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While sporting a Kardashian-style contour and dark smokey eye
isn’t our top recommendation for your Saturday morning HIIT class, wearing makeup to the gym—if
it makes you feel more comfortable in your skin—isn’t a total no-go. With the right products,
and some before and after care, it won’t wreak havoc on your skin either. Here’s how to do it.
Do your skincare routine as you usually would, but hold on any heavy balms. Instead, to avoid
excess oiliness or pore-clogging, opt for light, water-based and gel moisturisers, like Kiehl’s Ultra Facial
Oil-Free Gel Cream, or Glow Recipe’s Watermelon Glow Pink Juice Moisturizer. SPF follows, always.
READ MORE: THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN GEL, CREAM AND BALM-TEXTURED MOISTURISERS (AND
WHICH IS RIGHT FOR YOU)
When powder meets sweat, caking may ensue. So, your base should be sheer and creamy with the
intention of enhancing your skin—not covering it up. Depending on how much coverage you would
like; you’ve got options:
1. The lightest touch: you don’t want to look (or put the effort into being)
done up, but you do want to look alive and well. Swipe Ilia’s Multistick onto
your cheeks and lips, pressing it in with your fingers for a subtle sculpt and hint of
2. You crave coverage: before you go in with your Multistick, sweep MECCA MAX’s Off Duty BB
Cream with SPF 15 across your face. It’s lightweight and skin-like but can be built up
to medium coverage, and will correct uneven skin tone where needed. It won’t slide off your face
as you work out, either. If you’re after a targeted approach (just under eyes and blemishes),
Revealer Concealer is a go.
3. Perfection is the goal: a good primer will smooth and blur your skin pre-BB
cream, concealer, and Multistick, will help to reduce visible sweatiness, and will keep your
makeup in place from warm-up to cool-down. Smashbox’s Photo Finish Foundation Primer won’t fail you, and neither
will a spritz of M·A·C
Fix+ at the end.
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Brows frame the face, and whether you’re an avid laminator and tinter, or you haven’t touched
your brows in a decade, a quick brush through your arches can make all the difference in how you
look and feel. Enter Kosas’ new Air Brow Fluff & Hold Treatment Gel—it comes in 10 shades (even auburn and grey), and has a
mousse-y formula spiked with castor oil, vitamin B5 and peptides for fuller, more luscious
brows. You can trust your brows won’t budge as you cycle through your vinyasa flows.
READ MORE: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE TO NAILING THE SOAP BROW
These two MECCA favourites aren’t technically makeup, but they make all the difference.
The first is Dr. Barbara
Sturm’s Hydrating Face Mist—a hyaluronic acid-powered spray that will cool you down,
nourish your skin and refresh your makeup instantly post-workout. It belongs in your gym bag,
alongside the Bumble and
bumble Pret-a-Powder Post Workout Dry Shampoo Mist, a unique dry shampoo formula that
goes above and beyond to refresh damp, sweaty hair, not just oily roots (it will, however, do
that too). It’s a true beauty game-changer.