The 2012 Cannes Film Festival closed last night, with the Palm d’Or awarded to the French film Amour (or in English, Love), starring Jean-Louis Trintignant, Emmanuelle Riva, and Isabelle Hupert. We’re bestowing our own Palm d’Or for “Best Eye Makeup at Cannes.” And the winner is the stunning Freida Pinto, whose makeup was an amazing body of work whether she was dressed ever-so-casually for a midday outdoor photo call for her new film Desert Dancer or clad in bright-hued designer frocks for the premieres of the other films nominated for the highest prize like Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom (starring Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Harvey Keitel, and the sublime Tilda Swinton) and another French film, De Rouille et D’Os (Rust and Bone), or dressed to the hilt in a spectacular Versace gown for the festival’s opening night dinner. Freida was our pick for the Queen of Cannes, and that’s something when you consider we sifted through about 1,400 images!
We’ll start with her most casual look and work toward the more complex.
Then, we’ll address the No. 1 trend at Cannes – bright lips! Certainly there were some lovely smoky eye looks (we’ll cover those next week), but we saw many more boldly color mouths, ranging from bright pink to deep berry, from patent-leather red to shocking matte orange.
And for our first aside (because this wouldn’t be a ColorOn blog post without at least ONE), is it just us, or did there seem to be an exponential growth in the number of runway models attending Cannes? Now, we know models are to Cannes as groupies are to rock concerts, but there just seemed to be more models that actresses this year, in addition to the usual collection of arm candy, “muses,” and insanely underclothed attention seekers with no discernible reason to be there other than the massive collection of paparazzi (we’re looking at you, Phoebe Price. Where DO you get the money for your fame campaign?)
But let’s move on to Miss Freida, if you please.
In studying all of beautiful women at Cannes and making this choice, we have to admit such a girl crush on Freida Pinto. Her individual features are absolutely gorgeous, her skin flawless, her eyebrows perfect – even her hairline is enviable! In addition, whether it’s just a testament to her acting skills or the veritable truth, she comes across as genuinely warm and unaffected, and still starstruck in the presence of her peers.
Here’s Freida at the photo call for her next film, Desert Dancer, which will begin shooting later this summer in Turkey and Jordan. Wearing a casual two-piece halter and skirt by Salvatore Ferragamo, her makeup artist chose simple monochrome eyeshadow, black kohl on the inner rims of her upper and lower lids, curled lashes, and black mascara keep her look clean and daytime-appropriate, even in the brightest sunlight. A swirl of petal-colored blush on the apples of her cheeks and a swipe of the same color gloss on her lips, and she’s radiant. A simple high ponytail completed the look; nothing too controlled or slick.
The next images we saw of Freida were at the screening for Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, and she was wearing a sweetheart-cut pink Michael Angel gown with a multi-colored, sequin-embellished bodice.
Her makeup artist chose to pick up the amethyst hues around her eyes by using a cool, shimmery purple shadow on this L’Oreal spokeswoman, bringing it all the way around the eye and just slightly above the crease and onto the browbone. Again, black kohl on the inner rims of the upper and lower lids, curled lashes, and lots of black mascara maker her light brown eyes the focal point. A neutral matte bronzer and a nude gloss complete the look without taking any attention from her unusual eyes.
You can get a similar effect using with ColorOn’s Fairy Pink from the Dreams Variety Kit, a sexy smoky combination of dusky pink, smoked amethyst, and deep merlot.
At the premiere of Rust and Bone, Freida wore a neon chartreuse Atelier Versace stretch lace gown with an asymmetrical peplum around the left hip and a thigh-high slit. It was an unusual choice – which we thought looked amazing against her skin tone and dark hair – that was both covered and revealing at the same time.
With her hair in a half-updo, shimmering coffee-toned shadows on the lids and brow bone created a beautiful smoky eye that harmonized rather than fought with such a dominant color choice. A thin line of shimmery black liner along the upper lash line added a bit of drama along with her usual black kohl and mascara. For a little pop of color, her makeup artist added a sheer bright pink gloss – nothing too opaque or saturated.
You can recreate the same eye look using ColorOn’s Gypsy from the Eye Envy Precious Metals Variety Kit, and dipping a thin eyeliner brush into our Smooth Black Shimmer loose mineral pigment (you can use it with a wet or dry brush depending on the intensity you like), draw a line along the upper lash line from the inner corner to the outer, flicking up at the tail end. For those of you who prefer to use pencils (black liquid liner would be too harsh), look for one with a bit of shimmer in the black.
Finally, we have Freida’s most formal look, from the opening night dinner. From all the accounts we read, this was a very unusually sophisticated “moody” look for her. The sheer black, strategically sequined dress – another of Donatella Versace’s creations – featured a high neckline and long sleeves, but was slit high on the thigh, with a bodice showcased some skin via sheer insets and peek-a-boo sequin placement.
Freida’s makeup artist gave her a shimmery silvered mocha smoky eye and a hot pink lip for major impact. To get the same look, start again with ColorOn’s Gypsy from the Eye Envy Precious Metals Variety Kit. Then take a small domed eye shadow brush (something bigger than an eyeliner brush but smaller than a flat shadow brush – you’ll want some precision but also to deposit more color than a small stripe), and apply our Smooth Patina Silver Shimmer loose mineral pigment, a medium-gray shimmer, all the way around the eye from the inner corner across the upper lids and under the entire lower lash line, meeting at the outer corner and flicking upward toward the temple. Add Freida’s signature black kohl to the upper and lower inner rims, and plenty of black mascara.
With this much shimmer happening on the eyes, any cheek and lip color should be devoid of even a hint of shimmer or glitter. If your skin is not as perfect as Freida’s or such a lovely color (which would be 99% of us!), a tinted moisturizer or a touch of matte bronzer will give you a bit of perfecting without obvious color. Save that for your lips! Freida’s makeup artist chose a bright hot pink satin cream for her lips that has enough gloss to it that her natural lip color shows through and deepens it a bit.
It reminds us of our two favorite lipsticks: Nars Schiap (which you could choose if you prefer a semi-matte look; we waxed ecstatic about this at length in the last blog post), and Revlon’s ColorBurst Lip Butter in Lollipop (which has the same finish as Freida’s lippie).
And what a great segue into the whole issue of brightly colored lips.
Freida was not the only woman at Cannes to sport a bright pink lip; may we present Elena Lenina, “Russian reality television star”?
And should you think her makeup a bit over-the-top, you should have seen the entire outfit and her hairstyle; we’d describe it as a hooded purple satin bathrobe worn by a grown-up Cindy-Lou Who in the adult film version of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.
We had plenty of red lips, crimson on crimson on actress Kristin Stewart, and model Natasha Poly.
We had blue-based red on Liya Kebede. ans a slightly metallic version on Bianca Balti.
Then we had deep wine red on actress Jennifer Connelly and singer Jessie J.
At the other end of the spectrum, we had bright matte orange lips on Fan Bingbing.
Finally, today is Memorial Day, and we want to acknowledge the meaning of this holiday.
It may be seen as the unofficial start of summer, and the first weekend many people unearth the barbeque grill, but the real reason we have this three-day weekend is to honor the men and women in the United States Armed Forces who gave their lives in service. Whatever your politics, whatever your beliefs, today please remember to take a moment and remember the fallen.