While there is no questioning the athleticism needed to succeed in figure skating, it's still a performance sport. Costumes and makeup play into the overall appeal of the sport. How do those figure skaters keep up their look on and off the ice?
Mirai Nagasu took fourth in women's figure skating, setting herself up to be the favorite in the next Olympics. Since she is so young — she's only 16 — she is still figuring out what works for her in the makeup department, so she likes to use the less obvious tools of blush and lip gloss.
Also a fan of blush? Silver medalist ice dancer Meryl Davis.
"I love blush. Even if you skip all the other makeup in your bag, blush is a great way to make you feel beautiful and feminine, even on a 6 a.m. practice," says Davis.
Johnny Weir, though unafraid to grow a beard, is also not afraid of using the best products to look good.
When we asked the number one product he wouldn't be caught dead without on the ice, Weir replied, "I'll give you FIVE. M.A.C. Blot Powder, Cle de Peau Concealer, M.A.C. Bronzing Powder, Yves Saint Laurent Concealer and M.A.C. Tinted Lip Conditioner in Soothing Beige."
Judging by the designer brands that Weir uses, he's also unafraid of dropping loads of cash on his appearance.
Both pairs skater Caydee Denny and ice dancer Emily Samuelson see putting on makeup before a competition as a ritual to get into skating mode. When it comes to costumes, the skaters look to the stars for inspiration.
Rachael Flatt says that her long-program dress was inspired by a dress that singer Taylor Swift wore. Weir's favorite influence?
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