In the 10 years since she started boxing, Mary Spencer has racked up a killer list of wins. Ranked 1st in our country, and #1 in the world too, she's been Canada's Female Boxer of the Year four times. She's also won three Women's World Championships, eight National Championships, and five Gold medals at the Pan American Games. And on Monday August 6th, the 27-year-old middleweight from Wiarton, Ontario, begins her fight for Olympic gold at the London 2012 games.
You've seen Mary as a CoverGirl Ambassador in Olympics-related commercials and magazine ads. Here's what she told me about being a CoverGirl and why she's so grateful for her sisters.
JF: How does it feel to be a CoverGirl Ambassador?
MS: For me I was really surprised at first when the idea was brought forward. The first thing I did was look at all the other CoverGirls—Queen Latifah, Taylor Swift—to be in that company was really wow for me.
How often do you wear makeup?
When I'm competing I don't wear makeup, and I'm training or in the gym quite often [35 hours a week]. It's weekends that I'm able to apply some makeup and spend time with friends and go out. For the most part I go for a natural fresh look. Maybe once a year I'll have a special occasion where I get to do it up a little more than that.
What's your go-to look?
I always tend to play up the eyes quite a bit. LashBlast Volume mascara is my favourite mascara -- I don't think I've talked to anyone in the last year who doesn't love it. I actually got it because I love [the] orange [tube]!
Have you tried anything new since you became a Covergirl?
One thing that I just started using is the SmokyShadowBlast in Bronze Fire and some eyeliner, and I love doing gloss but sometimes I'll go for lipstick. Once in a while I'll do foundation if I need it—sometimes I need it more than others; depends how the week goes in training.
I usually go for liner on the top, and just mascara after that. SmokyShadowBlast makes it really easy to get that good look. I was really having a difficult time making eyeshadow look good, but the ShadowBlast has been great. It makes eye makeup so easy, especially for someone like me who is not wearing it all the time.
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Have you ventured into bright lips? Maybe... orange?
I have, I have. I'm a little shy about that. Did you say orange? No! Really? That never even crossed my mind!
Has being a CoverGirl influenced your definition of beauty at all?
I don't think I had a definition of beauty before CoverGirl, but any ideas I had definitely haven't changed. I still have to be practical—no matter how much I enjoy putting on some makeup and putting on a nice outfit and going out, I have 35 hours a week to spend in a gym. I have to balance it.
You know, you have great brows. Do you do them yourself?
I have two older sisters, and they pay so much more attention to their eyebrows than I ever would have. When I was younger they did the big sister thing—"Hey, you have to fix up your brows and this is how you do it," and they semi-showed me. I've been doing my own to the best of my ability, but it's not a priority.
Do your sisters ever say, okay, come on, try something new?
When I was a teenager, everything I learned was from my older sisters. I was very fortunate. I spent so much time playing sports, I would have completely missed out on all of those tips had I not had two sisters who couldn't care less about sports—they were just making sure that I knew how to put on mascara. They're great.
I do hope you try an orange lipstick...
I never even thought about orange lipstick, but now you've planted the seed so now I'm going to have to look into it.
CoverGirl LashBlast Volume, Perfect Point Plus eyeliner and Outlast All-day Lipcolor in limited-edition Olympics packaging is at drugstores now. Image courtesy of CoverGirl; makeup by CoverGirl Makeup Pro Greg Wencel (p1m.ca).
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