For some women, it may seem like a strange idea – putting on makeup before hitting the gym for a sweaty run on the treadmill. But for others, leaving the house without some type of makeup on their face – even for a 30-minute spin class – just doesn’t feel right. There’s no reason why you shouldn’t wear a little makeup during your workout if it makes you feel more confident and comfortable – but it’s important to use the right products so you look nice and natural and not like you’re about to hit a club.
When you’re going to be working up a sweat, there’s no point in wearing heavy foundation – it’ll just melt off your skin, and can actually wind up clogging your pores and spreading bacteria that leads to breakouts. So ditch your full-coverage foundation and opt for a light tinted moisturizer instead. It’ll even out your skin tone while still letting your skin breath. Stila’s Sheer Color Tinted Moisturizer ($34) is a great option because it’s oil-free and won’t clog your pores. If you feel like you need a little more coverage, try a mineral powder foundation like Bare Minerals Matte Foundation ($27) that has a natural, matte finish.
For many women, mascara is an absolute must– and at the gym, where shadow and liner aren’t a good option, it’s a subtle way to define the eyes. But it’s important to choose the right mascara so you don’t wind up with clumpy, dramatic lashes – or blacks streaks under your eyes when you really start breaking a sweat. Go with a waterproof formula that you know will stay on your lashes even when you amp up your workout. Maybelline’s Full ‘N Soft Waterproof Mascara ($7.77) works well because it has a soft, natural look on the lashes that’s gym-appropriate.
Leave the Gloss Alone
A little color on your lips can instantly brighten your face and make you look more awake. But at the gym, sparkly, sticky lip gloss is usually too much. Instead of a gloss or lipstick, reach for a tinted lip balm instead. The balm will keep your lips soft and hydrated while delivering just a hint of face-flattering color. Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm ($7.00) comes in six shades, ranging from natural nude to a sheer cherry red, so you may want to throw one – or two – in your gym bag.
Keep Sweat Away
If you go to the trouble of putting makeup on before you hit the gym, you want it last as long as possible during your workout. Pair your simple makeup look with a wide fabric headband that can absorb sweat from your forehead before it drips down and makes a streaky mess of whatever you’ve applied. The Lucky Luon Headband from Lululemon ($12) is a good option because it’s made from a moisture-wicking fabric that pulls sweat away from your head to keep your makeup in tact.