Exclusive: Cate Blanchett Takes Us Inside Her Skincare Regimen

Considering Cate Blanchett’s incredibly accomplished career and many accolades, it almost feels silly to just zero in on her skin—but then again, the actress’s complexion definitely deserves its own conversation. It just glows, as if Blanchett has her own, built-in backlighting—even after a long flight across the globe and just three hours of sleep, which happened to be the case when we sat down with her last week. 

But the actress will be the first to tell you that it’s all a testament to her longstanding partnership with SK-II. It was nearly 15 years ago when she was first introduced to the cult skincare line by her longtime makeup artist, Mary Greenwell. After experiencing some discoloration during her pregnancy, Blanchett found that the brand’s signature Facial Treatment Essence ($165) cleared and perfected her skin—and the rest is history. 

Since Blanchett’s ambassadorship with SK-II was so organic, it probably makes sense that the brand’s newest product—a makeup-setting face mist called the Mid-Day Essence ($80)—has a similarly serendipitous backstory, inspired by the actress. Here, she tells us all about it and clues us into her other skincare secrets. Keep reading to find out Blanchett’s number one tip for women in their 20s, her secret to flawless-looking foundation, and more.