On wearing makeup in the gym

59% of us do it. Here's how to avoid the breakouts


ELLE’s Amy Lawrenson wears make-up to work out, and she’s not afraid to admit it. But does it make her fitter?


I wear make-up to the gym. Not a lot, mind. Just enough to cover an uneven skin tone and hide sleep-deprived eyes, particularly during early morning sessions. After cleansing with a micellar water (I use Ren Rosa Centifolia 3-in-1 Cleansing Water, £13, or Bioderma Sensibio H2O, £10.20), I’ll follow with a serum (Radical Skincare Advanced Peptide Antioxidant Serum, £125 – it’s worth the money, I promise), then tinted moisturiser and mascara. Call me vain, but this is the minimum I’d wear to go out, whether I’m going to the gym to lift weights or buying milk. I’m a beauty editor, it’s what I do. Our beauty survey (p256) found I’m not alone: 59% of women wear make-up when exercising. I come across a lot of women who find exercise – especially in a group situation – daunting, because you’re in a vulnerable state: sweaty, with tufty hair. If make-up or a braided updo make you feel more confident and, in theory, able to perform better, then what’s the harm? Just remember to let your skin breathe. Here are my gym make-up picks:


1. Oxygenetix Foundation, £45. Created for doctors, this breathable foundationcan be used post-surgery. Wear it without fear of clogged pores and breakouts.

2. Clinique High Impact Waterproof Mascara, £17.50. Unless you want to look like a sweaty panda, this is a must.

3. Becca Beach Tint, £20. Incredibly versatile. Blend this on to lips and cheeks for a healthy flush. It’s water resistant (and thus sweat-proof), too.

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