It takes a strong woman to propel herself into the air and fly across an ice rink on nothing more than two razor-thin blades. Just ask Tanith (Belbin) White, a five-time U.S. champion in ice dancing. Similar to ballroom dancing, the pairs sport involves White jumping, twirling, and hurtling across the ice whilst also being carried or flung sky high by her partner. And somehow, she makes it look easy.
While she may have retired from competitive skating in 2010, she’s still showing that same poise as a TV commentator. And, of course, she continues to skate professionally for performances at ice shows while also being a dedicated wife and mother.
Since she’s constantly performing and appearing on camera, White needs to look the part. That means some pretty involved beauty moves. “Makeup plays a bigger role in both of my jobs, maybe more than it does for the average person,” she explains. As an on-air host, she has to look professional with makeup that can stand up to hours of filming under hot, bright lights.
“Everything that I wear has to be long-lasting and waterproof,” she explains. “I don’t have time from the start of my day to the end to start over with my makeup.” Since foundation is one of her ride-or-die products, it’s no wonder she’s a fan of Maybelline New York Super Stay Full Coverage Foundation. It takes your makeup to the next level with high-pigment coverage in a concentrated formula that stays put for hours on end. Or more specifically, 24 hours of long-lasting coverage — something White relies on during her days that can bounce from early rising, on-camera assignments, and the occasional workout (when she can fit one in).
For skating performances, her makeup is a little more involved. “When we’re competing, we’re taught to project our movement and our emotion so that it can be seen by the audience in the top row,” she says. That means makeup that has to be visible from the top of the rink — for better or worse — admits White. “[There] was a lot of garish makeup from early on,” she laughs. “The worst beauty advice I ever got was from my mom. She told me to blend my blush into my hairline. That straight line brush — from the apples of your cheeks to the hairline — is best left in the ‘80s.”
Of course, after decades spent on ice, she’s racked up quite a few cold-weather skin tips. “Keeping my skin hydrated and protected is my top priority,” she notes. “You can never have enough lip balm. Your lips get chapped so quickly when you are huffing and puffing in the cold every day.”
Off the ice, she stresses the importance of hydration to keep her looking well-rested and healthy. “I never miss using marula oil on my skin before I go to bed to let it sink in overnight,” she explains. “Then I have to make sure that whatever I put on my face in the morning — from my moisturizer to my foundation — is really hydrating and doesn’t get dry or cakey throughout the day. I always wear a hydrating primer under my foundation — Maybelline New York Master Prime Hydrate + Smooth is my personal favorite.”
While it’s clear that both of her jobs are quite glamorous, it’s inspiring that White has a very down-to-earth attitude about beauty. Asked when she feels most beautiful, she doesn’t talk about being on ice performing or in front of the camera. Instead, she notes, it’s when she’s with her husband because he always makes her laugh. “I don’t think there’s anything more beautiful than a genuine smile,” she says warmly, “And that positive energy that comes from authentic happiness.” That’s the best beauty advice we’ve heard yet.