Cate Blanchett is one of Hollywood's great beauties, and she is ageing more gracefully than most.
So what's the 44-year-old's anti-ageing secret? "Not to think about it too much to be honest," the star of Blue Jasmine told us, "and sleep. You can't turn back time but you can try and sleep longer." But we wanted more from Blanchett.
What about the beauty bits in-between "not thinking too much" and saving our skin with "sleep"? Blanchett is, of course, now Global Ambassador for luxury skin care brand SK-II.
Well, asides from the invaluable advice from her mother "to keep out of the sun... I was never going to be the bronzed beach bunny," she admits, there are indeed a few ground rules when it comes to Blanchett's beauty.
"It's a lot to do with what you put into your body but it's also to do with what you put on your skin," says the Australian actress who relies on consistency, good skincare, acupuncture, massage and eyelash tinting - her "pick me up."
Banking her sleep means a "pretty fast and furious," four step regime each morning for Blanchett. "LXP Ultimate Revival Essence, LXP Ultimate Revival Serum, LXP Ultimate Revival Moisturiser (all by SKII) and then I'll use sun screen and rush out the door," she says.
By evening, "it's everything in reverse. If I've been on stage I'll use an oil cleanser and if not then a foaming cleanser. If I'm going out I'll put a mask on, a SK-II Facial Treatment Mask. That's my one stop facial." And she sticks with it. "I think regularity is something your skin responds to. I put SK-II Facial Treatment Essence on which seems to lock in the moisture but also feeds my skin. It's like a vitamin drink for my skin."
The Oscar winner's signature beauty look, which she describes as "pretty minimal," is just as fast to nail - "I rarely have time for make-up. Anything I can put on in the car I'll use."
It helps that Blanchett has learnt fast trickery from the best in the business as she explains; "being on stage and also working with really great make-up artists such as Mary Greenwell and Morag Ross and Ginny Lebell, you do learn a few tricks and also you can change your face with shading," she says. Her face formula? "Probably a pale-ish lip and anything I can do to open my eyes up a bit - they're a bit squinty looking."
Squinty eyes opened (though we'd say 'feline'), Blanchett is invariably a picture of health. Believing that beauty works too from the inside out she says, "if your insides are healthy then your skin will be healthier.
And that's why I think it's important to feed the base root of your skin not just the surface of it." It's one of the reasons she "loves a bit of acupuncture and a good strong therapeutic massage....although it's not as regular as I like."
Blanchett's exercise plan is a little less regular too, "it's inconsistent at best," she admits. "I'll go through a period where I do something three to four times a week for a month then I'll go two months without doing a single thing.
"I'm pretty active and when I'm on stage it's physical. I keep saying this is the year of consistent regular exercise but it hasn't happened. Next year - 2014!"
Boosting beauty confidence is ultimately about "working with what you've got," says Blanchett. "Not trying to look like everybody else," she says. Just don't ask her to do her own hair. "I used to dye my own hair and I rapidly learnt that was a mistake," she reveals.
"And if I try and blow dry my own hair - I end up looking like a sheep dog. I've got to develop a greater ambidexterity but I can't use the blow dryer and the brush at the same time. So it usually just goes up in an elastic band."