Ever had one of those days where you’re rushing from place to place and you barely have time to hear yourself think? Same. If you manage to squeeze a workout into those hectic days, you should give yourself an enthusiastic pat on the back. And if you actually remember to take your makeup off before that workout — well, you’re practically superwoman.
But let’s face it, nobody manages to do that every time — especially if you’re someone who regularly exercises right after work. Plus, some people actually find they work harder when they look hot at the gym! Just because you’re training like a beast, doesn’t mean you can’t look like a beauty, right?
Of course, there’s a good reason it’s been drummed into us that we shouldn’t exercise with makeup on. If you’re a sweaty Betty, your eye makeup may end up halfway down your face — which isn’t the cutest look. Then, there’s the fact that when you sweat, it enlarges your pores. Certain foundations and powders can block the pores, possibly leading to breakouts or blackheads.
The good news is, with the right products you can easily get around these issues! So, whether you never have time to remove your makeup or you just prefer to wear it (you do you, girl!), here are our favourite gym-proof products.
We know, “just stick to a light BB cream for the gym!” is kind of generic advice. But this product from Jane Iredale is no ordinary BB cream. It offers the full coverage of a foundation, but is mineral-based and noncomedogenic — so it won’t clog your pores! Not only is it sweat-proof it’s actually water resistant for up to 40 minutes.
Shop the Jane Iredale Glow Time Mineral BB Cream.
Creating natural, high performance, workout-proof beauty products is kind of Sweat Cosmetics‘ whole thing. But we particularly love their Gleam On Mineral Illuminator Twist-Brush. Not only is it specially formulated by a dermatologist to not clog your pores, it’s also sweat and water resistant for up to 40 minutes. It’s packed with anti-inflammatory and skin-loving antioxidants and gives your skin the most gorgeous, radiant finish.
Many waterproof mascaras seem good in theory, but are either flaky, dry or nearly impossible to get off. This one from tarte is none of the above. It lengthens, curls, volumises and conditions your lashes AND will stay put all day (even when you hit the treadmill.) What more could you want out of a mascara, really?
Nothing says “I most definitely did not wake up like this” than your eyebrow gel running down your face mid-workout. If you know you’ll be hitting the gym after work, swap it for a waterproof brow colour like this one from Stila. True to its name, its super long-wearing and very easy to apply without giving you that ‘OTT Sandy Cohen from the OC’ eyebrow look.
Many cream products tend to sit in your pores, which can cause them to become clogged — no bueno for the gym! But this cheek and lip tint from Charlotte Tilbury contains ceramidone, an ingredient that creates a kind of barrier between the product and the skin. Available as both a bronzer and a blush, it creates a stunning ‘I just got back from a holiday’ glow with a radiant finish. It’s also extremely moisturising and, weirdly, smells amazing.
Shop the Charlotte Tilbury Beach Stick.