You may not fully understand the difference between a triple axel and a quad lutz, but it’s pretty much impossible to miss Johnny Weir, one of the most recognizable faces of American figure skating. A two-time Olympian and three-time U.S. national champion, the elite athlete provided a play-by-play of all the on-ice action in PyeongChang alongside fellow figure skating superstar Tara Lipinski and famed sportscaster Terry Gannon. Sporting a bedazzled headset (a surprise from the NBC production team after the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi) and intricate updos that rivaled the cast of The Hunger Games, Weir certainly stole some of the spotlight from all the sequined spandex at the 2018 Olympic Games with his full-throttle lewks. With 13 suitcases in tow, he undoubtedly came to compete, beating out Lipinski who managed to contain her clothes and accessories to a more modest nine. “Her outfits are smaller — she wears napkin-size dresses,” laughs Weir. Here, the ice king and newest brand ambassador for CoolSculpting (a non-invasive body contouring treatment that freezes away unwanted fat cells), shares how he eradicated his “wine puff,” reveals his ultimate gravity-defying hair product, and explains why a Disney princess is his beauty icon.
Even Olympians battle the “wine puff.”
You may be wondering why Weir, a decorated athlete known for his discipline on and off the ice, is the face of CoolSculpting, a treatment that targets stubborn fat minus any needles or downtime. But according to the famed figure skater, even Olympians need a little help burning off the booze. “Last summer, I started to notice this little wine puff creeping up and it bothered me to no end. No matter how much I worked out or how many times I got in with my trainers and said, ‘Let’s fix this,’ I could not get that one teeny section to go away. CoolSculpting was there when I needed it,” Weir explains of his one-treatment solution. “I’m a perfectionist and I live a very busy life. When you’re staying in hotels, having to eat on a plane, or constantly on the go, your fitness and diet regime can go a bit by the wayside easily.”
He enjoys the early-bird special.
Even after the Olympics, Weir still ascribes to the strict diet and lifestyle he maintained as a competitive figure skater, telling The New York Times that’s he’s “happiest” consuming one meal a day before 5 p.m. That said, he does know how to let loose. “Sometimes, I’ll have dinner a bit later if I’m going out because I can’t subject all of my friends to early-bird specials,” he laughs. “I still like to eat once a day before 5:00 because that just what I’ve trained my body to be into, but my portions are a bit bigger now than they were when I was competing!” Weir notes that he’s well aware of the pressure male and female skaters are under and considers himself “lucky” to have the positive outlook he does about his physique. “In a practical sense, when you land a jump in figure skating, it’s about 600 pounds of force, so it hurts and every little pound that you put on counts and you do what you have to do for your job and for your sport,” he explains. “I made out okay, but I know there are a lot of people who struggle with body dysmorphia and eating disorders and I think that’s horrible.”
Taking his hair to new heights is a collaborative effort.
“I basically just find old mop heads on the floor when I’m traveling and pop them in there!” Weir laughs when asked where he finds inspiration for his sculptural updo. But jokes aside, he notes that his hair is “half mine at any given time” and serves as an artistic medium for him and his go-to hairstylist, Mariola Zysk. “She knows that I like to stay somewhere between Elvis and Mary Antoinette — there is a scale,” says Weir. “We have so much fun with it, my hair is a fantasyland. She does everything she can to give me life with my hair.” On average, it takes approximately 45 minutes to slick every strand into place, but the skater says “it’s not so much the time as it is the amount of hairspray.” Oribe Superfine Strong Hair Spray is his product must-have. “I think we went through 10 bottles at the Olympics,” adds Weir.
Coming undone off camera is a process.
Taking his hair down is just as time-consuming as getting it all up before going on camera. “The fun part is when I get home at night and I stare in the mirror and I slowly start pulling out bobby pins,” he says. “I’m just trying to hold on to whatever hair that’s left that’s mine!” His “nighttime come-down process” is anywhere from two to three hours long. “I take my time with everything,” says Weir, a self-proclaimed “creature of habit” who is “very methodical” in an effort to create order at home despite his “chaotic” life. In addition to unmaking the bed in a specific way and putting the pillows in a certain place, his evening beauty routine helps create an aura of calm no matter where he is in the world. After a long shower — “I can’t lay down on a dirty pillow.” He moisturizes with Clé de Peau La Crème and hyaluronic acid. “One container lasts for a whole year so that’s how I justify the price tag,” he said of the $535 face cream. “This is all I have — one face and one head of hair, and who knows if that’s fleeting or not!” he adds. “I really take care of my body because it’s my tool for the future and my tool for work.” Weir swears by the more budget-friendly L’Occitane Shea Ultra Rich Body Cream. “Ice rinks and airplanes are so harsh that I constantly feel like I need moisturizing,” he says.
SPF is essential — even in an ice rink.
“My beauty muse is Snow White, so I like to stay as fairy-lipped and fair-skinned as I can,” says Weir of applying Clé de Peau sunscreen every morning without fail to preserve his complexion. When it comes to his lips, however, he keeps it simple seeing as his pout naturally flushes raspberry when he’s on camera. “I don’t wear lipstick because being me there’s a really fine line between drag, masculine, and feminine. I really like to blur all of those lines, but if I did the full lip and I had my mascara and the hair, it’s just too much — I like to take a step back.” Instead, he relies on a steady supply of Burt’s Bees balm (which we recently discovered is sold every single second of every day, wild).
He’s always a gentleman.
Asked how he coordinates ensembles with his co-star, Tara Lipinski, Weir confirms that it’s always ladies’ choice: “The night before [a big event], I make her choose what she wants first. She’s a little bit more particular than I am,” he says. “I will obviously throw almost anything on myself and go out and I’m not scared. There’s a lot of pressure on women in television to look a certain way and to be shaped a certain way and to act a certain way. I like to be really conscious of that as the male partner in this duo. I want Tara to be comfortable and secure and happy and feel beautiful. She comes first and then I find a way to incorporate things that I have in my archives and in my wardrobe to match.”
He loves a little drama.
His all-time favorite Olympic beauty moment: Katarina Witt at the 1988 Olympic Games. “She skated to Carmen with the plunging neckline and she said she was so nervous that she just kept putting makeup on,” says Weir. “It was the ’80s and things were pretty dramatic anyway, so for people to be up in arms about her dramatic makeup was definitely a statement! But it was smoldering and beautiful. I can see [that look] very clearly when I think about Olympic beauty, I can see her eyes staring through that thick black smoke of eyeshadow.”
He’s a budding designer.
Wearing a cream ensemble with a custom mint fur on the day of his interview with Allure.com, Weir revealed that a line of clothing might be in his future. “That’s the hope! I can’t sew, so I had someone help me put together [my look], but I had the vision.” With custom Louboutin-red lacquered skates and a microphone swathed in Swarovski crystals, there’s no doubt the former Olympian has a flair for fashion. He’s even helped Terry Gannon climb aboard his bedazzled bandwagon. “He had one lone rhinestone [on his microphone at beginning of the 2018 Olympics], but by the closing ceremonies he had a rhinestone on all four corners — it was very chic. Terry is a beautiful man. He’s got a great sense of humor and I love that he goes there with us because he’s a pretty serious sports guy with golf and basketball. He was a great basketball star himself. The fact that he can have fun with us and be a part of the team is awesome.”
Keep reading for more beauty secrets from our favorite Olympic figure skaters:
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- Olympian Gracie Gold on Red Lipstick and Ice-Proof Makeup
- Here’s Why Michelle Kwan Had to Sew in Her Bun During Her Figure Skating Competitions
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