The Makeup You Can (And Should) Wear to the Gym
There are zillions of articles online that promise to teach you how to wear makeup to the gym, but few of them actually deliver on that pledge. Sure, we know that waterproof mascara is a non-negotiable for anything more strenuous than yoga, but have you ever thought about the best way to apply it? Bobbi Brown makeup artist Kim Soane has. In an interview and accompanying shoot with POPSUGAR, Soane schools fitness bloggers Chase Lindsay Rosen and Evann Clingan on the products that can primp your workout session without clogging pores or running down your face.
Keep reading for the makeup you can (and should!) wear to the gym.
Perricone MD No Foundation Foundation Serum ($80)
Hold up—you can wear foundation to the gym? According to Soane: Yes. You. Can. Opt for a light and breathable formula that’s non-comedogenic (read: won’t clog pores) and consider a BB cream or tinted moisturiser instead of a traditional foundation. Additionally, Soane advises using your product of choice sparingly to keep the pink out of your skin rather than cover it all up: “You can apply it just in spots around the nose and on the chin.”
Bobbi Brown Perfectly Defined Long-Wear Brow Pencil ($60)
The easiest way to look put together with minimal effort (and minimal makeup) is to groom your brows. Choose a budge-proof waxy pencil to shape and fill in your arches, then brush through with a spoolie for a natural look. Powders and gels can mix with sweat and smudge so it’s best to leave those for non-workout days.
Urban Decay Eyeshadow ($29)
Anyone who flushes easily knows the workout hell that is extra rosy cheeks and eyelids. This happens when your circulation gets going—it can highlight the capillaries in your skin leaving you with unwanted redness. Annoying. To prevent the issue, sweep a bone-coloured eyeshadow onto just your mobile lids to help cancel out the redness. Make sure you choose a matte formula. (Sweat + shimmer = the wrong kind of gleam.)
Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil ($30)
While we wouldn’t necessarily recommend sketching on a cat-eye for the gym, we are fans of tightlining. This minimalist technique makes lashes appear thicker as opposed to looking like you’ve got obvious liner on. Soane rates it too: “If you have really fair lashes you want to make sure that your mascara looks like it's a full extension of your lashline.” Hot tip: Make your liner long-lasting or literally wear the consequences/panda eyes.
Eyeko Sport Waterproof Mascara ($36)
This one’s a no-brainer but the way you apply your lash-lengthener of choice is also important. Soane shares a pro tip that’ll help boost your lash game: layering. "There are mascaras out there that say they do everything, but most mascaras are maximum volume and length or lengthening and curl." We recommend swiping on a lengthening formula first then following up with a volumising top coat.