Pictures from the premiere last night, huge thanks to Claudia:
IN London to promote The Hobbit: The Unexpected Journey, Oscar-winning actress and SK-II global ambassador Cate Blanchett also found time to talk to us about red carpet beauty regrets, looking like a panda and learning to love pink.
What made you decide to work with SK-II?
When they first approached me they wanted to know if I was familiar with the brand – which I was – as it wasn’t so well-known outside of Japan then. I had first tried it when I was pregnant and I developed Melasma – a kind of skin pigmentation problem. Two of my make-up artist friends recommended it, and I found it worked instantly. So, our working relationship has evolved from there. I love the SK-II LXP Ultimate Revival Essence – it’s from the most luxurious range, which is probably the one I use the most.
I don’t chop and change when it comes to skincare – I’m interested in fashion, but I’m not interested in fashion when it comes to skin! The products are great and I think that through consistency of use they’ve really changed the texture and the softness of my skin. I used to break out sometimes, but now my skin is so much better. Other products hydrate, but SK-II products give your skin a resilience.
Which products do you love?
SK-II has a foundation which I mix with a sunscreen, to make it more sheer. I also love Tom Ford mascara – the whole range actually, the lipsticks and eye shadows are great too – a Dior luminising powder and maybe a bit of MAC liquid liner. Basically anything that doesn’t smudge! I never do a dramatic eye if I’m doing my own make-up as I end up looking like a panda.
It seems you have a team of people that you love working with time and time again.
I love Nicola Clarke – who’s just one of the best colourists – and of course Mary Greenwell, for make-up. I always have an idea of what I want, but then Mary will say: “No darling, let’s do this,” and I’ll say: “No darling, let’s do this!” Eventually we’ll find a way to move forward.
Mary’s great at highlighting colours you might not think would work on your skin. She likes to use a lot of pink which wouldn’t have occurred to me as a good choice for my skin, but actually it works – and I’d be more inclined to use it myself now. Tom Ford does a great line in pinks, there are some lipsticks of his that I love.
What are your beauty tips?
Massage is a really big thing, it makes such a difference – gets everything moving. Also I decant the SK-II Essence into spray bottles and spritz it over my make-up – you know when you put on make-up because you don’t want to be shiny but then you get that awful cakey look? Well that fixes it. I’m always telling them they should do a spray version of it actually. On the plane everyone’s there with their Evian le Brumisateur sprays, and I’ve got my SK-II. I use the Whitening Source Derm Revival Mask on the plane too.
I don’t have facials. I’ll do acupuncture, things like that, but my skin’s at a place where it’s really stable, so I don’t really want people prodding at it.
Have you ever had any red carpet fashion or beauty looks that you’ve regretted?
Oh I’m sure that there are some things I look at and regret, but I just laugh about it. It depends who you dress for – I pick things I love, so there’s never something that I look back on and don’t like at all. It’s more likely I’ll feel like there’s too much hair, or that the dress and the make-up are wrong for each other – usually if there’s too much going on it doesn’t look right.
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Cate Blanchett attended the The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey premiere last night in London, and, oh my, she looked Fabulous! I’ll have pictures later tonight, here’s an article:
Cate Blanchett is among the most stylish actresses alive — and unlike almost any others outside of Sarah Jessica Parker, she has a style that is completely consistent: avant-garde, clean, angular, modernly simple with a twist. It’s so consistent that we can discern that the taste is actually hers — even if she does work with a stylist.
Back in the spotlight doing the red carpet in London for the opening of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey — no doubt a blockbuster in the making — she donned a spring 2013 white Givenchy gown with the unlikely elements of long sleeves, a slit up the side of the skirt, and a very open back. It’s both a monastic dress and a very sexy dress. One thing we’re sure of: this awards season is going to be the Season of The Back. Forget regular cleavage. It’s all about showing the muscles in ones back and shoulders. Reverse cleavage might be a way to describe it.
This is such a Blanchett dress, and she has grown loyal to Givenchy designer Nicolas Ghesquiere – so what will this devotee do when Ghesquiere steps down from Givenchy and gives the reigns to Alexander Wang very soon?
Probably have Ghesquiere design clothes for her! Let’s hope it doesn’t take him long to do his own line. He truly is a couturier and Paris couture won’t be the same without him. Just like the red carpet isn’t the same — or as edgy and cool — without Blanchett.
Cate attended the 9th International Dubai Film Festival yesterday and here are pictures:
The lovely Claudia from Helen-Mirren.com has sent in the scans from the italian magazine Myself, december issue
We get to see Smaug on this teaser and like half a milisecond of Galadriel, and twice!
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, the first part of 3 opens next week, Friday December 14th.