Gold Medal Beauty

Our December issue celebrates our 2012 Women of the Year. Take a look at these golden girls and their dynamic makeup moments.

ESSENCE.COM Nov, 12, 2012

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Sanya Richards-Ross is seen here celebrating her gold medal victory in the Women’s 400m final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Running in waist-length extensions is a beauty regimen that Richards-Ross, who also co-owns a hair salon, says helps her feel and look her best.

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Richards-Ross' long, two-toned waves were right on trend when she attended ESSENCE's exclusive New York Fashion Week luncheon.

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Richards-Ross swept her flowing curls over one shoulder at the Tommy Hilfiger show during Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week.  She completed the look with a chic topper, deep red lipstick and glowing gold eyeshadow.

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There was so much joy in Allyson Felix's smile when she earned the gold medal in the Women’s 200m Final at the London 2012 Olympic Games. On and off the track, Felix prefers muted makeup tones such as nude, mocha and bronze.

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Get silky smooth skin with body treats by Shea Moisture.

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Felix turned up the glam at the 33rd Annual Salute to Women in Sports Gala where she rocked a smoldering smokey eye paired with her signature glossy lip.

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On the track, Carmelita Jeter celebrated her gold medal victory in the women's 200m final wearing little more than lipgloss and moisturizer.  During races, Jeter also prefers to wear her hair in a simple, fuss-free cropped cut.

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Jeter arrived at ESSENCE's exclusive New York Fashion Week Luncheon wearing a shoulder-length bob with blunt cut bangs. To emphasize her fun fringe, the gold medalist flaunted thick, wispy lashes.

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Jeter was spotted at the GRAMMY Glam kick-off event in her trademark bold bob.  She added on an extra dose of glamour with purple eyeliner and creamy berry lipstick.

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During this summer's Olympic games, Douglas stole our hearts with her beaming smile and breathtaking performances. While in the gym, she kept her look clean and simple with black eyeliner, nude lipgloss and an easy-breezy ponytail.

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Douglas's gold-medal glow was on full display at the MTV Video Music Awards where she flaunted a glossy coral lip and subtle smokey eye.

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Douglas attended the America’s Got Talent premiere in a natural makeup look with feathery lashes and free-flowing, wavy hair.

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Sanya Richards-Ross, Allyson Felix, Gabby Douglas and Carmelita Jeter


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