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Cate Blanchett's Beauty And Style Secrets

Cate Blanchett.
Cate Blanchett.

Cate Blanchett.

Dame Judi Dench taught me a trick she uses before a photo shoot which is to put your arms up in the air so the blood drains down and makes your hands look less veiny. She says it’s your hands that give away your age.

Over the years I’ve learned to accept that pale is me. I’ve had fake tan for a couple of films, and tried it myself when I was about 12, but it doesn’t really work for me. Sunscreen has always been my best friend.

I think it’s best to stay away from fads. Despite working in LA, I’m never tempted to try all the weird things on offer. My friend had an eyelash perm before her wedding and her lashes ended up lying flat to her eyelid. Other things to avoid are over-plucking your brows or over-curling your lashes, as I’ve been told it can make them grow straight.

Sweetness is not a purely feminine characteristic, don’t you think? We are living in a time when concepts of ‘masculine’ and ‘feminine’ values are being revised. Si is certainly a perfume that emphasizes the power of women.

Everyone always talks about actresses having Botox as though it’s something that only happens in Hollywood, but Hollywood is a state of mind not a place. I don’t want to preach about what peple should do, but I think it’s about looking after yourself and working with what you’ve got.

Shaving off my hair is so liberating. I had to do it once for a film role, but I’ve done it periodically too. At school it was probably to rebel, but I cut my hair short a few years ago and I’m thinking about doing it again.

Make-up artists can change the way you look. The way they highlight your cheekbones or shade your nose is amazing, but I can’t do it myself. The most elaborate I get is liquid eyeliner and mascara, and I love a good lipstick.

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