Oh, Cate. Your Snow White-esque creamy skin, god-like bone structure and delicate hair in the perfect shade of blond is to die for. To me, Cate Blanchett epitomizes a modern day Grace Kelly and her films are some of my absolute favorites. From Elizabeth to the Talented Mr. Ripley to her latest Oscar-winning performance in Blue Jasmine, she always nails it. She is known in the industry for her radiant and truly lit-from-within glow. Her visage is so flawless, in fact, that she was willing to go au naturel for the last scene in Blue Jasmine: “I wanted Jasmine to be utterly unmasked, without wearing a scrap of makeup,” she said.
At 44, Blanchett attributes her flawless complexion to SK-II, for which she is a global ambassador, and its star ingredient, Pitera (an amino-acid, mineral, and vitamin-rich yeast from Japan). So, do you want to know the secret to her look? Adapted from an interview she did with Style.com, I have pulled together her list of essentials that she swears by. Worried SK-II’s $195 Facial Treatment Essence is a tad too expensive? Duh. Don’t worry girls. I have got you covered with lower priced options that are just as effective. This is how to get Cate Blanchett skin…at half the price.
Cate swears by: SK-II Swarovski Elements Facial Treatment Essence, $100-195 – “I decant this into a spray bottle, and I have it with me all the time…I [take it] on the plane, I put it on in the car – whatever the season is.”
I recommend: While I have to agree with Cate, the SK-II Essence is like liquid Angel dust to the skin, the Caudalie Beauty Elixir, $18, is just a effective. It comes in various sizes, so I like to keep a big bottle in my bathroom, and the travel size in my purse, for a refreshing spritz on-the-go.
Cate swears by: Talika Lipocils Expert, $57 – “It made my eyelashes grow back.”
I recommend: NO joke, Revitalash Advanced, $150, hardcore works. I swear by it! If you don’t want to splurge on the serum, Tarte Lights, Camera, Lashes 4-in-1 Mascara, $19, does it all! As a lengthening, curling, volumizing, and conditioning, it’s dermatologist and clinically-proven to increase the appearance of lash volume by 424% after applying. Boom. Im using both, lol.
Cate swears by: Mac Full Lash Curler, $20 – “Obviously, I can’t live without an eyelash curler. This one’s got a little cushion on it.”
I recommend: Shiseido Eyelash Curler, $19, is also the best. Instead of buying a whole new curler when you have grown tired of your own, simply buy a new cushion for just $6.
Cate swears by: SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, $90, for six sheets – “Before [doing] press, I put on a mask every day, whereas otherwise I’d use it about once a week.”
I recommend: Yup, The SK-II is in fact, one of the best. I have talked about it numerous times before, and it’s one of Eva Chen’s favorites as well. As a serious mask user, I 100% believe Dr. Jart+ Water Fuse Water-Full Hydrogel Mask, $9-$42, is actually amazing. At $42 for 5 masks, the price is right. I discovered these babies backstage at Opening Cereomy and walked home with my very own. It was this season’s backstage essential that helped treat the overworked and stressed skin of each model. It leaves you super hydrated and glowy without making you breakout or red. Perfect for travel.
Cate swears by: Kevyn Aucoin Super Soft Buff Powder Brush, $60
I recommend: I love Sonia Kushuk’s brushes! They are super cute, and the price is totally right. Sold at target.
Cate swears by: World Organic Liquid Chlorophyll, $5.99 – “I’ve started taking liquid chlorophyll [to stay healthy]. “
I recommend: What she said. I am trying this.
Cate swears by: Manuka Health MGO 250+ Honey, $18.99 – “There are a couple places in Australia that do Manuka honey facials. I’m not a big facial person because between the SK-II masks and the moisturizers, I do my own, but if you’ve had a lot of sun and your feeling really depleted, you can put it on your face. I also put it on a teaspoon in the morning – it’s good for you and your gut. And if your gut is in good condition, then your skin will be in good condition.”
I recommend: OMG this is so true! I am obsessed with OM Detox Manuka Honey Mask, $56! I actually used it yesterday morning, and last night my skin was GLOWING. IT WORKS. YOU NEED THIS. But I am going to take Cate’s advice and try the honey straight up on my face. Why not?
Cate swears by: SK-II Brightening Derm Specialist Concentrate, $160 – “We’ve had a really hot summer in Australia, and the sun has been really strong, so there’s a twenty-eight-day whitening program from SK-II. I thought, I just need to take the edge off.”
I recommend: If you actually think about it, you are only paying $5.70 per day for a 28 day treatment. I think this is a great way to splurge.
Cate swears by: Philip Kingsley Elasticizer Pre-Shampoo Treatment, $45 – “I’ve got really fine hair, so if you blow-dry it a lot it will break. I’ll keep it on all day.”
I recommend: I’m newly obsessed with Living Proof No Frizz Leave-In Conditioner, $24. It’s like the super intense moisturizing leave-in that restores dry, damaged and chemically treated hair, while effectively blocking humidity for truly frizz-free locks. Sulfate free too.
Cate swears by: SK-II Signs Eye Mask, $100 – “My mother used to put metal spoons in the freezer to reduce [puffiness] and wake herself up. I started putting these eye masks in the fridge, so that when you put them on it stimulates your skin. I also work with makeup artist Mary Greenwell and she’s really big on massage. I use my fingertips to massage in the product, which feels nice. It wakes you up.”
I recommend: While, as you know, I love SK-II’s version, Glam Glow Brightmud Eye Treatment, $69, is totally worth it and just as good. I love their mask so much, I’m tempted to use it daily. I use it especially when I’ve had a long night, and still want to look as though I got my beauty sleep. It even gets rid of dark circles and reduces puffiness. A must have.
Cate swears by: Tarte Cheek Stain in Blissful, $30 – “I do like a cheek stain. I can put it on in the car.”
I recommend: Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stains, $7, are amazzzzzing. Sure, sure, they were originally intended for the lips, but who is to say that they can’t be used to perk up your little cheeks? I love a good blush and there are so many colors to choose from. They also have this mild minty scent, that reminds me of the Tarte Lip Surgence Stains that I love as well. Unapologetic and Showy are my favorites.
With these products in your pocket, you’ll be on your way to Cate Blanchett beautiful in no time.