Aishwarya Rai Bachchan’s love liaison with the Cannes red carpet has largely been a hit-and-miss affair. The former beauty queen and actor may be celebrating her 15 years on the Cannes Film Festival red carpet, representing L’Oreal Paris as a brand ambassador, but quite a few of those appearances have garnered more brickbats than bouquets.
While loyalists may say Indian fashion critics and fans are quick to diss and denounce, there’s no denying that the former Miss World’s personal style tends to swing between the extremes of ‘glam Bollywood goddess’ and ‘meh, why did she bother?’, with some ‘beauty pageant princess’ thrown in for good measure.
This year though, armed with a new stylist (Aastha Sharma) and a rather svelte figure, Aishwarya stepped out with renewed confidence. Her first appearance at the Slack Bay premiere, in a nude and gold Ali Younes Couture creation, would’ve been pretty close to perfect if it hadn’t been for the unflattering fit of the gown.
At an event where hundreds of photographers have their lenses trained on you, to wear an ensemble that adds oodles of weight to the midriff defied logic. But she did hit a home run with her second chance at going for gold, in a shimmery Elie Saab number. While the fit was more flattering this time around, and the Boucheron jewellery was totally on point, what really took our breath away was the deep red pout and the vintage hairstyle that lent an instant old Hollywood glamour update to the look.
But even as we made a mental note to pick up that particular shade of lipstick, L’Oreal Paris’ Pure Brick, during our next beauty shopping spree, Aishwarya made a — pardon the pun — apocalipstick blunder.
For her third appearance, she wore a dreamy Rami Kadi off-shoulder gown and dressed it up with a bright lavender lip. The bold lip choice was brave and dramatic, a gutsy move for Aishwarya who has always been called out for playing it a little too safe. Kudos to her for trying something new.
But did it work? We’re afraid not.
The shade of lipstick made her complexion look sallow and totally took the attention away from the gorgeous pastel gown. Ironically, that singular shade of lipstick stole the show at an event where she wasn’t even officially representing L’Oreal Paris.
One way or another, it managed to draw attention to the sponsor brand. Mission accomplished, we’re guessing. In the meantime, did someone say much ado about lipstick?