Makeup Tips from Olympic Skater Johnny Weir

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Isn’t the Winter Olympics cool? I’m a big fan of the figure skaters. All that grace and power on ice, and they do it with such panache, too. I, on the other hand, don’t. I’m a mess on skates. On a good day I’ll stand; on a great day I’ll move forward, but I don’t think I’ve ever stopped or turned without crashing into something.


Maybe I just need one of those sparkly, over-the-top costumes… That could be what I’m missing — spandex and sequins. 🙂

If you caught the men’s short competition last night, you probably saw three-time U.S. champion Johnny Weir tear it up on the ice. The boy’s one of the most entertaining (and downright sassy) skaters I’ve seen in a long time. Tabs doesn’t always support Johnny’s costume decisions, but he absolutely loved last night’s black spandex outfit with the pink tassel (at the top). Seriously, Johnny, two paws way up!

Not only does Johnny shine on skates, but he’s also a MAC fan and makeup maven. We traded emails before the games, and he was nice enough to share a few makeup tips.

What are your top three tricks to getting your skin looking flawless on camera?

1) Conceal everything you don’t want the world to notice, like blemishes or dark circles, with an amazing concealer like Cle de Peau or MAC concealers. 2) Blot away your shine and oil with MAC’s Blot Powder and Bronzing Powders. 3) Take care of your skin. If your skin feels beautiful and healthy, it will look beautiful and healthy.

What’s a makeup lesson you learned the hard way?

When I first started wearing makeup to perform I learned that you need to apply bronzer very evenly. You can’t go out with a mocha face, latte neck and custard ears. I saw a photo of myself and was horrified; needless to say, I never made that mistake again. For men, the important thing is to look like yourself but one hundred times better with the help of makeup… it defeats the purpose when everyone can see how much you’ve got caked on.


What are your three favorite MAC products to use before a performance?

MAC Blot Powder, MAC Bronzing Powder [and] MAC Tinted Lip Conditioner in Soothing Beige.

Thanks, Johnny, and good luck in the free skating event tomorrow! 🙂

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,


P.S. If you’re new here, thank you for visiting. Makeup and Beauty Blog is a makeup blog with daily product reviews, beauty tips, giveaways and the random shenanigans of a crazy cat lady/makeup enthusiast named Karen (that’s me!). 🙂


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  1. Katie says:

    What a fun blog article to read while watching the olympics and it deals with MAKEUP! Yay:)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Katie, I’m glad you liked this! 🙂 Will you be watching the men’s skating event tomorrow?

      • Katie says:

        Of course! I used to figure skate as a kid and I love watching it now-sometimes I pretend that I would be that good if I hadn’t quit 😉
        What other events do you enjoy watching?

        • Karen says:

          I like watching skiing, snowboarding and luge (got a thing for speed). During the summer games I’m into swimming (hello, hot dudes!) and gymnastics.

          How long did you skate for?

  2. Rae says:

    Aw, I just saw the the lip conditioner contains almond oil. Would you happen to know something similar without almond oil, it’s a recent allergy I’ve developed and I was addicted to the tinted lip conditioner.

  3. Vanessa H says:

    Hi Karen!

    I love watching figure skating, I wish I could walk with that grace lol
    .-= Vanessa H’s last blog post… No Frizz by Living Proof Review =-.

  4. He is always fun! These are great tips 🙂

  5. amy says:

    This is a nice and unexpected post. Figure Skating and makeup! As much as I like watching figuring skating, I cannot stand Johnny Weir.
    .-= amy’s last blog post… Dior 5 Couleurs Édition Dentelle Palette Fards À Paupières Coquette 743 Product Pictures, Swatches and Review =-.

  6. Lady Fabulous says:

    I was so disappointed that I couldn’t get tickets to see JW and the rest (even though I’d be cheering for my country-man Patrick Chan! Woo! Canada!) but watching Johnny on TV was still exciting! He looked fabulous!

  7. Karen B says:

    My wednesday was good and not good. The day itsself was brilliant though, I went to my grandparents to cook for them and they really liked it. It was nice 🙂 The evening was just stressy and meh. Ah well, can’t have it all I guess.
    .-= Karen B’s last blog post… Do you sleep mask? =-.

  8. danielle says:

    Karen, I’m squealing over the coolness of makeup tips from Johnny Weir!

    His short program was awesome, and at dinner last night I was trying to explain to my (totally un-enthused, lol) father just how glorious Johnny’s corset-inspired costume really was.

  9. Lisa says:

    Thanks for posting this, I LOVE HIM!!!!

  10. NINA says:

    I absolutely adore Johnny Weir — hie IS extremely sassy and sooo cute! Plus he can skate the pants off a lot of people.

    Hes got this show on Sundance called Be Good Johnny Weir – the episodes I caught (its an 8 parter) were fun, funny and very, very good!

    Love his tip on the bronzer and his description of his initial bronzing exploits – hello coffee and dessert references!!!

  11. Stef says:

    Ok, we’re officially dying! We couldn’t heart Johnny Weir more. Tyna and I were just saying last night that we thought he was robbed with his short program score.

    How cool to get makeup tips from someone who always looks so flippin’ fabulous.
    .-= Stef’s last blog post… My mortifying first period story =-.

  12. Britney says:

    Hi Karen-
    I love Johnny and his outfits are always so cute. I would love the chance to go and watch. They were definately good tips. Too much bronzer and makes for a bad day…. although i may go for something a little darker on the lips aand a little color on the cheek bones….lol

  13. Lu says:

    I loved Johnny’s outfit from that night. He is FIERCE! I think he should have scored better, but we can’t win them all.
    .-= Lu’s last blog post… To Run or Not To Run? =-.

  14. Marian says:

    Great interview! You’re so clever!

  15. Tanya says:

    You have NO idea how happy I was when this came up on my blog list, haha, I LOVE Johnny (he WORKED that pink tassle!!)!!! Thank you so much for this interview, Karen 😀
    .-= Tanya’s last blog post… Happy Trails… =-.

  16. Sarah says:

    I love the interviews you score!

    My Wednesday started bad but then went amazing!

    My Thursday started bad and is not getting better – I’m definitely stopping by Sephora to look at the Benefit concealer package to try and save today!

  17. Never heard of Johnny Weir, but you’ve caught me attention with his make-up tips. How nice of him to share them with you. I like a man who is not afraid to use make-up. Also, the black cat suit with pink tassels are 2 big paws up. 🙂
    .-= BrooklynShoeBabe’s last blog post… Congratulations to Ms. P =-.

  18. iLyma says:

    How cool that you got to exchange e-mails with the Lady Gaga of ice skating! The figure skating portion of the Winter Olympics amazes me the most because, like you, I am a frigid block of fear on skates. I can’t fathom how they can dance on it so elegantly, let alone do those crazy quad jumps.

  19. marisol says:

    Watching the Olympics (or any live shows) is what I miss the most about not having cable. I think some of the clips are on Hulu but it isn’t the same.

    You can’t go out with a mocha face, latte neck and custard ears. – BEST QUOTE EVER!
    .-= marisol’s last blog post… Fun in the Snow =-.

  20. Christy Ordonez says:

    HOW WEIRD. Last night I was thinking to myself that he needs to be the next MAC spokesman. I had a hunch he was a MAC fan, but wasn’t sure. And here we are. Go Johnny!

  21. Anna Phylactyc says:

    SO. Jealous. Johnny is really fabulous, and that’s coming from a girl who never noticed figure skating before. His routine to “Poker Face” is beyond hot- the choreography, the costume, the makeup- perfection! I always imagine he’d be so much fun to style- I’d love to put him in head-to-toe outrageous Commes de Garcons and…rosy cheeks for some reason…ok, flight of fancy over.

  22. Summer Staff says:

    Haha! He’s hilarious 🙂 Love him. He’s so spunky, he shines on the ice

  23. Christy says:

    Glad you’re watching the Olympics! Johnny’s got some really cool outfits 😉
    .-= Christy’s last blog post… FOTD: Taupe & Pewter Smokey Eyes with Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol. 2 =-.

  24. suzie says:

    I just found the most fab make up primer by L’oreal.It’s called studio secrets magic perfecting base.Also was wondering if anyone has tried the new tarte’ clay pot eyeliner, it’s supposed to be made from the clay from the amazon rain forest but i just have a hard time believing that something out there can work and stay on for as long as they say it can. If anyone has tried either product could you let me know how it has worked for you.

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