Kate Winslet shares her relaxed beauty approach and go-to products

When it comes to her appearance and beauty routine, actress Kate Winslet has always taken a relaxed – and refreshing real – approach to beauty. 

The actress, star of Mare of Easttown and mother of three refers to “common sense stuff” like eating well and drinking water as her ‘beauty secrets’, but also credits the ability of makeup and skincare to have ‘an emotional impact’. 

It’s why she’s proud to have recently been named a global ambassador for L’Oréal Paris, the 45-year-old saying the beauty giant’s commitment to showing women they are ‘worth it’, and beautiful at every age is something she wholeheartedly stands behind. 

“It’s taken work to get to a place where I make no apology for who I am, where I accept my flaws,” Winslet explained in a recent interview. “I’m delighted to join the L’Oréal Paris sisterhood to say: it takes courage and strength to believe that you are worth it. Sometimes, you may not feel worth it at all. We all have moments like that, and that is what makes us all human. But, the more you say these words and believe in everything that you truly are, and however you identify, then with time and belief in yourself, you too will feel worth it.”

Here, she shares about her favourite quick and easy products and approach to beauty.

L- R: L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Les Nus Lipstick; L’Oreal Paris Préférence Hair Colour; L’Oreal Paris Perfect Slim Liquid Eyeliner; L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin Hairspray.

What does your daily beauty routine look like?
I am very fast. I have to be. In the morning I always wash my face with cold water and a washcloth. Then I moisturize. If it’s sunny out, I use SPF 30. I don’t use a lot of makeup for everyday life. Maybe a small amount of cream concealer on any redness or darker eye bags. I do curl my eyelashes and if I’m wearing mascara, I go for L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Million Lashes. It’s fab! 

[At night] I always, always take off my makeup with some kind of wipes or cream cleanser, and plenty of cold water washing. I use a very hydrating moisturiser on my face and neck. I like L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Cell Renewal Night Cream, plus Midnight Serum which makes everything dewy and delicious the next morning.

What is your earliest memory of experimenting with beauty products?
I remember vividly experimenting with my mum’s one and only lipstick. It was a sort of a burnt orange color. I think I applied it to my eyelids as well as my lips!

What are your favorite L’Oréal products?
Elnett! I have used [the hairspray] for years. In fact, my kids say that whenever they smell it, wherever they are, it makes them think of me. I even remember my own mother using it, so it’s a product that is filled with nostalgia for us. And Preference [hair color]. It’s brilliant if you are in need of a quick hair fix; particularly helpful in lockdown!

Have you ever experimented with your own hair color?
I’ve been lucky that my hair has been colored for some of the roles I’ve played and so I’ve had the perfect excuse to try out hair colors and to experience how different a change in hair color can make you feel. My most wild experience was being blue for parts of Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. That hair color just made me feel wild and reckless and crazy. It almost gave me permission to dress differently and to be much more experimental with clothes and accessories.

What color hair makes you feel the most “you”?
When it’s about a month after having my blonde redone. [The colour] has time to settle and become my own again. I love it like that – wash and go. I rarely dry my hair with a hairdryer, as I never seem to have time!

What is your favorite iconic beauty trend in cinema?
I love the 40’s and 50’s. The makeup from that era was minimal but sharp and clean—a good eyeliner and a great lipstick, pale, even skin—just simple but classic. I love when you can see a person’s skin on camera. Freckles are beautiful, as are fine lines and the back of the hands. I love seeing translucency of a person’s skin on camera because it makes me feel like I can truly see the faces and the soul.

Any beauty secrets you can share?
No major secrets really, just common sense stuff. As I get older I simply can’t get away with eating badly or having too much wine. When I was younger I could get away with a lot more. But these days I try my best to feed my skin from the inside out—good food. I don’t eat meat any more. I drink plenty of water every day, take my supplements -when I remember!. Cold water swimming is great for circulation and skin, so I do a little of that here and there. All these things help to keep my skin clear. 

What has helped shape your own sense of worth?
Life experience has shaped who I am, and time has been a great friend to my sense of worth. I have learned to accept my flaws, and not to be so hard on myself. I have learned that my toughest moments have made me who I am, and I no longer try to achieve unstable physical ideals that I perhaps had in my 20’s when I was much more vulnerable and naïve. But above all else it has been having my own lovely family. The pride I feel when I’m with my kids, and the joy it brings me to see them evolve as decent, kind, humble souls is where I feel my own true worth really lies. 


The best makeup setting sprays to use while mask wearing

The pandemic has brought a lot of new challenges our way and this one certainly isn’t particularly high on the scale of importance. But having your makeup slip and slide under a mask can be highly annoying.

Mask wearing is a necessary – and important – part of our lives now, but if you’re a makeup wearer, you’ll know the two don’t always go well together. 

It’s all very well using a disposable mask and ending up with foundation smeared over the inside, but for the reusable ones we’re likely to be wearing most of the time, it can be frustrating, even when they are washable. Not to mention when you take the mask off and your makeup looks like it’s disappeared too. 

Lipstick is another challenge altogether and although tinted lip balms have risen in popularity, even they can end up on the inside of your face protector.

So how to improve the situation? While using long-wear products and setting with translucent powder is a good idea, it’s also helpful to finish your makeup with a makeup setting spray. 

What is setting spray?

Just as hairspray is to your flyaways and top coat is to your manicure, makeup setting spray helps with longevity.  It keeps your makeup from smudging, creasing or fading until you want to remove it. While it can be used every day, it’s particularly useful when you’re attending a special event where you won’t be able to touch up, if the weather is very warm, or when you want to avoid colour rubbing off on the inside of your face mask.

One area of confusion is the number of face mists and spritzes out there. All are not one and the same. 

‘Finishing’ or ‘refreshing’ facial mists are similar but designed to deliver moisture to the skin, while setting sprays deliver a microfine mist that locks makeup in place. The former can be used to refresh makeup that’s gone a little dry and cakey or over matte foundation for a little ‘real skin’ glow, while the latter is generally used to keep makeup on for longer. 

What’s the best way to use it?

Makeup setting spray should be the finishing touch after you’ve applied your foundation, mascara and lipstick. Simply hold the bottle around 20-25cm away and with your eyes closed, spray your face lightly. Some people like to spray in a T or X formation, to ensure good coverage, but you don’t need to drench it.

3 of the best setting sprays

While there are plenty of great options now available, these sprays are particularly high achievers in the category.

Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Spray
One of the originals and arguably the best, this setting spray is well loved by makeup artists and consumers alike. It was originally created in partnership with a brand called Skindinavia. That brand’s original sprays are still widely available and along with the Urban Decay version, they contain Skindinavia’s patented cooling technology that’s said to lower the temperature of the makeup on your face, helping it to last as well as maintain hydration. It also won’t clog pores.

Charlotte Tilbury Airbrush Flawless Setting Spray
Quickly gaining a reputation for its excellent performance, this one wont leave your skin looking quite so matte so it’s a good option if you’re a fan of a little glow. It also provides skin more hydration than other options.

Huda Beauty Resting Boss Face Waterproof Setting Spray
While it may feel a little like hairspray for your face and it has a definite fragrance that can put some people off, this is still a worthy option if you’re after longevity. It has an oil-controlling matte finish and the large can is likely to last you until the end of mask-wearing is in sight (we hope!)