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BEAUTY OLYMPICS

Being the armchair coaches that we strive to be, we couldn’t help but gather up our favorite Olympian moments and bestow our own honors to the Games’ most medal-worthy beauty looks.

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    Hair

    Gold: Japan’s Kohei Uchimura might be remembered by most for being bumped up from fourth to bronze after a score inquiry, but his curiously lifted, forward-falling tufts confirm our curiosity of how Liza Minelli would look if she took up the pommel horse.

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    August 2012

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    Hair

    Silver: What fascinated us most about Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina’s glittered hair was imagining the DIY-ness of it all. Did she squirt an entire tube of hair gel into a bowl of glitter, stir it up, then finger-comb it in in her dorm room? Moreoever, did she shampoo it out every night or was it all just one long science experiment?

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    August 2012

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    Hair

    Bronze: Between NASA’s Mars-landing participant Bobak Ferdowski (right) and Great Britain’s silver medal gymnast Louis Smith (left), the Mohawk has experienced a major—if confined—comeback.

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    August 2012

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    Makeup

    Gold: Sales in liquid black eye liner had to have soared in London this past fortnight, with Russia leading the way. Best use of it goes to its synchronized swimmers,  Natalia Ishchenko and Svetlana Romashina, whose eyes were lined like kindergarten drawings, rays of black shooting Baby-Jane-like from their aqua-shadowed lids.

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    August 2012

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    Makeup

    Silver: Another proponent of the liquid liner was U.S.hurdler Georganne Moline, who heartily covered the entire perimeter of her eyes with the stuff, as well as using it to emphasize her eyebrows.

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    August 2012

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    Makeup

    Bronze: Points to Jordyn Weiber, whose mocha-bronze eyeshadow we could actually imagine ourselves trying.

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    August 2012

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    Beauty Accessory

    Gold: The entire US women’s swim team’s nails were as active as the gals attached to them. Every day brought a new patriotic adhesive to their talons.

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    August 2012

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    Beauty Accessory

    Silver: Between her Game of Thrones wrapping braid and the Double C Chanel earrings, Sanya Richards Ross proves that you can be both Sporty and Spice.

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    August 2012

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    Beauty Accessory

    Bronze: Oh, Ryan. We gave you that cool haircut when we introduced you to the world over a year ago, but, "jeah" (as Ryan likes to say instead of "yeah"), we’re pretty sure we didn’t give you that silly grill. Please tell us you brush it thoroughly every time you take it out.

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    August 2012

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    Honorable Mentions

    Most Beautiful: Lolo Jones. Even when she cries. We smell modeling contract.

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    August 2012

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    Honorable Mentions

    Best Smile: Thank you, Missy Franklin, for staying the normal 17-year-old high school girl you are. No perma-tats, no crazy eye makeup, no grillz. Just stick-on nail decals and a smile that shows how well adjusted and happy you are.

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    August 2012

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    Honorable Mentions

    Most expressive sadness: As Rachel Dodes Wortman of WSJ tweeted about Aliya Mustafina, “The saddest girl in the world is on the balance beam.”

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    August 2012

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    Honorable Mentions

    Worst concealed disappointment: Hey, McKayla. Take a tip from your team captain, Aly. Hug the winner, then save the smirk for the privacy of your dorm room.

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    August 2012

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