How do tennis stars look so great when they’re sweating on the court or giving interviews after 3 hours in the sun? At the U.S. Open, the secret lies in stylist Julien Farel’s pop-up salon in Arthur Ashe Stadium, where his team offers everything from haircuts to makeup touch-ups. While it would be convenient to have a courtside beauty expert at your beck and call, there’s plenty of tips to help you ace the glamour game. So don’t sweat it: MyTennisLessons will help you feel like a pro with these winning products and pointers.
Makeup that doesn’t melt
During practice or a match, you’re probably wiping your face a lot with a towel or wristband, so help your makeup stay put with a BB cream that’s sweat-proof. Smashbox’s Camera Ready BB Cream also contains SPF to help you avoid sun damage.
Revlon’s Colorstay Foundation for oily skin is perfect for the court because it’s lightweight, but won’t cause your face to drip. Properties that control oil absorption will keep your face shine-free.
Stila’s Stay All Day Eyeliner is supposed to do just that: the liquid liner dries quickly and is waterproof. Plus, its marker tip makes last-minute application easy.
Maybelline’s Great Lash is one of the most popular drugstore mascaras on the market, and you can’t beat the price. Get the waterproof version so that you’re not looking like a racoon by the end of the third set.
Lip balm is just as important to wear as sunscreen: your lips can get burned, too, and yes, it’s super painful. Burt’s Bee’s has a tinted version to give you a little bit of color and also contains shea butter and botanical waxes to keep your lips hydrated.
— Avoid heavy foundations or powders. You’ll sweat more.
— Use a loose, transparent powder to hold foundation in place
— Always use makeup remover after a practice or match. The combination of makeup and sweat can cause you to break out.
Styles that stay put
Ana Ivanoic and Caroline Wozniacki both rock the braided ponytail with visor. The ponytail holds hair in place while the braid keeps your locks tangle free. A visor doubles as a way to prevent flyaways.
For the best tips on tennis hair we turn to back to Farel, who has been asked by the media countless times about his winning styles.
— Apply sunscreen in your scalp to avoid getting burned at the part.
— Use sculpting gel to really keep your strands in place (Farel uses his own own, available for $23)
— Give your hair some time to breathe: wearing it in a ponytail all the time can pull at the follicles.
— Use dry shampoo so that you aren’t over-washing your hair after workouts every day.
Even though you’re probably not playing your next match at Arthur Ashe Stadium, you can still look the part. And hopefully these tips and products will give you the advantage.