5 minutes with Cate Blanchett…

The Hollywood starlet reveals her beauty secrets

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By Joely Walker

Between her jam-packed filming schedule, we caught up with Australian actress and Blue Jasmine star Cate Blanchett to talk beauty, hair disasters and just how she keeps her skin so immaculate…

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What are your absolute hero beauty products?

‘I don’t go anywhere without my SK- II Facial Treatment Essence, I use it under aswell as on top of make-up for an instant boost, or my SK-II LXP Moisturiser.

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Dry skin is the worst, and I hate having dry lips so I always keep my Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment handy. And a really great mascara, Tom Ford is my favourite.’

You travel so much, any tips for getting over jetlag?

‘For tiredness I always take Vitamin C tablets and once I get to a new place I like to spend as much time outside as possible to acclimatise. But I am really regimented with my SPF, I use a Swiss brand called DayLong.’

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Your skin is immaculate, has it always been so?

‘No! I went through hormonal surges and bouts of stressed skin. But since using the SK-II range consistently I’ve noticed a huge difference as I’m not swapping and changing products anymore. My skin still has its ups and downs but it definitely tolerates more and feels luminous.’

What’s your fall-back beauty look?

‘We’re all time poor, right? I’m always running late and tearing out of the house so often I’m doing my make-up in the car, anything I can do one handed! I’ll leave the house without my make-up on but never without my skincare.’

What do you keep in your handbag?

‘I rely on blusher for an instant perk-up. I use Tarte Cheek Stain, it’s so easy to just throw on, or anything that comes in a compact.’

Are there any beauty looks you really admire but wouldn’t try yourself?

‘I don’t think I could rock the big eyebrows like you, but I love brows. I also love a strong lip but it’s high maintenance for day-to-day.’

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How do you feel most comfortable?

‘Even when I’m wearing make-up I don’t like to feel it, I hate that over-powdered feeling so I always spray SKI-11 Facial Essence over the top. It doesn’t smudge my make-up, it keeps it looking fresh.’

What was your very first fragrance and what memory does it evoke?

‘It was sandalwood; my favourite smells, apart from the smell of my children when they’re clean, are freshly cut grass, firewood, sandalwood. It makes me think of home.’

How do you decide on a red carpet look?

‘It’s got to be spontaneous. I don’t like over planning, it comes form the dress.

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You can admire a dress but if it doesn’t work on you then it just doesn’t work and it’s the same with beauty.’

Are you experimental with your beauty choices?

‘Experimental with my fashion choices than with my beauty. When I found a skincare range which really worked for me I didn’t look back because I felt more confident in my skin. I use the entire SK-II range religiously.

I used to love having facials, when I went to Eve Lom herself she was fantastic! I’m a great lover of acupuncture, and I love a therapeutic massage not a feathery massage, I want to feel it’s doing something.’

Do you have a cheat for dull or tired skin?

‘I swear by the SK-II Facial Treatment Masks when I need a boost. I put them in the fridge before applying.

A Berroca, a vitamin c tablet and fizzy water plus a really good concealer! Failing that wear a bright lip and people won’t notice the bags under your eyes.’

Have you ever had any beauty disasters?

‘When I was at school I bleached my hair white and then tried to go back to my natural colour, I didn't even know what it was anymore! When I went to the salon my hair literally went purple green and grey so I had to cut it all off. It was like a toilet brush!’

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