Peek inside Winslet's medicine cabinet and shop her must-have beauty items

By Colleen Kratofil
December 12, 2017 03:07 PM
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Seeing inside the vanities of the rich and famous is equal parts incredibly fascinating and a total bummer. One glimpse into Kim Kardashian‘s or Victoria Beckham‘s beauty routines and the total price of their products easily exceeds $1,000. But Kate Winslet just shared her entire beauty routine, both red carpet and everyday, with British Vogue and we were shocked by two things. First, it’s actually easy-to-follow (yes, anyone will be able to recreate her red carpet look, no YouTube tutorial required) and second, you can actually afford her must-have products. (Her red carpet look totals a mere $161!)

Red Carpet

As someone who can call up any big-time makeup artist with a minute’s notice, Winslet revealed that she occasionally prefers to do her own makeup for the red carpet. “There are some days when I just don’t like all the fuss and faff that can come with lots of people prodding and fiddling with your face and hair,” she told the magazine. So she applies the tips and tricks she picked up from her go-to makeup artist, Lisa Eldridge, and does her own thing.

First, the face of Lancôme uses Lancôme Teint Idole Ultra Wear Foundation in 01 ($47) and a bit of Lancôme Camouflage Concealer ($31) to start her look. Her pro tip is to not use anything too heavy around the eyes because “makeup can gather and make a person look older.”

She also suggests using “decent” makeup brushes to get the best results, revealing that she sometimes uses paint brushes. “I try to stay away from looking too matte, so not too much powder. And a smattering of really soft blush. Lancôme Blush Subtil Powder Blush in Rose Paradis ($32), for long-lasting, gentle glow.”

As for the eyes, she plays up her strengths. “I am not very good at eyeshadow so I tend to stay away from being too creative in that area, and I just hit the lashes with a great mascara and an inside root line on the upper lashes, with mascara on a flat brush,” she explained. Her go-to products are Lancôme Grandiôse Mascara in Noir ($19) because she loves how it defines the eye. And she applies Lancôme Le Duo Kohl in Brun Glace 02 (currently sold out) as a final smudge on the lower lash root. “This is a double-ended eye pencil that Lisa designed last year,” Winslet recalled. “She gave one to me and I’m still obsessed!”

With lip products, she uses a Lancôme L’Absolu in Isabella ($32) for a classic red look and Lancôme L’Absolu in Nuit et Jour ($32) if she’s going for something subtler. “The latter was my mum’s favourite color and she passed away this year so there is something very emotional about using that color for me now,” the actress shared.

But Winslet’s actual secret weapon for looking her best on the carpet doesn’t even involve a makeup brush. “If I’m over-tired or stressed, no amount of make-up and hair can disguise the impact of that on one’s face,” she said. “So if I know I have to look red-carpet-ready for something, I do try and look after myself in the few days running up to that moment. Nothing fancy or expensive but I’m 42 now, so I can’t get away with murder anymore!”

Her top tip is drinking lots of water and avoiding salt and alcohol. “Whilst my life would be too dull without salt and the odd glass of wine, we all know that cutting them out makes for a healthier complexion. At least it does in my case.”

She says her approach to beauty hasn’t changed much since turning 40 but she has noticed a difference in the density of her skin, so she moisturizes more with natural oils and says This Works Skin Deep Dry Leg Oil ($73) is “fab.” “I mix it with a couple of drops of lavender essential oil, which is really nice and not crazy expensive.”

Every Day Routine

As for her everyday life, she sticks to a much, much simpler beauty routine that lasts five minutes, tops. She wears the “thinnest-of-thin-layers” of foundation. She does a quick eyelash curl with a Shu Uemura curler ($21.12) but skips the mascara. (“Got to preserve the dwindling lashes,” she said.) And she finishes with a swipe of her favorite lip balm. “I’ve been pretty addicted to By Terry’s Baume de Rose ($60) for as long as I can remember. But I have to hide it these days as I have a 17-year-old daughter who shares the same addiction.”

One reason she can stick to such a simple makeup routine is thanks to the care she gives to her skin. She always takes her makeup off with a flat facial sponge to make sure it’s “truly clean” and uses Tracie Martyn Amla Purifying Cleanser ($65). She follows with Lancôme Toner Confort ($26) and Lancôme Advanced Génifique Sensitive Antioxidant Serum ($78). “This is my two-for-the-price-of-one product,” she said about Advanced Génifique. “It combines two serum concentrates with a vitamin E boost, all in one bottle. Shake, slather, done. It’s really hydrating and fresh and fast to use. All of this takes me about three minutes. Four if you include brushing teeth.”

Her real-life beauty routine is, in fact, so relaxed that she says she doesn’t carry makeup products with her in her purse at all. “I don’t believe in carrying beauty maintenance items with me when I’m out and about and going to Waitrose.” The only things she’ll have on her are hair ties, lip balm and wet wipes.

Now that’s a low-key beauty routine we certainly can get behind.

Tell us: What products are you adding into your own beauty routine?