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Cosmetics with a shade of philanthropy

Kate Winslet and Lancôme launch cosmetics to help people with autism

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Cosmetics with a shade of philanthropy

November 09 2011
Lindsay Macpherson

When actress Kate Winslet narrated A Mother’s Courage: Talking Back to Autism, an award-winning documentary following Keli Ericsdottir, who has a severe form of non-verbal autism, she became more involved than she ever expected. Shocked by Ericsdottir’s plight, as well as the statistics (only 15 per cent of adults with autism in the UK are in full-time paid employment), the actress established The Golden Hat foundation to offer those with autism education, job training and recreation in an environment adapted to their disability.

This month, Winslet has teamed up with Lancôme to launch a limited-edition soft-pink blush palette (first picture), red lipstick (second picture) and nail varnish (a minimum of €150,000 of sales will benefit the foundation), as well as The Golden Hat book (with all proceeds donated to the cause), which features self-portrait photographs by Kevin Bacon, Steven Spielberg and Meryl Streep, among others.