This Is the Best Foundation to Wear to the Gym, According to Lauren Curtis
As Australia's #1 beauty vlogger, you could say Lauren Curtis knows a thing or two about makeup. (Or, more accurately, thousands of things.) Over the past five years, the beauty influencer has racked up over 3.5 million YouTube subscribers, all devoted to her brand of relatable instructional videos. In addition to her makeup and hair how-tos and reviews, Curtis has a knack for speaking to potentially controversial issues other vloggers shy away from. In particular, she often delves into the complex relationship between beauty products and self-confidence. For instance, a video she posted on removing makeup in front of boys sparked conversations about the role of cosmetics in relationships so passionate, the upload is still being commented on almost two years later.
This month, Curtis tackled the tricky topic of wearing makeup to the gym, and we're so glad she did. Regardless of where you stand on the issue personally, the makeup pro's tutorial is an amazing resource for anyone keen to learn how to create an easy no-makeup makeup look. In the video, Curtis shares her tips for creating a minimal face only using products able to withstand a sweat session without clogging your pores. Excitingly, she recommends a drugstore foundation perfect for "anytime you just want something light and fresh and glowy, and something that’s breathable", a.k.a the best base to wear to the gym.
Keep scrolling for a breakdown.
Rimmel Fresher Skin Foundation ($19)
Perhaps the most exciting rec in Curtis' video is her base of choice when hitting the gym. According to the vlogger, Rimmel's Fresher Skin ($19) is an "amazing foundation for everyday, for the gym [and] for the beach", that doesn’t clog pores and is sweat- and humidity-resistant. (Pretty sure that makes it the holy grail of summer foundations, right?) Made with mineral powders that help absorb excess oil, it also contains SPF15—a bonus if you exercise outdoors.
Curtis recommends dotting Tarte's Shape Tape Concealer ($41) under the eyes to add brightness rather than full-on coverage. The vegan-friendly formula is luminous on the skin, so give it a miss if you're looking to cover up blemishes. For that, you're better off opting for a slightly waxier (read: budge-proof) concealer like Laura Mericer's Secret Camouflage ($55).
Curtis starts off her gym-friendly eye makeup by saying: "brows are a non-negotiable for me—I need my brows!" Her pencil of choice is Lancôme's Sourcils Definis ($46) which she rates for it's creamy and easy-to-use formula. The beauty YouTuber skips eyeshadow in favour of a clever hack aimed at keeping eyelids matte without adding colour: "[I] grab a brush that I use to set my under-eyes and I just go over my eyelids [to] add an almost invisible layer of powder." Curtis then lightly sets the base under her eyes with a pressed powder like MAC's Blot Powder ($38) to prevent mascara from transferring mid-Spin class. (Told you she's clever...) To finish off, it's a few layers of budge-proof mascara. Her favourite? ModelCo's lengthening LashXtend ($22).
Clarins Comfort Lip Oil in Raspberry ($33)
To complete this fresh and glowy look, Curtis swipes on Clarins' Comfort Lip Oil ($33). The beauty vlogger says she "never wear[s] anything but lip balm to the gym", so we're guessing this one's lip-softening capabilities have been thoroughly tested under intense conditions. (FYI, because it's an oil you won't have to worry about your lips turning sticky while you're on the treadmill.)