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Summer Games exclusive: Nastia Liukin shares her beauty and fashion secrets

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Gold medalist

Gold medalist Nastia Liukin shares her beauty and style tips on and off the gymnastics floor.
Nastia Liukin

As we begin our chat, Liukin (wearing a hot pink Lululemon jacket) is busily getting ready to jet off to London for this year’s games — still remembering the moment she won her gold medal in 2008. While she won’t be competing this year, Liukin will still be cheering on Team USA — looking as fabulous as ever with her classic, sporty chic style.

Keep reading to learn her beauty and style secrets:

SheKnows: What is your beauty routine on and off the gymnastics floor?

Liukin: When I’m training, I don’t really wear too much makeup because you primarily sweat it off! But, when I’m in a competition, I do a little more, but still keep it natural. I focus more on my eyes with eyeliner and mascara.

SheKnows: What is your go-to beauty item?

Liukin: NARS Bronzer is one of my favorites.

SheKnows: Who are your favorite fashion designers?

Liukin: I love Max Azria, and I did a campaign with him a few years ago. While I’m mainly in sweats and leotards, I love wearing Alice & Olivia, Parker and Citizens of Humanity jeans.

SheKnows: What do you think of this year’s uniforms?

Liukin: I’ve actually seen the leotards, but they are a secret for now! I will say, though, they have a lot of sparkles and rhinestones and are very patriotic.

SheKnows: What did you think about the leotard you wore when you won your gold medal?

Liukin: I loved my pink leotard, and it really became my signature color afterwards.

SheKnows: What is your plan for this year’s games?

Liukin: I will be in London because I am the active representative of the International Gymnastics Federation. I will basically be the go-to person between the athletes and this committee. I was elected by gymnasts worldwide to get the position.

SheKnows: What’s next for you?

Liukin: I have a partnership with Fisher Price for the Fantastic Gymnastics Dora doll! It incorporates my two passions: gymnastics and inspiring children. I’m also planning on moving to New York City in January to go to NYU. I’m thinking about studying sports management or maybe something in fashion!

Don't forget to check out this year's Summer Games' Opening Ceremony on Friday, July 27.

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