twins generated nearly as much publicity as her latest
film "Kung Fu Panda".
The premier of Harrison Ford's long awaited "Indiana
Jones and the Crystal Skull" was something of an event
in its own right. On the night, the red carpet was
lined with a sea of Fedora wearing fans, eagerly welcoming
their hero, who arrived minus his trademark hat and
whip. After 19 years, he has reunited with director
Steven Spielberg and writer George Lucas to portray
the all action character.
Right: Just the four of us Brangelina and 'the
Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart at the premier.
Bar Rafaeli made an entrance on opening night, in
a custom made Alberta Ferretti gown encrusted with
Cannes event is definitely a time to make the most
of the opportunity to see what's hot in hair and
fashion. The looks of the stars soon become the
trends of the future.
set the scene
La Croisette is a wonderful boulevard in Cannes that
gets its name from a small cross that used to stand
east of the bay. In the heart of town, La Croisette
hugs the seashore and its beaches for several kilometres.
To one side there's the Mediterranean, on the other,
there are palm trees, elegant belle epoque hotels
and fashionable boutiques. It is an ideal place to
people-watch, especially during the Film Festival.
Secrets of the stars
For the 11th consecutive year L'Oréal Paris is the
official make-up sponsor for the Cannes International
Film Festival. The brand's make-up artists make stars,
jury members, and guest celebrities look their best
as they ascend the famous red-carpeted stairs. Here's
a look backstage …
Penelope Cruz surrounded by a sea of camera
lens' promoting her new film, "Vicky Cristina
Cannes, 8 am: the L'Oréal Paris team, is already on
the phone, busy organizing the day's schedule. What's
the program for today on the Croisette? What celebrities
will be there? Who's doing make-up for which stars?
When? At which hotel?
A jumble of information to be sorted out and organized
as efficiently as possible, all the while bearing
in mind the actresses' special requests and various
other vital details. Not to mention the unexpected
but inevitable last minute changes that have to be
"scheduled" even before they happen: program adjustments,
different hair styles, different dresses. The day
is a succession of appointments in the best Cannes
hotels, and everyone has to be bang on time. It's
always a race against time during the Festival, the
make-up team usually have very little time and they
have to know which product to use practically without
thinking. These top-drawer make-up artists are well-versed
in the tricks of the trade and since they work with
film stars all year round and often know them already
their tasks at the Festival are considerably easier.
Left: Eva Longoria Parker attending the premiers.
Eva is an Ambassador for L' Oréal.
For the past 11 years, twenty make-up professionals,
known as the L'Oréal Paris "Dream Team", have come
together, for 12 crazy days of rushing from one big
star to the next. Day in and day out they apply make-up
and make adjustments.
The make-up depends on the actress' facial structure
and the look she wants. The team try to find out what
they'll be wearing, what they like and what their
plans for the day and evening are. Actresses always
need reassuring, and it's part of the team's job to
make them feel at ease.
Make up and Cinema
The Festival's most famous ritual, the ascension up
the red-carpeted stairs, attracts TV cameras and photographers
from all over the world. When preparing actresses
for the all-important photo opportunity, make-up artists
have to be very careful about the colours they choose
because of the all-encompassing red background. As
well, daytime make-up for outdoor photos needs to
be lighter so it won't be spoiled by sun and heat.
Right: Mischa Barton arriving at the after party of
the film "How to Lose Friends & Alienate People".
Gwyneth Paltrow and Vinessa Shaw at the photocall
of the film "Two Lovers".
Left: Model Petra Nemcova in a barely there gown,
on her way to see "A Christmas Tale".
Clint Eastwood and Angelina Jolie at the photocall
of the film "Changeling".
Cate Blanchett with producer George Lucas at
the premier of Indiana Jones.
actress Elsa Pataki and Oscar
winner Adrien Brody.
Ford leads his band of co-stars down the red carpet
after the show on Sunday.
From left: Melody Hoffman, George Lucas, Harrison
Ford, Calista Flockhart,
Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, Karen Allen and Shia
Goldie Hawn lit up the evening with her pure white gown
and familiar wide smile.