Take a more energetic look at 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