19 iconic Cannes beauty moments.
For more than half a century, cinephiles and silver-screen darlings have flocked to the Cannes Film Festival, which debuts the year’s biggest and most boundary pushing films. Wardrobe choices have run the gamut throughout the event’s 69 years who can forget the epicene effect of Aymeline Valade’s Pallas tuxedo, worn at the premiere of 2014’s Saint Laurent biopic with a freshly platinum dye job? while hair and makeup have trod a similarly versatile line between glamour and ease.
Perhaps it was Elizabeth Taylor, with her glittering diamond tiara, who started the festival’s tradition of decorative hair accessories in 1957 followed by Catherine Deneuve’s white headband and Sophia Loren’s slim-brimmed hat. In 1974, Jane Birkin brought a distinctively French insouciance to the red carpet with natural makeup and air dried hair that felt like a sign of the times a tactic her daughter Charlotte Gainsbourg embraced more than 30 years later with a fresh complexion heightened by a tangle of waves and a subversively chic leather jacket and jeans.
In makeup, Brigitte Bardot’s artful flick of black liner paved the way for a number of sultry eye moments from Penélope Cruz’s kohl-rimmed gaze to Palme d’Or prizewinner Léa Seydoux’s smoky gray shadow. That’s not to say that minimalism hasn’t made a memorable impact: A late-’90s Kate Moss needed only a swipe of red lipstick (and Johnny Depp on her arm) to look photo-ready, and Lupita Nyong’o amped up just one spectacular asset: her supernatural skin. Still, the element of surprise can’t be overrated just ask Kristen Stewart, whose newly platinum crop and daring makeup have been an electrifying presence at this year’s festival.
From Ingrid Bergman’s polished waves to Angelina Jolie Pitt’s pregnancy glow, above are 19 iconic beauty moments worth remembering from the red carpets of Cannes.