Let’s Work It Out: Answers to Your Workout Beauty Questions

By Genevieve Ernst | May 24, 2017
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Whether you’re always bare faced or HD camera ready, working out presents a special beauty challenge for us all. Add buzz about “athleisure beauty” and a lot of people are rethinking what qualifies as a gym bag essential.

The phrase athleisure beauty may sound like an oxymoron, but we get it: now that your yoga pants look better (and cost more) than your jeans, it’s time for your skincare and makeup to step up their games accordingly. Because while you’re working out you need products that are good for skin… and high performance… with a no-makeup look. And you know what? We don’t think it’s too much to ask.

How can I remove all my makeup pre-workout?
bareMinerals Oil Obsessed Makeup Removing Cleanser

It’s shocking every time: you grab a towel mid-workout and yikes. Whether you forgot about that full face of makeup or thought you’d done a good job of cleansing pre-treadmill, a skin toned smear on your fresh gym towel is never a good look. Enter Oil Obsessed™ Total Cleansing Oil. This will take off anything from your face, no matter what you did all day (or the night before). It removes waterproof makeup, pro-grade foundation—this is the only cleanser you need to have at the gym. The nurturing essential oils break down oil of all kinds so it’s also great post-workout for clearing away the grime and sweat on top of your skin.

Will working out in makeup cause breakouts?

bareMinerals ORIGINAL Loose Powder Mineral Foundation

Sure, doing anything in makeup can cause breakouts IF (and it’s a big if) your makeup isn’t labeled “non-comedogenic.” Non-comedogenic products like our ORIGINAL Foundation (which is in the Allure Best of Beauty Hall of Fame) are specifically formulated so they won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts, so keep an eye out for this designation when you’re shopping.

What makeup can I wear working out on the beach?
bareMinerals Prep Step Mineral Sunscreen and Primer

Outdoor workouts are the best—but cloudy or clear, SPF is a must. Chemical sunscreens can irritate sensitive skin, so opt for a “physical” mineral sunscreen that blocks UVA and UVB rays. Our most potent is Prep Step™ which isn’t just broad spectrum SPF 50—it doubles as a makeup primer. With tiny microbeads that burst and blend with your skin tone, this can be worn alone, or buff ORIGINAL Foundation over it for that company softball game, or any other time you want to look flawless on the move. ORIGINAL is a loose powder foundation but when buffed into and warmed by the skin, it becomes a cream that totally stays put. You can do anything you want in this makeup (including sleep in it!) plus, it has SPF 15 for an added layer of sun protection.

What makeup can I wear working out before brunch?

bareMinerals 5-in-1 primer eyeshadow

If you’ll be rushing from your morning workout to brunch (or a day at work) and need to apply your makeup first, ORIGINAL Foundation will still be your starting point. On your eyes, try 5-in-1 Eyeshadows, which have built in primer so they won’t move when you sweat. Round the Clock™ Eyeliner glides on as a cream but sets when dry for another gym-friendly option. Add some Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara and our water-resistant Brow Gel for a ready-for-anything (including lots of sweat) look.

How do I eliminate post-workout redness?

bareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer Mineral Foundation

If you leave kickboxing more fuchsia than delicately flushed, meet Complexion Rescue™ tinted moisturizer. Complexion Rescue™ is a big name, but this product lives up to it. Containing mineral electrolytes, we think of this as Gatorade for your skin. It comes in a gym bag friendly tube, and is water-based for the instantly calm, cooling feeling your face craves post-workout. Choose a golden shade to cut red immediately, though all shades will give you light, moisturizing coverage so you look fresh, dewy and more even. This is easy to apply evenly with your fingers (just please, wash them first), so it’s a perfect gym/beach/diaper bag addition. It even has SPF and is, of course, non-comedogenic as well.

Speaking of color, lips will often get dry and pale after a workout. The right shade of Gen Nude® lipstick can bring back a healthy look without looking overdone, and all formulas are moisturizing—yes, even the Matte Liquid Lipcolor!

How do I control post-workout oil?

bareMinerals Mineral Veil Translucent Finishing Powder

If your post-workout “glow” is more like just very greasy, then it’s time for Mineral Veil®. The translucent finishing powder does more than just set makeup—it’s a multitasking wonder. This loose mineral powder is great at absorbing oil when buffed over makeup or on bare skin, and you can even use it as dry shampoo in a pinch.

How do I fake a post-workout glow?

bareMinerals Invisible Glow Baked Mineral Powder Highlighter

So you put in the work, you feel amazing and now you know how to control your crazy redness. But how do you achieve that radiant I-just-worked-out glow that convinced you to buy those fancy yoga pants in the first place? No, models generally don’t do yoga before a shoot—they wear highlighter. Invisible Glow is our baked powder highlighter that’s so finely milled it can be brushed over any foundation for a super subtle sheen. Kind of like you just worked out—minus all that effort.

Genevieve Ernst

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