16 posts tagged "SK-II"
Splashing fresh, clean water on your face might not seem like a luxury, but it actually is for many women in Asian communities without access to safe, uncontaminated water. This disturbing situation spurred SK-II—the Japanese skincare brand—to launch Clear for Life, a global project that aims to donate 30 million liters of clean, purified water to areas most in need this year. The initiative’s passionate supporter: Australian actress and SK-II global ambassador Cate Blanchett, who’s donated three million liters already and isn’t done spreading the word. The actress appears in a short video just released on the SK-II Web site, prompting visitors to “Share the Word” via Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. (For every click, SK-II will donate one liter of water). Here, Blanchett filled us in on her connection to this cause, her sun protection advice, and a five-minute beauty trick from Dame Judi Dench that she’s never forgotten.
Tell us about how you got involved with Clear for Life.
Growing up in Australia, I’ve always lived in drought areas, so dealing with a lack of water has been a concern of mine for a long time. Also, SK-II is a Japanese brand and with all that’s going on in Japan right now, it’s encouraging to lend support since it’s so easy to feel despondent and hopeless in the face of a natural disaster.
Do you spend a lot of time in Asia?
I consider Australia part of Oceania and I’ve lived in Saigon, Singapore, and other places in Asia over the years. It’s a constant reference point for me culturally.
Have you picked up any Asian beauty secrets?
Well, I share an obsession with being pale! I was a bit of a freak growing up. It was cool to be tanned and only Irish tourists stayed out of the sun. When I started working with SK-II, they thought it was interesting that I was already using the whitening range. At one point, I did go so far as to carry a parasol; I was filming a movie, Oscar and Lucinda, and I had to keep my skin very pale.
Take a good long look at all those frosted bottles of foundation cluttering your makeup case and know this: They share pretty much nothing in common with SK-II’s new Facial Treatment Cream Foundation. This is the company that’s outfitted its spokesperson Cate Blanchett with the porcelain skin of a woman half her age, so it should come as no surprise that its new foundation is so revolutionary. But even still, we were amazed by its ability to combine skincare and makeup—something that’s often promised but rarely achieved. The rich consistency is a little foreboding at first, as the dreaded caked-on makeup mask is perhaps our biggest beauty fear. It applies very lightly, though, for translucent, long-lasting coverage and the feel of a luxurious moisturizer. Topping its ingredients list is Pitera, the vitamin, amino acid, mineral, and organic acid-rich sake derivative at the heart of all of SK-II’s products (its other new release, the Skin Signature Melting Rich Cream, is another winner for the parched-faced among you). The result is luminous, easily blendable, and a big smack in the face to winter, which has forced us to go foundation-free as its cold, dry wrath rages on. Until now.
SK-II Facial Treatment Cream Foundation, $95, available this month at fine department stores.
Another item for our Sun: Love It/Hate It file: Cate Blanchett—who is known for her creamy alabaster complexion—admits that “truckie’s arm” is unavoidable no matter how much SPF you put on in the summer, and that every now and again, even she breaks out the bronzer to simulate a golden glow. SK-II bronzer, of course. [Sydney Morning Herald]
“I wasn’t put on this earth to look good in a swimsuit.” —Amy Adams on her body, being A-OK with her post-baby figure, and not succumbing to the weight pressure Hollywood puts on new moms. [Daily Mail]
Rihanna: A Year in Hair is now up and running. Remember the blond streak/brunette bowl cut era? Ah, those were the days…. [StyleList]
Someone who will not be getting into any Riri-style hair dye adventures in the new year is Will Ferrell. The comedian recently quipped that it was his idea to dye his hair platinum blonde for his role in Zoolander, but that he will “never do it again.” So…shall we expect to see a brunette Mugatu in the movie’s much-anticipated sequel? [Digital Spy]
Designer Chris Benz, on the other hand, is totally down. “I thought this might only be holiday hair, but I think I’m gonna have it stick around for a while,” Benz has said of his new, multicolored Manic Panic’d strands. [Paper Mag]
When discussing Cate Blanchett’s skin, the phrase “next level” comes to mind. The actress, who’s a global ambassador for prestige Japanese skincare brand SK-II, reportedly uses the line’s Facial Treatment Mask a few times a week and apparently needs little else. At a Giorgio Armani-sponsored welcome dinner for the Sydney Theatre Company last night in New York, she dressed up said flawless ivory complexion with a slight hint of apricot blush on the apples of her cheeks, a sheer peachy lip for a splash of subdued color, and that’s it—because really, why mess with perfection?
Spending a concentrated amount of time pulling backstage duty each season, we have noticed a few secret weapons in makeup artists’ kits. Cosmetics, after all, can only go so far on their own. Tubs of Vaseline and tins of Smith’s Rosebud Salve make frequent appearances from New York to Paris, since, when combined with an eye shadow or pigment powder, each can create an instant grease paint for eyes, cheeks, and lips—and can even be turned into a colored mascara, as we saw Charlotte Willer whip up backstage at DKNY last month. For all skincare concerns, Pat McGrath keeps SK-II Signs Eye Masks on hand, so that in the event that an overtired, sallow-skinned model shows up in her chair—be it at Anna Sui, Dolce & Gabbana, or Balenciaga—she can instantly make dark circles and parched skin right as rain (“It takes just five minutes,” McGrath recently divulged of the cotton overlay’s super powers). Alternatively, Tom Pecheux prefers Rodin’s Olio Lusso for all complexion corrections and has toted the yellow elixir with him from Badgley Mischka to Balmain. Branded as a “skin scent” that doubles as a liquid moisturizer-cum-illuminator-cum-total miracle worker, Olio Lusso is packed with 11 essential oils, including ever popular and skin-regenerating argan, as well as apricot, evening primrose, and arnica, which reduces puffiness. The supple, glowing results are visible almost immediately, whether you use it as a primer pre-foundation or slather it on cathartically before bed. At a very basic level, though, it just feels (and smells) good, making it one of the best beauty tips we’ve come away with from the shows.