Cate Blanchett: How to simplify your beauty regime
The actress reveals her secrets.
I love products I can apply at night; any process that can happen while I'm sleeping always saves time. If I have to read something in bed, I'll put a face mask on and put almond oil in my hair and wash it out in the morning. I try to get eight hours every night, but my sleeping habits are erratic, at best. My husband and I seem to have developed a revolving-bed system at home. We've got three boys, and one will come into our bed at 11 o'clock, then the next at three, and the other at about five. I've become used to sleeping in two-hour blocks.
A routine that works
People always ask actresses, 'aren't you frightened of ageing?' and, 'don't you feel the pressure?' Blah, blah, blah. I actually feel less pressure than a lot of other people I know, because I've got a routine that works for me. I feel more confident in my skin than I did 10 years ago, and not everyone can say that. Everyone's age-focused because we're all going the same way and trying to resist it, but just work with what you've got. I'm really basic and lazy with products, and have stuck with SK-II products because they work for me. Before a big night out, I put on an eye mask and illuminating mask.
I love the whole process of developing a character with make-up, and, as a young child, I was always really interested in how cosmetics can change a face. When I'm not acting, I like to keep my make-up simple. I tend to look like a panda if I wear too much. I mix foundation with sunscreen and then apply a bit of cheek colour - it's great for waking up a pale complexion. I usually just lift my eyes with some mascara, but Tom Ford's eyeshadow palettes are great, as they make contouring really easy.
The way you apply your skincare and make-up is very important. I think the more you work under the dermis, the less you have to conceal. I love having my make-up done - particularly when it's the master make-up artist Mary Greenwell who is doing it - but I think massage is key. That's one thing I learnt from Mary. You always think of make-up as clogging your skin, as you slap on foundation and it just sits on the surface. Use a serum foundation, and then massage it into your skin. It will look much more natural.
An alternative treat
I'm scared of facials - I don't want anyone else picking at my skin! If your skin looks sluggish, it's probably because you're a bit sluggish, so if you're feeling like that, try acupuncture, as it's all about blood flow. I have it whenever I can. When I'm on set, I love cleansing my face with a hot towel. I'd shave if I could! People often say men look better as they age, and it's because they exfoliate every day with shaving. I tend not to exfoliate that much, though, because I know if I cleanse properly I won't need to. It's all about saving time.