Venice Film Festival 2017: Best of beauty

Stars from across the globe gathered this past weekend in Venice, Italy, for this year's esteemed film festival. The renowned competition has been celebrating the world's biggest talents in film almost every summer since 1932 -- from directors to actors, dancers to composers, these artists are given international recognition for their work.

This year's competition, which ends September 9th, has been no different.

Taking place in the peak of the gorgeous city's summer, stars had to balance humidity, rain and heels at the 74th annual film festival. That's not easy, considering motorboats and gondolas are Venice's main modes of transportation -- water splashes and wind don't make for the most glamorous hairdos -- and the city's streets are lined with uneven cobblestones.

Best beauty looks:

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VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Jennifer Lawrence attends the 'Mother!' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 05, 2017 in Venice, Italy. PHOTOGRAPH BY P. Lehman / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read P. Lehman / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: George Clooney and Amal Clooney walk the red carpet ahead of the 'Suburbicon' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 2, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Susan Sarandon from Kineo delegation walks the red carpet ahead of the 'The Leisure Seeker (Ella & John)' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 3, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01: Jane Fonda attends the 'Our Souls At Night' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Amanda Seyfried walks the red carpet ahead of the 'First Reformed' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 31, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Helen Mirren attends the 'The Leisure Seeker (Ella & John)' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on September 3, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Michelle Pfeiffer attends the 'Mother!' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 05, 2017 in Venice, Italy.PHOTOGRAPH BY P. Lehman / Barcroft Images (Photo credit should read P. Lehman / Barcroft Images / Barcroft Media via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Kirsten Dunst from 'Woodshock' movie walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 4, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Kiernan Shipka attends the 'Miu Miu Women's Tales' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival at on August 31, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Laura Harrier attends the 'Miu Miu Women's Tales' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival at on August 31, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01: Julianne Moore is seen during the 74. Venice Film Festival on September 1, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Jacopo Raule/GC Images,)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Hirose Suzu attends the 'The Third Murder (Sandome No Satsujin)' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Elisabetta A. Villa/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Coco Rocha walks the red carpet ahead of the 'The Third Murder (Sandome No Satsujin)' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Caroline Daur walks the red carpet ahead of the 'The Third Murder (Sandome No Satsujin)' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
Julianne Moore attend the photocall of the movie 'Suburbicon' presented out of competition at the 74th Venice Film Festival in Venice, Italy, on September 2, 2017. (Photo by Matteo Chinellato/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Helen Mirren walks the red carpet ahead of the 'The Leisure Seeker (Ella & John)' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 3, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Venice, Italy. 04 September, 2017. Ilaria Spada arrives at the red carpet of film 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival (Photo by Matteo Chinellato/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
Venice, Italy. 04 September, 2017. Soo Joo Park arrives at the red carpet of film 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival (Photo by Matteo Chinellato/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01: Chloe Sevigny walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Lean On Pete' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 1, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 03: Helen Mirren attends the 'The Leisure Seeker (Ella & John)' Cinema photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 3, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
Venice, Italy. 04 September, 2017. Annabelle Belmondo arrives at the red carpet of film 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival (Photo by Matteo Chinellato/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 02: Julianne Moore walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Suburbicon' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 2, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Venice, Italy. 04 September, 2017. Jun Ichikawa arrives at the red carpet of film 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival (Photo by Matteo Chinellato/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Laura Mulleavy, earrings detail, walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 4, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 31: Amanda Seyfried attends the 'First Reformed' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival on August 31, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Stefania D'Alessandro/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Hikari Mori walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 4, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - AUGUST 30: Kristen Wiig walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Downsizing' screening and Opening Ceremony during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 30, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01: Jane Fonda walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Our Souls At Night' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 1, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Franco Origlia/Getty Images)
Izabel Goulart walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Downsizing' screening and Opening Ceremony during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on August 30, 2017 in Venice, Italy (Photo by Matteo Chinellato/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Sylvia Haghjoo walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 4, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Nicole Macchi walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 4, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
Venice, Italy. 30 August, 2017. Kristen Wiig attend the 'Downsizing' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival (Photo by Matteo Chinellato/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Ana Brenda Contreras walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 4, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
Actress Rebecca Hall attends the premiere of the movie 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' presented in competition at the 74th Venice Film Festival on September 4, 2017 at Venice Lido. / AFP PHOTO / Filippo MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 05: Maria Pia Calzone attends the 'Gatta Cenerentola' photocall during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Casino on September 5, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Charlotte Groeneveld walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 4, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Lala Rudge walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 4, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Venturelli/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 04: Nicole Warne walks the red carpet ahead of the 'Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri' screening during the 74th Venice Film Festival at Sala Grande on September 4, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by Dominique Charriau/WireImage)
VENICE, ITALY - SEPTEMBER 01: Laura Harrier attends an intimate lunch hosted by Livia Firth, Carlo Capasa and Caroline Scheufele to announce Chopard as partner for The Green Carpet Fashion Awards at Hotel Cipriani on September 1, 2017 in Venice, Italy. (Photo by David M. Benett/Getty Images for Eco-Age)
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Nonetheless, these celebrities powered through. Beauty highlights included Amanda Seyfried's natural updo, Kirsten Dunst's scarlet lips and Octavia Spencer's maroon-themed makeup. Amal Clooney, too, gave off a timeless effervescence with an almost-20s blowout, stepping out for the first time after giving birth.

But it was the sensational Susan Sarandon who stole the show with a deep-plunging black gown by Hugo Boss for the premiere of 'The Leisure Seeker.'

The Leisure Seeker (Ella & John) Premiere - 74th Venice Film FestivalPhoto: Getty

In true Sarandon fashion, the 70-year-old actress arrived at the red carpet donning oversized black sunglasses, later revealing a dramatic smoky eye and dewy highlighter underneath.

The ultra-glam actress polished off the red carpet look with tinted gloss, a textured pony tail and diamond chandelier earrings, making her one of the biggest standouts of the night.

To see the rest of Sarandon's gown, along with other memorable looks, scroll through below.

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Rebecca Hall dazzled in a PRADA gown with a thigh-high slit.

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Amanda Seyfried was a total stunner in a floral Alexander McQueen frock.

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Luciana Damon stole the show, again, from husband Matt in a silk emerald green Marchesa gown.

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What a beauty! Michelle Pfeiffer wowed in a black-and-gold geometric sequined gown from Michael Kors.

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What a showstopper! Jane Fonda dazzled in a dusty blue tulle Marchesa gown with floral embroidery.

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Gorgeous! Jennifer Lawrence rocked a Giambattista Valli Resort gown with a striking black lace overlay.  

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Julianne Moore turned heads in a black silk-organza PRADA dress accented with feathers and floral-motif detailing.

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Amal Clooney made her post-pregnancy red carpet debut in a dramatic lavender gown from Atelier Versace. She paired the look with Aquazzura shoes.

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Kirsten Dunst turned heads in a polka dot-patterned Rodarte gown.

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Julianne Moore sparkled in Valentino.

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Karolina Kurkova looked like a total princess in a Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini creation.

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Wowza! Octavia Spencer absolutely glowed in this Tadashi Shoji number.

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Kristen Wiig was all smiles in a beaded Zuhair Murad gown.

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What a picture-perfect couple! Matt Damon wore Versace, while wife Luciana Damon wore Atelier Versace.

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Michelle Pfeiffer stunned in a Dolce & Gabbana floral midi-dress.

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