Selena Gomez Is Wearing a $20 Lipstick on the Cannes Red Carpet

It’s Rare Beauty (obviously).

selena gomez in a red lip at cannes film festival
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I’m all for a no-makeup makeup look, as is Selena Gomez. But if there ever was a time to go more glam, it’s at the Cannes red carpet. That’s exactly what the Rare Beauty founder did for her first official engagement at the film festival.

Gomez, who is starring in Emilia Pérez, left her hotel (presumably for the red carpet) wearing a blue-red lip that I quickly identified as the Rare Beauty Lip Souffle Matte Lip Cream in the shade Inspire. It’s the only bright red in the actress’s entire beauty range, so it’s become her go-to for a statement swipe. Despite its matte formula, the air-whipped cream has a light and hydrating feel that won’t emphasize any dry patches. Plus, I can attest that it won’t feather or fade for hours—a must for a red-carpet event. Best of all, it retails for an affordable $20.

Selena Gomez wearing a black dress and a red Rare Beauty lipstick in cannes

Selena Gomez's red lipstick popped against a black, off-the-shoulder dress and coordinating pumps.

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The rest of Gomez’s beauty look was kept on the simple side. Her glowing skin was presumably the handiwork of Rare’s Tinted Moisture and Positive Light Silky Touch Highlighter (my money is on the shade Enlighten). The Only Murders in the Building actress, who is working with makeup artist Hung Vanngo for Cannes, kept her eye makeup simple with just a touch of eyeliner and mascara.

Her current look contrasts with the fresh, bare-faced aesthetic she wore when touching down in France earlier in the day. Gomez was photographed en route to her hotel with a slicked-back bun, sunglasses, and little to no makeup.

Selena Gomez arrives in Cannes wearing a white peplum mini dress by Self Portrait

Earlier in the day, Selena Gomez arrived in Cannes wearing a Self-Portrait dress and minimal beauty.

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Rest assured, this is only the start of Gomez’s Cannes beauty moments—she has a busy week lined up. While we wait for her red carpet debut, scroll ahead to recreate her red-lipped look with shades from makeup artist-approved brands.

Editor's note: This post was updated on Sunday, May 19, to include Gomez's current makeup artist for Cannes.

Beauty Editor

Samantha Holender is the Beauty Editor at Marie Claire, where she reports on the best new launches, dives into the science behind skincare, and shares the breakdown on the latest and greatest trends in the beauty space. She's studied up on every ingredient you'll find on INCI list and is constantly in search of the world's glowiest makeup products. Prior to joining the team, she worked as Us Weekly’s Beauty and Style Editor, where she stayed on the pulse of pop culture and broke down celebrity beauty routines, hair transformations, and red carpet looks. Her words have also appeared on Popsugar,,,, and Philadelphia Wedding. Samantha also serves as a board member for the American Society of Magazine Editors (ASME). She first joined the organization in 2018, when she worked as an editorial intern at Food Network Magazine and Pioneer Woman Magazine. Samantha has a degree in Journalism and Mass Communications from The George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs. While at GWU, she was a founding member of the school’s HerCampus chapter and served as its President for four years. When she’s not deep in the beauty closet or swatching eyeshadows, you can find her obsessing over Real Housewives and all things Bravo. Keep up with her on Instagram @samholender.