Take a more en­er­getic look at gym makeup

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Gym makeup

Should you be a beauty in­dus­try su­per­star who likes to ex­er­cise, you may well buy your­self a gym. Bobbi Brown did. And de­spite the fact the 60-year-old en­tre­pre­neur has ded­i­cated her life to mak­ing women feel more beau­ti­ful by sell­ing them cos­met­ics, you won’t see her wear­ing any while she’s work­ing out.

But a naked face isn’t for ev­ery­one, even at the gym — or the track or court. Many fe­male ath­letes wear makeup when com­pet­ing, the mes­sage be­ing you can be strong, coura­geous, sweaty and still look good in lip­stick.

Last month, Clin­ique launched Clin­iqueFit, a lim­ited range of sweat- and hu­mid­ity-proof skin­care and makeup de­signed to be used ei­ther when ex­er­cis­ing or post­work­out. Mainly, the prod­ucts share one big ad­van­tage; they won’t clog your pores. When we ex­er­cise, sweat glands work hard to cool the skin down. The process rids pores of dirt and de­bris, a detox that’s in­hib­ited by makeup. Pores can get blocked, blem­ishes can show up. Wa­ter-based or min­eral foun­da­tions and pow­ders (there are many) are of­ten bet­ter when ex­er­cis­ing if you do want your skin to look as even-toned as pos­si­ble while work­ing up a sweat since they are less likely to clog pores. Clin­iqueFit’s Work­out Makeup SPF40 ($ 65) or Shi­seido’s Per­fect Hy­drat­ing BB Cream ($ 65) are both great. Clin­iqueFit also of­fers a yel­low-based loose pow­der ($ 69) that will quickly neu­tralise post-work­out red­ness. Makeup also needs to be cus­tomised — or at least light and wa­ter­proof. Good wa­ter­proof mas­caras such as Rim­mel Lon­don’s Scan­daleyes Retro Glam ($ 20.50) and Revlon’s Mega Mul­ti­plier ($ 26) are two af­ford­able op­tions. If you’re wor­ried about ex­cess shine, try Mu­rad’s Mat­tEf­fect Blot­ting Per­fec­tor ($ 79), which ab­sorbs oil and is suit­able for all skin types, or Ben­e­fit’s Porefes­sional Li­cence to Blot ($ 38), a primer that can be used with or with­out foun­da­tion. Colour — such as lip­stick and blush — can be dif­fi­cult when at the gym. The best prod­ucts are those like Clin­iqueFit’s Lip + Cheek Flush ($ 47) or Ben­e­fit’s Lol­litint ($ 57), both of which give lips and cheeks a healthy glow. Re­mem­ber too that stan­dard tinted lip balm can also be rubbed into the cheeks for a nice, even, post­work­out flush.

Fi­nally, don’t for­get the most im­por­tant af­terex­er­cise rule: cleanse thor­oughly. While wipes and quick-and-con­ve­nient op­tions like mi­cel­lar waters are great time-savers, post-work­out skin will need a thor­ough, gen­tle cleanse be­fore you hit the sack. Tracey Strange

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