I was watching tennis on television and what struck me, aside from their intense playing styles, was how great Serena and Venus Williams's makeup looked on court. How do they keep it on through all that vigorous exercise?
Being in the spotlight has its drawbacks '- the incongruity of playing a hard physical sport while wearing makeup is one of them. But as celebrity performers whose radiantly expressive faces grace the pages of newspapers, television and magazines worldwide, they want to look their best. Happily, I was able to consult with Kym Lee, Serena's personal makeup artist and founder of Outer Skinz Image Group, who shared some of her favorite products and sweat-proofing tips. (To arrange a consultation with Kym Lee, whose home base is Washington, D.C., call 301-306-SKNZ (7569). Here's how to prepare your makeup to withstand the most extreme physical exercise.
- Cleanse your face thoroughly with an antibacterial face wash designed to rid the skin of excess oils.
- With a sterile cotton ball, dab face with an astringent containing ingredients such as lemon and burdock root, which work to naturally absorb oils.
- Then apply a lightweight moisturizing lotion. You may want to skip the traditional T-zone, or other areas where your skin naturally becomes oily.
- With your fingers, spread a small amount of long-wearing tinted moisturizer evenly over your entire face, ideally one that contains an SPF of at least 15.
- Apply an opaque foundation directly to any overt "imperfections" such as under-eye darkness, redness or acne scars. It helps to start with just a miniscule amount, warmed between your thumb and forefinger, placed on the skin with soft, dab-patting motions.
- Next, for a smooth, unified blend, use a non-latex makeup sponge to really press the foundation against skin. Remember, you don't want to rub as much as you want to press to ensure that the cream has solid contact with skin.
- Set the foundation with a translucent, loose powder, which you'll apply with a wide, flat, velveteen puff, again using firm pressing motions. Wait three minutes and apply powder again.
- Add a tawny shimmer to the eyelids using a flat, firm-haired eye-shadow brush, so as to keep the color concentrated.
- Mascara is next and it's got to be waterproof and non-splattering! Apply two coats to the upper lashes in even, controlled strokes.
- And last, for lips, try a sheer copper gloss, which will give lips just a hint of gleam, while keeping them lubricated.
Product Name: Dermablend Coverage Cosmetics
This extremely dense cream covers everything from freckles to vitiligo spots and birthmarks, and is guaranteed to stay on through sweat and heat. Kym uses a combination of Deep-Brown and Chocolate-Brown to get a perfect blend for Serena.
Product Name: DermaColor from Kryolan
DermaColor, one of my personal favorites, is a bit moister than Dermablend, better for extra-dry skin and great applied conservatively for hard-to-cover, dark, under-eye circles.
Product Name: Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer
This lightweight moisturizer with SPF 20 gives just a trace of color for a "no makeup" look.
Product Name: Outer Skinz Lip Gloss in Copper Topper
Not only is Kym Lee an awesome makeup artist, but she has a signature line of cosmetics with the most remarkable hues. Copper Topper, a sheer glistening coral-bronze, is one of Serena's faves!
Product Name: M.A.C Pressed Eye Shadow in Peachy-Keen
A sultry, sexy, muted peach with golden shimmer. So lovely.
Product Name: Dermalogica Day Bright SPF 15
A botanically based product that illuminates skin and works to balance uneven pigmentation.
Product Name: Dermalogica Oil Control Lotion
This feather-light lotion absorbs oil on the skin's surface reducing shine and providing a smooth, matte finish. And it's formulated with salicylic acid to help prevent future breakouts.
Product Name: L'Oreal Paris Voluminous Waterproof Mascara in Black
This mascara is Kim's favorite because it looks so lush and doesn't splatter '- "It's as if you're wearing a strip of false lashes."
Product Name: Ben Nye Loose Powder in Chestnut
The superfine consistency of this loose powder doesn't cake, chalk or go ashy, and that's why makeup artists love it!