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.