CATE THE GREAT Os­car-win­ner, mould-breaker, and ethe­real SK-II am­bas­sador, the tal­ented thes­pian Cate Blanchett drops by Sin­ga­pore to talk chang­ing des­tinies and in­spir­ing a new mir­a­cle. By Li Ying Lim.

Harper’s Bazaar (Malaysia) - - Beauty -

Of­ten the mo­ments in my life where the most pro­found changes hap­pened, I’ve taken an un­usual turn­ing of the road. It’s opened up many other doors, be­cause I haven’t stayed on the safe path nec­es­sar­ily. SK-II’s a re­ally in­ter­est­ing case in point, in that I’m Cau­casian, and I’m the am­bas­sador for an Asian brand. And peo­ple are sur­prised when they hear I had been us­ing the whiten­ing range, be­cause that seems to be a very Eastern ob­ses­sion rather than a Western one. But I think there’s a lot that the West can clearly learn from Eastern no­tions of beauty. What I love about SK-II is that the science is real and it is also mak­ing peo­ple look the best they can. How may it man­i­fest in a per­son? I look at cer­tain peo­ple – artists such as Ge­or­gia O’Keeffe and Louise Bour­geois, or ac­tresses like Liv Ull­mann and Char­lotte Ram­pling – and you can tell, through the way their faces have grace­fully aged, that they had re­ally in­ter­est­ing lives and that they’re es­pe­cially mag­netic. When you meet them, you meet their minds as much as their physiques. Their per­son­al­i­ties con­tinue to evolve and get so much richer.

SK- II Mid- Night

Mir­a­cle Essence,

RM232 HY­DRATE 24/7 Cate Blanchett’s habit of car­ry­ing her Fa­cial Treat­ment Essence in a spray ev­ery­where she goes has inspired

the new Mir­a­cle Essences. With finer par­ti­cles to al­low bet­ter

pen­e­tra­tion of the sig­na­ture Pit­era, these sprays come in Mid- Day for in­stant re­ju­ve­na­tion in the af­ter­noon, and Mid- Night for a sooth­ing ef­fect to ward off the ox­ida­tive

dam­age of the day.

SK- II Mid- Day Mir­a­cle Essence,

RM232 Ev­ery­one talks about be­ing hy­drated in­ter­nally, but you’ve got to feed your skin. It makes sense to mois­turise with the essence con­tin­u­ally. Hence my habit of pour­ing Fa­cial Treat­ment Essence into a spray bot­tle and tak­ing it with me wher­ever I go. I also put the masks and the eye cream in the re­frig­er­a­tor. There’s some­thing about putting cold masks and cream on your eye area that is re­ally sooth­ing, and it also wakes me up in the morn­ing. There is a sense that peo­ple with great in­tel­li­gence could squan­der that. Those with great skin can have some ex­po­sure or use prod­ucts and get an in­sane amount of cos­metic surgery and all you see is their panic. I think it’s what you ex­pose your­self to, who you sur­round y your­self with, and what you ac­tu­ally do with your life. Just work with what you’ve got and don’t panic. It’s not a ques­tion men ever get asked, is it? It re­ally isn’t. So a lot of what gets thrown at you has to be wa­ter off a duck’s back. Stay en­gaged with the world and think about your­self less.

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