I've been in #BikiniAfterBaby mode so I've been working out a lot. As much as I would love to always hit the gym bare faced, there are times when I need a little something. But, what do you get when you mix certain beauty products and sweat? A complete and utter skincare disaster!
To avoid clogged pores and irritation (and major streaking, of course!) it's all about choosing the right products.
Here are some of my must-haves for sweatproof and gym-ready beauty:
An Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer:
The key words here are oil-free. The worst feeling in the entire world is sweating with a heavy face product. It normally results in clogged pores and irritation. Not cute!
Instead of wearing a full coverage product, I switch up my routine with a tinted moisturizer. I actually have a few in my rotation depending on what type of workout I'll be doing. If it's something less strenuous like yoga, I'll use a mid-coverage product like Nars Velvet Matte Skin Tint. It gives me a little color but it's still light enough so it doesn't irritate my skin. For those super sweaty workouts, I stick to the classic Embryolisse Emulsion Hydra-Mat. A model favorite! It's colorless but if your workout is hard enough, you won't need that much color anyway.
A Full-Coverage Concealer:
Okay, I know I just said to skip the full coverage but keep reading. If you really feel that you need some spot correction, go ahead. You can use your heavy matte concealer! I know this sounds a little counter intuitive but those light and luminous concealers are just going to sweat off and streak.
With that said, I still wouldn't put concealer on the areas of your face that are prone to clog (forehead, around the nose, cheeks.) The heavy product should only go under your eyes or maybe for any hyperpigmentation. For dark circles, Laura Mercier's High Coverage Concealer for under eye is everything.
If you're trying to cover up acne, be careful. The wrong product can be like adding fuel to the already huge fire. Bare Minerals has a special Blemish Remedy Concealer that is non-comedogenic and heals redness with aloe. I would still only use for a pimple emergency, though. Bare is best!
A Water-Based Blush
An oil-free and lightweight blush is better than a cream if you are sweating. I've made this mistake many times. Cream blush ends up melting all the way down your face...literally. Recently, I discovered a new watercolor blush that I'm OBSESSED with. It's from Stila's Aqua Glow collection. This product adds just a splash of color like it was meant to be there anyway. Oh, and it's waterproof and buildable which means you can add a bit more while leaving the gym. Love it!
A Waterproof Mascara
If you work out and you wear makeup, you've had raccoon eyes. That's just how it is. I've actually had to stop a workout because of the stinging pain of mascara in my eye. It should go without saying that waterproof mascara is a lifesaver.
The only downfall of waterproof? It can damage your lashes. Most formulas are designed to stay on through anything which means the removal of the product can cause some wear and tear. Luckily, some beauty brands have come out with their own waterproof mascara with vitamins that actually promote healthy lash growth. Tarte Cosmetics Lifted Sweatproof Mascara is a great pick (even for everyday use!)
If you want to stick to your same waterproof formula, just make sure you are removing it correctly. A lot of people assume that their cleanser will take care of it but that's not usually the case. It's important to use a gentle remover such as micellar water (I like Garnier's Waterproof version or Bioderma!) and a cotton pad. Pour the water on the pad, press in the product continuously, and wipe downward. This allows the mascara to dissolve quicker and not cause as much damage.
A Shadow Stick
Put down the powder eyeshadows! If you wear them to work out, you will probably end up with color down to your chin. Instead, use a long-wear shadow stick that stays in place even during a major sweat sesh. Bobbi Brown's Long-Wear Shadow Sticks are the easiest to use. I can tell you for a fact that I've gotten through an hour long cardio workout and I still have a pretty gold sheen on my lids. My favorite and most natural pick is the Dual-Ended stick from Bobbi Brown in Peach Mimosa or Truffle. Add a bit at the water line for an even bolder look, if needed.
A Light Brow Gel
I'm a firm believer that brows frame the face. I'm also one of those types of people who wears brow gel even when they are just hanging around the house. When I work out, I use a sweatproof version like Glossier's Boy Brow because it also has a subtle tint to it. Not only does it keep my brows in place but I've also realized it helps sweat not run into my eyes as much. I know, it's super weird but true.
You'll actually find that if you just use a brow gel you might not need any other product. It truly makes a difference to the face.
Extra tip: when you are applying brow gel, always brush the direction the hair is growing!
An Invisible Setting Powder
I love a nice glow but there's a difference between looking dewy and looking sweaty. If I'm done with my workout and I'm not able to cleanse my face right away, I always have an anti-shine product on hand. It's the next best thing to avoid excess oil and clogged pores.
I've always been a huge fan of blotting papers because of how convenient they are. The black charcoal blotting linens from Boscia are some of the best. Charcoal is one of the best ingredients to detoxify the skin post-workout. The budget-friendly brand, NYX Cosmetics, also has a charcoal version that does the same job.
NEW PRODUCT ALERT! I was at Sephora recently (not a surprise!) and saw that Supergoop! has a translucent setting powder with a built-in brush. It actually sets the makeup so you can avoid shine before it happens.
Nourishing Lip Balm
My lips always get chapped when I work out even if I'm constantly sipping water. It can be really painful. I normally would just grab one of my favorite thick balms (I live and die by By Terry Baume de Rose!) but they don't work as well when you are sweating. Not only do they slide right off but the stickiness isn't the best feeling either.
The key is to use a lighter balm that will stay on and sink in. Stila Cosmetics has a great Color Calm lipstick in neutral colors that match the color of your lips. It's honestly just like an Instagram filter for your lips. You won't even be able to tell you have anything on! If you're the type that likes to wear a bit of color, try the Color Balm in the shade Misty.
A Heat Mask
As you know, I'm all about the double-duty products. This particular product is an actual game changer. One of my favorite new brands, Yuni, has come out with a Hot Head Microveil Hair Treatment, which is a heat-activated leave-in conditioning mist that actually treats and repairs your hair while you're working out. Ummm, how amazing is that?! You don't even need to rinse it out afterward.
What are your favorite sweatproof products? Comment below! I'll need some suggestions for summer, too!
Actress, model, active humanitarian, & Mom! Author of 'Everyday Chic'.