How to Wear Makeup to the Gym Without Anyone Knowing
Confess to wearing makeup to the gym and some might scorn. They'll probably ask why you need to wear a spot of lipstick or a bit of mascara when you're only going to sweat it off anyway. Well, despite that common misconception (you definitely won't sweat it all off), there's probably only one place we wouldn't wear makeup and that's to bed.
Why exactly should we feel bad about wearing our favourite lippie when we're working out? Don't we all have the right to feel confident wherever we are? For us, it's less about trying to impress the other gym bunnies and more about how we feel. Plus, most of the time we're usually dashing to the gym from work, and who has time to cleanse, tone and moisturise more than twice a day?!
We spoke to makeup artist extraordinaire Mary Greenwell on how to wear makeup to the gym, what the rules are and why you can wear as much eyeliner as you blooming well want.
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"I wear makeup to the gym every day. But once, I remember I was trialing a new foundation, which gave me really thick coverage, and I bumped into a friend. They said 'Oh my goodness you’re wearing a lot of makeup'. Essentially, the one thing you can't wear to the gym is foundation, otherwise it will give you away."
"Use a sheer cream like a primer or tinted moisturiser. Apply with your fingers, I never use anything but my fingers anyway. You can make them as thick as you like. There are so many products like that—you can use them instead of a primer or you can use these over a moisturiser, whatever that routine maybe. There are so many I love: Natura Bissé The Cure Sheer Cream (£146), Giorgio Armani Beauty Crèma Nuda (£145), Sunday Riley Effortless Breathable Tinted Primer (£38), By Terry CC Cellularose Moisturising CC Cream (£57), Chanel CC Cream Complete Correction (£44). And if you can’t afford the more expensive ones, mix your foundation with your moisturiser."
"Lots of women don't feel confident without their eyeliner on, so I say it doesn’t matter how much eye makeup you wear to the gym, as long as it gives you confidence."
"Don't touch your brows until after your workout, as it will make you look too polished and done. Also, don't wear a red lipstick; go for a neutral lippie. And if you go in for the contouring, you have to leave it until after you've finished at the gym. If you have a round face and you want to wear your contouring, you'll just have to have a round face for a bit—you can apply it when you're done."
"You can add a bit a concealer if you feel more confident with this. After you've finished at the gym then you can add your foundation—as you haven’t put on anything else, you’ve just used cream products.Your skin is prepped [and] ready to go."
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