MDC EXCLUSIVE: Makeup Artist Sarai Fiszel on Red Carpet and Rainy Day Beauty at Cannes
The glitz, the glamour, the arrivals, and the afterparties…the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival is in full swing! Follow makeup.com this week as we bring you exclusive coverage from celebrities and industry experts who are on the ground, walking the red carpet, and behind the scenes.
As actress and model Léa Seydoux’s makeup artist during Cannes this year, Sarai Fiszel knows a thing or two about creating that highly coveted chic, modern French look. In between movie premieres and cocktail parties, she lets us in on her beauty tricks and how to save your makeup from the rain.
Tell me a little bit about what you’re doing at Cannes this year:
I’ve been coming to Cannes for years but this is the second time I’m coming to the festival to support a movie I’ve worked on: “Grand Central,” directed by Rebecca Zlotowski with Léa Seydoux. I’ve been working with Léa for years, and it’s always exciting when you’re surrounded by people you know, love, and support.
Weather wise, the first few days of the Festival have been less than ideal. Are there any tricks you use to help makeup stay in place when it’s bad outside?
We had quite a storm to start the festival, the air was extremely humid and it was windy. I think the key is to use strong-hold mascara so if the wind makes you teary it will just give you that little sparkle in your eyes without the panda look. And wear a little extra foundation and powder in thin layers to block the humidity and control shine on the face.
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What is your favorite feature to highlight when you’re doing red-carpet makeup?
I’m very keen on coordinating colors with each different outfit, hair, and nails. Léa Seydoux wrote a beautiful blue Louis Vuitton dress for the red carpet so I created a femme fatale vibe with a bold burgundy lip and used that as the highlight of the look. Some days one of your features will stand out more than others so use that moment to enhance what you have best.
Most people want to look like themselves—natural, but better. How do you approach makeup so it enhances your client’s natural beauty instead of making her look completely different and “made up?”
The key is for the skin always to look flawless and natural, and then you can do a bold lip and still look effortless. Also, make sure to accentuate the cheekbones with a natural bronzer.
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What’s the most interesting thing you’ve seen since being at the Festival?
At the “Grand Central” afterparty, Lea Seydoux and actor Tahar Rahim rocking the dance floor like Michael Jackson.
Photos: Sarai Fiszel, Votre Vu