Kate Winslet: “I like to do my own make-up. I believe in less is more”


Kate Winslet is featured in the new issue of InStyle Magazine – I think it’s the December issue of InStyle UK. These are some shots from the pictorial. Winslet spends most of the interview talking about makeup, and you can tell that she loves talking about and applying her own makeup way more than someone like Gwyneth Paltrow. Winlset even talks about the “peach fuzz” on her face which many of you have noted – I don’t mind the peach fuzz, but sometimes Winslet walks a red carpet with a full blown mustache. Still, I enjoyed this because Kate seems to really care about makeup application and stuff. It also seems kind of like a testimonial advertisement for Lancome, the brand she reps.

Kate likes to do her own makeup: “I like to do my own make-up. I believe in less is more. Recently, I wore a simple, black Victoria Beckham column dress with long sleeves and small, gold belt detailing on the front. I knew that a curly hairdo would have completely gone against the dress, so we went for a high sculpted ponytail, with a little bit of height in the front. It pulled the whole look together.”

What glamour is to Kate: “Glamour to me is about remaining graceful and understated. For example, with very bold lip colours, you can’t overdo the rest of your face. With a bright-red party lipstick, just go with lots of mascara and keep everything else clean. I love Lancôme’s L’Absolu Rouge lipstick, as it lasts. Unless you spend the whole night snogging, you won’t need to reapply it.’

Mix foundations: “I rarely rely on one foundation – mixing two colours can make a big difference. I never use too much powder, only in the right areas [such as the T-zone]. I have peachy fuzz on my cheeks, so I have to be careful with powder.”

Picking the right dress for her body: “The comfort factor is all about the dress for me. I’m lucky to go in and out at the right places, proportionately that’s something I inherited from my mother. I enjoy my shape and my curves. At the same time, you have to know how to dress. If you are hippy, then pleats off the waist? Forget it! You absolutely cannot wear them. It’s about knowing how to work with the right fabric.”

Beware of white: “Recently, I was presenting an award and I wore a lovely white Narciso Rodriguez dress with black trim. It was gorgeous but it was terrifying. You can’t hide a thing in white and if someone gets a bit merry with a glass of wine too close to you, you’re absolutely done for. Then, they started serving dinner, and the first course was beetroot salad. I was terrified for the entire night, from start to finish.”

Toenail polish: “There’s nothing like red polish on toes. I don’t have much time for pedicures, but if I haven’t done anything to my feet for months and I look like a Neanderthal woman, a coat of red means you can somehow get away with anything.”

[From The Telegraph and The Mail]

Just a few things – I believe that Kate really does go to extremes when she wants to lose weight. I’ve never bought her whole, “I never diet” crap – I think she just don’t want to be a bad role model for girls or whatever, or maybe she just doesn’t want to admit that at various times, she’s “gone Hollywood” and lost a bunch of weight and over-bleached her hair and gotten her eyes done. That’s my second thing – I think Kate has been wearing a lot of heavy eye makeup recently because she’s covering up some eye work. But other than that, I’ve always found her pretty. She has amazing skin and I believe she’s mostly real. The problem is when she tries to convince everyone that she’s 100% real.




Photos courtesy of InStyle UK and WENN.

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  1. Blankverse says:

    I so want to like her, and have for many years but she’s starting to get on my nerves. It seems that almost every interview she does focuses on the same topic – ‘Gosh, I’m just a real down-to-earth girl, no diet/surgery for me” so I believe her less and less each time.

  2. spinner says:

    I don’t think she has had anything done. For goodness sakes, she is a young woman & has no need to at this point. She’s an incredible actress & a lovely young woman.

  3. Jenn12 says:

    I like Kate; she’s intelligent and a terrific actress and very likable. She has a good sense of fashion, too. However, I think she’s full of crap when she says she doesn’t diet and I think she’s tweaked herself a bit. It’s fine, but if you’re all about honesty, then BE HONEST.

  4. Bea camargo says:

    What Happened to Kate????

    Used to be so nice…but now…so boring!!

  5. Jenny says:

    Funny that other women her age are constantly accused of having had work done. Personally, I have no idea, but those photoshoot photos are really photoshopped.

  6. Sumodo1 says:

    I call BS to everything Kate Winslett says about beauty, hygiene and fashion. She is styled and groomed to the hilt and hyping Lancome. Fake.

  7. lucy2 says:

    The b&w photos are lovely. That white dress is awful.

  8. glyrics says:

    Uhm… those kohl eyes? She did that?

  9. james says:

    very goopy.

  10. Julia says:

    She likes to toot her own horn which is fine, but she tends to do it too much and always in a pretentious way, distancing herself and comparing herself to other women…women she looks down…the ones who put on too much make up who are NOT REAL, the ones who are skinny who are therefore NO REAL WOMEN since they don’t have the real woman’s body, the ones who do plastic surgeries who are NOT REAL.

    All the women who don’t endorse her religion of what a woman should look like are not REAL WOMEN according to her.

    I don’t like her stance and diktat when it comes to physical appearance (which tend to be obssessive in her case as it is always by comparison – implied or not – to other women) she expects women to be to deserve being called REAL, hencto be the better, more genuine woman.

    This whole physical comparison and beauty reeks of insecurity in her own skin to me.

    And personally i think she is no model material and has often that smug unrelax look in pictures.

  11. gab says:

    I LOVE Kate! In my opinion she is the antithesis of goop! Top notch actor and a real beauty. Had to laugh about her comment about wearing white and being nervous all night. She is so beautiful!

  12. Lee says:

    I don’t blame Kate for being weird about weight – if you remember, when Titanic came out, a lot of the press coverage commented on Kate’s size, & some of it was quite cruel (and there’s James Cameron himself, who called her “Kate Weighs-a-Lot” during the filming).

    Getting that kind of scrutiny on a massive scale must have been quite startling for an indie actress. I wouldn’t be surprised if it made her self-conscious for life.

    Though any woman who walks the red carpet with a mustache or unshaved legs/pits has a lot of guts. It’s probably the most rebellious thing a woman can do with her appearance, including getting fat – I think people would be more shocked by a woman’s natural body hair on the red carpet than if the same woman showed up fully shaved & dressed in a see-through garbage bag.

    Also, she’s a Brit. “Going Hollywood” is not looked upon kindly over there, so I’m not surprised that she doesn’t want people to think she has.

  13. Turtle Dove says:

    It’s got to be hard to be a woman in her industry. Aging is just not an option. Look at this picture from the link Kaiser gave:


    I love John C. Reilly – great actor – but if a woman got on the red carpet looking like a Shar Pei, she’d be lambasted. There’s a 10 year age difference between them, but even if it was a woman his age (46) she’d be admonished. Sure, some actress ARE lauded for aging “naturally” but you KNOW there’s some secret sh*t going down.

    I agree that she talks outta her a** sometimes, but when I look at my wrinkles I’m glad no-one comments on them. Oh… and HD cameras are a f*cker…. have you had your picture taken with a quality one?… a REALLY quality one? It’s humbling that’s for sure.

  14. jc126 says:

    I like the way she’s blunt about her peach fuzz on her face, and so agree that wearing white is scary.
    I know the amount of makeup she wears for professional photos is ten times more than an ordinary person would wear in real life, but I so agree that less is more. Or at least, it’s better to wear too little makeup than too much. Too much is just bad looking and can even be embarrassing.
    I like that color-block dress now. I didn’t like it at first, but it’s grown on me, that style.
    Oh, and I don’t blame her for being weird about weight, and James Cameron had some f-ing nerve to nag her about weight. She’s NOT heavy.

  15. Nymeria says:

    @ Lee (#12) – “Though any woman who walks the red carpet with a mustache or unshaved legs/pits has a lot of guts… I think people would be more shocked by a woman’s natural body hair on the red carpet than if the same woman showed up fully shaved & dressed in a see-through garbage bag.”

    The mental picture of a woman in a see-through garbage bag, sashaying down the red carpet, is priceless.

  16. Jules says:

    How about less Photoshop?

  17. newtsgal says:

    Less makeup…..ok, what’s up with the coon eyes?

  18. ZenB!tch says:

    It was way too funny to see this headline on the main page next to a photo of Gaga!

  19. ZenB!tch says:

    I want to be her friend… I talk like that. I *do* know it’s pathetic but I do. Not about the dress I wore to an awards show because I don’t go to awards shows and Narciso is not a dear friend (must fix that) but the part about the foundation vs powder and mixing colors and the part about looking like I have Neaderthal feet that is how my mind works.

    I don’t care if the doesn’t want to talk about her diet or her eyes – if she had them done – what did they look like before? She has crows feet. There is nothing wrong with a woman wanting to be more beautiful – especially when it’s her fricking job. I’m just glad she isn’t a stick.

    She’s pretty and has a nice healthy sized body. She’s not drop dead gorgeous just pretty.

  20. ZenB!tch says:

    @turtledove HD cameras are not to be discussed even with the crappy ones every imperfection shows.

  21. Kimberly says:

    That makes so much sense!

    Her make up is ALWAYS flattering to her face!

    unlike Kim Kardashian, who I think is trying to hide the huge bags under eyes and early wrinkles, because her make up is so unflattering that no one would want to look like that.

  22. Nonny says:

    Does she do her own airbrushing as well?

  23. Mrs.Krabapple says:

    Does anything come out of her mouth that is NOT a lie? She made up the whole “natural childbirth” story, when she actually had a c-section. It’s obvious she’s had work done on her face, yet continues to lie about that. And now she claims she dresses for “comfort” when she clearly is spanxed to within an inch of her life. I’m surprised she can breathe.

    She aint all that. But she speaks with a British accent so people give her more credit than she deserves. Wish she would go away.

  24. Jilli says:

    Me thinks she had a nose job early on and a bleth on her upper lids within the past two years. Her eyes are definitely more open and less heavy lidded than in her younger days. Her looks are improved.

  25. LeeLoo says:

    I really need to stop obsessing over the fact her hair color and her eyebrows are completely different colors. It bugs me so much that she doesn’t tint her eyebrows. Is that part of her anti-Hollywood stance too because it just makes her look tacky.

  26. NM9005 says:

    Even though she obviously lies sometimes, I can help myself but liking her. It helps that I don’t know much about her personal life and can watch a film and see her character and not Kate Winslet acting. She’s legendary, one of the best out there and she’s not a famewhore. Pretty humble and refreshing at times so I can’t hate or dislike.

    It must be hard to be scrutinised over weight, hair, fashion whatever they find to pick on. And it’s always the women who are being lambasted over every aberration, usually by women themselves. Men are forgiven when they can compensate with charm, humour (George “the pimp” Clooney comes to mind)…

    I remember Julia Roberts didn’t shave her armpits once on a red carpet and the tabloid coverage was insane so I understand the pressure around maintaining a “perfect image” in order not to be embarassed all the time in magazines…

  27. Rodin says:

    Is this Emma Watson talking or Kate Winslett? Such a bunch of rubbish.

  28. dj says:

    I love Kate Winslet. She seems genuine. For once, I am thrilled that a female celebrity knows how to do her own makeup (Goop and Nicole Richie have both said they have no idea how). No one taught we peons how to do makeup and yet without the tips of professional makeup artists we still figured it out! I will never forget how gorgeous she (and her creamy skin) looked in Titanic. She seems fearless as an actress. Team Kate!

  29. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I like Kate, I do think she is much more simple than this Hollywood monster machine. I find that more UK actors and actresses are more about what they do as artist than they hype, but that is just my opinion always love her and her acting. Beautiful Kate!

  30. Cindy says:

    I HATE the double standard! We`re never happy! “Don’t you dare be underweight…. but lord help you if you are vivacious….” SERIOUSLY?????? She does not appear to me to have had work done, but so what if she diets??? Frig! Not all diets are bad, some are a change and very healthy. I’m all for making fun of style and certain life choices, but can we please stop picking on women for even a slight weight gain or loss!

    If you notice in the non photoshoots, she has little eye make-up. I believe her, mostly.

  31. CJ says:

    She was lovely on Graham Norton the other night. Plus I looked really hard to see the work she had done, but came up empty handed. She looked age appropriate to me – a few wrinkles here and there but she looked like a normal, but gorgeous, late 30′s female. Bet Kim K won’t look that hot in a few years time!

  32. amanda says:

    Love her and she looked amazing in Mildred Pierce in her sex scenes.

  33. I Choose Me says:

    “Oh… and HD cameras are a f*cker…. have you had your picture taken with a quality one?… a REALLY quality one? It’s humbling that’s for sure.”

    @Turtle Dove. Oh God yes! Don’t get me started. Every flaw is highlighted in vivid detail. I had to get rid of the photos – they were that crippling to my self-esteem.

  34. GimmeaBreak says:

    I am a makeup artist and have been for 20 yrs. She may do her own makeup for daily wear but there is no way in hell she does it for photo shoots, movies, TV and NO WAY she does it for Lancome. If there is a camera (of any kind) there’s a makeup artist, I can assure you of that.

    And she needs to wax those “fuzzy/furry” cheeks, ASAP! It’s not cute.

  35. Carolyn says:

    If Kate really does her own makeup at least she’s learned a lot from the maestros at Lancome. I like Kate and there’s no doubt she’s talented. However she’s one of those celebrities who isn’t honest about what she’s done with regards to her changing face and weight loss. She looks fab right now. Wish she’d be honest about a) how hard she exercises and how little she eats or b) admits to having had lipo and wears Spanx.

  36. benny says:

    I have no respect for “artists” who collaborate with child rapists because it will further their careers (i.e., “it was a good script”). I USED to like her because of her looks. Now I dislike her for her lack of true values, and have lost all respect for her.

  37. Neena says:

    I like her but she tries too hard. She obviously has had some work done to her face. But hey she’s an actress in her 30′s so its no surprise.

    Also like others here have said she does diet IMO or at least watches what she eats. Like most actors/actresses.

    Lastly – she may do her make up for daily wear but on for special occasions like the Red Carpet it’s a professional that does it for her.

    Still she’s harmless. I admire the way she’s handled herself since Titanic.

  38. NM9005 says:



    You want to know how many people I used to adore are on that list? Fact is, practically everybody supports him in the acting community. It’s truly sad and sickening but there is always this:

    “Emma Thompson, the British actress and close friend of Winslet, withdrew her name from the list after being approached by a university student who asked her to reconsider her position.”

    Source: the Telegraph.

    Plus, what about everybody who works with somebody who supports RP? You might as well discard 99% of all the films coming out.

    I think many of them are pressured into signing out of fear they can’t get a job anymore or are being side-eyed by their colleagues. It should be the other way around but hey, nobody wants to lose out a role in that big competition pool that is Hollywood. I’m kind of ambiguous towards that whole RP-thing. A friend of mine who is studying to be a director still loves him too just because he’s a legend. He says you have to separate work from personal life and I think many think like that.

  39. Carolyn says:

    Just had a thought. This is directed at celebs in general. With the endless media circuit celebs now do to promote every movie…it gets to the stage where they’re just not that interesting. They’ve said everything before, probably don’t want to talk about personal things and what’s really going on in their lives and for some women all that’s left is how they look and “what they do” to maintain it. Apart from the PR stuff they get told to say to promote whatever it is that they’re doing.

  40. dj says:

    May I be so bold as to point out she never said she did her own makeup for movies, red carpet, etc. I assumed that was the case. Really people.

  41. SueAnn says:

    Quit with all the Kate Hate…I adore her…

  42. jin says:

    I’m sick of hearing these great actresses talking about their makeup in fashion magazines. Somewhere the fashion industry and the movie industry got too mixed up and now actresses are expected to be models with their ad campaigns and glamour interviews. Kate Winslet is a great actress. I would like to hear about her movies. Besides, she has a whole team of people making her over constantly, she can’t say she does her own makeup. Never fell for her “I’m normal” crap.

  43. ShanKat says:

    Titanic was 15 years ago. Are we still talking about how much she weighs?

    She wants to GOOP. She must not be allowed to GOOP.

  44. Dirty Martini says:

    LOVE HER, Love Her, love her.