Olivia Wilde Shares Her Go-To Holiday Makeup Look (and Secrets for Taming Her 'Devil Brows')

12/13/2013 at 09:00 AM ET

Olivia Wilde, RevlonPaul Zimmerman/WireImage

Olivia Wilde may have picked up enough tricks from movie sets and her Revlon gig to DIY a holiday makeup look at home, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to go pro. Even she has her beauty hangups.

“I wish I could do a red lip, but I’m more comfortable with a bold eye,” the actress told PEOPLE while promoting the Revlon’s new Age Defying Collection in N.Y.C. “I know once I do the eye, it’s done. Inevitably, I’m going to eat something [or] kiss someone hello, so I mess up lipstick pretty much immediately. I still love playing with different shades of lipstick, but if I’m going to a holiday party, and I want to feel super-confident I’m doing a metallic eye.”

And, she adds, the key good to eye makeup is clean, well-shaped brows. “It changes your face so much when you have your eyebrows filled in and softened,” she said. “I spent years trying to look like Kate Moss with wispy thin eyebrows, which was a horrible mistake and everyone told me not to do it. So now I’m obsessed.”

As for her brow routine, she’s all about a good pencil. “It’s easier for me than a powder. I’m so fast with a pencil now too,” she said. “My eyebrows are so warped from years of abuse that I brush them to the side and then I pencil in the rest. If I brush them up they look like crazy, pointy, devil horns. Everyone in my family has crazy pointy eyebrows. So I try to soften them and take them down a notch.”

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And while she likes to experiment with her makeup, Wilde keeps it simple when it comes to her hair. “I wish I could do more interesting hairstyles myself, but when in doubt, think of the French and keep it simple. Especially with hair, we can get way too into curls. That curl that’s not brushed out is the worst. I can’t really work a curling iron anyway, so I don’t have to worry about it.”

Simplicity was the motto on set when Wilde and Halle Berry costarred in Revlon’s Age Defying makeup campaign. The first thing Wilde asked Berry that day was (of course) “What’s your secret?”

“She seemed surprised by the question,” Wilde said. “She was like: ‘I just take care of myself.’ And she’s very adamant against plastic surgery and anything like that; ‘just be good to yourself.’ That’s how we have to think and restructure the perspective when it comes to aging.”

Wilde swears by the line’s Age Defying CC cream, which hits stores in January, for her daily routine — it meets her criteria for taking care of herself (the SPF) and simplicity (the all-in-one element). Another secret skin weapon she swears by: “I love the Dr. Hauschka Rose Day Cream. Gucci Westman [Revlon's Global Artistic Director] turned me on to that. She slathers it on like a mask. It feels so good.”

What skincare products do you love? Are you a lip, eye or hair girl? Sound off below!

–Brittany Talarico

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jwcgd23 on

Reblogged this on Newsroom.

shieroc on

How can Halle Berry swear off cosmetic surgery when she has implants? Crazy.

guest on

halle berry has had implants and a nose job. ha! sure, she’s against plastic surgery…

ProudAmericanWoman on

A great product I’ve discovered is DHC’s Velvet Skin Coat. It’s a light diffusing primer, but it also has skin care ingredients and gives your skin an amazing soft, velvety feel and because of the light diffusion, an almost candlelit glow look. It’s one of the most innovative and effective products I’ve ever come across. It’s affordable (just over $20 for a very long lasting size tube), and DHC’S sends lots samples with it’s catalogs & orders. I also have been loving Alterna’s Caviar line & Frederic Fekkai’s Glossing line of hair care products. They give amazing softness and shine yet still cleanse thoroughly.

ProudAmericanWoman on

One product I forgot to mention is L’Occitane’s Divine line: the cream and serum are incredible. While expensive (the large, full size cream is about $106), these products are worth it. They have serious anti-aging ingredients and research has it as the best anti-aging cream in the world. I agree- I could see a difference. And the fragrance is amazingly delicious- I’d use it for the scent alone. The Immortelle cream is another, slightly less expensive option that is also wonderful.

holly on

This has been my beauty go to for a long time Thayers witch hazel in the rose petal it hydrates and keeps your skin so soft and supple,there are different scents …lavender,peach,aloe,even more than that but my fav is by far the rose petal…think beauty….think thayers

Libby77 on

I guess Halle Berry makes exceptions for nosejobs as she got one years ago….

Olivia is stunning and she should send her eyebrow tips to someone with REAL devilish angled too thin brows – BetheME Frankel. Scary!

Angie on

My favorite thing to use on my skin is something really really really simple, cheap and totally natural. Aloe Vera! I have a couple of plants and after I wash my face, I tear off a leaf, split it open and slather it on my face and neck. It makes your skin velvety soft, fights against wrinkles by promoting collagen renewal and fights against acne (you can actually mix it with honey and use it as a mask too for that). Plus, it was Cleopatra’s go-to skin serum. It seriously works!

t on

you know Halle Berry got her nosr done when she was beat up by her boyfriend years and years ago…I also believe she meant no botox or anything like that.

Easyup on

Olivia is spot on – eyebrows make the face, they are crucial . I’m glad she has figured hers out. It always fascinates me that Whoopi Goldberg has none.

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