With the 2014 Winter Olympics coming to a close this Sunday, February 23rd, most of the 1,300 medals have already been awarded to some of the world's best athletes—including USA's very own Devin Logan (Silver Medalist in Women's Ski Slopestyle), Kaitlyn Farrington (Gold Medalist for Women's Snowboarding Halfpipe), Jamie Anderson (Gold Medalist in Women's Snowboard Slopestyle), and Meryl Davis and Charlie White (Gold Medalists in Couples Ice Dancing). From skiing down the slopes of Sochi, pulling off aerial leaps on the halfpipe, and ice skating in the arena, the cold elements have definitely taken a toll on these athletes, but as Olympians, they have a few tricks up their sleeves. Scroll down to learn about their secret beauty weapons, what you'll find in their makeup bags, and which lipstick is the best to ice skate with!
For 22-year-old Devin Logan (left), the only obstacle in her way aren't the slopes at Sochi's Rosa Khutor Extreme Park, but the wintery elements that she faces, from the cold air, wind, to of course the snow. "I use a lot of Paul Mitchell products to help with moisture because basically the little ends [of my hair] are always getting so fried up," says Logan exclusively to InStyle.com.
As for 24-year-old Kaitlyn Farrington (right), she faces the same elements on the halfpipe. "For me, I’m really big on sunscreen. I wear it every single day even when it’s cloudy out," explains Farrington. "I also use Clinique Moisture Surge and that’s just some I found randomly in Duty-Free and it’s gel so it doesn’t make my skin oily and have that weird texture to it, so I just love that."
Jamie Anderson is one Olympian who prefers to pack her makeup bag light and keep her look natural versus artificial. "I'll look back at pictures from when I was a teenager and I'll have blue mascara or something purple and I'm like, 'I look so artificial!,'" laughs Anderson. "But I think it's just a part of growing up and connecting more with yourself and realizing what you like and what you don't, your brand and image, and what you really want to portray as a role model for anyone who wants to look up to me or does."
These days, Anderson has an simple beauty regime—using just powder, bronzer, mascara, and a little gold eyeshadow—especially when she is performing on the snow. "The goal [is] not using a ton [of makeup] and letting it look good, but still natural and just highlighting your own beauty," advises Anderson. "You have a hat, goggles, and a face mask [on] so you don't want to come down and it's smeared!" As for what she keeps in her makeup bag? "I don't have a huge makeup bag, but I keep Fresh Effects (Everything Off!) Deluxe Make-up Removal Wet Cloths in my bag so I can easily take all of my makeup off if I’m on the go or traveling."
For Meryl Davis and Charlie White, skating on the ice can have it's pros, like their record-breaking Scheherazade performance, and cons in the form of a runny nose. "With a sport that has us constantly on the ice, your face is drying out and your nose is running, so our favorite product to use is Puffs Plus Lotion Facial Tissues," says White. As for fighting off that dry skin, Davis sticks to tried and true moisturizers. "Olay moisturizer is my number one thing to use and it helps protect my skin and it’s something that I try to use everyday," adds Davis.
Aside from their intricate costumes and Davis' colorful makeup on the ice, there is one thing she has learned over her 17 years of ice skating and it's "no lip gloss," laughs Davis. "I found that out the hard way, that a lip gloss and hair flying around is not the best way to skate. A matte lipstick is the best thing for an ice skating event." Noted!
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—Josephine Cusumano with reporting by Marianne Mychaskiw