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Cannes Film Festival: the 15 best beauty looks of all time

These are the hair and makeup looks that live in our mind rent free...

Lily-Rose Depp, Deepika Padukone and Elizabeth Taylor at Cannes Film Festival
Orin Carlin
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Every year, the most revered names in cinema gather in the south of France for Cannes Film festival, an illustrious near fortnight of premieres, galas and more lavish outfits that you can shake a stick at. La Croisette is set to welcome another stylish crop of film stars very shortly, but in the meantime, we've taken a closer look at some of the most striking hair and makeup moments from the festival's red carpet history, from Margot Robbie's baby braids and Jane Birkin's French girl bangs to Princess Diana's blue eyeliner and Coco Rocha's elaborate updo. 

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Hello! Fashion shares the best Cannes Film Festival beauty looks of all time: 

Bella Hadid  - 2022

Bella Hadid with tight winged eyeliner © Getty

Supermodel Bella Hadid took TikTok's much adored Siren Eyes trend out for a spin last year at Cannes, and we're still thinking about it.

 Sophia Loren - 1955

Sophia Loren wearing a strapless corset dress with a decadent necklace © Getty

Sophia Loren epitomised screen star glamour in 1955 with her trademark angular arches, defined eyes and a bold lip.

Coco Rocha - 2021

Coco Rocha with red smoky eyeshadow and elaborate braided hair © Getty

Model Coco Rocha blew us away in 2021 with rich, burnt red smoky eyes and an avant-garde braided updo. 

Margot Robbie - 2019

Margot Robbie with baby braids and understated makeup© Getty

Margot Robbie debuted a super low-key version of baby braids in 2019 alongside a dash of mascara and a rose pink lip.

Princess Diana - 1987

Princess Diana with blue eyeliner and a pale blue dress© Getty

Princess Diana looked resplendent in 1987 in a pale blue Catherine Walker gown which she paired with her trademark blue waterlines.

Deepika Padukone - 2019

Deepika Padukone with dramatic black eyeliner © Getty

Actress Deepika Padukone brought major drama to the Cannes red carpet in 2019, rocking a heavily defined lower lash line, straight brows and a high pony. Black Swan gals Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman would very much approve.

Grace Kelly - 1955

Grace Kelly in a fluffy stole at a party during the Cannes Film Festival © Getty

Grace Kelly looked characteristically elegant in 1955 with her blonde locks slicked back away from her face and a pared back makeup look that allowed her natural beauty to take centre stage.

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Elizabeth Taylor - 1957

American actress Elizabeth Taylor with her husband, producer Mike Todd at the Cannes Film Festival© Getty

Elizabeth Taylor exuded regality in 1957 with strong dark arches, radiant skin and her unique double row eyelashes. She wore her hair up with curls adorning her forehead, styled alongside her beloved antique diamond tiara, a gift from her husband Mike Todd.

Jane Birkin - 1974

Jane Birkin holding a basket with Serge Gainsbourg at a Cannes Film Festival party © Getty

Jane Birkin embodied French girl chic in 1974 with soft bangs and a slick of eyeliner. Side note: her trademark wicker basket will go down in accessory history. 

Madonna - 1991

Madonna wearing crimson lipstick and drop down earrings © Getty

Pre-big reveal (Google immediately if you're unfamiliar), Madonna oozed vintage glamour with creamy skin, black eyeliner and a crimson lip.

Léa Seydoux - 2018

Léa Seydoux with a red lip and a blonde bob © Getty

Léa Seydoux looked achingly chic in 2018 with a crisp red lip and a bombshell bob.

Lily-Rose Depp - 2017

Lily-Rose Depp with tight eyeliner, a pale pink lip and loose curls © Getty

Lily-Rose Depp radiated Cannes-level glam in 2017 with soft bouncy curls, richly defined eyes and a pale pink lip.

Jodie Turner-Smith - 2021

Jodie Turner-Smith with a dark smoky eye and a high bun © Getty

Jodie Turner-Smith rocked oil slick eyeshadow and a seriously high drama bun in 2021.

Anne Hathaway - 2022

Anne Hathaway with her hair loose wearing a large sapphire necklace © Getty

Anne Hathaway went super understated in 2022, and yet still made a major impact with her glossy locks, champagne coloured shadow and neutral lip.

Gemma Chan - 2021

Gemma Chan with a red lip and gem studs under her eyes © Getty

Gemma Chan went for maximum drama in 2021 with long, fluttery lashes and gems carefully positioned under her lower lash lines.

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