Chapstick as a make-up primer and jello in our hair: U.S. Olympic synchronised swimming team reveals secrets to looking flawless in the water

Chapstick as a make-up primer and jello in our hair: U.S. Olympic synchronised swimming team reveals secrets to looking flawless in the water

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21:52 GMT, 12 June 2012

The innovative beauty secrets of Olympic athletes always tend to extend beyond the bathroom cabinet, and it seems U.S. sychronised swimmers are no exception.

Mariya Koroleva, 22, and Mary Killman, 21, who are representing America in the 2012 Olympics, have revealed how they keep their make-up waterproof and hair healthy after spending hours in a chlorine-filled pool.

They told Bella Sugar: 'Right now we actually have what's called Knox gelatin in our hair. It's unflavored cooking jello basically.'

Innovative tricks: The pair rely on cooking jello to protect their hair, and use Chapstick under make-up as a primer while in the pool

Beauty tips: U.S. Olympic hopefuls Mariya Koroleva, 22, and Mary Killman, 21, have revealed how they keep their make-up waterproof and hair healthy

'It helps keep hair out of our face, and it's very shiny in the water. But it also actually strengthens our hair. It looks funny but its helpful.'

Miss Killman added: 'Always use a conditioner every single day and find a leave in conditioner for after [swimming]. I love the Infusium products. It's really good for the damage that's done daily.'

Chlorine can also wreck havoc with skin tone and moisture, something the pair say they struggle with.

Beauty tips: U.S. Olympic hopefuls Mariya Koroleva, 22, and Mary Killman, 21, have revealed how they keep their make-up waterproof and hair healthy

Beauty tips: The innovative beauty secrets of Olympic athletes always tend to extend beyond the bathroom cabinet, and it seems these U.S. sychronised swimmers are no exception

Miss Killman said: 'When you're in the water all the time, your face can get really dry. So it's just lots, and lots of lotion.'

'I
use a lot of Aveeno. I love their tinted moisturizer, because after a
while it really dries out my face. I call this “pool face”, because your
cheeks are red, your nose is red.

'The tinted moisturizer is great
because it doesn't look like you're putting on a lot of makeup, but it
just gives a little bit of a tone, and evens out your skin colour.'

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Unusual beauty products: The pair rely on cooking jello to protect their hair from chlorine, and use Chapstick under make-up as a primer while in the pool

The Russian-born Koroleva also shared her tips for ensuring their make-up stays waterproof.

She
explained: 'The only thing we actually use that is waterproof is our
mascara. The rest of it is more just normal makeup. We actually put
ChapStick under our makeup before we put the color on, so it's used as
basically a primer.'

'But, you know, we kind of just have to put a lot of layers on so it's very bright and shows in front of a bunch of people.'