Holiday Party Prep: Beauty Tips for Women Over 40

Holiday Party Prep: Beauty Tips for Women Over 40

Change up your makeup look for the holiday season with these 5 festive ideas.


Between holiday meal planning, guest preparation and shopping, the last thing we want to do is think about is getting dolled up for the upcoming festivities.

If the idea of changing out of sweatpants and into a full-face of makeup is daunting, we’ve made it easier with 5 makeup looks, perfect for the holiday season!

Step 1: Prep the Canvas
Before diving right into a full makeup look, nothing is more important than starting with a fresh face.

Start by washing your face with a gentle cleanser, like Olay Regenerist Luminous Brightening Cream Cleanser. Next, hydrate your skin with a lightweight and quick-absorbing moisturizer, like Olay Regenerist Luminous Light Hydrating Lotion.

Tip: If your eyes are in need of some extra tender loving care, apply Olay Eyes Ultimate Eye Cream. This 3-in-1 DeCircler, DeWrinkler & DePuffer will instantly reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Step 2: Pick Your Look
Depending on the formality of your holiday occasion, you may want to switch up your makeup look accordingly. Choose your favorite from one of these 5 looks!

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1. Glowing Skin
To achieve a glowing, fresh-faced look, use a foundation that hydrates and evens skin tone. You can also try a CC (“color correcting”) cream, like Olay Total Effects Tone Correcting CC Cream, to visibly smooth fine lines and wrinkles. It offers instant skin-perfecting coverage + correction, as well as Broad Spectrum SPF 15.

2. Glitter
Aside from a craft corner, glitter is best for special occasions like the holidays. Adding subtle sparkle to your eyes can be fun and festive, but remember that a little bit goes a long way. We suggest applying a small amount along the lash line. Safety Tip: If you decide on this look, try a glitter eyeshadow or eyeliner that’s designed for your face. Reserve the loose glitter for crafts only!

3. Metallic Eyes
’Tis the season to get festive, and metallic eyeshadow shades are a great way to make an instant impact. Apply the metallic hue toward the center of the eye (like a spotlight), then surround it with darker hues. It's kind of like framing a sequined top with a black blazer, which draws attention to the sparkle in a subtle, sophisticated way.

4. Bold Red Lips
A red lip is a surefire way to grab instant attention. Make sure you line and fill in the entire lip with a great liner to keep it from feathering. If you have any lines around your mouth, fill them in with concealer first. Next, apply the liner. Then add two coats of a red lipstick with a creamy base – the moist, dewy texture helps the mouth look supple.

5. Wine-hued Lips
A wine-hued lip looks great on almost anyone, so try out your favorite deep color for your next festivity! Just remember the basic rules for creating a bold lip from above. You can also use this trick to lessen the dark impact: Add a dot of a highlighting shadow at the cupid's bow of your lip. It's like a tiny spotlight that draws subtle attention to your sultry pout.

What look will you be trying for your holiday parties this season?  or register for P&G everyday to share your favorite in the comments below!

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