Our golden faces of the Olympics

Jessica Ennis, the face of Olay Essentials

Jessica Ennis, the face of Olay Essentials

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Team GB are primed for action – and a worldwide audience. But certain faces have already become Olympic favourites. And the pressure is on to look good. Sheffield’s golden girl Jessica Ennis and other top Olympians are sharing their beauty regimes with the watching world.

Our Jess is fast turning into the poster girl of Team GB.

Her face is everywhere. It looms large as planes touch down at Heathrow, thanks to a giant painting created by British Airways next to the flight path – and she’s currently cover girl for women’s magazine Cosmopolitan.

For months, the 26-year-old British World Champion has been gracing TV screens billboards around the UK as the current “face” of Olay Essentials.

The city girl who grew up in Highfield and only discovered her sporting prowess at a school holiday sports camp at Don Valley Stadium is one of the most instantly recogniseable people in Britain right this moment.

The honed heptathlon champion now carries the nation’s hopes on her shoulders going into London 2012.

But amidst that gruelling training schedule, she still makes time to tend to that famous face – and keep her looks on track.

The 26-year-old keeps to a stickler of a daily beauty regime – and reveals she always wears make-up when she’s competing.

“I wear make up every day when I’m training – I always like to look and feel my best,“ says the former King Ecgbert’s pupil. “I’ll wear an oil-free foundation then apply black eyeliner and mascara. I’m an eyeliner addict and love dark smoky eyes for a night out.”

Amidst the blood, sweat and tears of the track, she takes care to look after her complexion. I’m training pretty much every day so it’s important to keep my skin clean and hydrated,” says Jess. “I’ll start off by cleansing my skin in the morning with a smoothing scrub you can use in the shower. Then I’ll always protect my skin with an SPF as a lot of my training is outdoors. The Olay Essentials Complete Care SPF30 is ideal as it’s really light so doesn’t clog my pores and make me sweat more.”

She’s planning to treat herself to a light beauty makeover before the Games commence: “I’ll probably have my hair coloured and my nails neatened up,” she admits.

And just like the rest of us do when we’ve had a really hard day, Jessica says there’s no better way to unwind after a gruelling training session than with a relaxing bath.

“I love a long hot soak in the bath,” she says. “But when I have some downtime, I love to go to a spa with friends. I don’t have massages as I have plenty of painful sports ones during training.”

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR MUST-HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS?

A: Bobbi Brown cosmetics – especially their foundations. I also love MAC for eyeliners and mascaras, and they also do a lovely lip conditioner.

Q: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE BATH PRODUCT?

A: Elemis Aching Muscle Super Soak – it smells a bit like Deep Heat!

Another regular competitor at Ponds Forge, swimmer Keri-Anne Payne, 24, is the face of Max Factor and Oral-B.

Q: BEING A WATER BABY, HOW DOES THE POOL AFFECT YOUR SKIN?

A: My beauty regime is quite easy. Because I’m a swimmer the chlorine can really make my skin dry so afterwards I shower, exfoliate my face and then moisturise. When I get home from training it’s just a case of applying some more moisturiser and a slick of mascara and then I feel a little bit more girly again.

Q: HOW DO YOU LIKE TO PAMPER YOURSELF?

A: I love to paint my fingernails and toes when I’m watching TV. Being in the pool all day isn’t very glamorous so it’s nice to treat myself when I’m not training. Dior nail polish in Blue Label is my current favourite but I have to keep my nails short to avoid scratching other swimmers in the pool.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR MUST-HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS?

A: I love using Bliss Lemon + Sage Body Scrub because it smells so fresh and leaves my skin feeling pampered. I reach for Aussie 3 Minute Miracle deep conditioner twice a week to keep my hair soft, shiny and conditioned.

Q: DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MAKE-UP TRICK?

A: I would never go for false lashes but if you wiggle a mascara brush from the root of your lashes up to the top you can really plump your eyelashes. I apply a few coats of Max Factor’s False Lash Effect Gold Edition Mascara for real ‘wow’ impact. When it’s on I’m often surprised they’re my own lashes!

Track cyclist Victoria Pendleton, aged 31, is the face of Pantene Pro-V Smooth & Sleek.

Q: WHAT’S YOUR MAKE-UP MANTRA?

A: It’s always been important to me to look good when I’m racing. I even like to have painted nails when I ride. I like the saying, ‘Look good, feel good, go good!’ I definitely think looking good helps you feel more confident so I’ll wear a little mascara, tinted moisturiser and lip balm. I always reapply before getting up on the podium.

Q: WHICH AREAS REALLY SUFFER BECAUSE OF YOUR SPORT?

A: Training with a helmet on every day means my hair is prone to a lot of frizz so I need a haircare regime that helps protect against helmet hair! I love to leave in a hydrating smoothing product after washing like Pantene’s Smooth & Sleek 24h Frizz Fighter to combat any frizziness.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR MUST-HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCTS?

A: I love Elemis Pro-Collagen Marine Cream or Neom Organics Moroccan Blush Rose Oil for some indulgent pampering. In my make-up bag I rely on Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF20, By Terry Touche Veloutee highlighting concealer and Vaseline Lip Therapy Rosy.

Golden hopeful, diver Tom Daley, is a frequent visitor to Sheffield. He took gold at Ponds Forge in the British Gas Diving Championships.

We first took Tom to our hearts back in 2009 when his dad Robert asked for a cuddle on air at a post-competition press conference.

Robert, his son’s most ardent supporter, died of a brain tumour in 2011 months after breaking down in tears having made the 600-mile round trip to Sheffield from his home in Plymouth to watch his boy beat the might of China to win gold. Tom won gold in the British Gas Championships Men’s 10m Final in June and is ambassador of Adidas Body Care.

Q: DO YOU FOLLOW ANY KIND OF SKINCARE REGIME?

A: I use a Dermalogica facial wash and – this is going to sound really stupid – but I always moisturise because chlorine really does dry out your skin. I’m doing say 25 hours a week training and I think about 15 of those are in the pool.

Q: WHAT PRODUCTS DO YOU ALWAYS HAVE IN YOUR SWIM KIT BAG?

A: A shower gel like Adidas Ice Dive is the key thing, just because I’m constantly in and out of chlorine. It’s quick and easy to rub all over your body and your hair just after you get out the pool. I’ve become immune to the stench of chlorine because I’ve been diving for 10 years now but that, teamed with Ice Dive deodorant, is the best way to make sure I don’t smell of it.

Q: WHAT’S YOUR GROOMING MUST-HAVE?

A: For me, it’s my hair wax – I use TIGI Bed Head. I’ve kind of got to the stage where I can just style it without even looking in the mirror. But when I’m in the pool, it just has to be natural because there’s no waterproof hair wax as yet.

Q: HOW DO YOU PREPARE FOR TRAINING?

A: Shaving foam! But not to shave with. We rub it on our shins and then wash it off, so it gives us better grip when we hold onto our legs.

Q: HOW DO YOU LIKE TO RECOVER AFTER A HARD TRAINING SESSION?

A: I tend just to chill out. I’ll maybe have a massage from the sports therapist but it will be a deep tissue massage. When diving, you hit the water at about 34 miles an hour, so there’s constantly impact on your shoulders, wrist and back. The massages are painful at the time but you feel better afterwards.

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