We know, we know. Makeup while working out is supposed to be a definite no-no. Adding foundation and eyeliner to the trio of heat, sweat and open pores is seemingly a recipe for skin disaster, but with all the beauty advances being made, getting dolled up to get in shape isn’t as big of a faux pas as it used to be (let’s be honest — we’ve all done it). We’ve scoured the interwebs to bring you the perfect products that’ll help you make it through your next spin, yoga or boxing class looking fresh and dewy.
1. It starts with your skin. “Great makeup starts with great skin,” said everyone ever. This time, though, we’re talking about your moisturizer. Origins Balanced Diet Lightweight Moisture Lotion ($34) is a great place to start when it comes to gym-proofing your beauty routine, because it soaks up sebum to keep your T-zone shine-free, but also moisturizes without making you oily. It’s a true skincare heavyweight.
2. Use the right primer. Primer is the unsung hero of flawless makeup application. It ensures your products apply smoothly and don’t budge throughout the day or night — or your workout. It gets sandwiched between lotion, foundation and concealer application, where you’ll notice an immediate difference. Opt for Urban Decay Pore Perfecting Complexion Primer Potion ($31), which will help minimize those pores during your spin class.
3. Don’t forget your eyes. Applying heat to your eyeshadow is bound to lead to instant creasing. Add some Too Faced Shadow Insurance ($20) to your lids first for a crease-free, fade-free and waterproof protected finish. This stuff will withstand anything — maybe even your 8am Bikram yoga class.
4. Conceal it. Concealer is a very important part of the beauty application process, especially if you plan on wearing it while you exercise. In order to get the coverage you need for the redness that is sure to follow, reach for Cover FX Cream Concealer ($27). It will give you the camo you need, plus the formula contains antioxidants to hide signs of aging while also erasing them. Win-win.
5. Lighten up. Higher temps mean lighter formulas when it comes to your skincare. Instead of reaching for your usual foundation, try a BB cream or tinted moisturizer like NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 30 ($44). It’s oil-free and lightweight, offering just the right amount of coverage for any and all lines, wrinkles or pores you may not want to reveal to the peeps at the gym.
6. Bake it. If you want your makeup to last, you’ve got to bake it — no, we’re not talking about flour and an oven. Baking is when you set your foundation and concealer by applying a layer of powder to your face, let it sit for about 10 minutes and then brush it off. The natural heat of your face ensures that your foundation doesn’t budge. And one of the best powders on the market for baking is Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder ($38), because it erases fine lines and won’t make you look cakey.
7. Waterproof it. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara ($6) has been at the top of best-seller lists for over 40 years for a reason: It’s just that good. The formula is as iconic as the pink tube it comes in. Not only will it prevent the dreaded raccoon eyes that sometimes happen when you sweat, but it’ll also volumize and lengthen your lashes.
8. Set it and (kinda) forget it. Yeah, you’ve used the right products and you’ve baked your face, but it never hurts to have a little insurance. Wet n Wild PhotoFocus Setting Spray ($5) is the added protection you need. It prevents fading and has aloe in it to give you a little moisturizing action.
9. Don’t forget the backup. Sometimes you need to make a few touchups on the go. This NYX Matte Blotting Paper ($4) absorbs any shine that dares to bypass all your defenses. We know you don’t need makeup while at the gym, but at least now you know what to grab if you decide to give it a try.
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