Kat Graham has been a mainstay of the Cannes Film Festival red carpet since 2013, and this year is no exception. Over the past week, the 31-year-old Vampire diary alum turned heads in deep cut dresses, fiery red halter necks and sparkling strapless numbers. “During what has been my busiest Cannes film festival to date,” said Graham, whose hotel room overlooked the Mediterranean Sea, “the water kept me centered as I rushed to change. shoes, jewelry and dresses all week. “
Sure, it’s hard to pick her favorites, but of all her epic ensembles, perhaps her most standout look was the one she wore at the 27th amfAR Gala: an ultra-shiny, stripped-back Nicolas Jebran design, that she (with the help of her makeup artist, Elisa Rampi) embellished an equally remarkable beauty equation. “Because this was my second mat of the night and my third look of the day, my hair was already styled before I got ready,” Graham explained of her prep process. Instead, after prepping her face with an 111Skin Recovery Mask, she focused on her makeup, going for a glossy lip and a metallic pigment shot at eye level, not to mention her ultimate secret weapon for save the complexion: L’Oréal’s Infallible’s powder foundation, which, she happily notes, acts as a contour at the same time. As she said, “With the hot summer sun, that was the one thing I used to keep from looking sweaty but not too dull.”
Below is a behind-the-scenes look at Kat Graham’s preparation for the 2021 amfAR Gala.