Cate Blanchett’s skin deserves all the superlatives it always gets. I recently had the chance to meet her and sit with a small group of beauty editors for an interview with the actress, and her skin is unbelievably luminous. While I’ve always respected her as an actress (she owned Galadriel in LOTR) and as a red carpet dresser (ditto that lavender Givenchy gown she wore to the 2011 Oscars), as a fellow pale person, I’m truly in awe of her amazing skin, especially considering the fact that she’s almost 43.
SK-II, the brand which Blanchett has famously been using for about 10 years–and shilling for the last eight–is launching a new LXP range this month, which includes a cream and serum; both contain concentrated amounts of Pitera, which is the mystical ingredient in all of SK-II’s products. So after trying some of the luscious, rose absolute-scented potions, we got down to the business of asking the actress all the important beauty questions. Read on for her secrets.
On her skin care regimen:
The thing I definitely always do is the [SK-II]Essence, and then I used to use the Repair-C, but now I use the LXP range more. It’s really all hydration and moisturizing…and sunscreen. I’m really lazy, so if it works I just keep using it.
On other products she likes:
I use essential oil, like emu oil. [Ed. Note: She had to repeat this one for us a few times. Yes, that's emu. Like the bird.] In indigenous Australian culture, that’s the first oil they put on a baby because it’s so hydrating. If you’ve got sunburn or you’ve got a scar or something it’s incredible. And papaw ointment.
On getting plastic surgery and other interventions:
There’s been a decade or so of people doing intervention with their face and their body. Now that we’re emerging from that people are seeing that long term it’s not so great. I’m not sitting on a soapbox telling women what they should and shouldn’t do, but I know what works for me. I’d just be too frightened about what it means long term. In the end if you have all that stuff done..in the end you just see the work. It doesn’t fill me with admiration, it fills me with pity.
On her red carpet beauty routine:
Usually I just fly in and fly out. When it gets dark on the plane I’ll put on a whitening mask. [SK-II]‘s also got great eye masks. I’ll have an oxygen facial. Or a vodka and tonic!
On the best beauty advice she’s received:
Usually it’s ‘don’t do this’ and it’s usually from women who have done it. Don’t curl your eyelashes, and don’t overpluck your eyebrows. There are certain things I won’t do. I think blue eye shadow should only be applied by professionals.
On her other rituals:
I do the old glass of lemon juice in water in the morning. It just keeps your system going. I think it’s like people who get into colonic therapy–there’s a logic behind it. The French have been doing it, the Egyptians did it. There are certain things in ancient practices that [I won't do]–I’m not going to bathe in my own urine.
On eating healthy:
It comes and goes. I’m pretty stable. You end up eating more with 3 boys in the house. You end up having a bit of garbage in the house. But then you end up running after them, so it balances out.