Vogue: Maria Sharapova On Beauty and Becoming the Co-Owner of Supergoop Sunscreen
High in the Hollywood Hills last Saturday, in a gleaming white house where people were wearing slippers so as not to scuff the pearly floors, Maria Sharapova was in the garage, in the mid stages of hair and makeup. With Adir Abergel on one side blowing out her signature blonde mane, and a table of Sugarpova snacks on the other, Sharapova was 30 minutes away from shooting the fall campaign for her latest venture, as the newly announced co-owner of Supergoop—a UV-focused skin-care line that approaches all beauty from the belief that sun protection should be an integral part of a year-round daily routine (the campaign is timed to come out just when people think they should start putting sun products away). Sharapova, of course, knows a thing or two about the subject: On the court at the Australian Open in January, she faced scorching temperatures, even by Melbourne standards; earlier this year, she also served as an anchor for the Sochi Olympics, where, as in any region with reflective white snowy surfaces, the sun’s UV rays can be especially strong.
On this particular afternoon in Los Angeles, Sharapova, 26, cozy in a Rittenhouse tee, slouchy black Raquel pants and ponyhair flats, has moved upstairs to picturesque side porch to join Supergoop’s founder, San Antonio–based entrepreneur Holly Thaggard (who established the line eight years ago, prompted by a young friend’s diagnosis with melanoma). Here, we sit down with the tennis pro to discuss her decision to invest in the brand and how it impacts her beauty routine.
How did you find out about Supergoop?
I was actually a fan of Supergoop before I met Holly—I found it at Sephora. I’ve been in the sun for as long as I can remember for my job. I’ve spent years training in Florida. That application of sunscreen became a ritual for me, and something I [have done] almost every day of my life. And when I met Holly, her message was such an important one— raising awareness and making sure that many people are knowledgeable about skin cancer, that it is the leading cancer [in the United States], and that it’s preventable.
What do you look for in a sunscreen?
It has to be a product that feels good on my skin—in tennis, I obviously sweat so much; I always wanted something that would protect me for as long as it could. There’s nothing like being an athlete and testing [a sunscreen] when you’re sweating. That’s when you really judge it for your everyday life. And then hearing the idea behind it from Holly, that was really inspiring. It’s almost like rewarding your skin, not putting on something that feels like a duty or makes you break out. One of my biggest goals is making sunscreen into a habit for people, but a habit that has so many great rewards.
What’s your regular beauty routine?
If I’m playing, I usually cleanse my face with Decléor cleansing foam in the morning, then apply lotion, then Supergoop SPF 30+ City Sunscreen Serum, and then Supergoop SPF 37 Advanced Anti-Aging Eye Cream. In the evening, I use the same face wash, followed by a Decléor moisturizer. On the days I’m not playing, I put on the Supergoop Save Face Serum, which feels so great but isn’t waterproof, so I use it when I’m doing a shoot or just wearing makeup. The serum always goes on before the makeup. I also treat it as my makeup base—because I don’t want to carry so many products around. I always try to find products that are multifunctional. Lastly, I put the lip balm on.
What’s your makeup routine?
I use a Japanese brand called Kanebo for makeup over my sunscreen, and Chanel for mascara.
Do you wear makeup on the court?
I don’t wear makeup when I play. I wouldn’t trust any makeup on the court. When I’m in the moment, I’m playing—I don’t really care if I look natural, as long as I feel good. But makeup doesn’t make me feel good, it just makes you prettier.
We’re heading into summer and high tennis season—you’re about to head to Europe for the French Open and Wimbledon. Is there anything you do, beauty-wise, to get ready?
I do microdermabrasion, occasionally. It’s good for my face. Especially when I’m home in Florida or L.A., I like to do it before a long trip.
And you just got back from Sochi, where you were an anchor. Were there any skin routines you relied on, growing up in Russia?
When I was growing up, skin care, unfortunately, wasn’t a big part of everyday regimen there. But I think that’s changing very quickly. It’s actually quite a luxury.