Prepping Cate Blanchett for Her Golden Globes Win


Our dear pal Jeanine Lobell took a refreshingly soft-handed approach to Cate Blanchett's Golden Globes makeup. Think of it as diet formal makeup—formal makeup light for our European readers. Just powder foundation blended with powder blush (Lancôme Translucence Mattifying Silky Press Powder and Nars Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love) to define her cheeks, Nars brow shader and gel, and a sheer rosy lip created by layering two of Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipsticks—the pinky nude Boudoir over the raspberry Scarlatto. She forwent eyeliner (which we didn't even realize was an option for these kind of things) for lots of mascara and a few individual lashes, creating depth on the lids by dusting the golden pink shadows from Chanel Les 4 Ombres Quadra Eye Shadow palette in Intuition beneath a dab of the shell pink, shimmery Illusion D'Ombre Long Wear Luminous Eyeshadow in Emerveillé

No cat eye, no bold red lip, no Kardashian-level contouring—is it just us or does HDTV make too much of this kind of thing look like spackled-on stage makeup? Jeanine did tell us that she prepped Cate's skin with the mythical SK-II Facial Treatment Mask, "I'm not sure what kind of voodoo is in that thing but it's basically the equivalent of drinking Lake Placid in terms of rehydration." And that, readers, is why thousands of women shell out the big bucks to sit around the house looking like hockey-masked serial killers.

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  • Brenda

    Do you use all natural face creams?

  • unvanquished

    Maybe I'm crazy but that still seems like a lot of makeup to me. I know that these women (and men) usually wear a ridiculous amount of makeup on the red carpet but that isn't exactly minimalist. She looks like she has a totally bare face but she is wearing 3 times as many products as most people wear for a night out.

    • Adrienne Angelos

      Not to be catty, but, seriously? 3x as many products as most people wear for a night out? I know a lot of women who wear a lot more makeup on an every day basis than Ms. Blanchett did for the Golden Globes. Her lineup didn't include primer, concealer, eyeliner, bronzer, highlighter, lipgloss, or lipliner (which, I think, most make up artists would consider essential for anything but a nude lip at a highly photographed event).

      • unvanquished

        Well, I don't know anyone who ever wears that much makeup with the exception of a friend who has a large scar on her face. They're getting her ready for the Golden Globes so I don't blame them for using a lot of makeup but not everyone wears more than one lipstick, mascara, individual false lashes, foundation, blush, brow shade and gel, and eyeshadow. They just don't. The last time I went out I wore blush, mascara, and a little bit of eyeliner. And it isn't because I don't like makeup.

    • beeswaxnoneofyour

      I once read a Vogue? I think it was, article that said it took about 12 products to achieve the 'no makeup' makeup look. In the pic accompanying the article, sure enough, the model looked flawless but 'bare' - that naturally beautiful look - but if you really looked you could see that what was being done was evening out skin tone, adding small touches of highlighter to make skin glow, a little contouring to emphasize cheek bones, filling of brows to make them full and even, evening out eye lids and lining the eyes with a subtle brown, lining/blending and a little color to the lips to make them full, even and looking 'naturally rosy'. So there was a lot of product, but probably used sparingly (in the case of someone with pretty good skin to begin with, I'm sure) where needed. It was very interesting.

    • Sharon Macklin

      Really? I thought the number of products was quite restrained.

  • circafashion

    Love post like this, so nice to know what they actually used on the lovely Cate

  • Layla Corcoran

    I wish ITG had more Globes coverage. Cate's beautiful, but she looked like a large black doily at the Globes.

    Also, I use more products when I go on a night out. Cate's skin must really look that good. I mean… not even a concealer? Impressive.

  • Arosebyanyothername

    I love the photo of Cate getting made up - her hair with that barrette! My favourite thing - to peek into the "before" .... That's where the magic lies. Thank you!

  • Nina

    Beautiful and minimal. I thought Cate looked amazing last night. Her skin must be naturally perfect. She must wear a TON of sunscreen all the time!

  • hellestorm

    I can't believe she's getting her makeup done in her gown! Now that's taking a fashion risk!

  • murt

    I thought the makeup was ok, but my first thought when I saw the pictures of Cate was that her face looked very powdery.

  • Kitty Catbiscuits

    I have been in the same room as her before - she is even more angelic in real life, if that is possible. Her skin is like pearl and she redefines elegance. I am in love. I wish I could look this beautiful with so little make up. Especially seeing we have both grown up in the skin cancer capital of the world!

    • Yolondi

      Hi Kitty Catbiscuits, I walked past her on the street in Melbourne once, didn't realise it was her till the last minute! My eye was drawn to her stunning bright pink lippy, then amazing complexion as she got closer. I don't think she had much stuff on, and her skin really is as amazing as it's made out to be. Love her!

    • MelissaBass

      Really? She must be a dream to be around. Thanks for letting us know.

      • Kitty Catbiscuits

        just one of those people who has a massive energy coming from her - I wouldn't be surprised if she is directly from European aristocrat lineage!

  • Sarah Jayne

    She looks gorgeous! Such a natural but stunning look!

  • babs

    Cate is such a beautiful woman and it's great to see that she got this look with so few products. SHE'S JUST LIKE US (but not really)

  • Haley Bott

    And this is why Cate is the queen of everything.

  • Amanda Raponi

    Those SK-II masks are the shit

  • hollygoeslightly22

    She looks fresh and classic. Great look. Thank you for doing us pale ladies proud Cate.

  • Vicki

    I'm blind, what is the black case in the second photo, does it say something on it? lol :)

    • Harlowrose

      RV... I can't tell because of the font. I just assumed it was a monogrammed compact.

  • serena violetta barberis wedde

    Is it me or isn't it strange that she didn't use any stila products?!? Isn't she behind that line?

  • Harlowrose

    Her skin is like a tea cup. I appreciate that she's never tried to change her looks or her skin tone, and I love her style. I'm totally fan-girling her.

  • Bella

    What an absolutely stunning look. And OMG, those SHOES!!!

  • Mitsouko

    Great post. And I love the oblique "Diet Coke/Coca Light" reference. But why no byline?

  • DreamInLace

    This is such a beautiful and memorable picture of a true icon! Great article <3


SK-II Facial Treatment Mask
Giorgio Armani
Giorgio Armani Rouge Ecstasy Lipstick
Lancome Translucence Mattifying Silky Pressed Powder
Nars Blush Satellite Of Love