The Beauty Routine Gymnast Suni Lee Has Been Using As Of Late
You may know Suni Lee as the decorated gymnast who took home gold in the all-around and bronze in the uneven bars in the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympics. But get to know the 19-year-old St. Paul native, and you'll quickly see that she's also a bona fide beauty gal. She shone like an actual medal at the 2021 Met Gala, with a bronze smoky eye and a sleek gold-accented pony, and who could forget her iconic Olympic-themed nail art as she posed on the podium? (Lee told NBC that those square-shaped tips actually help her catch the bar—functional beauty at its finest.)
Along with her affinity for glamorous lacquer, Lee also has a penchant for long, fluttery lashes, and, of course, she knows her way around a slicked-back bun (a style with longevity is key when you're flipping through the air).
Now, she's embarking on her sophomore year at Auburn University, but before the frenzy of move-in day, the first few classes, and a jam-packed practice schedule (she's the first Olympic all-around champion to compete in college), we were able to catch up with Lee about her must-have products and rituals. Behold: This beauty gal did not disappoint.
The pleasure: A cult-favorite cream & styler.
"I'm surrounded by so many amazing women who love skin care as much as I do, so I was super excited to receive a recommendation to try Augustinus Bader's The Rich Cream. It's so hydrating and incredible but definitely a splurge! I like to use it at the end of my routine to seal everything in, but they actually recommend using it by itself for 27 days to see pretty dramatic results. I also love to use it on days when I'm in the gym all day—we all know that air conditioning can dry out your skin, so I'll just put a thin layer of The Rich Cream on, and I'm hydrated throughout back-to-back practices.
"I'm also a big fan of the Dyson Airwrap Multi-Styler Complete. If I'm in a pinch and need a blowout look, it creates such a sleek style, and I love the look of it. I know it''s another pricey item, but it's one of the best things I've invested in, and I've never looked back!"
Augustinus Bader The Rich Cream
The signature: Long lashes & nails.
"Besides gymnastics, I think from a beauty perspective, people identify me with my love for lashes and nails. I love a good lash set, and I love my nail extensions! I can remember having a broken nail or two at the Olympics and I was like, I cannot wait to fix this when I get home."
The carry-on: Clear aligners.
"My Invisalign aligners come everywhere with me! When I switched from braces to Invisalign treatment, I could instantly feel a weight lifted off of me. My travel schedule for work and gymnastics is pretty rigorous, so I didn't have time to be popping into the dentist for appointments or worrying about emergency visits. It's a huge part of growing my confidence, too, to have my smile back! I really recommend Invisalign treatment for anyone who has an on-the-go lifestyle like me."
The steal: A hair wax & jelly balm.
"Got2b Glued Spray Wax! So affordable, and it's the best for gymnast buns. If you know, you know! It helps to keep my hair in place, whether I'm flying in the air or literally just walking to class.
Also, Aquaphor is one of my all-time favorites! I'm constantly traveling, on planes, or in air-conditioned gyms, so hydrated skin and lips is key. I'll put it on any dry spot on my body, and it helps so much."
Got2b Glued Spray Wax
Aquaphor Healing Ointment
Jamie Schneider is the Beauty & Wellness Editor at mindbodygreen. She has a B.A. in Organizational Studies and English from the University of Michigan, and her work has appeared in Coveteur, The Chill Times, and Wyld Skincare. In her role at mbg, she reports on everything from the top beauty industry trends, to the gut-skin connection and the microbiome, to the latest expert makeup hacks. She currently lives in New York City.