Amazing Serena, winning Wimbledon and shooting for gold at the Olympics. Believe it or not, being the best tennis player in the world is not her only talent. She is also an awesome manicurist! Serena is known to be obsessed with her nails, getting a manicure every four days and a pedicure once a week. Then, two years ago, she had the brilliant idea to become a certified nail technician. Would you like to see her in action? Check this vintage video of Serena giving Oprah a pedicure.

Photo from Wimbledon 2012.


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:


Sunscreen might not be the most alluring of beauty products, but it is undeniably one of the most important, especially for athletes. Many athletes spend tons of time outside, breaking a sweat. Here are some tips to choose the best sunscreen for outdoors and aquatic sports:

Always choose a high SPF. No need to go overboard; most dermatologists say it’s fine using an SPF 30 or 45. Just reapply the lotion every two hours to ensure maximum protection.

Look for labels that promise that the sunscreen has broad-spectrum (UVA and UVB) coverage. These ultraviolet rays can increase your risk of skin cancer and contribute to premature aging, freckles, age spots and wrinkles.

Athletes in particular should pick up sunscreens that are labeled “water-resistant” or “sweat-resistant.” During an intense game, no one wants lotion to get in their eyes!

Some sunscreen lines are targeted specifically to athletes, such as MDSolarSciences. The lightweight, easy-to-apply lotions have all of the factors mentioned in this article. It’s Olympic star approved, so it is definitely a safe bet.

For more tips for skin protection, please visit the American Academy of Dermatology


Photo: France Germany  Women Beach Volley match at Sydney 2000 Olympics – source: