SK II #ChangeDestiny limited edition reveal in NY – Additional photos + interviews
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Oct 17, 2017

SK II #ChangeDestiny limited edition reveal in NY – Additional photos + interviews

Last week, Cate attended a press event to launch the new graffiti designed bottles (#YourStatementYourBottle) for SK-II Facial Treatment Essence in New York. Here are more photos and promotional content. Enjoy!

Cate Blanchett Explains the Mystery of How She Seems to Be Aging In Reverse

Cate Blanchett looks better than ever, that’s the bottom line. So when I saw the SK-II Global Brand Ambassador at the launch of the prestige skincare brand’s new Change Destiny Limited Edition series last week in NYC, I decided enough was enough—I had to get answers, because unlike many other people in Hollywood, this Australian darling is definitely aging in reverse. Below, Blanchett and I chat about her skincare secrets, the biggest beauty mistake she is guilty of making, and when she feels sexiest.

So you’ve been the face of SK-II for quite a long time. Why is this partnership such a great fit?

CB: Fifteen years! I tried it, and I was really blown away by just the shift in texture and tone, the brightness of my skin. So I did a little bit more investigating. It was so unusual. A lot of people had serums and liquid moisturizers, but at that time there wasn’t anything like it. So I thought I’ll just stick with this for a while, and I just didn’t look back. What’s fantastic about SK-II Essence is it feels like it penetrates immediately, and you can put it on makeup, put it on under makeup. Your skin is the largest organ in your body, and we put so much garbage on it, and we don’t wash it off properly, and then we wonder why it’s clogged.

What else do you do for glowing skin?

CB: The thing I’ve really started to do is to take vitamins—I’ve noticed a huge change. My nails will never grow, and I’ve been taking these vitamins now for about six months—huge difference.

When do you feel sexiest?

CB: [Laughs]. When do I feel sexiest? When I’m the least self-conscious, I think. It’s often to do with laughter, ‘cause it’s so liberating to have a good laugh—we all lead such stressful lives, and so if you can just release and have a good ol’ gas, I think people … yeah.

What really makes you laugh?

CB: Um. Unfortunately, fart jokes. The humor had to be pretty low. Kristen Wiig makes me laugh. She makes me laugh. And my God, she’s such a great all-around actress. But it’s also—I’m really pathetic—cat memes. Just really stupid shit like that. I was on Ellen, and she had all these things of cats in trucks and—

And that sends you over the edge?

CB: Yeah, children and animals invariably make me laugh.

Your skincare routine right before you go to bed—take me through it. Do you ever go to bed with makeup on, accidentally?

CB: Of course! I did the other night after the premiere. I was so tired, I went, ‘oh, I’ll lie down for five minutes,’ and then you realize it’s six in the morning and you haven’t done it of course. As long as you then pick it up in the morning. In a way, the most steadfast routine that I don’t ever give up is the morning routine. It just becomes second nature to me, like brushing my teeth—which I also do. Very important. Personal hygiene. I have three boys, and it’s really hard to instill personal hygiene in boys.

Why is it so hard with boys? I don’t understand.

CB: Oh my God! It’s like it’s some genetic dysfunction. It’s like just put the fucking toilet seat down! I was thinking ‘where is this coming from,’ and then the other day I was in the bathroom and I said to my husband, “It’s YOU!” and I realized, yeah, it’s by example.

So back to your skincare routine before bed….

CB: Oh yes. So then if I have gone to sleep with my makeup on, I make sure I tone it really well in the morning. But it really is The Essence and the LXP serum and the LXP moisturizer. We live in such artificial environments, and as much as I try not to, the pollutants in the city are so bad. What I love about the moisturizer is that it’s really hydrating. You can put your makeup over it and it’s not shiny. You feel it penetrates immediately. You don’t feel like it cakes onto your skin.

What’s the weirdest thing you’ve ever done on an airplane beauty-wise?

CB: Oh God… I wear the [SK-II] masks. I’m a long haul flight unfortunately a bit more than I’d care for, so I will put two or three on. Like one dries out and you put the next one on. Or I’d put one on, and two hours later put another one on. And I just talk to everyone with them on. I don’t know if that’s weird, but I just, I don’t care. I have no shame. They’ll come around to take your food order, and I’ve just got this mask on [laughs].

What’s one piece of advice you’d give your younger self?

CB: There was a nanosecond where—being Australian, once again—where I thought this summer I’m going to have a tan come hell or high water, and I was on the roof, as white as I am, covered in baby oil. And also, it’s so hard as a teenager, and even into your 20s, your sense of yourself, I mean it always evolves, but you’re so vulnerable to other people’s interpretations and impressions of what you should look like. And I’d say ‘fuck that’ a bit more. And that’s where women can step in and really champion different types of beauty and working what you’ve got. Everyone’s starting to look the same and talk the same, it’s only interesting when we’re all—it’s the melting pot, right? I’d worry about it less. And since discovering this I’ve really worried about it less. Because I just thought ‘I’m set, I’m done, I don’t have to think about that.’ There’s a lot of self-hatred in women. I think I’d eradicate that in myself earlier.

If you’re going through a phase—especially since you travel so much—that you’re feeling rundown, not quite feeling energized and well, what are some things that you do?

CB: I do, sporadically, but I’ve decided I’m going to make myself do it every morning … Apple cider vinegar. A teaspoon of that. It just makes you feel clean—it’s good for your gut. And I have one child that’s had a lot of gut issues, so it’s been a decade of education for me. It’s been kind of a long journey, but it just makes me feel healthier from the inside. You do get used to it. It’s just to make your system more Alkaline. Stress makes it so acidic. Stress ain’t good for nothing. So you’ve got to find those little moments where you can literally just stop and take a breath. Spray some Essence on!

via In Style

Why Cate Blanchett Wants You to Stop Apologizing


In any case of abuse, silence is not golden—nor is it worth a golden statue named Oscar. Cate Blanchett, who took home an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in The Aviator (a Weinstein film), released a statement to Variety that pledged her allegiance to victims of sexual assault. A few days later at an event celebrating the release of three limited-edition bottles of SK-II Facial Treatment Essence (on shelves at Sephora and October 20) emblazoned with compelling mantras of their own like “Be the person you decide to be,” “Change is in all of us,” and “Destiny is a matter of choice,” the award-winning actress stressed the importance of speaking up, standing together, and overcoming obstacles (whether they be as small as combatting wrinkles or as grandiose as tackling misogyny in the workplace) by joining forces. “It’s so important at this moment in time. When misogyny is now, more than ever, on the rise, that women support and back one another,” Blanchett exclusively told Fashion Unfiltered. “This is not political. We have to put our foot down and make the change. Like you say, it’s 2017, no more apologizing.”

I’m sorry is a phrase uttered by women far too frequently (which for any naysayers out there, is a scientifically proven fact). Instead of wasting our breath on apologies, Blanchett suggests we band together and let out a resounding roar that can’t be ignored. “Talk to other women about it. I think the more honest we are about those problems that we have or the challenges we’re facing, we can positively move forward together,” she said. “I don’t know about you, but I found the Women’s March so utterly inspiring because it was non-political. It was women saying: We have to change the paradigm, we have to change the language around this, and we cannot wait for anyone else to do it, we have to do it ourselves. The more women talk about that stuff and share the challenges of being a woman in the 21st century, and the pressures that we place upon ourselves and are placed upon us by the media, the more we can feel better ourselves.”
And the pressure to stay young and beautiful, but also not showcase our sexuality too overtly for fear that this display could be misinterpreted by others as “asking for it” (at least according to Donna Karan), is certainly a 21st century conundrum. “It takes great courage, particularly in the age of trolling, for women to claim the space to be authentically who they are physically, spiritually, and mentally,” said Blanchett. “In 2017, I find it utterly bewildering that we are still having the conversation about what women should wear, how women should be behave, and what rights women should have. Why are we still being [forced] to defend ourselves?” It’s a good question—one that perhaps we are getting closer to answering as social media movements swirl into a collective storm of empowerment. Instead of saying I’m sorry or labeling another woman a “party girl” who deserved sexual harassment because she was “bad,” as noted by Wood on Twitter, perhaps we could adopt two words that Blanchett has stood by during her career instead. “I have always had a clear bottom line: self-respect,” she explained. “The challenges facing the women working in the film and television industry are the same across all industries.” Regardless of gender, we need to have enough self-respect to blow the whistle loud and proud whether we are a victim, a witness, or merely an advocate for eliminating the “casting couches” that continue to plague generations of women from every walk of life. As the SK-II bottle says, “Change is in all of us.”

via Fashion Unfiltered

Cate Blanchett – SK II #ChangeDestiny limited edition reveal in NY
Posted on
Oct 13, 2017

Cate Blanchett – SK II #ChangeDestiny limited edition reveal in NY

Hello everyone!

Yesterday, Cate attended a press event to launch the new graffiti designed bottles (#YourStatementYourBottle) for SK-II Facial Treatment Essence in New York. The SKII Global Brand Ambassador went to the #ChangeDestiny limited edition reveal wearing a Christopher Kane dress. Here are some images, a video and an article.

Cate Blanchett had just gotten off the redeye from Greenland on Thursday morning, but by 11 a.m., she somehow looked better than most of us do on eight hours of sleep. Seriously, her skin was glowing and her under-eye bags were more or less nonexistent. Though, her travel routine probably has something to do with that.

“I have no shame, as soon as the lights go down on the plane, I put my mask on,” Blanchett, the face of SK-II, said. She mentioned that she’s a big fan of using the brand’s Brightening Derm Revival Mask and the classic Facial Treatment Essence, not caring what her fellow travelers think about her applying a sheet mask in flight.

Blanchett was in New York for the latest launch from SK-II, a limited edition makeover of their iconic Facial Treatment Essence Bottle. The theme of the revamp is Change Destiny, with a major push for positivity, embracing transformations and celebrating your own choices.

The Oscar-winning Australian actress is well-known for her on-screen intensity and effortless professionalism, but her flawless skin deserves some credit, too. She started using SK-II’s products well before she was tapped to be a global ambassador for the brand in 2007, claiming that she’s been devoted to the Essence for at least 15 years.

“I don’t think I could have predicted the positive level of change by simply being loyal to a product for so long,” the 48-year-old actress explained. “I noticed the change in my skin’s texture and tone after about three or four weeks, I thought this was extraordinary—and this was before I was associated with SK-II. So I just decided to stick with it.”

She also might be the most inspirational celeb with a beauty contract, as she’s not afraid to infuse her public appearances with a few reality checks. For example, along with the three positive mantras written on the new SK-II bottles (“Be the Person You Decide to be,” “Change is in All of Us” and “Destiny is a Matter of Choice”), Blanchett joked about adding one more to the range.

“There’s a fourth one that says, ‘We Should All Be Feminists,’” she deadpanned. And when asked about providing advice to women today, she acknowledged the position of which she was speaking from, “as a privileged white woman.”

Blanchett went on to share some words of wisdom, despite not being a big fan of giving advice—she prefers to lead by example.

“I think, particularly at the moment, it would involve [having] self-respect and not being frightened to call things out when they’re not right,” she said. The last part was perhaps in a nod to the current Hollywood scandal, involving allegations of Harvey Weinstein‘s various sexual assaults. Blanchett also endorsed the concept of working with and supporting other women, but not without referencing the current political climate.

“It feels like a very depressing time,” she admitted. “[But] I think it’s actually a very potentially positive time to turn that around. And if we act collectively, we can effect positive change, not just on our own destinies, but our destiny as a species.”

It’s a refreshing change, which is in line with the new SK-II range (arriving at Sephora and on October 20), that a beauty ambassador doesn’t just have to be a pretty talking head; she can take bold stances and share her own beliefs, too.

via Observer
via Pr Consulting Twitter

Posted on
May 14, 2017

Cate Blanchett on Motherhood, Stigmas About Aging, and Self-Care #MothersDay

Hey Everyone!

New promotional interview with Cate Blanchett for SK II. Enjoy the reading!

When you find yourself in the presence of Cate Blanchett what do you talk about? This isn’t a trick question. The actress has accolades by the dozen, is a devoted mother of four, and is a staunch advocate for women. Truly, where do you start?

Luckily, I’m with catching up with her for an SK-II press junket, so skin care and unrealistic standards about aging make natural entry points for discussion. The brand is celebrating its limited-edition Mother’s Day essence, a gift, I’ve got to say, is hard to hand over. I already have three different versions of the treatment. It’s light and refreshing—a joy to spritz and pat on, and if using it at every opportunity means I’ll have skin as radiant as Blanchett’s in 13 years (which is as long as she’s been the brand’s spokeswoman), I’ll happily hoard this bottle too. (Sorry, Mom.)

Here, the Broadway sensation talks masking, motherhood, and the importance of making time for yourself. Even if that’s only long enough to moisturize.

First off, I’ve just got to say your skin is phenomenal. What’s your current routine?

It changes depending on whether I’m just running around in everyday life or whether I’m on stage. Because obviously doing eight shows a week [on Broadway], I‘m taking my makeup on and off three times a night, eight times a week. So my cleansing regimen changes. On those nights, I use an oil cleanser because it gently removes all your eye makeup well. And then any other time, I use the SK-II LXP range morning and night: the facial treatment essence, the eye cream, the serum, and the moisturizer. For nearly an entire decade, I was decanting the essence into a spray bottle, and then I finally talked SK-II into doing a mist, which I now use day and night. And then, say today before an event, I put a mask on.

What kind of masks are your favorite?

I love to do a brightening mask [before appearances], because it evens out your skin tone and it helps to luminize it. It gives your skin more radiance. For a big event like a red carpet, I might do a treatment mask [to moisturize] the day before and then do a brightening mask while getting ready. And when I’m traveling, I’ll do a facial treatment mask because it’s really hydrating.

You have three sons, and you recently adopted a daughter. How has she changed the way you view societal pressures on women?

I think women are in a very challenging place at the moment. And the challenge is to band together no matter what your socioeconomic standing is. We’re all female humans. I’ve felt that way raising sons too. Because as a mother of sons you have a responsibility to instill in them the need to and the benefits of respecting women. That hasn’t changed. But what’s never been more important is the necessity to impart in young girls a sense of self-respect, a sense of having expectations, and a right to achieving quality. And of course having a young daughter now, one becomes more acute on a daily basis. I wake up to a reminder of that responsibility to lead by example.

What ways are you trying to make your daughter’s experience different from yours?

I grew up with a mother who was big on self-respect and sent me to attend a very feminist school. So much so, that we weren’t doing school plays with boys because [they] felt that plays always skewed to favoring roles for them. We had to invent our own drama. And I’m sure that’s where my love of drama was born and nurtured. My mom was very much about being self-directive as a woman and not finding your identity in who you were with.

What’s also important—and not to generalize—but women are great community builders. We have to recognize our right to self-expression and our right to discover and grow our individual identities. And yet, also at this moment, I think it’s important to remember our collective identity. It’s been a long time now since universal suffrage. Equal pay for equal work sounded like an odd conversation last year, and now it seems like an impossible conversation. Around the world, there are countries reducing the legal age where the girls can enter into marriage. Even in this country, there are states where girls can get married at the age of 14. And, talking about reproductive rights, we’ve lost a lot of ground. We’re only going to get that ground back and move forward if we act collectively. It’s a two-prong thing: it’s enshrining our ability to be individuals, but also to work together.

To that point, self-care has become a big buzzword lately—and it’s even harder to do when you have others you care for. Did you find it more difficult to take care of yourself when you became a mom?

Absolutely. When anything momentous happens in your life—if you take a big career turn, or you fall in love for the first time, or you have a child, adopt a child, even when you turn a certain age—it often takes a while to recalibrate and work it out. You realize, “I don’t have two legs anymore; I have four legs.” A lot of things went out the window for me for awhile. Looking after yourself is usually the first thing to go. But then I quickly realized if you’re incapable of looking after yourself, you’re incapable of looking after other people. It’s about trying to find as much as you can of a balance. I mean, life is constantly out of balance. I haven’t found a balance.

Totally. I think work-life balance is a myth.

It is a myth! Life is chaos. And that’s why taking literally three minutes for myself in the morning and at night—to put on two sets of moisturizers and a serum—sounds really small, but it certainly became an indispensable life raft. Now, I’m like, “I’m taking these three minutes, and I’m not leaving the house until I’ve done it.” You wouldn’t go out of the house without brushing your teeth, right? I do often go out of the house without brushing my hair. Something’s got to go! But I’ll always have moisturizer and sunscreen on—and underpants.

You mentioned earlier about there being societal pressure “even when you turn a certain age.” At what time in your life did you stop feeding into those unrealistic expectations?

I think there’s far more pressure on women than there is on men. The fact that we’re having this very conservation is proof. I think, like anybody, you have good days, and you have bad days. It doesn’t really have a rhyme or a reason. The media often says [that] when you hit 40 or 50, or whatever the milestone is, you have to prepare yourself for it. I think we all grow in very random, personal ways. So anything you have to do to make yourself feel better or more confident, whether it’s looking after your skin, getting a massage, going to the gym, or sleeping—anything!—you should do it.

We often talk about quick beauty fixes, but sometimes you just need to sit down and turn your phone off for 20 minutes, and that’s all you need to make your face relax. People think you look so much better, and it’s just because you’ve gotten rid of the stress. It’s hard, particularly at the moment. I think there’s a lot of fear and anxiety being cultivated by our various governments around the world. It’s increased people’s stress loads. Give up social media. That’ll take 10 years off you.

Do you think the way we discuss aging and self-care has evolved?

I grew up in a house with three generations of women. I was brought up by my mother and my grandmother in the same house. So I’ve grown up around people older than me. I think as a society, we need to banish the notion of “old age.” We don’t get to know and cohabit and mingle with people who are several generations ahead of us. And as a result, we’ve become more fearful of aging. And you know, how funny my mom and my grandmother were, how active they were, [it was inspiring]. I used to love hearing the stories from when they were girls. So it’s never been a fearful space for me. I mean, no one wants to die. But we’re all heading in that direction, and it’s really helped me move through knowing that there are more interesting things to come.

And, look, I’m very privileged. I’m financially secure. I have healthy children. I’ve been blessed in a lot of ways, so it’s very easy for me to say that [I’m comfortable]. And you know, it wasn’t always that way for me. It certainly wasn’t for my mother or my grandmother. But growing up alongside them was really formative.

What were their viewpoints on aging? Did they ever give you advice?

My grandmother had a few regrets, I think. [Her big lesson to me] was don’t leave life regretting not having done something. Don’t say, “I wish I had done that.” Just go and try and do it. But on a practical level, my mother was very big on protection and moisturizing—taking care of herself the best she could then. She had limited means, but she still took care of herself. She didn’t expose herself to the sun. And that’s something that was passed down to me, which I’m really grateful for.

And before we go, what are you looking forward to most this Mother’s Day?

I’m looking forward to having no plans whatsoever. Just an open horizon for the whole day. That’s my idea of bliss.

This interview has been edited and condensed.

via Glamour

[Video] Cate Blanchett – Singapore Fashion Week (2015) #SKII
Posted on
Apr 14, 2017

[Video] Cate Blanchett – Singapore Fashion Week (2015) #SKII

Hey everyone!

Another old video has also emerged! It is from 2015 when Cate Blanchett attended the Singapore Fashion Week to promote SK-II. Enjoy the video and the caps below!

Cate_Blanchett FW from Elgin Quek on Vimeo.

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[Video] Behind-the-Scenes with Cate Blanchett – SK-II
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Apr 14, 2017

[Video] Behind-the-Scenes with Cate Blanchett – SK-II

Hi everyone!

An old behind-the-scenes with Cate Blanchett for SK-II has emerged. The video shows makeup artist Mary Greenwell using SK-II products to create Cate’s flawless look. Enjoy the video and caps below!

Behind-the-Scenes with Cate Blanchett – SK-II-HD from Inma Varandela on Vimeo.

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Cate Blanchett shares exactly what she does to keep her face looking so fresh #SKII
Posted on
Mar 29, 2017

Cate Blanchett shares exactly what she does to keep her face looking so fresh #SKII

Hey everybody!

New promotional interview with Cate Blanchett for SK-II available on Pop Sugar! Enjoy the reading!!!

We could go on and on about how flawless Cate Blanchett‘s skin is, but if you probably already know she’s a goddess. The 47-year-old actress and longtime SK-II ambassador took time out of her busy schedule to share exactly what she does, uses, and avoids to keep her face looking so damn fresh. Keep reading to learn the recipe to gorgeous, glowing skin straight from her mouth. Hint: you’re not getting it at the doctor’s office!

Be Consistent

“I’m very interested in fashion, but not when it comes to skin care. Each month, there seems to be a new product or a new theory — new this, a new that. Find something that works and stick to it. For me it’s been the Facial Treatment Essence, and I’ve been using it for 15 years. Obviously the SK-II product line has evolved over time, so I tend to make my own facials within that range.”

DIY Your Own Facials

“It depends on what I’m doing, like where I’m filming. I’ll incorporate a mask, and I’ll alternate between a brightening mask and the Facial Treatment Mask — and definitely an eye mask. I’ll put essence on in the morning and also over the makeup, because it sets it if you spray it on. Then I’ll put the LXP range in the evening. If I’m on stage, I’ll make sure I cleanse properly. So I use the Facial Treatment Oil.

It’s all about layering. I used to think, ‘Oh, do you really need a serum?’ Your skin drinks in all these things and they work in combination. You can tailor a facial or adapt your skin care ritual according to the conditions that you’re subjecting your skin to depending on the nature of the skin, the time of year, and how much you’re out in the elements or in an enclosed environment.”

Exfoliate Your Skin Daily

“The only thing SK-II doesn’t make is an exfoliant, so I tend to use the Dermalogica one. I never used to exfoliate, but now that I do, I think it’s a good thing to do regularly.

You can’t treat a problem unless you get the top layer of dead skin off, and we’re constantly covered in dead skin. So it’s important to get it off.

I would exfoliate every day if I’m filming, because you spend the entire day in makeup. I just need to do it psychologically, as well (laughs), to end the day.”

Don’t Do Cosmetic Surgery Out of Fear

“I’ve seen incredible things done with people who had birthmarks and things that they had lasers remove, or they had a blemish or something that made them feel self-conscious and they had it lasered off. You always get asked this as an actress, as if you’re meant to form a judgment on what other people do. If people want to do that stuff, that’s their business, and I think the only way forward is to not judge each other so harshly.

For me personally, it’s not a look I’m interested in, but if people want to do that, then that’s fine. If you’re doing it out of fear, then you’ve really got to get back to the source and say, ‘What am I frightened of?’ because we’re all getting older. Do we know the long-term effects of using these things? That’s what would worry me.”

Use Face Oil to Stay Hydrated on a Plane

“I used to decant the Facial Treatment Essence in a spray bottle, but now they actually make one, so I take that. They make this beautiful product — it’s a Facial Treatment Oil — which is really super hydrating. I’ll take that and a mask. Even though it’s very boring, just try to drink water.”

Liquid Vitamins Are the Secret to Glowing Skin

“I just started taking these really great skin vitamins. It’s called Aethern. I’ve never heard of it before, but someone recommended it to me. It’s a liquid vitamin. I do think it’s what you ingest. I’ve always been very big on my kids taking vitamins, but I often forget myself.”

Take Probiotics For a Healthy Gut

“The health of your gut is really, really important. To help your gut, take a probiotic — that’s a thing I take. Some people can eat pizza, and it’s fine for them. Everybody’s systems are different. Some people don’t do well with red meat, and some people need red meat. It completely depends on your body type and your blood type. What I would say is good for everybody is taking a probiotic; if your gut is healthy, then you’re more likely to have healthier skin.”

Eliminate Coffee For Better Skin

“I find it very hard to be without coffee. Forget my skin care ritual — that’s my wake-up ritual! I know when I don’t have coffee my skin is much better.”

Massage Your Face to Chill Out

“Life’s very stressful — no matter what you do, no matter where you live. Particularly the world now is going to hell in a handbag. Do anything you can to help relieve that stress. For me, my luxury is having a massage. I’ll always ask them to massage my face. Anything that increases the blood circulation to relax your face [is good], because we carry so much stress in our face. You can always tell when someone has either had sex or gone on a holiday, because their skin looks better and their face is relaxed.”

Posted on
Mar 23, 2017

Cate Blanchett on Female Judgment and How She’s Moisturized for Over a Decade

Hey everyone!

New promotional interview for SK II and one more beautiful photo!

Judi Dench once compared Cate Blanchett’s complexion to that of a white peach. It’s not entirely a euphemism — in person on the morning of the blizzard, Blanchett’s skin appears firm, refreshingly tan-free, supported by excellent bone structure, and yet, without an overdone layer of Hollywood gloss (nary any obvious contour, highlight, or anything you might find on Instagram). Minus a brief stint when she played Bob Dylan and actively tried to moisturize less so that her complexion was more true to the musician, Blanchett has been keeping herself exquisitely moisturized for 13 years with SK-II, the legendary Japanese beauty brand for which she has been a spokesmodel for 13 years (it’s one of the longest-running spokesmodel gigs in the business). The Academy Award winner is very convincing, as she talks to me about why she believes she’s found the One when it comes to skin care, how she’s looked beyond lip service to truly recognize flaws as beautiful, aging without judgment, and why she’s very, very blonde in the upcoming Ocean’s Eight movie.

I read that you loved facial mists so much that you managed to convince SK-II to make one.
I’ve been pestering them for a long time! I used to decant it into a spray bottle. I would put it on in the morning or during the day over makeup. I found working in film, particularly with HD, putting powder on really reads on camera. If you spray the Essence on it, it sets the makeup, and keep you looking hydrated. Finally, after about ten years of working with them, they did it [SK-II Mid-Day Essence Spray]! I was very pleased.

What do you do for your skin when you’re traveling?
Well, the Essence is it. I carry that with me all the time. The Facial Treatment Oil is hydrating. I’ll take a Facial Treatment Mask and an Eye Mask. Or I’ll decant a little of the LXP cream. I like to decant the LXP cream, too.

Do you still get strange looks when you’re doing a mask on a plane?

Um. I guess I do. But I’ve done it for so long. I usually wait till the lights are out, but I forget I’ve got them on. You don’t want to eat through them, that gets a bit ugly. If you leave them on too long, you realize how dehydrating the plane is. After 20 minutes, it goes completely dry.

We’re excited about your new role in Ocean’s Eight. Can you tell me about it and how you’re conceptualizing the character?
It’s a great, great bunch of women. I’ve been in the same movie with Helena [Bonham Carter], but never acted with her. I’ve never worked with Anne [Hathaway], but she’s gorgeous. And it was great to finally work with Sandy [Bullock].

We wanted to make sure everyone in the film had a distinct look. That’s the fun of the film — that these unlikely bunch of people are bound together to pull off a heist. You would look at them on a subway train, or walking down the street, and not be able to see how they could connect.

I worked with the costume designer, hair and makeup team to design my look. It’s part of the fun. A lot of times, people think your role as an actor is passive, but it’s not. For me, my character is a nightclub owner, so I looked punk into the ’80s. In the film, you’ll see I’m very, very blonde and bleached. My character moved through the punk, but we used that as an initial starting point. I’m very visually stimulated, and sometimes it can be a gallery image or piece of music that will inspired me. I’d been listening to a lot of Siouxsie Sioux during Thor and thought about that period, so that was influential to me.

People often use the word “perfect” to describe you. Does that surprise you?
They should see me at 6 a.m. I just try to look the best I can at whatever age I am. I’m interested in fashion and how people express themselves differently though clothing over time. I’m not interested in fashion when it comes to skin care. My skin is in pretty good condition and has been stable, because I found something that really works for me, and I’ve stuck with it.

How have your ideas about beauty evolved?
Well, it’s constantly changing. People talk about the idea of perfection, but I love that the Japanese idea about beauty involves flaws. Like, if you got a beautiful ceramic pot there would be a flaw in it. And the flaw in it is beautiful. A beautiful flower arrangement is always slightly asymmetric. It allows for a greater sense of people’s individuality. I always find people attractive when they are comfortable with their own skin and not trying to be someone else, but their best selves. They might have a slightly big nose or asymmetric eyes or interesting hair, but there’s a naturalness to them.

Some people are embarrassed by extensive beauty routines, or to even care about beauty at all, for fear it can make them seem vain. What do you think?
The best piece of advice is to wear sunscreen and not go out in the harsh Australian sun. You could say that’s looking after your skin. From a vanity perspective, you don’t want to be old and wrinkly. But it’s also protected my skin. It’s very different from makeup. Your skin is the biggest organ in our body. Exfoliate [Dermalogica makes a good one — Daily Microfoliant], moisturize, and wear sunscreen. That’s it. That’s fine. I’m very conscious of sun damage in my children.

What’s your sunscreen of choice?
I use a good one by Neutrogena. I also like a Swiss one called Daylong. In France, there’s a lot of good ones you can buy over the counter.

We often pay a lot of lip service to accepting imperfection, but when did it become real for you?
As a woman, it takes a lot of strength. There’s so much pressure. I really long for a time when women aren’t mean to other women about it, and aren’t judgmental about what other women do. I don’t expect everyone to subscribe to the same type of beauty I’m interested in. Everyone is different, but it would be good to take that pressure off ourselves. There’s so much pressure on women to look a certain way, or be a certain thing, or to think that their outward appearance is the most important part of their personality or character. It’s certainly a part of it, but not the most important thing.

When I started working in the film industry, I was working with a lot of women. Some of the women were interested in the work and the characters. Some, more in how they look. I realized that I didn’t want to be in the latter. I want to be interested in the work. I want to look out at the world. I want to be interested in the job at hand. I should look how the character should look, and not think about how I look. The obsession on one’s looks can make you a bit crazy. And I thought, I don’t want to go crazy.

Hollywood and its unattainable standards for anti-aging are well-known. How has the way you thought about aging changed over time?
Well, I’m older. You’re older than you were last year. People talk about it a lot. Being consistent with the one skin-care line and not giving into the professional fear about it, has made me feel a lot more at peace with whatever age I am. I think my skin is a lot more resilient. I have fewer breakouts than I did in my 20s, which you can say is partially hormonal, but also because I’m not changing it up. I’m not anxious about my skin. Strangely, the more people are talking about anti-aging, the less I feel anxious about it.

When I was in my teens and 20s, it was what you put on top of your skin. Certainly since having children, I realized it was all about skin care. When people are having issues with their skin, that’s when they don’t feel as confident, and they start to retreat. All that other stuff you layer on top — or we inject into our faces, or other things people are into — are ways to try and hide. It becomes less significant or less important. But for me, it’s about looking the best you can at whatever age.

There’s a big difference between altering your appearance and trying to work with what you got. My philosophy is to work with what you got. It’s about feeling comfortable in your own skin. But it’s easy to form judgment on other people. For me, I’ve just grown up that way. My mother is not someone who has surgically enhanced herself. It doesn’t seem natural to me. But that’s just me — ultimately, I believe women have judged other women too long.

This interview has been condensed and edited.

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Mar 17, 2017

[Interviews] Cate Blanchett shares a few of her favorite things #SKII

Hello everyone!

Two more promotional interviews with Cate for SK II. Enjoy the reading!

Cate Blanchett Loves Japanese Skin Care, Italian Food, And Rick Owens Onesies

“Look, I am really interested in fashion, but not when it comes to skin care,” deadpanned Cate Blanchett, the Oscar-winning actor who recently decamped from her native Australia to New York City for her Broadway debut in The Present.

The red carpet risk taker, who regularly earns a spot atop every best dressed list, admitted to being far less daring when it comes to maintaining her poreless complexion. “I’ve learned that when you find something that works, you stick with it,” she said during a blizzardy afternoon as we discussed her longtime role as brand ambassador of SK-II.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, SK-II is releasing a limited edition bottle of its cult favorite (read on to hear Blanchett wax poetic about its nourishing effects) Facial Treatment Essence festively decorated with flowering cherry blossoms. “Isn’t it beautiful,” Blanchett said of the design. “It fits perfectly with the Japanese heritage of SK-II.”

We asked Blanchett to fill in our T&C Questionnaire, and she let us in on her skin care secrets (you’ll want to take notes) and Mother’s Day traditions, while sharing the surprisingly practical ensemble that has been getting her through this New York winter.

What is the beauty product you can’t stop talking about?

Well, I have been using the SK-II essence for about 15 years now and was thrilled when they finally released it as a mist last year. I have been at them for about 10 years to put it in a spray dispenser because that’s what I have always done when I’m traveling. If I could only take one product with me, it would be that. I also love to use it during particularly long hours on a film set. Rather than putting makeup on again, you can just refresh it and feel hydrated. It sets makeup without leaving that powdery look.

I also use the SK-II LXP serum, eye cream, and moisturizer morning and night. And since I am on stage [in The Present] at the moment, I am using the oil cleanser. Ordinarily, I would use the gel cleanser, but the cleansing oil really takes everything off. I am removing makeup three times a night, eight times a week. My eye area takes a bit of beating, but the oil cleanser is really gentle.

When I’m on a film set, I feel the need to exfoliate because I am wearing my makeup so much longer. SK-II doesn’t do an exfoliator, so I use one from Dermalogica or this Australian company called Intraceuticals.

What is most important to you: skin care, makeup, or fragrance?

I could go without wearing makeup for sure. Skin is the largest organ in the body, so if your skin is feeling healthy, then you feel brighter and more positive about entering the day. If you’ve got an allergy or an outbreak, then you are going to feel slightly less get up and go. And then fragrance really alters your mood. Those two things are really important to me.

I am very lazy when it comes to makeup—I guess because I spend a lot of time in it portraying other people. So when I am just me, I use mascara. And if it’s a big, exciting day, I’ll wear some lipstick.

Do you have a favorite fragrance?

I worked with an actor on stage years ago, who changed her fragrance depending on the role, and I thought that was very interesting. For instance, when I was on stage with Isabelle Huppert [in The Maids], she gave me a fragrance that she had designed with a fragrance house, so I wore it and it became the scent I associated with that story and that character. I am currently wearing Giorgio Armani Sì [editor’s note: Blanchett is a spokesperson for the fragrance] on stage because the character is very of optimistic and outward looking and forward thinking, so that feels like a very positive way to enter the role.

What’s your favorite restaurant in New York? Sydney?

There is a Japanese restaurant that I love. It’s a bit of an underground one in Tudor City. And then there is an Italian spot called Il Buco that is down on Bond Street. It’s the one we’ve probably been to most. In Sydney, likewise, it’s an Italian restaurant called Buon Ricordo.

What is your favorite place to vacation?

This year, I’m looking forward to going home to Australia.

What is your best travel hack?

Besides packing my SK-II mist, I put electrolytes in my water to help keep hydrated and bounce back after a flight.

Is there anyone who makes you feel star struck?

Gosh, lots of people, but Meryl Streep for sure.

What is your favorite movie? Theater production?

That’s like asking who your favorite child is! You know what I saw recently that has really stayed with me is Martin Scorsese’s Silence. Theater is trickier because once we’re on stage, we are in sync with all of the other shows and I don’t get to see anything. While we were in rehearsals, I went and saw as much as I could. I really loved Ivo van Hove’s Kings of War.

When I feel like I have nothing to wear, I reach for ________.

I went to Tokio 7 on the Lower East Side recently. It’s got second hand clothing on consignment, and I found an unworn Rick Owens onesie. I’ve been wearing that and a pair of Acne boots.

What is your go-to drink?

Grapefruit juice and vodka.

Do you have any Mother’s Day traditions?

Mother’s Day has always been far more important to my mother than her birthday. We never really were allowed to celebrate her birthday, but we would celebrate Mother’s Day. It’s all about something that you write—a message that you write. It’s always a big celebration, and we have a lot of May birthdays in my family, so we do try to gather. If it’s not on the day, we try to have a Mother’s Day celebration close to the day.

Fill in the blank: People are most likely to come to me for advice about _________.

Skin care!

What is the best advice you ever received?

To quote a drama teacher from school, “If you are going to fail, fail gloriously.”

How cate blanchett maintains her crazy-glowy skin while traveling

Though Cate Blanchett wasn’t the one reverse-aging in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, you could say she’s doing it IRL. The Australian beauty and Oscar-winning actress’ porcelain skin has remained virtually unchanged over the course of her uber-successful career.

Besides starting her day with lemon water (a celeb fave), wearing minimal makeup, and always covering up with sunscreen, the star revealed another key beauty secret that keeps her glowing—no matter how often she has to fly for work.

In a recent interview with Allure, Blanchett revealed how she deals with the dreaded (and drying) air on airplanes: She’s all about doing treatments mid-flight.

“I mask on the plane, but I wait until the lights go off,” she says (relatable to those of us who don’t quite have the guts to look like a scary movie villain in front of a bunch of strangers). “Although sometimes I’m so desperate I can’t wait, so I’ll put an eye mask on.”

Blanchett also notes that she keeps a facial mist with her for up-in-the-air skin refreshers. Hey, doing your beauty routine at 40,000 feet isn’t the craziest thing celebrities do while they travel—it’s not like Blanchett has her SoulCycle bike in tow, a la Lady Gaga. And let’s face it: You definitely can’t argue with her results.

via Town and Country & Well and Good