Cate Blanchett: ‘Skin is a canvas’

Cate Blanchett: 'Skin is a canvas'
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Oscar-winning actress Cate Blanchett doesn’t like to experiment with skincare

The 46-year-old always looks radiant on the red carpet, and she credits her beauty regimen as being the key to her dewy glow, but while Cate loves to push the boundaries of fashion, she doesn’t take the same approach when it comes to her other cosmetic routines.

“I don’t experiment with skincare, because that’s kind of your canvas, in a way,” she explained to Yahoo! Beauty. “It’s also the biggest organ on your body, so I don’t want to be putting garbage into my skin. So that is unchanging, unwavering, and has been, basically, ever since I discovered SK-II all those years ago — god, 15 years ago.

“In terms of different colours or whatever, I will go far out as is needed, as left of centre as is needed, for a role. But I probably tend to be more adventurous with what I wear than the make-up.”

Cate’s simple approach to skincare comes from her mother June, who had a no-nonsense view on how to properly look after herself when the actress was growing up.

“She was very no-fuss and quite individual in her looks,” Cate added. “She was never trying to look like anybody else, and she always moisturised. You do look up to your mother, and I think you tend to imitate those things. It wasn’t that she lectured me, I think I just naturally followed in that.”

One thing Cate definitely learned from her mother was to look after her pale skin.

Growing up in Australia, all her friends were bronzed and tanned, and when Cate tried to follow their lead, June quickly brought her back to reality.

“I tried (to tan), I tried, and then covered myself in baby oil and went on the top of our tin roof,” she recalled. “My mother one day just climbed up the ladder and said, ‘Please get down.’ She gave me a big lecture on the fact that my pale skin was actually really beautiful, and why was I trying to be like all the other girls. That was really great because I went, OK, I’m not going to do that.”

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