Culture, With a Side of Beauty

cate blanchett

With all the photoshopping controversy that inevitably surrounds beauty campaigns, it’s refreshing to see a star who—no tricks, no soft focus, no airbrushing—really is that gorgeous.

A lucky handful of editors got that chance to join SK-II in Washington, D.C., to see Cate Blanchett in the Sydney Theatre Company production of Uncle Vanya at the Kennedy Center.

The 42-year-old actress, who’s been using the Japanese skin care line for 10 years (one of the beauty brand's execs proudly pointed out that it’s not every day a spokesperson was actually a consumer of the product first) was positively glowing on-stage—and from our third-row perch, we could all tell that it wasn’t just a stage makeup or bright lights thing.

Pitera, SK-II’s wonder ingredient, was discovered after scientists noticed the incredibly young-looking hands of women working in a Japanese sake factory. I suppose I will have to accept the fact that no matter how potent the Pitera, you just can’t bottle cheekbones like Ms. Blanchett’s—but that doesn’t mean I won’t be slathering myself in the stuff in the hopes of picking up a little of that glow.

And theater buffs: for the record, the show was fantastic—a gut-wrenching tragedy that still manages to sneak in a positively hysterical scene of Blanchett and her costar Hayley McElhinney putting away the better part of a bottle of vodka and collapsing into giggles on the floor. A woman after my own heart—now if only I could get that skin ...