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DRESSED TO NOT STRESS
So the first thing you think when you find out you’re going to Cannes is, “What on earth am I going to wear?” My answer: Stick with stuff you know you like and don’t try to outdo people getting paid zillions of dollars to look like this. My solution: Rent the Runway for gowns and accessories (the shoes and clutch are my own). Then rely on non-fussy old faves for the other events (sample-sale Roksanda dress and Loeffler Randall shoes for celeb interviews, Henry & Belle jeans, a Lou & Grey top and more of my fave flats for a salon visit).
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THERE'S A REASON THEY CALL IT 'FIRST CLASS'
Why do the Karlie Klosses of the world always arrive off a cross-continental flight looking fresh-faced and well rested? Probably because they get handed fancy PJs and a whole toiletry kit stocked with goodies (socks, y’all) the minute they sit in their plush, fully reclining seats.
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FINE, PARISIANS DO BEAUTY BETTER THAN THE REST OF US
Nothing annoyed me more than those “why the French are better” articles I feel like I read once a month in women’s interest publications. That all changed when I visited the Dessange flagship salon in Paris – they’re the official hair sponsor of Cannes, so it was only appropriate. There, they analyzed my locks in the “hair spa,” then treated my hair with a custom mix of minerals and masques and gave me the best blowout of my life (see: the first slide). It’s worth the trip to Target to get all the fab cool-girl French hair products the brand just brought over to the U.S.
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SERIOUSLY, THEIR HAIR IS JUST THAT GOOD
Meet Alice Taglioni, Dessange’s global ambassador. You’re about to hear a lot from her, and not just because this is what she looks like before she gets ready for the red carpet. She embodies the brand’s theory of “coiffe décoiffe” (done, but undone) – and says she loves that they embrace her own personal philosophy: “Less is more. It’s really French.”
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INTERNATIONAL SUPERMODELS GIVE THE BEST SKINCARE TIPS
I spoke to Liya Kebede (who was wearing her own LemLem jumpsuit) and had a hard time making conversation because I couldn’t get over how beautiful her skin is. “I think any American person who comes to Paris robs all the pharmacies,” she says. A particular favorite: “Homeoplasmine – it’s so simple but you put it everywhere and it really works.”
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IT'S ALL ABOUT THE INSTA
Do you know how many chairs I had to stand on and photos I had to take to get this exact shot? Me either, because I can’t count that high. But I had to share the hero products of my look: My golden-girl accessories (including a Charlotte Max clutch and Louboutin heels) and the beauty products I needed (including my new-fave Illuminating Elixir) from Target’s Dessange collection in the U.S.
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BEAUTY SQUADS ARE REAL
You know how travels in an amazing group of girls all the time? That’s what it’s like being around Team L’Oréal. At any moment you could look over and see Liya Kebede, Naomi Watts, Ines de la Fressange and Julianne Moore. And yes, they’re even prettier in person.
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THERE IS NO END TO WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH LIPSTICK
At the L’Oréal Paris suite at the Hotel Martinez, the view is good but the perks are better. Like checking out this Chopard-sponsored, ruby-studded tube of lipstick, or picking out a tube of your own to get personalized with your own name.
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YOU CEASE TO REMEMBER HOW TO HUMBLEBRAG...
…and just start regular bragging all the time. Yes, that’s a tube of Coco Rico engraved with my name and dipped in silver glitter, plus a couple only-in-Europe shades to try for myself. I may never use a regular lipstick again.
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THOSE FAMOUS STAIRS ARE AS CHALLENGING IN HEELS AS THEY LOOK
Especially when you’re taking them two at a time to snap a photo of Naomi Watts at the Mad Max: Fury Road premiere to try to get a shot for the People Instagram. (Nailed it!)
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THE RED CARPET FUN DOESN'T STOP INSIDE THE THEATER
The waiting crowds get to witness every star-studded arrival (and inadvertent undie flash) as the celebs arrive – thus giving us plenty of time to scope out Charlize Theron’s butt-grab of Sean Penn on a huge silver screen.