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Cannes 2021 best-dressed: favourite fashion moments from the festival

Film and fashion fans have celebrated the return of the Cannes Film Festival this year, after its cancellation in 2020. Walking the red carpet at the 74th Cannes Film Festival were a who’s-who of Hollywood and European movie stars, alongside models, musicians and fashion icons. 

No doubt relishing in the opportunity to glam up, the guests haven’t disappointed with their Cannes 2021 fashion looks. From shimmering and ethereal gowns to THAT gold necklace on Bella Hadid, we round up our favourite looks from the Cannes 2021 red carpet.

GLITZ AND GLAM

From left: Soko, Mahlagha Jaberi and Denise Tantucci

French singer Soko dazzled in a cut-out Gucci dress with iridescent embellishments, while Iranian model Mahlagha Jaberi stunned in a shimmering floral gown. Also opting for a glitzy look, Italian actress Denise Tantucci wore a flowing Gucci gown with elegant cape sleeves and open back.

A GOOD DAY FOR A WHITE SHIRT

Crisp white shirts with bold collars were a big trend on the Cannes 2021 red carpet. Both wearing Chanel, Tilda Swinton rocked a sharp-collared shirt, while actress Vicky Krieps opted for a more feminine collar, paired with blue wool pants. Also rocking the trend, French actress Melanie Thierry wore a chic layered Valentino white shirt and Chopard jewels.

SHOWSTOPPERS

Big, bold gowns were a mainstay on the Cannes red carpet, our favourites being German influencer Leonie Hanne’s breathtaking Nicole + Felicia Couture ballgown and actress Jodie Turner-Smith’s custom white and yellow Gucci dress.

BELLA HADID DELIVERS THE DRAMA

Bella Hadid tops our list of the best-dressed at Cannes 2021 with two striking outfits. The first, a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier gown (worn by Naomi Campbell when it debuted on the runway in 2002) and of course, the head-turning Schiaparelli Haute Couture dress with gold and rhinestone ‘lung’ necklace.

TAILORED SUITS

There’s nothing we love more than a well-tailored suit and there are two looks from Cannes we can’t get enough of. Walking the red carpet with her mother, French model and actress Jane Birkin, Charlotte Gainsbourg rocked a Saint Laurent blazer and vest to deliver the perfect dose of effortless edge. The always-dapper Timothee Chalamet lit up the red carpet in a silver Tom Ford suit at the premiere of Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch.

CHIC IN CHANEL

Chanel was another popular choice on the Cannes red carpet, with a number of looks exemplifying understated elegance. Bergman Island actress Vicky Krieps donned a feminine 2-piece look, featuring embroidered flowers and fuschia pink lace, while French singer and actress Angèle wore an embroidered black georgette dress from the Spring-Summer 2021 Haute Couture collection. Chanel Ambassador Marion Cotillard wore a printed denim Chanel jacket with matching skirt and 18 karat white gold and diamond earrings.

How to Find the Perfect Red Lip Colour

When it comes to lip colour, red is a classic. It doesn’t matter what the occasion might be or what the season is, a classic shade of red is a surefire way to boost your confidence and perfect your beauty look. We caught up with the original make-up maestro herself, Bobbi Brown, and asked her how to find the perfect red lip colour.

“Red lipstick is a staple,” Brown says. “Despite what you may think, the red lip look is easy to achieve and very wearable.” Brown says it’s important not to be put off the bold shade. “Think about your style and the statement you want to make with red lipstick. In other words, find a red lipstick shade that you’re comfortable wearing.”

Brown says in order to choose the most flattering red lipstick, it’s important to use the natural colour of your lips as a guide when choosing a lipstick shade. “If your lips have more of a bluish tint then I suggest using a deeper red like and if your lips have an orange tint then I recommend choosing a brighter red like.” But if you really want to know how to find the perfect red lip colour, Brown says head to you’ve favourite beauty counter sans make-up. “When choosing a red lipstick pick the one that looks good on your face when you are wearing absolutely no makeup. This is the magic colour that will make your skin, hair and eyes look their best.”

Left to right: Tom Ford Lip Color in Cherry Lush; Bobbi Brown Luxe Lip Color in Imperial Red; Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Hi-Lustre Light Sculpting Lipstick in Drop Dead Red; Clinique Pop Matte Lip Colour + Primer in Ruby Pop; LANCÔME L’Absolu Rouge Drama Lip Ink in Rouge Drama; Rouge HERMÈS Rouge Matte Lipstick in Rouge Exotique 

Once you’ve figured out how to find the perfect red lip colour, here are all the tips you need to know to wear it.

• If your outfit features red, make sure it’s the same shade as your lipstick, otherwise, it will clash.

• Dab lipstick on your lips using your fingertips for a muted, softer and understated look.

• Remember: a make-up victim is as bad as a fashion victim. If you don’t feel comfortable in red lipstick, don’t wear it.

• To avoid red teeth after you have applied your lipstick, purse your lips and put your index finger in your mouth, pulling it out as you would a lollipop. Any lipstick that is on the inside of your mouth will be removed.

• Wearing red lipstick requires regular touch-ups. Keep your lipstick and a mirror in your handbag and re-apply as needed.

• During the day, keep red lips the focus of your make-up with neutral eyes and cheeks. At night, smoky eyes will add to the glamour of your red lipstick.

• For definition, outline your lips with a lip liner in the same shade as your lipstick. This will also prevent your lipstick bleeding.

When we’re not wearing red, here are the 11 lip colours we’ll be wearing this season.