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Friday 19 December 2014

Cate Blanchett: I need comfort

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - NOVEMBER 28:  Cate Blanchett arrives at the "The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey" World Premiere at Embassy Theatre on November 28, 2012 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett says her style when off duty is relaxed and she'd never travel without comfortable clothing.

The Australian actress is always poised and elegant when on the red carpet.

When off duty, she prefers comfort over the stunning designer gowns her fans are used to.

"Bonds tracksuit pants, interiors magazines and a really nice pen," Cate explained to Easy Living magazine about her essential travel items. "In my beauty bag, there's SK-II Facial Treatment Essence - decanted into a spray bottle - to keep my skin hydrated, Pawpaw Ointment for cuticles and lips, and a Tom Ford pink lipstick."

The 43-year-old is militant about applying sunscreen to protect her fair skin. She says coming from a hot country like Australia means she's also clued up about dressing for warm climates.

"I protect my pale skin with a great German sunscreen called Daylong; as the name suggest, it lasts the whole day. I use it on my kids, too," Cate continued.

"People assume that you need to strip down to cope with heat, but if you cover up, you stay cooler. We recently visited the Australian Wildlife Conservancy sanctuary in Mornington, which protects endangered species."

Cate shared her beauty ritual for getting ready for big premieres and events. She rates SK-II as the brand that has the best skin rehydration product.

"I have a little hotel ritual the night before an event where I apply a SK-II mask. It's like a drink for your skin," she finished.

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