Waterproof Mascaras That Actually Work, According to Australian Olympic Swimmers
Like asking a cheerleader for tips on the best sweat-proof foundation or an emergency room nurse on their deodorant recs, quizzing Australian Olympic swimmers on waterproof mascara just makes sense. Who else could possibly have as much experience stacking each formula up against the rest? (Not us, and that's saying something.) Suffice it to say, whatever these women are repping, we're buying. If a pro swimmer says a mascara can last several sweaty dips in a chlorinated pool without irritating eyes or streaming down cheeks, we're completely on board. Ahead, you'll find mascara favourites (as well as dry hair and skin saviours) from 3 Olympic hopefuls currently representing our fair nation in Rio. Want in on the insider info? It'd be un-Australian not to.
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This Commonwealth Games gold medalist is no rookie when it comes to wearing makeup in the pool. Mckeown cocktails mascaras to create lashes both defined and smudge-proof. "I use Napoleon Perdis' Peep Show Madame Curl Curl Mascara as my first coat, then layer a waterproof Rimmel mascara over the top," she explains. The reasoning? Mckeown finds waterproof mascaras clumpy and says they make her lashes look shorter: "The way I do it, I get volume and length, as well as making them pool-proof."
Mckeown also has an ace up her sleeve when it comes to protecting her blonde hair from harsh pool chemicals. She told us, and all of Instagram, that Stefan's Colour Care Moisturising Shampoo and Conditioner are two beauty products she won't travel without. With one race down (Mckeown placed 5th in the 100m breaststroke) and one to go (the 200m on Thursday), we can confirm this swimmer's strands are never not bright and shiny.
Covergirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara ($19)
This Ipswitch native is due to hit the pools tomorrow in the heats and (all things going well) final of the 4x200m freestyle relay. Neale isn't big on makeup in the pool save for one thing—volumising mascara. "I wear mascara in and out of the pool; I currently use Covergirl's LashBlast Volume Waterproof."
Papulex Soap Free Cleansing Gel ($25)
Having already placed 6th in the women's 400m freestyle, this impressive 17-year-old is also set to race in the 800m event this Friday. Cook says that while she never wears makeup in the pool ("I hate having it run down my face, so I try to avoid getting in the water with mascara on"), on dry land she's all about skincare: "I use Papulex Soap Free Cleaning Gel and Oil Free Hydrating Cream, $28, to help repair my skin from the chlorine in the water."
Since all that pool water can do a number on even the most resilient skin, Cook says she relies on a heavy-duty treatment to replenish and repair. "Sometimes I use Aspect's Hydrating Mask—it's a lot heavier than my normal moisturiser. I use it at night so it can soak in while I sleep." Wisdom beyond her years? Check.
For more Olympic beauty and health tips, check out the surprising way athletes are preparing for Rio this year.
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