New kids on the beauty block

Last updated 05:00 29/05/2013
New kids on the beauty block
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AHNA O'REILLY: She kept things simple during the day with a '60s inspired high pony, before playing up her auburn hair with a gold-plated headband in the evening.

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Aside from the wonderful job it does at luring us back into the cinema, the Cannes Film Festival also remains the ultimate launch pad for upcoming actresses and models. Here, we premiere three of the festival's leading ladies.

Ahna O'Reilly 

Starring in: As I Lay Dying.

The Rundown: The 28-year-old American is best known for her role in succeeding at staying pals with her ex and As I Lay Dying co-star, James Franco, but it's her ever-changing locks that really have us hooked.

The definition of a style chameleon, O'Reilly kept things simple and sweet during the day with a '60s inspired high pony and winged liner, before playing up her auburn hair with a gold-plated headband, Heidi-style plait and wine-red lippie for an ethereal look in the evening.

You'll need: A red lipgloss that you can layer over the lippie to give the colour serious staying power.

Adele Exarchopoulos 

Starring in: Winner of the Palme d'Or, the Cannes Film Festival's top honour, Blue Is the Warmest Color: The Life of Adele.

The rundown: Representing team France is 19-year-old brunette Adele Exarchopoulos. Perhaps she's been taking notes from her co-star Lea Seydux, but Exarchopoulos topped our beauty chart this week for her refreshingly age-appropriate hair and makeup combos. Staying true to her French roots, Exarchopoulos paired her all-white gown with sea-salt-styled waves and smudged black liner for laid-back contrast. Someone pass the champagne.

You'll need: A waxy kohl liner for come-hither eyes and a quintessentially French Burgundy nail lacquer.

Bianca Balti 

Starring in: After dabbling in acting in 2008, Balti returned to what she knows best: the runway. She's also the face of Dolce & Gabbana.

The rundown: Admittedly, the Italian bombshell has been on our radar for a while now but we believe Balti deserves a spot in today's edit for her unwavering commitment to glamour. The abundance of natural sunlight on the outdoor red carpet means there's little room for makeup errors, so finding a sheer but subtly matte foundation that buffs right into the skin is key. Next on the list is a creamy (read: shimmer-free) lilac-pink-based lipstick that you can use on the cheeks and lips. 

You'll need: A high-energy smile and the ability to apply perfectly even liquid liner. 

Another money-can't-buy-tip: Unlike a straight-up nude lipstick, a hint of purple helps to downplay any unwanted redness around the eyes and cheeks, without leaving the skin looking washed out.

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