While the glitterati might be wearing their black-tie best in Cannes — from Balenciaga jumpsuits to sweeping Dior dresses — we musn't forget that this is basically a beach town with hot winds and humid weather. In fact, many of the hair and makeup looks from the red carpet went the fresh-faced, frizz-fighting route (even though their dresses were often floor-length and fully beaded).
While our weekends might not be filled with paparazzi, private yachts, and custom Givenchy Spanx, we can still take a cue from the easy looks of these well-heeled ladies for our own humid barbecue bonanzas. Marion Cotillard wore an easy top knot and pink-stained lips at The Immigrant photo call, Milla Jovovich opted for a headband braid and a muted, nude lip. Janet Jackson, who is looking the best we've seen her since her "Rhythm Nation" video, went with glowy skin and in-control curls (perfect for when hudmity levels reach near triple digit numbers).
It's possible Cotillard snuck in a cherry Popsicle snack pre-red-carpet, but more realistically, she just swiped Dior's subtly shiny Rouge Serum in Carmine Crystal over her mouth. And to acheive her slicked-back top knot, add in a dollop of Philip Kingsley's Minimizer cream to hydrate and smooth hair after after a pool or beach session.
We can't give you Ms. Jackson's jumbo-size diamond necklace, but we can help get you closer to having her frizz-tamed head of curls and incredible skin. For luminous and glowy cheeks, apply Tom Ford's Illuminating Cheek Color, which seamlessly blends into all skintones. In damp hair, work through a couple of pumps of L'Oreal's Smooth Intense Frizz Taming Serum. Then either let your hair down or keep it loosely gathered at the nape of the neck.
One way to keep hair under control when humidity levels soar above 50 percent — or when playing a ruckus round of lawn bowling — is to whip them up into a crown braid. Don't worry if it doesn't look perfect; that's the charm of this style. If your hair is on the thiner side, or needs a bit of texture-y grip, add in a few sprays of Wella's Ocean Spritz.