5 Tips For Sweat-Proof Makeup You Can Wear To The Gym

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For the vast majority of us, when we’re at the gym we’re not usually looking our best, but that’s not such a bad thing. If you’re going to exercise you might as well do it properly and a sweaty, flushed and blotchy complexion comes with the territory. However, even the most seasoned of gym go'ers sometimes need a workout makeup confidence boost, but how do you avoid the dreaded mascara in the eyes and dripping foundation look? To give you a confidence boost so you can run that extra mile, at My Beauty Matches we’ve put together our ultimate tips and favourite online beauty buys so you can perfect sweat-proof workout makeup that won’t run as soon as you do

First of all it’s important to remember that when you workout your sweat glands and pores need to open up to allow your body to sweat and keep cool, so if you block these pores with thick makeup, it’s not going to be pretty. To reduce the urge to wear foundation the best approach is to achieve the clearest skin possible using a quality cleanser like this Daily Cleanser For Normal Skin from Cetaphil £14.52. This gentle, non-comedogenic cleanser removes dirt without drying skin and without blocking pores and is a hero product Scarlett Johansson swears by.

For long term, effective skin care it’s important you use the right products for your skin, so if you’re not sure which products are right for you try taking our quick and free online questionnaire to gain access to your beauty matches.

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If you’re planning a day of sweating it out in public, the last thing you want to do is put on foundation. The layer of makeup you put on your face will only melt away as your pores begin to sweat, so to avoid any unfortunate makeup mishaps it’s best to steer well clear of foundation. Instead, try using a BB or water-resistant CC cream, like this Clinique Moisture Surge CC Cream with SPF 30 £40.35. This lightweight, oil-free moisturiser gentle hydrates and protects skin whilst concealing redness and differences in pigmentation, leaving you with a clear complexion which won’t clog your pores.

For your eyes you want to try and keep the makeup quite light, smokey eyes are a visual no-go in the gym and will only result in runny eyeshadow getting in your eyes - not comfortable. For the maximum impact with minimum product, try curling your eyelashes and then applying a waterproof mascara like this Big & Curvy Waterproof Mascara from The Body Shop £10.00. This long-wearing, volumising mascara is waterproof, tear proof and most importantly, sweat-proof so you can enjoy your workout without fearing the panda eyes.

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Many believe that well-groomed brows will transform the face even in the absence of other makeup, so make sure your brows are prepped and primed for extra confidence in the gym. We recommend using reliable tweezers such as these Classic Stainless Steel Slant Tweezers from Tweezerman £20.95 to avoid any painful snags. If you’d like to read our tried & tested guide to perfecting your brows then you can check it out here.

Finally, to complete your au naturel workout look you might want a little colour for your lips, but lipstick in the gym is another big no-no. The thicker quality of lipstick can cause it to split and smear so if you’re getting your sweat on it’s not going to end well. For a safe splash of colour try using a long-lasting tint like this Benetint Lip & Cheek Tint which will give you a glow which won’t run or fade.

Nobody looks their best at the gym and your gym appearance certainly shouldn’t be something that puts you off going, after all no pain no gain, right? But if you would feel a little more comfortable pumping iron with a flawless complexion then these makeup tips and online beauty buys can certainly help. So go show the boys how it’s done cause this is gyming in style.

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Not sure which products are right for your skin? Trying taking our quick and free online questionnaire to gain access to your beauty matches.