Beauty Q&A with Carrie Underwood, Olay's New Celebrity Brand Ambassador
Last week, we received an email from Olay, inviting us to get a front-row seat as they unveiled their first celebrity brand ambassador. Naturally, we all were abuzz about who it could be, as the clues hinted the TBA spokeswoman was someone "from a small town who took the world by storm with her talent." Much to our delight, (although, our super-sleuthing skills had us assuming it was a country-singing belle!), it was multiplatinum singer-songwriter Carrie Underwood. We got a chance to chat with the songstress on everything from Olay being her first beauty contract to whether or not hockey-player husband Mike Fisher steals her beauty products!
Real Beauty: As Olay's brand ambassador, what do you think is the number-one trick to having amazing skin?
Carrie Underwood: I think it is really important to teach women and girls that good skin care doesn't have to be a case of, "If only I just had more money I could buy the good expensive stuff," and it doesn't have to be complicated. Preventative care is really important, especially in teaching girls early on so good practices will follow them into adulthood. You can do right by your skin without any drastic measures or spending a lot of money. Cleansing, moisturizing, and UV protection will cover all your bases.
You had mentioned in an interview that you used to watch your mom use the original Olay Beauty Fluid. What's the best bit of beauty advice you've gotten from her?
CU: Most of the beauty tips that I've gotten from my mom and my older sisters have just been picked from observation. I feel like people in my mom and our parents' generation wish they had done more when they were younger, like stay out of the sun. When I was little I was seven shades darker than I am now! But now, we all realize that that kind of exposure can be damaging especially twenty, thirty years from now.
From flying to hopping on and off buses, how do you take care of your skin when you're on tour?
CU: Well, fortunately since Olay is available in grocery stores and drugstores, I can pick up whatever products I need when I run out. But since beauty comes from within, I just take good care of myself by getting exercise and eating right. I really enjoy cardio, especially running. And recently I tried my friend's P90X video, which was really fun since a group of us got together in her living room. So the bottom line is, when you live a healthy lifestyle you can see it on the outside.
You had a beautiful wedding over the summer. What was your skin-care regimen leading up to that day?
CU: Believe it of not, it wasn't crazy I didn't go and get 17 facials or anything like that. I always try to take good care of myself in general so I don't have to panic into one of those, "Oh my gosh, what am I going to do?" moments. I just exercised, ate well, drank lots of water, and moisturized, which is basically what I do every day.
So now that you're married, have you caught your husband Mike delving into any of your beauty products?
CU: As a matter of fact, he loves the Olay Complete All Day UV Moisturizer. He cares about having good skin too, and he wanted something that had sunscreen but wouldn't feel greasy or leave a visible white residue on his skin. So he borrowed it from me one day and it's magically disappeared from my stash since. It's great because now he can go out golfing and doesn't have to worry about smelling girly or looking shiny.
So, moving onto makeup, I have to say that your lashes always look incredible. Can you give any special tricks or tips to making them look so full?
CU: Well, I will admit that I use falsies every once in a while because they're fun! But I do have a little kit that's full of mascara. At any given moment I will have four or five different formulas on my lashes. I don't think there is one that does all I need it to do, so I'll grab a volumizing one to make them fat, then a lengthening one to make them longer, and so on.
With as many trips down the red carpet as you've had, what's something that you always keep in your evening bag?
CU: Probably a lip gloss (a pink or a peach), eyeliner, and a mascara. As the night goes on you can go a little heavier and darker with your makeup, so it's nice to just have things that can grow with you as the night goes on.
What's the biggest beauty faux-pas that you've ever committed?
CU:When I was younger, I had a big tweezing problem that my eyebrows have never fully recovered from. One brow would be normal and the other one, well, the tip would go in the opposite direction, which really bothered me. Since I didn't know what to do about it, I would just pluck it off and basically I ended up with half a brow. In high school it was tough trying to get those under control. With that kind of thing, it's best left to the professionals. I'm really lucky now, because a makeup artist will take care of them on a photo shoot, and all I have to do is maintain them until the next one.
Lastly, can you tell us a money-saving beauty trick?
CU: I've learned that if you have a really good moisturizer that works well with your skin, it's going to make your foundation look so much better. As a result, you don't have to use as much product, which can save you money in the long run. And of course, Olay products are for the everyday woman or man, as they're easy to get your hands on and they aren't going to bankrupt you.