For Athletes, Psyclists and Everyday Sweaty Bettys

Working out and wearing make-up: two things that are quite disparate, yet extremely common. We’ve spoken about how to get your glow on post workout (here) but what if you want a little glow during? Leaving your skin to breathe may be the conventional route to take, but there’s no reason you can’t do that whilst also looking a little presented. With so many advances in the beauty industry, there are countless formulas and ingredients curated for everyday purposes that aren’t harmful to your skin.

And here’s the thing: people don't have a lot of time. If you’re rushing to your workout and you've just stepped out of work, chances are you won't have time for a full 7 step cleansing routine to take off your make up. Bear this in mind when you're getting ready in the morning, because, if anything, it will make your routine quicker and easier.

The New York Times recently reported that women feel better wearing make-up when working out. With the Olympics coming up, we’ll be sure to spot our favourite athlete’s getting ready to compete, and they’ll most likely be wearing make-up whilst doing so. The most common denominator here is knowing what works for you and how you feel within yourself. Taking good care of your skin is the most important factor, because beauty only goes so far. But if you want to look a little presented, or feel insecure without any make up on, that's okay. It may be the unspoken rule of beauty, but beauty is about what makes you feel good in your own skin. Here are our top tips for beauty that can withstand a workout.

Understand your skin

Understanding your skin and knowing what works for you should be your number 1 priority. Do you get oily by 4pm and have a mini touch up at your desk? Bear this in mind when you’re choosing your products to work out in. Opt for an oil-free base product, as this will stop you creating more oil than necessary and prevent from blocking your pores. Cream products last longer than powders and have a more natural sheen to them, so go for a cream blush and moisturizing lip balm that will not only look more natural but also allow your make up to look more radiant.

(Image courtesy of Bobbi Brown)

Put your best brow forward

Brows shape our face more than we realise, and having a natural look will add definition by also giving you a natural look with minimal effort at the same time. Use a light layer of a well pigment eyebrow pencil, such as Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz, £18, and brush through your brows to avoid any harsh lines.

(Image courtesy of Anastasia Beverly Hills)

Beauty is skin deep

When you’re working out, the chances of you sweating are more likely than getting a seat on the tube at rush hour. So, bear this is mind and don’t overpower your skin: it should be able to breath. Always make sure you're wearing SPF, especially if you're working out outside to protect your skin from damaging UV rays. Keep a hydrating face mist on your desk to touch up throughout the day and to keep your skin moisturized. If you're comfortable with your skin, skip your base, or use a light weight formula such as a tinted moisturiser to give some coverage.


Whilst we love glow boosting products that give the illusion of flushed cheeks, keeping your skin hydrated should be up there on your priorities. Aim to drink at least 1.5L of water a day, and at least 2L if you're working out. Water is the best elixir you can have and the benefits are countless, particularly for keeping your skin and body hydrated.

Product recommendations: Bobbi Brown Pot Rouge cream blush, Anastasia Beverly Hills brow wiz, Benefit They’re Real mascara, Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Bronzer and By Terry Baume De Rose.

(Image courtesy of Benefit)

(Image courtesy of Kevin Aucoin)

(Image courtesy of By Terry)

This post was contributed by Alara Basul. You can check Alara out on her blog, Style and Social, and follow her on Twitter and Instagram.


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