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Cannes 2019: the best hair inspiration from the red carpet

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From Elle Fanning’s sweetly floral-studded look to Margot Robbie’s beachy plaits, these are the best hair looks from the film festival.

The Cannes Film Festival is considered one of the most glamorous events on the film calendar and with good reason.

Only in Cannes do the biggest Hollywood stars walk the festival’s sprawling red carpet under the honeyed Riviera sun. All of these things make for gorgeous red carpet imagery, but – more importantly – plenty of beauty inspiration, too. We might not be able to afford to recreate Elle Fanning’s couture gowns or Julianne Moore’s epic bling in our own wardrobes, but we can definitely attempt these beauty looks at home.

Here is some of the best hair inspiration out of the Cannes Film Festival: 

  • Elle Fanning milkmaid braids

    Elle Fanning
    Elle Fanning

    Elle Fanning paired her opening night gown – a gorgeous Valentino number embroidered with pastel florals – with a set of milkmaid braids. The plaits criss-crossed her head and were threaded with fresh flowers throughout. File this one under perfect wedding inspiration.

  • Elle Fanning’s hair bow

    As one of the Cannes Film Festival’s jury members, Elle Fanning is required to attend as many of the film premieres, screenings and parties as she can in order to correctly judge which movies are the best of the festival.

    What that means in reality, though, is a whirlwind fortnight or glitz, gowns and glamour. At a Chopard dinner, Fanning’s hairstylist Jenda Alcorn teased her blonde hair into a half up-half down bouffant, fastening the look with a Disney princess blue satin bow. This look couldn’t be more do-it-yourself. All you need to try this one at home is a piece of ribbon. 

  • Margot Robbie’s beachy plaits

    Margot Robbie
    Margot Robbie

    For the press conference for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, hairstylist Bryce Scarlett plaited two loose braids on either side of star Margot Robbie’s lightly tousled locks. The look was very Angel in Home & Away – a deep cut Australian soap opera reference for everyone – and was the perfect accompaniment to her off-the-shoulder Chanel lilac gown. 

    Throughout the festival, Robbie’s hair has been consistently good. The actor is growing out her choppy bob and has been styling her slightly-longer locks in a combination of beachy, undone waves and, for the premiere of Once Upon A Time In Hollywood, a sleeker, lightly-tonged look. 

  • Florence Pugh’s dramatic topknot

    Florence Pugh
    Florence Pugh

    British actor Florence Pugh was named the Cannes Film Festival’s Trophy Chopard recipient, which meant donning some serious bling from the jewellery brand and a custom Schiaparelli forget-me-knot dress.

    How to best showcase a pair of jaw-dropping sapphire and diamond chandelier earrings? A dramatic topknot, created by hairstylist Peter Lux. Pugh’s hair was scraped back and then cinched into a bun at the top of her head, with a few errant strands of hair teased and pulled loose. 

  • Helen Mirren’s millennial pink dye job

    Helen Mirren
    Helen Mirren

    At the Les Plus Belles Années D’une Vie premiere, Helen Mirren looked her usual regal self in a glittering Elie Saab couture gown. The big difference was her hair, which was tinted a sweet candy floss millennial pink, courtesy of stylist Stephen Lancien.

    It was only a fleeting look, though, with Mirren washing out the colour the next day. But as far as temporary dye jobs though, we can’t get enough of this one. 

  • Bella Hadid’s French girl fringe

    Bella Hadid
    Bella Hadid

    In February, supermodel Bella Hadid debuted a set of soft, relaxed bangs. They’ve since grown out and at the Cannes Film Festival Hadid styled them in a part, giving herself the tousled, curtain-fringe of French It girls including Jane Birkin and Françoise Hardy. Let this be your fringe inspiration for whenever you next feel the urge to opt for bangs. 

  • Selena Gomez’s sleek bun

    Selena Gomez
    Selena Gomez

    At a photocall for her zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die, Selena Gomez’s thick chestnut hair was pulled back into a low bun with a sleek middle part. It was the perfect accompaniment to her classic Chanel suit, and hairstylist Marissa Marino wrote that she personally gets the most satisfaction out of pulling off this simple look.

    “Any other hairstyles out there that get such satisfaction from a tight, slick pony/bun?” she wrote on Instagram. 

  • Dakota Fanning’s floral accessory

    Dakota Fanning
    Dakota Fanning

    Elle Fanning wasn’t the only Fanning sister to use real flowers as an accessory at the Cannes Film Festival. Dakota Fanning’s hair stylist Jenda Alcorn fastened pink blooms and greenery into her straight blond tresses, tucked simply behind her ears.

    The look was a sweet accessory to Dakota’s stunning Rodarte gown, which was studded with hundreds of tiny crystals and beads. 

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