, like Lily Collins’. Her injections must be fresh, because her lips look so swollen!

Emily Ratajkowski, Cannes Opening Ceremony, 2017

Emily Ratajkowski at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony.

Emily Ratajkowski, Cannes Opening Ceremony, 2017

Close-up of Emily Ratajkowski at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony.

What I like: Emily’s baby bangs (which are clip-ins, in case you’re wondering). They put all the focus on her long lashes, smoky brown shadow and natural brows. What I’d change: The contour/blush situation is too obvious.

Barbara Palvin

Barbara Palvin, L'Oreal 20th anniversary party, 2017

Barbara Palvin at L’Oréal’s 20th anniversary party in 2017.

Barbara Palvin, L'Oreal 20th anniversary party, 2017

Close-up of Barbara Palvin at L’Oréal’s 20th anniversary party in 2017.

What I like: Barbara’s shimmering silver smoky eyes. (Well, her eyes would be mesmerizing even without makeup!) Her skin is ridiculously beautiful, and I love how the baby hairs frame her face. What I’d change:I wouldn’t have done the false lashes, but models can get away with them more easily.

Jasmine Tookes

Jasmine Tookes, L'Oreal 20th anniversary party, 2017

Jasmine Tookes at L’Oréal’s 20th anniversary party in 2017.

Jasmine Tookes, L'Oreal 20th anniversary party, 2017

Close-up of Jasmine Tookes at L’Oréal’s 20th anniversary party in 2017.

What I like: Jasmine’s soft updo and strong liner. The latter combines black waterlines with a curvy feline flick that accentuates her almond shape. I also like her brows, and the multi-tonal effect on her lips. What I’d change: The lighter colour in the centre of her face (and down her nose) isn’t blended properly.

Kate Upton

Kate Upton, Cannes amfAR Gala, 2017

Kate Upton at the 2017 Cannes amfAR Gala.

Kate Upton, Cannes amfAR Gala, 2017

Close-up of Kate Upton at the 2017 Cannes amfAR Gala.

What I like: Kate’s pink smoky eyes. Just when you thought you’d seen every possible pink eyeshadow look, here’s one more, with smudged-out black waterlines to “ground” it. I also like her darkened, almost messy brows. What I’d change: Nothing.

Cara Delevingne

Cara Delevingne, Magnum x Moschino Cannes event, 2017

Cara Delevingne at a 2017 Magnum x Moschino event.

Cara Delevingne, Magnum x Moschino Cannes event, 2017

Close-up of Cara Delevingne at a 2017 Magnum x Moschino event.

What I like: Cara’s vampy lipstick and sheer eyeshadow in a matching tone. Notice how she’s darkening her brows to create more of a statement with her newly shaved, bleached hair. What I’d change:Nothing.

Kendall Jenner

Kendall Jenner, 120 Beats per Minute Cannes premiere, 2017

Kendall Jenner at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘120 Beats per Minute.’

Kendall Jenner, 120 Beats per Minute Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Kendall Jenner at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘120 Beats per Minute.’

What I like: Kendall’s pretty makeup and edgy top knot (we can’t see it, but the ends were left sticking out). The strong brows frame her face, so she kept her lips nude and lower lashes bare. What I’d change: Like Emily, she obviously got her lips plumped for Cannes (so why add lip liner under the bottom one to exaggerate it even more?).

Diane Kruger

Diane Kruger, In the Fade Cannes premiere, 2017

Diane Kruger at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘In the Fade.’

Diane Kruger, In the Fade Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Diane Kruger at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘In the Fade.’

What I like: Diane’s wavy updo (a new bob, pinned to one side). As usual, her makeup features low-key lashes, a taupey shadow and rosy lips. What I’d change: Nothing.

Elizabeth Olsen

Elizabeth Olsen, The Square Cannes premiere, 2017

Elizabeth Olsen at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘The Square.’

Elizabeth Olsen, The Square Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Elizabeth Olsen at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘The Square.’

What I like: Elizabeth’s glossy taupe eyeshadow, the perfect choice with her copper-sequinned dress. Everything else looks so effortless, from the updo to the natural lashes to the rose lipstick. What I’d change: Nothing.

Hailey Baldwin

Hailey Baldwin, The Beguiled Cannes premiere, 2017

Hailey Baldwin at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘The Beguiled.’

Hailey Baldwin, The Beguiled Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Hailey Baldwin at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘The Beguiled.’

What I like: Hailey’s textured long bob with casual, pushed-up roots. I always love these warm makeup tones on her—and let’s appreciate that she isn’t piling on the lashes and contour like so many in her age group. What I’d change: Nothing.

Kristen Stewart

Kristen Stewart, 120 Beats per Minute Cannes premiere, 2017

Kristen Stewart at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘120 Beats per Minute.’

Kristen Stewart, 120 Beats per Minute Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Kristen Stewart at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘120 Beats per Minute.’

What I like: Kristen’s futuristic metallic green shadow. Yep, she’s still the reigning queen of creative eye makeup! No false lashes or drawn-in brows, just fresh skin, bare lips and a new icy platinum tone for her buzz cut. What I’d change: Her face doesn’t quite match her neck. And I hate to say it, but the nose hair is a little distracting, right?

Sara Sampaio

Sara Sampaio, The Killing of a Sacred Deer Cannes premiere, 2017

Sara Sampaio at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer.’

Sara Sampaio, The Killing of a Sacred Deer Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Sara Sampaio at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘The Killing of a Sacred Deer.’

What I like: Sara’s juicy red lips and fluttery lashes. With her gorgeous skin and bone structure, what else does she need? This actually reminds me a lot of Amanda Peet’s go-to red carpet look. What I’d change:Nothing.

Sara Sampaio, Cannes Opening Ceremony, 2017

Sara Sampaio at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony.

Sara Sampaio, Cannes Opening Ceremony, 2017

Close-up of Sara Sampaio at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival opening ceremony.

What I like: Sara’s super-dark (and impeccably blended) smoky eyes, which make her pale green eyes pop. Her contouring and highlighting is also flawless, and I like the braid—it’s less predictable than an updo. What I’d change: Nothing.

Fan Bingbing

Fan Bingbing, Cannes jury photocall, 2017

Fan Bingbing at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival jury photocall.

Fan Bingbing, Cannes jury photocall, 2017

Close-up of Fan Bingbing at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival jury photocall.

What I like: Fan’s incredibly even skin—not a pore nor a freckle to be found. Apparently she goes through two sheet masks a day and uses an umbrella in the sun… clearly it pays off! The (faux?) bob is adorable, and I like the contrast of her bushy brows with the precise liner and lipstick. What I’d change: Nothing.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman, The Beguiled Cannes premiere, 2017

Nicole Kidman at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘The Beguiled.’

Nicole Kidman, The Beguiled Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Nicole Kidman at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘The Beguiled.’

What I like: Nicole’s loose, low ponytail and berry lipstick. This is the best styling I’ve seen on her in ages! I like that she kept her brows darker, and even though she may be over-injected, her skin is undeniably flawless. What I’d change: Her upper lip is shiny (sweaty?)… must’ve been a hot day!

Charlize Theron

Charlize Theron, Cannes 70th anniversary celebration, 2017

Charlize Theron at the Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary celebration in 2017.

Charlize Theron, Cannes 70th anniversary celebration, 2017

Close-up of Charlize Theron at the Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary celebration in 2017.

What I like: Charlize’s retro waves, which feel a bit more modern at the bobbed length. As usual, her makeup is super-understated, with a soft charcoal on the lids and sheer lip gloss. What I’d change: I wish she wouldn’t play it so safe with these Old Hollywood looks all the time. Also, she’s only 41, so I don’t think her lips and cheeks should look this artificially plumped!

Eva Green

Eva Green, Based on a True Story Cannes premiere, 2017

Eva Green at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Based on a True Story.’

Eva Green, Based on a True Story Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Eva Green at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Based on a True Story.’

What I like: Eva’s matte orange lipstick, which is a welcome change from her favourite reds. Smudgy black shadow and dyed black hair are both high-risk, but somehow, she pulls this off… does being French have something to do with it? What I’d change: I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again—I wish she’d do glossy dark brown hair instead of this harsh, matte black. Also, perhaps more skin prep could improve the texture and add a glow.

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore, Okja Cannes premiere, 2017

Julianne Moore at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Okja.’

Julianne Moore, Okja Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Julianne Moore at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Okja.’

What I like: Julianne’s soft waves and vibrant hair colour, with sparkly diamond earrings to dial up the glam factor. What I’d change: I find the smoky shadow and liner a tad heavy; they kind of close up her eyes. I would also give her more brow definition.

Doutzen Kroes

Doutzen Kroes, L'Oreal 20th anniversary party, 2017

Doutzen Kroes at L’Oréal’s 20th anniversary party in 2017.

Doutzen Kroes, L'Oreal 20th anniversary party, 2017

Close-up of Doutzen Kroes at L’Oréal’s 20th anniversary party in 2017.

What I like: Doutzen’s ’80s beach hair. It’s got so much height at the roots… and I have to wonder if piecey textures are coming back! Her makeup is equally strong, with smoky eyes, brushed-up brows and a medium pink lipstick. What I’d change: She is stunning, but I’ll always prefer “sweeter” looks on Doutzen… this one was my favourite!

Izabel Goulart

Izabel Goulart, The Beguiled Cannes premiere, 2017

Izabel Goulart at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘The Beguiled.’

Izabel Goulart, The Beguiled Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Izabel Goulart at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘The Beguiled.’

What I like: Izabel’s healthy, dewy skin and long lashes (yes, I think the falsies look good here!). What I’d change: She has amazing hair, but I’d definitely brush out these waves for a more uniform texture. Long waves like this tend to look dated.

Daphne Groeneveld

Daphne Groeneveld, L'Oreal 20th anniversary party, 2017

Daphne Groeneveld at L’Oréal’s 20th anniversary party in 2017.

Daphne Groeneveld, L'Oreal 20th anniversary party, 2017

Close-up of Daphne Groeneveld at L’Oréal’s 20th anniversary party in 2017.

What I like: Daphne’s black liner and heavy mascara. I’d rather see this than obvious false lashes; it really plays up her doll-like features. Something about her reminds me of Gigi Hadid… maybe it’s the brows? What I’d change: The half-up hair is kinda stringy, but also says, “I don’t even have to try.” Which is true.

Elsa Hosk

Elsa Hosk, The Beguiled Cannes premiere, 2017

Elsa Hosk at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘The Beguiled.’

Elsa Hosk, The Beguiled Cannes premiere, 2017

Close-up of Elsa Hosk at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘The Beguiled.’

What I like: Elsa’s ’60s throwback eyeliner and pale pink lipstick. Cat eyes are my favourite on her. If you look closely, you can see she did the Bella Hadid thing at the inner corners. What I’d change: I think the waves make this a bit too retro; it feels contrived. There needs to be some element of freshness or casualness to keep it modern—like her simple hair.

Uma Thurman

Uma Thurman, Cannes closing ceremony, 2017

Uma Thurman at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival closing ceremony.

Uma Thurman, Cannes closing ceremony, 2017

Close-up of Uma Thurman at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival closing ceremony.

What I like: Uma’s straight, long bob. I really like this cut on her; it’s so youthful. Her makeup—and, er, facial features?!—have dramatically improved compared to this shocker from 2015. What I’d change: Her skin tone looks ruddy; perhaps she just had some kind of resurfacing procedure.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora, Cannes 70th anniversary celebration, 2017

Rita Ora at the Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary celebration in 2017.

Rita Ora, Cannes 70th anniversary celebration, 2017

Close-up of Rita Ora at the Cannes Film Festival 70th anniversary celebration in 2017.

What I like: Rita’s matte, peachy-rosy lipstick. Her skin looks gorgeous, and her brows have a better texture than usual! They’re not so precise, which I prefer. What I’d change: I’d love to take away half of this. The eyeshadow and lashes are super-heavy, and I much preferred this hair to these über-long extensions.

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams, Wonderstruck Cannes photocall, 2017

Michelle Williams at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Wonderstruck.’

Michelle Williams, Wonderstruck Cannes photocall, 2017

Close-up of Michelle Williams at the 2017 Cannes premiere of ‘Wonderstruck.’

What I like: Michelle’s super-bare makeup and cute pixie. What I’d change: I feel like this new platinum shade (it’s even lighter than what she had at the Oscars) washes her out. Some more cheek and lip colour wouldn’t hurt either.

Who had your favourite (and least favourite) beauty look at this film festival?

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