'I never compete without full make-up!' Olympic star Jessica Ennis reveals she likes to run in style
09:48 GMT, 3 April 2012
Given that she's training for one of the most important events of her career, you'd forgive Britain's Olympic track and field hope Jessica Ennis for abandoning all efforts to maintain a beauty regime.
But the 26-year-old athlete, who has already earned herself an MBE, along with European and World heptathlon titles, admits that she never leaves the house without eyeliner and mascara – and always wears full make up to compete.
'It makes me feel more confident,' she confesses. 'I always ensure my skin is clean and moisturised,
and never leave the house without mascara and eye liner on,' she insists.
Olympic star: Track and field athlete Jessica Ennis says it's really important for her to look good before a race
Memories: Jessica shot the new advert for Olay in Barcelona's Olympic stadium, where she has competed in the past. 'It was great to be back,' she said
'It’s really important for me to look
good before a race,' she says.
'I definitely think if I feel I look
good, it makes me feel more confident.'
And Jessica's love of glamour extends off the track too, with the athlete admitting she gets a kick out of prepare for big nights out.
love getting dressed up for red carpet events and having my hair and
makeup done professionally- that definitely helps with nerves of going
down the red carpet,' she says.
British hope: Jessica, who has won world titles for her heptathlon efforts, is tipped for great things in this year's Olympic Games
'I like to have plenty of time to get
ready for a night out so there is no rushing – I like to plan what I am
wearing and then work out my makeup and hair, but in the morning I take just half an hour.
'Jennifer Aniston is a beauty icon of mine – I think she is so gorgeous and natural – she just glows all the time.'
Between training ferociously hard for the forthcoming Olympics and keeping her beauty regime in check, Jessica still manages to find some downtime.
Boost: Jessica says wearing some make up to compete gives her more confidence
'To unwind after training, I love to
have a long hot soak in the bath, then veg out on the sofa with a box
set,' she says. 'I’m a box-set junkie! I absolutely love Grey’s Anatomy.'
The Sheffield-born champion was talking behind-the-scenes on the shoot for the new advert for Olay's Essentials range, which was shot in Barcelona's Olympic stadium, a venue where Jessica has competed numerous times – on one occasion breaking the European record for heptathlon.
As she entered the stadium, she said she was 'glad to be back'.
The new range, aimed at 24 plus, is
the line promoted by Jessica, and the track star says she's excited to
be joining Olay on the project.
'It's an honour to be working with Olay,' she said. 'To be able to use all the products and be part of the team, it's great.'
Fighting fit: Jessica modelling the new Olympic kit at the Stella McCartney launch last week
BEHIND THE SCENES ON THE OLAY AD:
Behind the scenes on the Olay ad: 'I love getting my hair and make up done professionally, Jessica admits
Downtime: The 26-year-old athlete says she loves to watch box sets in her spare time, with Grey's Anatomy being her current favourite
EXCLUSIVE FOOTAGE: BEHIND THE SCENES WITH JESSICA ENNIS ON THE SHOOT OF THE OLAY AD
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