The Best Of Cannes Red Carpet Beauty

Stars that impressed us with their red carpet beauty looks at Cannes were the likes of Jessica Biel, Kirsten Dunst, Cheryl Cole and, of course, the adorable Carey Mulligan. Plenty others deserve an honourable mention, including Jennifer Lawrence and Emma Watson who always manage to get it right when it comes to make-up. All that gorgeousness got us rifling through our make-up stash trying to figure out how we can recreate elements of our favourite celebrity Cannes looks, and we think we’ve got it covered!

First up is Gatsby’s leading lady, Carey Mulligan, who was just as beautiful on the red carpet as she is in the film. We particularly loved the bold, red lip she wore to the premiere of The Great Gatsby in Cannes, and we’ve managed to track down the exact products her make-up artist used to create the look.


Nars lip pencil in ‘Jungle Red’ (£16.50) was applied all over her lips, acting as an adhesive base for the lipstick, also in ‘Jungle Red’ (£18.50), that was applied afterwards. A top tip when wearing a bold, matte lip colour like Carey’s is to apply a coat of the lipstick over a lip pencil, as described, and then take a tissue and press it between the lips, blotting away any excess product. This creates a stain, meaning less touch ups will be required. Finally, add another coat of lipstick to ensure the finish is even and opaque.


Kirsten Dunst’s make-up was gorgeous, and it was her choice of blusher that particularly caught our eye. She went for a bronze-toned peachy shade that surprisingly complimented her pale complexion beautifully. Her cheeks has a lovely, subtle glow which we suspect might be down to MAC’s ‘Margin’ blush (£17.50), which is very similar in tone to the one Kirsten wore and gives a shimmery sheen to the cheeks.


Jessica Biel went for a toned-down nude lip which made her natural, pale skin appear even more striking. Again, we suspect her make-up artist may have reached for a few MAC products when creating this look. To get Jessica’s pale nude lips, we suggest applying MAC’s ‘Subculture’ lip pencil (£11.50) all over the lips, before following with a slick of MAC lipstick in ‘Shy Girl’ (£14). ‘Shy Girl’ is one of MAC’s cremesheen finish lipsticks, which means it’s moisturising but still packs a punch when it comes to adding colour to the lips.


Cheryl sported her usual bronzed look with some serious added contouring. Her make-up artist chose a more orange-toned bronzer, as she’s not naturally very pale and her skin tone can carry more warmth. Her skin still looks very natural and isn’t too powdery, so we suspect this might be a result of the infamous Chanel cream bronzer, ‘Solieil Tan de Chanel’ (£31). Blend it into the hollows of the cheekbones, the temples and the jawline for a defined, sculpted look like Cheryl’s.

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