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Edited by on March 1 2012 at 12:01 AM

Exclusive: Cate Blanchett Reveals Her Glowing Skincare Secrets


It seems in Hollywood there’s such pressure to cosmetically enhance yourself, but you’re an advocate for a healthy skincare routine rather than buying into this era of taking the easy way out with plastic surgery. What made you go down this road?
Oh, I don’t think it’s just pressure in Hollywood but on women in general, don’t you? I think there’s been a decade, or probably more, of people really altering their faces and their bodies, and I think now we’re emerging and realizing it’s actually not so great looking long-term. I’m not sitting on a soapbox telling women what they should and shouldn’t do, I just know what works for me. But I don’t think the pressure is just on people who work in the film industry; I think it’s on women everywhere, and men too!

Do you have a special routine you go through before hitting the red carpet? Are there any additions to your everyday skincare regimen?
Oh god, I usually just fly in and fly out. Because my skin has been very balanced since I’ve been using SK-II, I don’t need to do anything else. When it gets dark on the plane, I’ll put on a Whitening Mask. The only thing different I’ll occasionally do is get a pure oxygen facial. Oh, and order a vodka tonic. [laughs]

What’s the best beauty advice you’ve received?
Usually it’s “don’t do this,” coming from women who have done it. It’s not particularly revolutionary advice but sound all the same. Like don’t curl your eyelashes because they’ll end up growing straight; don’t over-pluck your eyebrows because they won’t grow back – that’s the kind of advice I’ve received and listen to. I think we do so much to ourselves, and maybe it’s out of boredom. Just do less work, read a book or go for a walk instead when you feel like occupying your mind.

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Story by Amanda Gabriele

I stole my first pair of platforms from the Spice Bus in 1997 when Anglophilia was all the rage. Collector of vintage bags, vinyl and kitchen appliances. My dream of becoming a butcher is momentarily on hiatus so I can teach you how to wear muumuus and apply false eyelashes. Follow me on Twitter @CrystlMeatballs.