The singer helps to banish beauty myths in her latest campaign

By Kate Hogan
Updated November 09, 2011 08:00 PM

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Carrie Underwood is ready to lather up in her latest Olay commercial — but she’s skipping the soap and opting for cleanser. The singer — Wednesday night’s CMA Awards hostess — is breaking down beauty myths in her latest campaign for Olay, which debuts tonight during the CMA Awards on ABC.

“For my beauty prep, I like my skin to be really clean, but ‘squeaky clean’ isn’t the goal — that sound actually means your soap left residue behind on your skin,” she says in a release. “If you don’t have a healthy palette to work on, it won’t matter what you do. My skincare routine is … all about proper cleansing and sunscreen.”

In addition to pampering her skin, the singer tries to prevent damage to her hair, too. “I love a big-barrel curling iron,” she admits. “So to keep my hair healthy and manageable, I use a leave-in conditioner; without a spritz of it first, it would take me forever to get a brush through my hair.”

And to stand out on the red carpet, Underwood says adding shimmer eyeshadow to her look is a definite do. “A little goes a long way and helps really play up your eyes,” she shares. “I like to top it off with mascara. I never leave my house without it and feel naked without it on! One coat makes me look like I spent time on my makeup — even if I didn’t.”

Catch Underwood on the CMAs tonight, and in the meantime, enjoy a little Olay humor courtesy of her co-host, singer Brad Paisley.