Ballet is a type of performance dance that requires years of training to learn and master, and much practice to retain proficiency. A ballerina must both have athleticism and grace to perfect her craft, and most importantly, a discpline on their diet and especially skincare to retain that athleticism and grace. Diana Vishneva is Russian principal dancer with both the Mariinsky Ballet and the American Ballet Theatre. She is 38 years old, but you wouldn’t guess it by looking at her, and also the new face of Kèrastase’s latest product line and in-salon treatment, Discipline — quite the appropriate product name for a ballerina to endorse. Below is an excerpt of her interview with Cosmopolitan.com where she shares her beauty secrets, or should I say, a ballerina skincare routine.
Daily Skincare Routine
“I don’t have one favorite facial wash or cleanser — as soon as I feel that my skin is getting used to some particular product and starts to reject it, I look for another one. But right now, I prefer Embryolisse Lait Crème Moussant Facial Wash and Embryolisse Lait-Crème Concentré Lotion. All my bags are full of beauty products, like a skin cream by Cellcosmet, Kérastase Touche Perfection Replenishing Balm, and MAC Cosmetics Mascara, and as soon as I hear about one that is “even better,” I go for it. Currently, at night I apply Lucas’ Paw Paw Ointment. I also find Homeoplasmine particularly helpful; you apply it before going to bed, and in the morning, every cell of your face feels alive. But after a ballet performance, I always use Crème de la Mer, the original version, during the evening, since I put lots of makeup on before going onstage and my skin tends to burn after I take it off, so I need to deeply nourish and moisturize it with this.”
“Onstage, my makeup artist Elena Krygina, who comes with me around the world as much as she can, uses professional products to get me ready, like Dermablend foundation, which lasts for an entire performance. She also uses false lashes topped with Shu Uemura Stretch Xtreme Precise Finish Waterproof Mascara and Shu Uemura Calligraph:Ink Liquid Eyeliner Pen on me. Ballerinas are heavily made up during their performances, so at other times, I only wear very light makeup, but I cannot do completely without makeup. This is probably a habit of someone who has to see herself in the mirror so many times during the day; I don’t want to be disappointed by the person I see in this mirror. But offstage, I only put on a few products, since I want my skin to rest. When I do wear makeup though, choosing the right foundation is the most important to me. MAC Cosmetics Mineral Moisture SPF 15 Foundation in “NC35” is the one I use at the moment. Other than that, I put mascara on my eyes to open them up — I just tried Lancôme Grandiôse Wide-Angle Fan Effect Mascara, which I like a lot — spritz on Kilian Liaisons Dangereuse perfume (the cypress and cinnamon is very tasteful [to] me) or Serge Lutens Five O’Clock Au Gingembre fragrance (a sweet scent that reminds me of my childhood), and apply some By Terry [beauty products], a recent discovery of mine. I’m always also applying Embryolisse Lip Balm — I love it — or MAC Cosmetics Mineralize Lip Glass in “Modern Romance,” because it’s pink but not too cherry-like.”
-Diana Vishneva as told to Cosmopolitan. You can read the entire interview on Elle.com, including her hair care and diet secrets.