I casually joke that if guessing what MAC lipstick someone was wearing was an Olympic sport, I definitely win the gold. In an exciting twist of fate, I had the chance to someone who actually could win a real Olympic gold medal about her beauty favorites - Mikaela Shiffrin. Unless you follow alpine skiing, you may not have heard of her but that will likely all change when it’s time for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. She’s already causing quite a stir (The Daily Beast called her a ‘skiing prodigy’) and generating massive buzz with wins in major competitions. P&G took notice and named her a Pantene spokesperson, as well as included her in the Thank You, Mom program. Because of all this, I had a chance to chat with her about her beauty secrets and how she prepares for those gold medal moments.
What’s your beauty philosophy?
MS: Normally I keep it nice and simple. Have you heard that term ‘beauty base zero‘? It’s as if you were to get out of bed in the morning looking flawless and totally natural. Just really simple, highlighting your best features. That’s what I tend to go for when I’m skiing all day. In the morning, it’s become part of my routine to spend 15-30 minutes to make sure that I look my best.
What are the five things you pack in your bag for every competition?
MS: An extra hair tie because my hair is really thick, Pantene Flexible Hold Hairspray, CoverGirl Smoochies Lip Balm, an extra pair of shoes so I don’t have to spend the whole day in my ski boots, and my Oakley sunglasses.
What’s your secret to keeping your skin hydrated in the harsh winter conditions?
MS: I try, but I live in Vail, CO so it can be tough. I use the Olay Complete All Day Moisture Cream. I like it because it also has SPF 15.
Your lips are the most exposed to the elements when you ski. Any tips on taking care of them?
MS: I always try to cover my lips with something before I head out, but I don’t wear lipstick during workouts and training. My lips can get really chapped from the cold conditions and sunburned, so I use neutral colors in the CoverGirl Smoochies Lip Balms and LipPerfection Jumbo Gloss Balms to even out the tone.
You spend your day in helmets and beanies. Any tips on avoiding hat hair?
MS: When I take my helmet off, I spray Pantene Flexible Hold Hairspray at my roots to create a bit of volume.
You’re causing quite the stir with your recent wins. What do you do to prepare for the medal ceremonies?
MS: I will play up my eyes with mascara and liner, but I really love styling hair. I even cut my brother’s hair! I carry my curling iron with me everywhere I go, so I add natural beach waves to my naturally curly and frizzy hair. I hope that everyone is looking at my hair – tell me that I have Pantene hair!
A huge thank you to Mikaela for taking the time to chat with me! If you want to know more about her, check out the video below of her and her mom from the P&G Thank You, Mom campaign. Best of luck at Sochi!
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