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As if competing in the Olympics wasn't enough for athletes to worry about, there are a slew of rules they have to follow that have nothing to do with their sport. These directives regulate their appearances, like how they wear their hair and what type of makeup they have on, and must be followed or else they risk facing deductions that could affect their overall score.
When you watch an Olympian like Allyson Felix sprint or Simone Biles do her floor routine, you're probably not thinking about how they did their nails or what accessories they have in their hair, but all of those little details still matter. The handbooks for each sport dictate what is and isn't allowed in terms of grooming for the athletes competing in the games. What's more, they also outline the deductions they'll face if those regulations aren't adhered to.
For example, synchronized swimmers, who regularly wear full makeup while dancing in and out of the water, are not allowed to wear "theatrical make-up." Gymnasts, on the other hand, can have their nails painted, but not in a manner that the judges deem distracting - that's why you won't see Jordan Chiles sporting any bright nail art these next couple of weeks.
And there's more where that comes from. To learn more about the secret beauty rules and deductions in the Olympics, keep reading.