By The Sweat Life Editors
Anyone who’s ever found themselves huffing and sweating through an edge-of-your-strength workout knows one thing for sure — it’s not pretty.
And yet it isn’t enough to power your way through the last 10 minutes of torture *cough* spin class, or extra round of kettlebell swings, or even downward dogging when it’s particularly humid. We’re expected to look good before, during, and after the workout, ready to go back to work or out for a night on the town, when really the next logical activity should be to curl up in a ball and eat Nutella by the spoonful. The whole process can be a beauty nightmare. In order to keep your cool and come out looking fresh, there are a few makeup routine essentials to get you through:
- Take the time to remove thick eyeliner and mascara before a heavy sweat session. You’ll touch your eyes at some point. And if there’s any product leftover, before you know it everyone is asking “What happened?!” because you look like a vampire, at best.
- Go easy on the sweat/waterproof products — they’re made for summer weather, not hot yoga. The risk with long-lasting cosmetics is that they may smudge slightly, and stubbornly reassign themselves to the wrong parts of your face. Enough said.
- If you’d rather wear makeup than go bare during your workouts, stick to foundations, light blushes, and lipsticks — they tend to enhance your vibrant glow rather than look clownish.
- Take a cold shower after your workout. Do it! If you can’t stomach the cold, turn down the heat as much as you can stand for a couple of minutes before you get out. This will settle the blood pumping to your face (read: red blotches) and make it a lot easier to apply any products. Oh, and did we mention it’s good for you?
Of course, more impressive than wrestling on the mats is the subtle wrestling for mirror-space in the locker room, where everyone artfully arranges cosmetics on par with what’s usually done at home with a full vanity and medicine cabinet full of products.
Then again, after sweating, red-faced, through a top-notch sweat session, the real satisfaction is walking out of the locker room dressed up and recovered, and getting a full double-take from that guy who just saw you trying to hold your plank while 5 seconds away from passing out. Now, you’re ready for anything.