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.