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MY BEAUTY ADVENTURE
Kimberly Taylor Gindi is not only our Beauty Diary muse, but a celebrated designer who launched an eponymous clothing line and is now working on her fine jewelry collection, Blac Diamond. In this week’s Beauty Adventure, Kim tells us all about beauty in Brooklyn.
When I was growing up in Brooklyn, you never said you were from “Brooklyn.” You said “NYC.” It didn’t seem like there was a big difference. The truth is, though, I was a bridge-and-tunnel girl.
When I began attending NYU and interning for Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Teen Vogue, I still had a typical Brooklyn beauty routine. Every Friday, I got my blowout and French Manicure, and I didn’t leave home without my lip liner. It was a way to belong and fit in. Little did I know, these trends had never made it over the bridge.
In Brooklyn, for your sixteenth birthday, you would get makeup lessons and a bag filled with cosmetics, and share the same passion for plum lip liner with baby pink gloss.
One day, one of my best friends looked at my lip liner and just wiped it off of my face. In this dramatic gesture she made me realize that my beauty look made me an outcast in NYC. I never wear lip liner anymore, even if it’s the same color, not even when the person doing my make-up swears that it will completely blend in my lipstick – it just makes me paranoid.
Up until recently, I’ve done my best to try to fit with my beauty look. I went to Zurich last month and put very low-profile nail polish on, as European women generally a laid back style. When I got there, all of the girls had blue nails! I realized you can never ensure that your look will fit in, so you should just be yourself and do what you like.
I have a lot of respect for the women in Brooklyn. They really take care of their appearance, from regular mani-pedis to Keratin treatments. I don’t find it shallow - for me, it’s a sign that a woman respects herself and her appearance. Even the men in Brooklyn are very well groomed. I know men that are always in a suit and tie, and they really believe that “the way you carry yourself reflects on the world around you.”
From the day that my friend wiped off my lip liner at 18, the beauty world as I knew it shattered. It was only okay in Brooklyn. It was Brooklyn’s look, not New York’s, not America’s, not the world’s. I’ve been trying to get my mom to leave these BK trends in the past, but she doesn’t listen!
To that, I would still say to each their own. Be yourself, express your beauty, but make sure that, no matter what your look is, it’s done well! 

MY BEAUTY ADVENTURE

Kimberly Taylor Gindi is not only our Beauty Diary muse, but a celebrated designer who launched an eponymous clothing line and is now working on her fine jewelry collection, Blac Diamond. In this week’s Beauty Adventure, Kim tells us all about beauty in Brooklyn.

When I was growing up in Brooklyn, you never said you were from “Brooklyn.” You said “NYC.” It didn’t seem like there was a big difference. The truth is, though, I was a bridge-and-tunnel girl.

When I began attending NYU and interning for Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga and Teen Vogue, I still had a typical Brooklyn beauty routine. Every Friday, I got my blowout and French Manicure, and I didn’t leave home without my lip liner. It was a way to belong and fit in. Little did I know, these trends had never made it over the bridge.

In Brooklyn, for your sixteenth birthday, you would get makeup lessons and a bag filled with cosmetics, and share the same passion for plum lip liner with baby pink gloss.

One day, one of my best friends looked at my lip liner and just wiped it off of my face. In this dramatic gesture she made me realize that my beauty look made me an outcast in NYC. I never wear lip liner anymore, even if it’s the same color, not even when the person doing my make-up swears that it will completely blend in my lipstick – it just makes me paranoid.

Up until recently, I’ve done my best to try to fit with my beauty look. I went to Zurich last month and put very low-profile nail polish on, as European women generally a laid back style. When I got there, all of the girls had blue nails! I realized you can never ensure that your look will fit in, so you should just be yourself and do what you like.

I have a lot of respect for the women in Brooklyn. They really take care of their appearance, from regular mani-pedis to Keratin treatments. I don’t find it shallow - for me, it’s a sign that a woman respects herself and her appearance. Even the men in Brooklyn are very well groomed. I know men that are always in a suit and tie, and they really believe that “the way you carry yourself reflects on the world around you.”

From the day that my friend wiped off my lip liner at 18, the beauty world as I knew it shattered. It was only okay in Brooklyn. It was Brooklyn’s look, not New York’s, not America’s, not the world’s. I’ve been trying to get my mom to leave these BK trends in the past, but she doesn’t listen!

To that, I would still say to each their own. Be yourself, express your beauty, but make sure that, no matter what your look is, it’s done well! 

MY BEAUTY ADVENTURE
By Viviane Vidal, model
My first fashion shoot was in Paris. I was so excited, I have never been there before. It was an amazing experience. After work, I was invited to a party and went straight to a nail salon to get a manicure. When the technician was done, I looked at my nails…. I was horrified! She had put the polish only on the center of the nail. What was she thinking? In Brasil we are very meticulous about our manicures, we cut all cuticles, completely cover the whole nail with polish, then clean the edges with acetone. I realized that this was not the way nails were done in France… I went back to the hotel and did it myself, it definitely looked better. I was ready to party!
I live in New York now, and I am still very specific about my beauty treatments. Luckily, the Brasilian salon Maria Bonita in Soho does it all, hair, nails, massage, the real Brasilian way, which is for me, the only way to go!
Viviane’s Beauty Adventure is also an illustration series by Elisa Stangalini.

MY BEAUTY ADVENTURE

By Viviane Vidal, model

My first fashion shoot was in Paris. I was so excited, I have never been there before. It was an amazing experience. After work, I was invited to a party and went straight to a nail salon to get a manicure. When the technician was done, I looked at my nails…. I was horrified! She had put the polish only on the center of the nail. What was she thinking? In Brasil we are very meticulous about our manicures, we cut all cuticles, completely cover the whole nail with polish, then clean the edges with acetone. I realized that this was not the way nails were done in France… I went back to the hotel and did it myself, it definitely looked better. I was ready to party!

I live in New York now, and I am still very specific about my beauty treatments. Luckily, the Brasilian salon Maria Bonita in Soho does it all, hair, nails, massage, the real Brasilian way, which is for me, the only way to go!

Viviane’s Beauty Adventure is also an illustration series by Elisa Stangalini.

THE MANICURE QUEEN
By Carole Hallac
It’s no question that in  New York, Jin Soon Choi, a native of Korea, is the absolute queen of nails. With three nail spas in Manhattan, Jin has been an institution in the industry for many years, a favorite on the set of international fashion campaigns and magazine covers (she is the go-to manicurist of Steven Meisel shoots), and has worked with a multitude of celebrities (Sarah Jessica Parker was her first client in her East Village salon) and models.
Models are, in fact, part of the Jin’s inspiration for her new exquisite nail collection, which is divided into two lines: the Quintessentials, with classic colors like red and nude, and A La Mode, which features the shades of the season, and were named by some of her model friends  such as Coco Rocha (“Rhapsody”), Caroline Trentini (“Austere”), Karlie Kloss (“Debonair”), Hyoni Kang (“Charade”), Jamie Bochert (“Auspiscious”), and Guinevere Van Seenus (“Metaphor”).
The JINSOON nail care collection is 5-free (non toxic), and includes twelve colors, a top coat and a strengthening basecoat infused with biotin and amino acids.
Available at Sephora and SpaceNK in September ($18 each).
View the A La Mode collection here.

THE MANICURE QUEEN

By Carole Hallac

It’s no question that in  New York, Jin Soon Choi, a native of Korea, is the absolute queen of nails. With three nail spas in Manhattan, Jin has been an institution in the industry for many years, a favorite on the set of international fashion campaigns and magazine covers (she is the go-to manicurist of Steven Meisel shoots), and has worked with a multitude of celebrities (Sarah Jessica Parker was her first client in her East Village salon) and models.

Models are, in fact, part of the Jin’s inspiration for her new exquisite nail collection, which is divided into two lines: the Quintessentials, with classic colors like red and nude, and A La Mode, which features the shades of the season, and were named by some of her model friends  such as Coco Rocha (“Rhapsody”), Caroline Trentini (“Austere”), Karlie Kloss (“Debonair”), Hyoni Kang (“Charade”), Jamie Bochert (“Auspiscious”), and Guinevere Van Seenus (“Metaphor”).

The JINSOON nail care collection is 5-free (non toxic), and includes twelve colors, a top coat and a strengthening basecoat infused with biotin and amino acids.

Available at Sephora and SpaceNK in September ($18 each).

View the A La Mode collection here.

BRAZILIAN MANI
by Tiffany Etessami
Viviane Vidal’s Beauty Adventure made us curious about the process of the Brazilian manicure. We were able to speak to Fernanda Lacerda, owner of Maria Bonita Salon & Spa (the salon that Viviane swears by). She took us through the steps of this impeccable mani.
At Maria Bonita, the entire process takes about forty-five minutes – it is meticulously done, and worth the extra time. The treatment begins with a paraffin immersion (during the colder months) or a cooling masque (during the Summer). This is followed by exfoliation, and an intense hand massage.
Here’s the part that makes this manicure so unique: every single inner and exposed cuticle will be removed. Following that, your nails will be painted all over, leaving absolutely no corner behind. It is going to look sloppy at first – polish will go on your skin – but this is intentional. They want to make sure the entire nail is covered with lacquer. Finally, they will remove the excess polish with acetone remover.
In the end, your hands will feel smoother, and your nails will have a beautiful, lustrous finish!
Camera

Canon EOS 5D Mark II

ISO

100

Aperture

f/7.1

Exposure

1/60th

Focal Length

55mm

BRAZILIAN MANI

by Tiffany Etessami

Viviane Vidal’s Beauty Adventure made us curious about the process of the Brazilian manicure. We were able to speak to Fernanda Lacerda, owner of Maria Bonita Salon & Spa (the salon that Viviane swears by). She took us through the steps of this impeccable mani.

At Maria Bonita, the entire process takes about forty-five minutes – it is meticulously done, and worth the extra time. The treatment begins with a paraffin immersion (during the colder months) or a cooling masque (during the Summer). This is followed by exfoliation, and an intense hand massage.

Here’s the part that makes this manicure so unique: every single inner and exposed cuticle will be removed. Following that, your nails will be painted all over, leaving absolutely no corner behind. It is going to look sloppy at first – polish will go on your skin – but this is intentional. They want to make sure the entire nail is covered with lacquer. Finally, they will remove the excess polish with acetone remover.

In the end, your hands will feel smoother, and your nails will have a beautiful, lustrous finish!

A MODEL’s BEAUTY REGIME
by Carole Hallac
Curious about the beauty regime of a hot Brazilian model? Our muse of the week, 22 year old model Viviane Vidal, reveals to the Daily Pamp her beauty secrets.
Tell us about your morning beauty routine.

I always use La Mer as a moisturizer. Before I go out, I put on basic make-up: concealer from Givenchy, some blush, my favorite is Nars in Orgasm, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and eye shadows from Mac.

How do you keep in shape?

I do yoga, pilates and I run. I am a vegetarian but I also eat fish for protein. I love Brasilian food but I also like Japanese.

How do you take care of your skin?

In the winter, I use Cetaphil to moisturize my body. For my face, my make-up removal product is from Bioderma, and I use the night serum from La Mer. For sun protection, I love the light milk from La Roche-Posay, 50SPF.For my lips, the great balm from La Mer. 

What about your great locks?

Because of my work I have to take great care of my hair. Kerastase products are amazing; to protect my hair from the heat of styling tools I use Chroma Thermique Thermo-Radiance Protecting Milk and to treat split ends, Fibre Architecte dual serum. I am also a big fan of Moroccan Oil and Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil shampoo and mask.

Any other favorite products?

Essie for nail polish, affordable and trendy. I change nail polish all the time. I love red and black especially for winter, but I use neutrals and pastels as well. 

Who is your to-go professional?

The Brasilian salon Maria Bonita in Soho, New York. I do it all, hair, nails, massage, the real Brasilian way, which is the only way to go!

Where do you shop for your beauty products?

Sephora, I love to have my make-up done there.

Your fragrance?

Chance, Chanel.

Favorite designers?

Rebecca Taylor, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone and Current/Elliott.
Camera

Canon EOS 5D

ISO

125

Aperture

f/9

Exposure

1/60th

Focal Length

67mm

A MODEL’s BEAUTY REGIME

by Carole Hallac

Curious about the beauty regime of a hot Brazilian model? Our muse of the week, 22 year old model Viviane Vidal, reveals to the Daily Pamp her beauty secrets.

Tell us about your morning beauty routine.

I always use La Mer as a moisturizer. Before I go out, I put on basic make-up: concealer from Givenchy, some blush, my favorite is Nars in Orgasm, Lancome Hypnose Drama mascara and eye shadows from Mac.

How do you keep in shape?

I do yoga, pilates and I run. I am a vegetarian but I also eat fish for protein. I love Brasilian food but I also like Japanese.

How do you take care of your skin?

In the winter, I use Cetaphil to moisturize my body. For my face, my make-up removal product is from Bioderma, and I use the night serum from La Mer. For sun protection, I love the light milk from La Roche-Posay, 50SPF.For my lips, the great balm from La Mer

What about your great locks?

Because of my work I have to take great care of my hair. Kerastase products are amazing; to protect my hair from the heat of styling tools I use Chroma Thermique Thermo-Radiance Protecting Milk and to treat split ends, Fibre Architecte dual serum. I am also a big fan of Moroccan Oil and Kiehl’s Olive Fruit Oil shampoo and mask.

Any other favorite products?

Essie for nail polish, affordable and trendy. I change nail polish all the time. I love red and black especially for winter, but I use neutrals and pastels as well. 

Who is your to-go professional?

The Brasilian salon Maria Bonita in Soho, New York. I do it all, hair, nails, massage, the real Brasilian way, which is the only way to go!

Where do you shop for your beauty products?

Sephora, I love to have my make-up done there.

Your fragrance?

Chance, Chanel.

Favorite designers?

Rebecca Taylor, Marc Jacobs, Rag & Bone and Current/Elliott.

IMPERFECTION IS SEXY
By Tiffany Etessami
Typically, the term “supermodel” is associated with perfection: perfect hair, perfect face, perfect body. That being said, Kate Moss is undeniably one of the most iconic models of our time. Think about it: is she perfect? No. She is short by modeling standards (5’7’’), waif-thin and flat-chested. What she is, though, is revolutionary.
When the modeling world was ruled by Amazonian beauties like Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, this lanky British girl stepped onto the scene and completely changed the conventions of what is beautiful. She ushered in an entirely new look – heroin chic – that took the fashion world by storm and transformed the runway. She used features that others would see as imperfections, and made them the key components of what makes her stunning.
Over the past twenty years, the modeling world has drastically changed. Now, many of the top models have a slight imperfection that makes them unique and even more gorgeous. Take Lara Stone, the face of Calvin Klein. The Dutch beauty’s signature feature is the large gap between her front teeth. Most people would get braces and fix it. Stone embraced this quirk, and she is now regarded as one of the top fashion models in the world, according to Models.com. Another model who is really working her gap is Georgia May Jagger. The Rolling Stones offspring is currently the face of Rimmel London, and her recognizable pout is the focal point of their latest lipstick campaign. Even today’s biggest supermodel, Gisele Bundchen, has flaws. The Brazilian star’s nose has often come under scrutiny for being on the large side, but her refusal to get a rhinoplasty only adds to her appeal. There is nothing sexier or more beautiful than being comfortable in your own skin.
Take Jennifer Grey, star of mega-blockbuster Dirty Dancing. After the success of her film, she underwent two rhinoplasty procedures and became virtually unrecognizable. Her career never recovered. Nowadays, many actresses are embracing their imperfections. Glee’s Lea Michele is very short and has a large nose. By the typical conventions of society, she is not a beauty. Her talent, confidence and refusal to alter her appearance have made her a huge star and role model to girls.
Imperfections make people special. Be it a mole, a gap or even a scar, beauty can always be found in these so-called “flaws”. Embrace the features that make you unique – it’s what makes you irreplaceable.
Image of Georgia May Jagger for Hudson Jeans

IMPERFECTION IS SEXY

By Tiffany Etessami

Typically, the term “supermodel” is associated with perfection: perfect hair, perfect face, perfect body. That being said, Kate Moss is undeniably one of the most iconic models of our time. Think about it: is she perfect? No. She is short by modeling standards (5’7’’), waif-thin and flat-chested. What she is, though, is revolutionary.

When the modeling world was ruled by Amazonian beauties like Claudia Schiffer, Linda Evangelista, Cindy Crawford and Naomi Campbell, this lanky British girl stepped onto the scene and completely changed the conventions of what is beautiful. She ushered in an entirely new look – heroin chic – that took the fashion world by storm and transformed the runway. She used features that others would see as imperfections, and made them the key components of what makes her stunning.

Over the past twenty years, the modeling world has drastically changed. Now, many of the top models have a slight imperfection that makes them unique and even more gorgeous. Take Lara Stone, the face of Calvin Klein. The Dutch beauty’s signature feature is the large gap between her front teeth. Most people would get braces and fix it. Stone embraced this quirk, and she is now regarded as one of the top fashion models in the world, according to Models.com. Another model who is really working her gap is Georgia May Jagger. The Rolling Stones offspring is currently the face of Rimmel London, and her recognizable pout is the focal point of their latest lipstick campaign. Even today’s biggest supermodel, Gisele Bundchen, has flaws. The Brazilian star’s nose has often come under scrutiny for being on the large side, but her refusal to get a rhinoplasty only adds to her appeal. There is nothing sexier or more beautiful than being comfortable in your own skin.

Take Jennifer Grey, star of mega-blockbuster Dirty Dancing. After the success of her film, she underwent two rhinoplasty procedures and became virtually unrecognizable. Her career never recovered. Nowadays, many actresses are embracing their imperfections. Glee’s Lea Michele is very short and has a large nose. By the typical conventions of society, she is not a beauty. Her talent, confidence and refusal to alter her appearance have made her a huge star and role model to girls.

Imperfections make people special. Be it a mole, a gap or even a scar, beauty can always be found in these so-called “flaws”. Embrace the features that make you unique – it’s what makes you irreplaceable.

Image of Georgia May Jagger for Hudson Jeans
BEFORE AND AFTER
Not all embrace imperfections. The cosmetic surgery trend is still growing for both men and women, with 13.8 million procedures in 2011, a 5% increase from 2010.
The top cosmetic procedures are breast augmentations, nose reshapings, liposuction, eyelid surgery and facelifts, which is back in the top five for the first time since 2004, replacing tummy tucks. Other procedures with increasing popularity are: chin augmentations (+71%), lip augmentations (+49%), buttocks implants (43%) and buttock lifts (38%). Botox is still the favorite minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, followed by fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.
Even if more men are going under the knife (+6%), most cosmetic procedures are done on women (91%)
Data from American Society of Plastic Surgeons
Image: Photo of Andy Warhol’s painting Before and After at the Metropolitan Museum

BEFORE AND AFTER

Not all embrace imperfections. The cosmetic surgery trend is still growing for both men and women, with 13.8 million procedures in 2011, a 5% increase from 2010.

The top cosmetic procedures are breast augmentations, nose reshapings, liposuction, eyelid surgery and facelifts, which is back in the top five for the first time since 2004, replacing tummy tucks. Other procedures with increasing popularity are: chin augmentations (+71%), lip augmentations (+49%), buttocks implants (43%) and buttock lifts (38%). Botox is still the favorite minimally invasive cosmetic procedure, followed by fillers, chemical peels, laser hair removal and microdermabrasion.

Even if more men are going under the knife (+6%), most cosmetic procedures are done on women (91%)

Data from American Society of Plastic Surgeons

Image: Photo of Andy Warhol’s painting Before and After at the Metropolitan Museum

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In recent years, magazines are showing all types of models, from different nationalities, shapes, sizes and ages. Different has become beautiful. Crooked smiles, moles, scars, athletic builds all have their place in beauty. How refreshing this all is, especially for our children. However, certain “flaws” are not flattering on anyone, who would want to highlight a pimple or dark circles under your eyes? Here some tricks to camouflage when necessary:
I hide my dark circles and blemishes with a bit of liquid foundation (a shade that blends in perfectly) and my favorite concealer from Cle de Peau (a magic stick). 
I use Proactiv for my acne, it truly has been a miracle worker for me. 
I use L’Oreal Sublime Bronze self tanner mixed with Nivea Q 10 lotion to make my less than smooth legs appear silky. 
My hair remains it’s natural color and I use products like Morroccan Oil and Leonor Greyl Mask Orchidee to keep it looking its best. 
We all have our little helpers, and there is nothing wrong with it. Confidence after all is always the most attractive feature.

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In recent years, magazines are showing all types of models, from different nationalities, shapes, sizes and ages. Different has become beautiful. Crooked smiles, moles, scars, athletic builds all have their place in beauty. How refreshing this all is, especially for our children.

However, certain “flaws” are not flattering on anyone, who would want to highlight a pimple or dark circles under your eyes? Here some tricks to camouflage when necessary:

  • I hide my dark circles and blemishes with a bit of liquid foundation (a shade that blends in perfectly) and my favorite concealer from Cle de Peau (a magic stick).
  • I use Proactiv for my acne, it truly has been a miracle worker for me.
  • I use L’Oreal Sublime Bronze self tanner mixed with Nivea Q 10 lotion to make my less than smooth legs appear silky.
  • My hair remains it’s natural color and I use products like Morroccan Oil and Leonor Greyl Mask Orchidee to keep it looking its best.


We all have our little helpers, and there is nothing wrong with it. Confidence after all is always the most attractive feature.

A SWIMMER’S MOISTURIZER
by Carole Hallac
Michael Phelps has to face great challenges in this coming Olympics. Will he still be number one, beating his fierce competitor Ryan Lochte? Will he win at least three medals, beating gymnast Larissa Latynina’s record of a whopping eighteen medals?
Maybe a bit shallow on our part, but we can’t help but wonder about another challenge he must face every day spending hours training in the pool: how does he protect his hair from harsh chlorine and keep his skin moisturized? The champ swears by Head & Shoulders, the popular dandruff shampoo that he became a spokeperson for in a recent media campaign. 
However, for real beauty secrets, probably always better to ask a woman. When it comes to moisturizer, his female colleague, and five time olympian, Dara Torres uses AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream, which just tapped the gorgeous athlete as a sponsor: ”I approach all aspects of my life with the same intensity as my training, including how I take care of my skin. AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream works wonders to restore my skin’s softness after a long day in the pool, so it fits well into my daily health and beauty routine”. 
In a recent interview for the LATimes, Torres shared more of her beauty regiment: La Mer and Sisley as face moisturizers, and WEN shampoo. She advises to rotate shampoo and doesn’t use any chlorine-removing branded products because they can remove the natural moisture and make the hair more susceptible to damage. She suggests to swimmers that are not competing at the Olympics to put conditioner under their swim cap.
Definitely great advice for our summer days by the pool, however very doubtful that we will be wearing the cap…

A SWIMMER’S MOISTURIZER

by Carole Hallac

Michael Phelps has to face great challenges in this coming Olympics. Will he still be number one, beating his fierce competitor Ryan Lochte? Will he win at least three medals, beating gymnast Larissa Latynina’s record of a whopping eighteen medals?

Maybe a bit shallow on our part, but we can’t help but wonder about another challenge he must face every day spending hours training in the pool: how does he protect his hair from harsh chlorine and keep his skin moisturized? The champ swears by Head & Shoulders, the popular dandruff shampoo that he became a spokeperson for in a recent media campaign. 

However, for real beauty secrets, probably always better to ask a woman. When it comes to moisturizer, his female colleague, and five time olympian, Dara Torres uses AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream, which just tapped the gorgeous athlete as a sponsor: ”I approach all aspects of my life with the same intensity as my training, including how I take care of my skin. AmLactin® Ultra Hydrating Body Cream works wonders to restore my skin’s softness after a long day in the pool, so it fits well into my daily health and beauty routine”. 

In a recent interview for the LATimes, Torres shared more of her beauty regiment: La Mer and Sisley as face moisturizers, and WEN shampoo. She advises to rotate shampoo and doesn’t use any chlorine-removing branded products because they can remove the natural moisture and make the hair more susceptible to damage. She suggests to swimmers that are not competing at the Olympics to put conditioner under their swim cap.

Definitely great advice for our summer days by the pool, however very doubtful that we will be wearing the cap…

SPORTS AND VANITY
by Carole Hallac
What is the rule on wearing make-up for athletes? It’s a tough call. On one hand, all eyes are on them, with million of viewers watching all over the world, they’d rather look good. On the other hand, they wouldn’t want mascara to drip down their face when they are trying to beat a world record.
According to ESPN, athletes are in general wearing more make-up, but to avoid any embarrassment, many skip it, like tennis player Maria Sharapova, who always looks glammed up in red carpets and photo shoots, but keeps it clean on the court. Others find ways to use smart products that won’t let them down during performance, like hurdler star Lolo Jones, who confided to Fitness magazine that she skips face make-up on race days and only uses soft colored cream shadows that hold up in the heat, like Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow. US goalie Hope Solo, who recently became a spokesperson for Simple skincare, always has impeccable eyebrows, and loves her lash curler and lip balm.
We can always count on Serena Williams to look her best, with dark eyes and perfect manicures. Gymnasts wear lot of make-up, from Shawn Johnson, who loves sparkles, to Alicia Sacramore who matches her eye shadow to her leotard. While no nail polish is allowed during gymnastic competition, it has been the women swimmers favorite accessory for these Olympics, no matter the nation, from blu and red alternate nails on many girls from the US team to Olympic hoops on British Aimee Wilmott while her teammate Rebecca Adlington sported the British flag. Gold medal winner and new America sweetheart Missy Franklyn opted for red, with a US flag on her ring finger, a subtle classy nationalistic touch that won’t horrify the fashion police like Lochte’s flag grill.
Photo: Gymnist Evgeniya Kanaeva in Rhythmic Gymnastic at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Source: olympic.org
Camera

Canon EOS-1D Mark II N

ISO

400

Aperture

f/4.5

Exposure

1/500th

Focal Length

485mm

SPORTS AND VANITY

by Carole Hallac

What is the rule on wearing make-up for athletes? It’s a tough call. On one hand, all eyes are on them, with million of viewers watching all over the world, they’d rather look good. On the other hand, they wouldn’t want mascara to drip down their face when they are trying to beat a world record.

According to ESPN, athletes are in general wearing more make-up, but to avoid any embarrassment, many skip it, like tennis player Maria Sharapova, who always looks glammed up in red carpets and photo shoots, but keeps it clean on the court. Others find ways to use smart products that won’t let them down during performance, like hurdler star Lolo Jones, who confided to Fitness magazine that she skips face make-up on race days and only uses soft colored cream shadows that hold up in the heat, like Revlon Illuminance Creme Shadow. US goalie Hope Solo, who recently became a spokesperson for Simple skincare, always has impeccable eyebrows, and loves her lash curler and lip balm.

We can always count on Serena Williams to look her best, with dark eyes and perfect manicures. Gymnasts wear lot of make-up, from Shawn Johnson, who loves sparkles, to Alicia Sacramore who matches her eye shadow to her leotard. While no nail polish is allowed during gymnastic competition, it has been the women swimmers favorite accessory for these Olympics, no matter the nation, from blu and red alternate nails on many girls from the US team to Olympic hoops on British Aimee Wilmott while her teammate Rebecca Adlington sported the British flag. Gold medal winner and new America sweetheart Missy Franklyn opted for red, with a US flag on her ring finger, a subtle classy nationalistic touch that won’t horrify the fashion police like Lochte’s flag grill.

Photo: Gymnist Evgeniya Kanaeva in Rhythmic Gymnastic at Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. Source: olympic.org

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