Who needs Photoshop Natural beauty Cate Blanchett appears unairbrushed on magazine cover
18:51 GMT, 22 March 2012
Cate Blanchett is no stranger to stealing the show. The Oscar-winning
actress outshines her thespian peers in almost every film or theatre role she
But now, the mother of three sons is giving cover girls the world over a run
for their money.
The actress has appeared on the cover of the March/April issue of Intelligent Life magazine in a
photograph that has purposely been left unphotoshopped.
Raw beauty: Cate Blanchett, 42, left untouched on the cover of Intelligent Life. It's a bold move by a magazine but it picked the right super star to experiment with
Though Ms Blanchett is still undeniably beautiful in the image, it reveals
fine lines and slight shadows beneath the eyes that might usually be airbrushed
Her hair and make-up have been left understated and unstyled, and instead of
a designer's latest catwalk creation she wears her own leather jacket.
Describing the image, Tim de Lisle, editor of Intelligent Life, said: ‘She
looks like what she is – a woman of 42, spending her days in an office, her
evenings on stage and the rest of her time looking after three young children.'
In his editor's letter he explained that he elected to put the star on the
cover to mark the magazine's 20th issue. /03/21/article-2118377-12265E86000005DC-198_468x322.jpg” width=”468″ height=”322″ alt=”Brave fave: The actress has long been comfortable with appearing on stage, like above in the Australian play Big and Small, and screen with barely any make-up” class=”blkBorder” />
Brave fave: The actress has long been comfortable with appearing on stage, like above in the Australian play Big and Small, and screen with barely any make-up
While he agrees that Intelligent Life sales will benefit from Ms Blanchett's
star power, this cover, at least, is trying to reflect real life.
Although other magazine editors may lag in following suit, skincare giant
SK-11 seems to be on the same page as Mr de Lisle.
The cosmetic company have employed the actress as a spokesperson for more
than four years. She is often left quite natural-looking in its advertising
campaigns, showing barely any signs of make-up.
She recently told Refinery29 that one of the secrets to her porcelain complexion
is emu oil.
‘In indigenous Australian culture, that’s the first oil they put on a baby
because it’s so hydrating,’ she said. ‘It’s all pretty basic.’