Ace Your On-Court Beauty Routine

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


$39 at Sephora

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.

$10 at Target
$10 at Target



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.


$20 at Sephora
$20 at Sephora

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.


$5 at any drugstore
$5 at any drugstore



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.


$7 at Ulta
$7 at Ulta


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


9-ana-ivanovic-tennis-ponytails_162103720028.jpg_gallery_max 5-caroline-wozniacki-tennis-ponytails_162100756935.jpg_gallery_max

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.



Maria Sharapova goes with the standard ponytail, but uses L’Oreal Elnett hairspray (Farel’s pick, too!) and bobby pins to keep the do intact, she told Allure magazine.


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.


I grew up in a tennis family with three younger sisters as doubles partners. If you enjoyed a blog post of mine or want to know more, feel free to email me at Thanks for reading and staying connected with MyTennisLessons!
Comments are closed.