Sometimes, crucial elements of a red carpet moment come about organically. Such was the case at Saturday’s much-anticipated premiere of Killers of the Flower Moon in Cannes, for which Indigenous actor Lily Gladstone, who is receiving critical acclaim for her performance, turned to the film’s title in dress and beauty look alike. To accompany a floral Valentino dress, makeup artist Nick Barose drew inspiration from flower petals to create a lip color at once gentle and bold.
“Her aesthetic is very natural and fresh, but for Cannes we wanted to be a little bit more dramatic and fun,” says Barose. “I wanted to make the lips look soft with a pop of color, kind of like the way the color would look on a flower petal—it’s bright, but still translucent and sheer.” Barose eschewed sticks and glosses in favor of Eisenberg Paris’s Fusion Balm in Nacarat, the subtle coral tint a perfect (and perfectly unplanned) pairing to Gladstone’s earrings from Native American designer Jamie Okuma.