Whether you love your skin, and wear make-up for the fun of it, or hate your skin, and wear make-up to cover it, one of the biggest decisions is whether to wear it to the gym or when you’re working out.
Initially, the immediate response would be that mixing base make-up with sweat can clog your pores and result in spots – which we definitely don’t want – so it’s a bad idea wearing makeup to the gym. Therefore then, the best solution would be to remove it beforehand with a cleanser like Clinique’s Take The Day Off cleansing balm (£24.00 for 125ml) or Garnier’s Micellar Water (£4.99 for 400ml).
However, I imagine some of you lucky people reading this find that wearing make-up to the gym doesn’t tend to give you spots. Though this may be the case, wearing make-up when sweating can cause dirt and bacteria to build up, and whether it gives you spots or not, I’m sure no-one wants that. So, I suggest LIGHT make-up. And when I say light, I mean water-based make-up like MAC’s Face and Body foundation (£24.50 for 50ml). The problem with this though of course, is that it’s more susceptible to slide off the skin during your workout. So, we’re back to square one – wearing no make-up to the gym.
If you remain adamant to wear a little something I recommend a product like MAC’s strobe cream (£25.00 for 50ml) as this will give your skin a little pick me up but also serve as skincare and so won’t block your pores. Additionally, putting product on your eyebrows too will lift the face (even if it’s just some brow gel), especially if you pop some concealer into your tear duct to brighten up your eye area. I recommend NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer (£24.00) as it’s light, creamy and brightening. For the eyebrows, and of course this is just my personal preference, my favourite is Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Powder Duo (currently 25% off on Cult Beauty, but originally £24.00) along with Maybelline’s Brow Drama gel (£5.99). Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Brows (£18.50) is also a good gel for the brows as it grabs every last little hair, so this might be a better option if you have naturally thin brows. A curling of the lashes with Shu Uemura eyelash curlers (£15.00) will help too. And don’t forget to add a little mascara, I recommend Benefit’s RollerLash (£19.00), which will make the world of a difference to lift the face.
Whilst these are my recommendations for if you must wear make-up, all in all I’d say make-up at the gym is a bad idea. This is because it can easily clog your pores, and then cause spots. Plus, it’s generally bad for the skin as wearing make-up constantly and not letting your skin breathe will likely have negative effects. And on a happier note, you should be confident in your skin when going to the gym – you’re there to work on your body and health, not your face! Who cares, who sees it anyway?