Why Cate Blanchett's skin looks SO good

The Oscar winner uses an old trick of her grandmother's!

InStyle Contributor / May 25 2017

Cate Blanchett is one of Australia’s hottest exports. Besides bagging herself two Oscars (sadly she just missed out on her third, with the 2016 Best Actress award going to Room's Brie Larson), and a multitude of other awards, she’s the face and ambassador for Giorgio Armani Sí ambassador). 

She sat down with InStyle and shared some of her favourite products in her cosmetics case, and revealed the secret to her glowing complexion. 

Let’s talk skin. We all want the Cate Blanchett glow. What’s your trick?

“Glow? Possibly on the nights I get more than four hours’ sleep, or after a massage when I can sneak one in! Facial massage with a good moisturiser, even a quick self-administered one, wakes up the skin. Cold spoons o n the eyelids—an old trick of my grandmother’s—helps to de-puff the eye area.”

Are you strict about maintaining your regimen?

“I don’t chop and change skin care. I’ve been using the same brand for 13 years, so I’m fairly consistent, and I stay hydrated—boring but true.”

You let your pale skin show, a rarity in a country where bronzer is so popular. How important is sun protection to you?

“It’s absolutely vital. I’m lucky that my mother insisted on it with me from a very early age,when it wasn’t widespread or popular.”

What role does fragrance play in your routine? Does it hold more importance than spritzing it on before you dash out the door?

“I don’t like skin care that’s scented, which is one reason I love SK-II. I prefer to add a scent as a mood changer afterwards.”

Cate Blanchett’s beauty must-haves:

Evo Haze Styling Powder: “I’ve recently been using this, which gives my hair body after I’ve washed it.” 

Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara: “I rarely wear makeup during the day, but a lick of mascara is always welcome.” 

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Hepburn Honey: I relish a good lipstick – it’s a real pick-me-up. Charlotte Tilbury does some fantastic lasting colours. Hepburn Honey is a favourite at the moment.”

Evo Haze Styling Powder

Kevyn Aucoin The Essential Mascara

Charlotte Tilbury K.I.S.S.I.N.G Lipstick in Hepburn Honey

SK-II Mid-Day Miracle Essence: “I can’t live without this. It’s handbag size and a quick sprtiz keeps your skin hydrated for hours.” 

Giorgio Armani Sí EDP: “I love this for every day, whether I’m in rehearsals or preparing a meal for the family.” 

Giorgio Armani Sí Intense EDP: “When I’m travelling, I prefer [this fragrance]. The exotic scent revives me on car and plane journeys.”

SK-II Mid-Day Miracle Essence

Giorgio Armani Sí EDP

Giorgio Armani Sí Intense EDP

Given her fame, Cate is no stranger to the red carpet, meaning she’s shown off hundreds of beauty looks. Check out what she has to say about these four.

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