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How to Copy Rachel McAdams' Cannes Film Festival Makeup Look

Posted 05/16/11 at 03:03PM by Audrey Fine

The summer I was 15 my family did a house exchange. We swapped our home in the Hamptons for one in Nice, France and it was awesome. We spent a ton of time on the Cote D'Azur, visiting Monaco, Juan les Pins and, sigh, Cannes.

Cannes was heaven to me. Beautiful scenery, beautiful people, just nothing but beauty abounding everywhere there. I'm sad to say that I've never been back, but every year when the Cannes Film Festival happens I get a vicarious thrill at seeing both the stars on the red carpet and the location.

So far this year, Rachel McAdams' look at the photo call for her new Woody Allen movie, "Midnight in Paris," has been my favorite of the festival. She fits right in at Cannes -- beauty all the way.

Here's how, according to her makeup artist Kayleen McAdams (yes, they're sisters), she got the look:

The inspiration was to play up the "youthful and fun" Maxine Simoens dress with a "bright fun lip."

Step 1: "I used Cle de Peau Silky Cream Foundation, $120, (or, try CoverGirl NatureLuxe Silk Foundation, $10) all over as a base and Amazing Cosmetics Concealer, $28, in a few areas to help create a flawless complexion. And I finished the face with MAC Blot Powder/Pressed, $23, for a matte effect."

Step 2: "On her brows I used Anastasia Brow Powder Duo, $22."

Step 3: "On Rachel's eyes I used NARS Duo Eyeshadow in silk road, $33, a duo of beautiful pink and rose gold shades. Mascara was CoverGirl LashBlast Fusion in very black, $8, to make her eyes pop."

Step 4: "I used NARS Blush in Mata Hari, $30, for a bright pink, rosy cheek."

Step 5: "Finally, we wanted the lip to be the focus of the look so we chose Stila Convertible Color in Fuchsia, $24, a fun, bright pink lip stain." (Try CoverGirl LipPerfection, in Eternal, $6)

And, there you have it. Beautiful, right? (And how fun to have your very own sister do your makeup so well!)

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1-6 of 7 Comments

  • Posted by GigiSD on 06/02/13 at 09:09pm

    I love to read what products are used. She is so lovely!

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  • Posted by EricaC123 on 04/13/13 at 03:22pm


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  • Posted by taryn.romero on 10/06/11 at 11:43am

    This look is great. I think I could actually pull this one off.

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 05/17/11 at 08:08pm

    This is really a great look. I love it when we can find out what a makeup artist ACTUALLY used on someone. I also like that they list drugstore brand alternatives... but why are they ALL CoverGirl?

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  • Posted by kenya on 05/17/11 at 02:32pm

    i love her look! it looks very natural and complements the blonde and white surrounding her face.

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  • Posted by jenn8779 on 05/17/11 at 08:38am

    Wait, I spoke too soon...I CAN afford the Cover Girl mascara but that's the only one I can afford.

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