Nobody Does Beauty Like Gymnasts Do

Sticking landings and taking names.

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The Inspiration:

Věra Čáslavská, 1964 Tokyo Olympic Games

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Repping: Czechoslovakia

This superstar won a staggering 11 medals (7 gold) in her Olympic career. She competed in the 1964 games and went on to the 1968 games determined to win; she nabbed the overall prize by a large margin of 1.4 points.

Čáslavská's bun, adorned with curls, is more elegant than the scrunchie-held buns we're used to seeing on the mats.

The Technique: Fasten a ponytail at the crown of your head and break up the ponytail into sections. With a curling iron, curl these sections into tight under curls. Secure the curls to your head with bobby pins and fluff out the rings to make the bun nice and full.

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The Products

The 3-Day Bender Digital Curling Iron by Drybar, $135, ulta.com.
50-Ct Brown Color Collection Bobby Pin by Goody, $4, target.com.
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The Inspiration:

Ludmilla Tourischeva, 1972 Munich Olympic Games

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Repping: The Soviet Union

Tourischeva played up her strengths in the vault and floor-exercise events to become an overall champion at the Munich games.

A pigtail hairstyle is a wild card: you never know how it will translate to an audience. Tourischeva's take on the style was cute, but the length also made these pigtails a little edgier than their longer counterparts.

The Technique: Smooth down your hair with a serum and create a side part. Tie both sides into ponytails right behind your ears. Clip the ends of the ponytails to your head with a bobby pin or get fancy with a statement hair accessory!

The Products

Ghost Oil, $14, verbproducts.com.
Pack of Two Diamond-Chain Hair Clips, $13, asos.com.
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The Inspiration:

Nadia Comăneci, 1976 Montreal Olympic Games

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Repping: Romania

Comăneci redefined what it meant to be an Olympic gold medalist. At 14, she was the youngest person to get a gold medal in the individual overall category, and she was the first gymnast ever to get a perfect 10 score at the Olympics (she received six of them that year).

Her full bangs and bold brows were age-appropriate and yet made this young star look put-together and sophisticated.

The Technique: If you're working with bangs, apply a heat protectant and blow them out with a blow dryer and round brush, making sure to curl them under while drying. Tie the rest of your hair into a ponytail—with a ribbon for ultimate gymnastic effect. Then groom your brows with a filler and brush them into shape.

The Products

Thermal Creations Heat Tamer Spray by Tresemmé, $6, walgreens.com.
Double S Pro, $21, marilynbrush.com.
Mister Brow Filler Tinted Waterproof by Givenchy, $27, sephora.com.
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The Inspiration:

Lilia Podkopayeva, 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games

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Repping: Ukraine

Podkopayeva overcame an excruciating rib injury the same year she won the individual gold title (as reigning world champ, no less) in Atlanta, redefining the phrase "in it to win it."

She used the perfect combination of scrunchie and clips to uphold the classic gymnast bun.

The Technique: Pull all of your hair up to the crown of your head and secure a bun with your favorite scrunchie. Tame flyaways with a few clips—feel free to get creative with placement!

The Products

Oversized Denim Scrunchie, $8, urbanoutfitters.com.
4-Pack Hair Clips, $4, hm.com.

The Inspiration:

Gabrielle Douglas, 2012 London Olympic Games

Game face on lock. Photograph courtesy of Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Repping: United States

Douglas is the first black woman in history to win a gold medal in the individual all-around at the Olympics and is competing in the Rio games, along with Simon Biles, Laurie Hernandez, Aly Raisman, and Madison Kocian.

She warms her radiant face with a touch of blush, and the silvery shade on her eyelids adds to her shimmery personality.

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The Technique: Using an angled blush brush, apply a red-berry color to your cheekbones and blend. Then with an eye shadow brush, layer on a grey-silver pigment to your lids and apply the color up into your eyelid crease. Finish up the look by lining your lower lash line with black eyeliner and add a coat of mascara.

The Products

Powder Blush in Fever, $23, maccosmetics.com.
Eye Studio Color Tattoo Metal in 60 Silver Strike by Maybelline, $6, target.com.
Smokey Eye Kajal Liner, $26, bobbibrowncosmetics.com.
From: Seventeen
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