7 Make-Up Products That Will Last Your Whole Gym Session
These new-gen products are the one if you absolutely can't go without make-up – and they won’t make you break out, either.
So we know wearing make-up to the gym has traditionally been a no-no, but we’d be lying if we said we’d never woken up with a bad skin day and reached for the make-up bag before hitting the treadmill. Guilty. As. Charged.
However, the days of wearing your day-to-day make-up to the gym and making the whole sitch even worse in the long run are over – thanks to the new generation of products designed to be kind to your skin while you exercise.
So if you ABSOLUTELY can’t face the whole gym seeing you going au naturel, here’s what your gym make-up bag should consist of.
Plus, if you need a little workout inspiration to get you started, check out water yoga!
1. SportFX Core Cream Concealer
Why? This sweat-proof concealer will keep blemishes covered.
We all want to hide those dark eye circles or a pesky pimple, but to make sure your concealer doesn’t slide off when you break a sweat there’s a whole new range of cosmetics specifically designed for your workout. SportFX’s Core Cream Concealer (£8.99) is sweat-resistant and long-lasting so your blemishes will stay covered, and it’s enriched with vitamins and almond oil to reduce puffiness. Win all round.
2. Primark No Sweat Mattifying Face Powder
Why? For when you don't want a full face of make-up, a good powder will give you an even, matte skin tone without the need for foundation.
We love a multi-tasking product more than anything, especially when it won’t break the bank either. Primark have jumped on the active make-up bandwagon with their range of gym cosmetics, and their No Sweat Mattifying Face Powder does the job – plus it’s cheaper than your daily latte at only £2.50!
3. Tarte Lifted Sweatproof Mascara
Why? Invest in a long-wearing, sweat-proof mascara and you’ll avoid the dreaded panda look. Not chic.
Cult US brand Tarte launched an amazing athleisure line but the standout piece is definitely their Lifted Sweatproof Mascara. It’s not cheap at £21 but delivers a stunning lift and volumising effect. The waterproof formula is infused with Amazonian clay, vitamin C and smoothing emollient waxes to keep your lashes soft and healthy, unlike other waterproof formulas which can seriously dry them out.
4. SportFX Balance Boosting BB Cream SPF 20
Why? A BB cream designed for the gym rather than a full-on foundation will save your pores.
SportFX’s Balance Boosting BB Cream SPF 20 (£12.99) is specifically designed for wearing while you work out – not only is it non-comedogenic (that means it doesn’t clog pores, to you and me), it’s also designed to boost collagen and moisturise your skin too. So while it’s always better to go bare-faced, if you just can’t face it (lol) your skin will survive your spin class unscathed.
5. Mac Cosmetics Liquid Eyeliner
Why? Because sometimes we just can’t bear to ditch our eyeliner.
OK, so eyeliner to the gym is definitely an acquired taste, but if that’s your cup of tea, Mac Cosmetics’ Liquid Eyeliner (£16.50) is long-wearing and smudge-resistant – so even if you’re pumping iron your cat’s eye flick will stay in place.
6. Shiseido WetForce Sports BB Cream
Why? If you're working out outdoors, your skin needs protection even on grey days!
Anyone who’s a fan of outdoor sports knows that a sunburn can creep up on you even if it’s not an overly hot day – so a good SPF is a must all-year round. Shiseido’s workout range features an amazing WetForce Sports BB Cream (£32) which also has SPF 50 in it – and with its hard-wearing but lightweight formula, it won’t budge even if you’re competing in a triathlon!
7. CliniqueFIT Post-Workout Face and Body Cleansing Swipes
Why? After working out in make-up, it’s crucial to cleanse your skin thoroughly.
Clinique’s CliniqueFIT Post-Workout Face and Body Cleansing Swipes (£16) will remove even the toughest make-up as well as cleaning away excess dirt, oil and sweat if you can't shower ‘til you get home. Nothing is better than washing your face after a gym sesh, but your skin will thank you for these if you can’t get to the shower right away.
Words by Kim Novak