7 beauty products you can wear at the gym without sporting a full face of makeup

Jacqueline Laurean Yates
You don’t have to wear makeup to the gym ever, but if you want to, there are great options out there. (Photo: Getty Images)
You don’t have to wear makeup to the gym ever, but if you want to, there are great options out there. (Photo: Getty Images)

Many people set fitness goals to get in the best shape of their lives, but one dilemma that they probably face is figuring out how to go from the office to the gym — or work up a sweat and still look stunning.

While there is nothing written in stone claiming that you must always wear makeup, you shouldn’t feel pressured to go makeup-free while you work out. Research shows that makeup can actually boost confidence. The New York Times reports, “Grooming rituals can be temporary confidence boosters, and studies suggest that the confidence they inspire is itself attractive.” Luckily, there are cosmetics out there that allow your skin to “breathe” and won’t take up a ton of space inside your gym bag.

From a long-wearing foundation that won’t smear on your new fitness tank to a blotting powder that is great for an instant touch-up after an intense cardio class, we’ve found seven standout makeup products that are sweatproof and work (almost) as hard as you do.

For long, dark lashes, try CliniqueFIT Workout 24-Hour Mascara. (Photo: Clinique)
For long, dark lashes, try CliniqueFIT Workout 24-Hour Mascara. (Photo: Clinique)

ClinqueFIT Workout 24-Hour Mascara

For those steamy workouts when you still want to add a little more flutter to your lashes without looking like you have been crying oil, this is your go-to. The formulation is volumizing and lasts for up to 24 hours without smudging — leaving you with lashes that won’t quit, unless you do. ($20, clinique.com)

Glow on the go with the Sweat Cosmetics Gleam On Miner Illuminator SPF 25 + Twist — Brush. (Photo: Sweat Cosmetics)
Glow on the go with the Sweat Cosmetics Gleam On Miner Illuminator SPF 25 + Twist — Brush. (Photo: Sweat Cosmetics)

Sweat Cosmetics Gleam On Mineral Illuminator SPF 25 + Twist — Brush

Whether you are working out in the sun or not, this brush-on illuminator will give you a radiant glow that lasts far beyond spinning at your SoulCycle class. Worried about clogging your pores? Forget about it. With the mineral-based ingredients and antioxidants it’s packed with, trust us, your skin would thank you if it could. Plus, you can snag a refill of the illuminator for half the price whenever you are running low. ($42, sweatcosmetics.com)

The e.l.f. Active Workout Ready Lip & Cheek Palette has highlighter and blush combos that were made for your next workout. (Photo: e.l.f.)
The e.l.f. Active Workout Ready Lip & Cheek Palette has highlighter and blush combos that were made for your next workout. (Photo: e.l.f.)

E.l.f. Active Workout Ready Lip & Cheek Palette

Who doesn’t love a double-duty product that takes little effort to put on but will still give you maximum results? This easy-to-store palette does all of that and more, and you can use your fingers for quick application on lip and cheeks. There are four neutral shades that are highly pigmented and flatter every skin tone — and it’s sweat-resistant. ($8, elfcosmetics.com).

There is a BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation available for many different skin tones. (Photo: bareMinerals)
There is a BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation available for many different skin tones. (Photo: bareMinerals)

BarePro Performance Wear Liquid Foundation SPF 20

Wearing a full face of foundation at the gym may seem unappealing, but if you are looking to enhance the look of your complexion without feeling like you are wearing 5 pounds of crap on your face, this long-wearing liquid foundation is perfect. Bonus point: There are 30 unique shades available that all blend seamlessly into your skin. ($34, bareminerals.com)

Blot away sweat without caking on makeup using Becca Blotting Powder Perfector Translucent. (Photo: Becca Cosmetics)
Blot away sweat without caking on makeup using Becca Blotting Powder Perfector Translucent. (Photo: Becca Cosmetics)

Becca Blotting Powder Perfector Translucent

If you are in hurry after an early kickboxing session, this blotting powder is an instant fix to keep you from looking too greasy as you step into your morning meeting. It won’t leave behind a weird cast on skin, and has a special blend of silica beads to absorb oil and leave skin looking smooth and matte. ($38, beccacosmetic.com)

Perk up your lips with the Milk Makeup Oil Lip Stain. (Photo: Milk Makeup)
Perk up your lips with the Milk Makeup Oil Lip Stain. (Photo: Milk Makeup)

Milk Makeup Oil Lip Stain

For a hint of color on your lips that won’t easily bleed past your mouth, this lip stain is the ultimate option. Available in three punchy hues — plum, sheer pink, and red — this product glides right on to lips, and its vegan formula also nourishes with vitamin E. Each color is buildable and gives a pretty pop to your pout. ($18, milkmakeup.com)

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil. (Photo: Benefit Brows)
Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil. (Photo: Benefit Brows)

Benefit Goof Proof Brow Pencil

If you can only bring one beauty product with you to the gym, we’d highly recommend packing a brow pencil. Brows frame the face, and this tool is easy for anyone to use. The dual-ended design gives you the option to fill, shape, and groom on the go. The best part: It has a waterproof formula that lasts a minimum of 12 hours. ($24, benefitcosmetics.com)

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