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The Digital Hair Color Revolution Is Here; Cate Blanchett Talks Awards Show Makeup Tips; And More …

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If you ask us, dip-dyed hair is over. But the digitally-enhanced colored streaks and scribbles in the new, Elle Fanning-fronted issue of Bullett magazine? Those we can get behind. [BULLETTMedia via MTV]

Guess how many tons (not pounds) of prosthetic makeup the special effects team went through during production on The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. No, no—guess. Alright; we’ll tell you. Four tons of silicon casting—just for the actors’ faces! [NYDN]

Speaking of The Hobbit, one of the prequel’s stars, Cate Blanchett, is already dishing out red carpet beauty tips in anticipation of the upcoming awards season. “I decant the [SK-II] Revival Essence into spray bottles and just mist it on over my makeup,” the brand’s global ambassador says. “It keeps you from getting that awful, cracky look.” [Allure]

Photo: Pierre Debusschere for Bullett Magazine, Winter 2012

GOT: The Hair Files; Bieber To Drop Girlfriend; And More…

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If, like us, you are obsessed with HBO’s Game of Thrones (House Stark forever!), you may be interested to know that the show’s hair designer, Kevin Alexander, uses an estimated 20-30 wigs in the series. Daenerys Targaryen, Cersei Lannister, Melisandre, and Margaery Tyrell’s long, glorious locks? All human hair wigs—each of which is styled every day with Wella products and can cost up to $7,000! Sansa Stark’s long red locks are real, albeit colored with a mixture of four temporary dyes, as the actress Sophie Turner is actually a blonde. [Fashionista]

From impossibly long hair to shockingly short hair. Cate Blanchett has revealed that a new crop might be in the works. “Shaving off my hair is so liberating,” she says. “I had to do it once for a film role, but I’ve done it periodically, too. I cut my hair short a few years ago and I’m thinking about doing it again.” [Monsters & Critics]

Being better looking than someone in any form of competition only helps you prevail if you’re considerably better looking than them, according to economist Daniel S. Hamermesh, the author of Beauty Pays, a book about how physical attractiveness directly correlates to better financial compensation. Make of that what you will. [NYT]

After his first fragrance, Someday, took in record-breaking sales at the beauty counter, Justin Bieber has announced that plans for a follow-up scent, called Girlfriend, are already in the works. [OK!]

Photo: Courtesy of HBO

Bleached Brows On The Big Screen; Cate Blanchett, In The Flesh; And More…

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With its nationwide release set for this Friday, the Hunger Games on-set beauty stories just keep coming. Today’s revelation: The hair and makeup team bleached 500 people’s eyebrows, and 75 extras actually dyed their hair for the film. [Us]

What’s the secret to Emma Roberts’ flawless complexion? She’s only 21, for starters. But the It’s Kind of a Funny Story actress credits the Beauty Blender for her perfect skin. “It’s my favorite thing,” Roberts says of the pink, egg-shaped sponge. “You have to get it wet, put it under warm water, and then squeeze it out really well, and then it just makes your foundation go on really dewy and nice. I always have one in my bag all the time.” [Hollywood Life]

Cate Blanchett benefits from some serious airbrushing in her ads for SK-II, the Japanese skincare brand that she reps hard. But on the latest cover of The Economist‘s Intelligent Life magazine, Blanchett goes sans digital retouching, revealing her smile lines, faint bags under her eyes, and some very subtle crow’s feet. And you know what? She’s still drop-dead gorgeous. [msnbc]

Susan Sarandon keeps getting similarly better-looking. “I’ve had some lipo under my chin and under my eyes,” the Jeff, Who Lives at Home star says, while admitting that she’ll consider Botox “as long as doctors don’t go overboard.” But as far we’re concerned, Sarandon seems to be doing just fine without it. [StarPulse]

Photo: Courtesy of Lionsgate Films

Rochas X SK-II

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Cate Blanchett does her best to keep her personal life private—which is to say, you don’t see her in the pages of Us Weekly all that much. But there’s one thing she’s quite public about: her love of SK-II skincare products. Make that two things: Aside from maintaining her porcelain complexion with standouts from the Japanese skincare giant, Blanchett is known for her acute style sense, often plucking gowns right off the Givenchy, Balenicaga, and Lanvin runways for red-carpet events. Just in time for the holidays, the Oscar winner has combined her two interests into one stylish skin perfector. The SK-II brand ambassador has enlisted Rochas designer Marco Zanini to help create a limited-edition bottle of the line’s coveted Facial Treatment Essence. The magic elixir, which is packed with the company’s patented Pitera—a fermented rice derivative that has amazing skin softening and smoothing properties—reduces pigmentation, boosts moisture, and increases the skin’s barrier function. That it now comes in a frosted glass flacon with a gold cap and a crystalline floral pattern etched into its surface is just another reason to start slathering it on.

$195, available at www.saksfifthavenue.com.

Photo: Courtesy of SK-II

Cate Blanchett And SK-II Celebrate Their 10th Anniversary

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Cate Blanchett is known for her unbelievable acting range. A born stage performer, the Aussie star made the transition to the big screen with complete and total ease, nabbing an Oscar for The Aviator and nominations for Elizabeth, Notes on a Scandal, and I’m Not There. But around these parts, she’s mostly recognized for her acute fashion sense (her lavender Givenchy couture gown blew away the competition at this year’s Oscars) and an insane porcelain complexion that belies her 42 years. The latter feat is thanks in large part to SK-II, for which she serves as global brand ambassador. This year marks the actress and the Japanese brand’s 10th anniversary of making clear, perfect skin together, and to mark the occasion, Blanchett took a few moments out of her busy touring schedule (she’s currently starring in the Sydney Theatre Company’s production of Anton Chekhov’s Uncle Vanya) to talk theater vs. film makeup, heading back into the Shire, and how a certain Facial Treatment Essence gives her face that extra bit of je ne sais quoi.

So how did you and SK-II meet in the first place?

It was when I was pregnant with our first son; he’s nine now. I noticed changes in my skin—textural changes from a surge of hormones—and [my makeup artist] Mary Greenwell said, “Why don’t you try this?” It was the whitening line. The thing I found most remarkable was the Essence. It was just so hydrating. I never thought about skin being luminous, but this gave it that little je ne sais quoi. And because it worked so rapidly I started exploring the range.

What kind of regimen are you on now?

I’m on stage at the moment so I’ve changed the cleanser I’m using. The Cleansing Oil is really good for removing eye makeup; it’s a little more heavy-duty. During the show—it’s a quite physical show—I’ve also been using the lotion and the Essence, which I put over makeup as well. It kind of just sets it, which is good for when you’re moving around, and it also keeps you hydrated. I don’t usually cleanse in the morning, though. I just use the Essence and the LXP Moist Softening Serum. Then I’ll use the Signs Moisturizer, and if I’m going out in the sun, I’ll use an SPF. And the eye cream is pretty great, too—particularly if you’ve been up late!

Before you and SK-II became acquainted, what was your skincare regimen like? Is there anything you wish you’d known then that you know now?

I wish I had started using the line when I was 20! Until I discovered SK-II, I chopped and changed—there was no consistency. There was also a brief period when I abused the sun for about two summers when I was 14. I would cover myself in baby oil and climb up onto the tin roof and try desperately to get a tan. One day my mother walked up on the ladder and said, “What are you doing? Get down!”—which was a really good thing because the sun is so strong in Australia. My mother was always big on sunscreen, so my relationship to the sun after that has always been healthy. She was also big on moisturizing the back of her hands—so even now, if I ever put on a face mask, I rub it on the backs of my hands as well.

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