9 Ways to Be Braver with Your Makeup

9 Ways to Be Braver with Your Makeup

Find a new holiday party look with our tips for trying bold lip colors, winged eyeliner and more.



Updating your look isn’t limited to trying a new blush or lip color. You can go bigger and bolder for that upcoming holiday party by swapping “traditional” makeup staples for the latest trends. These beauty tips will breathe new life into your makeup routine and leave you feeling more confident than ever.

1. Remember that Great Makeup Starts with Great Skincare

Before putting on makeup, make sure to apply a rich but lightweight moisturizer like Olay Regenerist Whips – and wait at least 10 minutes for the moisturizer to absorb. Not only does it feel as light as air, but it also helps reduce the appearance of fine lines so your foundation will sit nicely on your skin.

2. Ditch Heavy Foundation for a Dewy Glow

The heavier your foundation, the more drying it will look and feel on your skin. Although it might feel counterintuitive, less is often more. Try a lighter coverage like Olay Total Effects Daily Moisturizer + Touch of Foundation, with an advanced CC cream that helps provide instant coverage for a vibrant, even skin tone.

3. Brave the New Blush Formulas

A pop of color on the cheeks is oh-so-youthful and can help accentuate your cheekbones. Instead of powder blush, which can make skin look dull, try a cream or liquid blush. Just dab a dot onto the apples of your cheeks and blend with your fingers (or a makeup sponge) for a natural-looking flush of color.

4. Boost Your Brows

The latest makeup trend calls for bold brows. As we age our brows naturally get thinner, so creating a fuller brow can help take off the years. Invest in a powder or pencil that subtly fills in any gaps, and your brows will frame your face nicely.

5. Perfect Your Pout

The secret to plump, youthful lips is to keep them hydrated and smooth. Get in the habit of wearing lip balm daily, and you’ll feel more confident when wearing that hot new lipstick shade – whether you choose an elegant nude shade or a bright cherry red.

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6. Be Bold with Color

Don’t fear a bold lip! Whether you prefer cherry red or deep mauve, lip colors come in a wide range of formats, from classic matte to sheer gloss. Make your lips the focus by toning down your eye shadow and blush.

7. Add a Lust-worthy Liner

Eyeliner opens up your eyes and makes you look awake and energized – even when you don’t feel it! (Pro tip: To help reduce puffiness, dark circles and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around your eyes, apply Olay Ultimate Eye Cream before eyeliner.)

Soft kohl pencils are easy to use. To apply, point your chin up and look down so your lids are half-closed, and line as closely to your eye as possible. Want to try a winged-eye look? Using liquid eyeliner, start from the outside and work in, applying liner in thin strokes and widening as desired. Be bold and choose a pretty eyeliner shade like purple or blue that contrasts with your eye color.

8. Break up with Browns

If brown and taupe are your go-to eye shadow colors, take note: Some shades in these color families can actually make your eyes look tired. Try a subtle sage or even a jewel tone, which can cleverly cancel out red and yellow hues and make your eyes look whiter, brighter and more youthful.

A smoky eye looks fantastic at any age – just be sure to blend it well. Using an eye shadow applicator, a cotton swab or your fingertip, smudge the color a little so that it doesn’t look as if it’s been painted on.

9. Love Your Lashes

Lashes have the power to make you look more awake and more youthful. Instead of using heavy mascara that overcoats every lash and looks severe, start with an eyelash curler, and then use mascara that grabs every single lash but isn’t so heavy. Or be brave and try coloured mascara – deep purple or teal are pretty and unexpected.

What’s your favourite makeup look? Share your ideas below – and for more beauty tips, visit Olay.ca.

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