Lisa Hannam
Lisa Hannam

My Favourite Beauty Looks at the 2016 Olympic Games

The beauty game was strong at the 2016 Olympics. Canadian females dominated at the Games, with 16 medals out of 22 being won by women. And while Andre De Grasse got a lot of press for winning a silver medal and two bronze medals for track, it’s noteworthy that the closing ceremony flag bearer for Team Canada, swimmer Penny Oleksiak, won four medals (one gold, one silver and two bronze). Not only do “girls rule the world,” they also ruled the Olympics. That’s something you can’t help but notice. Another thing that got my attention as a playful part of the competition was the beauty looks.

Glow’s assistant beauty and fashion editor Emily MacCulloch raved over the Olympic beauty looks and suggested we write about them for’s #glowXOlympics coverage. So here you go: Our top three beauty looks from the Games.

Bronze – Patriotic Nails
Nail art for sports has been popular for a while. It allows the athlete to express herself in a way that’s fun and not distracting. It’s a conversation starter, and it can be very personal. I’m just so in love with the Japan women’s rugby captain Chiaru Nakamura’s nails. It’s a negative mani with the Japanese flag, but also a cool interpretation of the Olympic rings.


Silver – Fierce Eyes
When I was a little girl, I loved watching synchronized swimming because of the skill, grace and unbelievable eye makeup. But it’s not just athletes competing in sports traditionally dominated by females that are doing up their eyes. Check out U.S. gymnast Simone Biles’s red-white-and-blue glitter eyes.

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Gold – Power Pout
Now, this is the simplest beauty look – who amongst us hasn’t donned a red lip? Most of us choose it for evening, but how many of us have gone for a run while wearing a fave red lippy? I love this for many reasons: 1. Its simplicity and elegance is multiplied at the Olympics; 2. Red is a powerful, attention-grabbing hue, which makes the Olympics the perfect place to wear it; and 3. Hello, it’s one of Canada’s colours. Three cheers for runner and hurdler Sage Watson’s gorgeous red lip in Rio.

While I’m definitely not winning any medals anytime soon (or later), I’m more than excited to replicate Watson’s lip. I used Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Beso and Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lipcolor in HD Romance in the middle of my top and bottom lips. That last step gives added dimension to matte lips.