This Pro's Makeup Bag Is A Minimalist's Dream

The Fed Cup, a massive international tennis tournament, is the biggest annual women's sporting competition in the world. Players travel internationally to play and compete for their country, and I was lucky enough to watch the finals in Belarus (a magical experience for a tennis geek like me). While I was there, I got some face time with the U.S. team, a group of four badass women who actually went on to win the entire Fed Cup.

While I was traveling to and from the tournament, running around the grounds, and breaking out everywhere (especially on my jawline, thanks pressurized cabin air) it got me wondering... How do professional athletes pack for weeks and weeks on the road? And how does their skin survive the endless plane rides, sweat, and sun exposure?

So, when Fed Cup member Alison Riske happily opened her makeup bag for me, I took furious notes. Not only is she one of the most in-demand players, but she could honestly moonlight as a beauty editor — this woman has great taste and is seriously knowledgable about her skin.

Ahead, check out the contents of Riske's on-the-road makeup bag and get the inside scoop on a professional athlete's skincare must-haves.

Travel and expenses were paid for by the United States Tennis Association for the purpose of writing this story.

For moisturizing, both morning and night, Riske uses EltaMD Barrier Renewal Complex, which works well with her combination and sensitive skin. Moisturizing is key for all skin types, but especially important for people who travel on the regular.

EltaMD Barrier Renewal Complex, $45, available at Dermstore.
Sunscreen is essential, especially for athletes whose sport involves countless hours outside. Riske is so diligent about sun protection that she always packs two different sunscreens: one for her body and one for her face.

EltaMD's SPF 40 sunscreen, a cult favorite in the celebrity skin-care world, is her pick for her neck and body.

EltaMD UV Daily Broad Spectrum, $26.50, available at Dermstore.
Riske says that most high-end sunscreens break her out — but Neutrogena's SheerZinc doesn't irritate her skin and it's affordable. This sunscreen is also hypoallergenic and water resistant for up to 80 minutes, which is ideal for a pro athlete.

Neutrogena SheerZinc Dry Touch Sunscreen, $10.99, available at Target.
Riske started using this RCMA cream foundation, a makeup artist favorite, after someone used it on her at a photoshoot. She doesn't wear much makeup on the court, but for events and special occasions, this super pigmented cream is her go-to.

RCMA Color Process Cream Foundation, $23, available at
For a bit of color on the lips, Riske loves this Pop of Passion Lip oil-balm by bareMinerals in the shade Punch Pop. The balm does double duty by providing a sheer wash of color while reinvigorating her lips with moisture during her intense schedule.

bareMinerals Pop of Passion Lip oil-balm in Punch Pop, $16, available at
Riske relies on BareMinerals Complete Coverage Serum concealer for her undereyes. Bonus: This full-coverage product also doubles as an anti-aging serum.

bareMinerals Complete Coverage Serum Concealer, $21, available at
For mascara, Riske turns to drugstore-favorite L'Oréal Paris Telescopic, lauded for being both lengthening and clump-free. We've long been a fan of this tube for its fiber formula, which makes lashes look so long, people might ask if they're real.

L'Oréal Paris Telescopic Carbon Black, $9.99, available at Ulta.
Riske's pick for eyeliner is self-sharpening, aka super travel friendly, and precise. Pro tip: You can also get an easy smoky eye from this line by pressing it into the outer corner of the lids and blotting it out with the soft smudging end of the pencil.

Covergirl Perfect Point Plus Eyeliner, $6.99, available at Ulta.
For a subtle sun-kissed glow, Riske sweeps on bareMinerals bronzing powder with an EcoTools Kabuki brush.

bareMinerals All-Over Face Color, $21, available at Sephora.
Riske loves Eminence, a popular indie brand, for treating her sensitive skin. She keeps a travel-size of the Eminence Stone Crop Gel Wash in her makeup bag. This particular cleanser is formulated with stone crop pulp to calm the skin and slough off dead skin cells, and the calming properties make it perfect for people with hyper-sensitive, reactive skin.

Eminence Stone Crop Gel Wash, $38, available at Dermstore.
To further treat her skin, Riske keeps a travel size of Eminence's Stone Crop masque in her bag, too. This organic mask evens skin tone with aloe, honey, stone crop juice, and jasmine extract. And based on her ridiculously clear, glowing skin — I can attest it's working.

Eminence Stone Crop Masque, $48, available at Dermstore.
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