The True Indicator of Perfect Skin
Here's the ugly truth: once you take away the expertly applied makeup, diffused lighting of movie sets, and imperfection-blurring effect of red-carpet flash bulbs, most celebrities do not have picture-perfect skin. (We don't want to shatter any illusions here, but after years of meet-and-greets and red carpet interviews, you can trust us on this.)
So, that's why we were blown away to see Cate Blanchett's flawless mug close up recently, while catching the actress in a limited run engagement of Uncle Vanya at D.C.'s The Kennedy Center (from the second row, no less!).
Of course, Blanchett's talented performance was the most impressive thing about our evening, but it was hard not to notice that the screen and stage vet had no trace of wrinkles, veins, or dark spots on her face or hands, despite the piles of cake-y makeup needed for the production (heavier makeup settles into creases more, making them far more prominent). Under the harsh, overhead lighting of the set, it was also clear that the self-professed SK-II product junkie hasn't fallen victim to any cosmetic surgery addictions (like so many of her peers).
So, lesson learned: Thankfully, the world is not a stage. Or else all of us mere mortals wouldn't stand a chance when compared to the likes of Cate.
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