Dior Makeup Artist on Embracing "Essence of the Frenchwoman" on Red Carpet

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Make-up guru Sabrina Bedrani chatted with THR about her tips, tricks, her dream client and her favorite glam look from the festival.

As an ambassador and celebrity makeup artist for Dior, Sabrina Bedrani knows how to bring the A-list glam to the red carpet. THR caught up with the makeup guru, who has recently worked with such stars as Charlize Theron, Isla Fisher and Michelle Williams, to talk tips, tricks and her dream client to paint for a Palais premiere.

What's your strategy for creating memorable looks for one of the world's most photographed red carpets?

The key for me is to embrace the essence of the Frenchwoman. They approach beauty in a different way — they are so chic and elegant, but there's always an element of effortlessness. It's about enhancing someone's features rather than trying to make a "makeup" statement.

What's something one should never do with makeup for a premiere?

It depends on who your client is — some women can get away with more than others. As a general rule, I would stay away from too much makeup, foundation especially, as most women on the carpet tend to look more fresh and glowy. A staple I use in my kit is the Dior Forever Glow Foundation. 

Do you have a favorite Cannes look you've done?

One of my favorites is Léa Seydoux for last year's closing night. She was wearing a very sparkly silver Louis Vuitton dress, so I decided to bring out her eyes and gave her a pop of color on her lips to brighten her whole look.

Whose makeup would you most like to do for a Cannes premiere?

I've been lucky enough to have worked with amazing, beautiful women in Cannes, from Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Léa Seydoux to Bella Hadid — all of whom made my job so much easier because of their great sense of style. If I had to pick one, I would say Jennifer Lawrence. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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This story first appeared in The Hollywood Reporter's May 19 daily issue at the Cannes Film Festival.