How to Run Beautifully

Hair and make-up tips for runners

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I run in make-up. I know, I know.

Ideally you want to run without, especially if you have problem skin as pores can become clogged. Also, if you happen to sweat (rather than delicately perspire) you’re bound to end up with a mascara moustache – okay, that may be an exaggeration but you get the idea.

Hair should be off your face - again I flout the rules and run with flowing tresses. Sure, it sounds lovely but I tend to get caught up in my headphones and the ties on the neck of my top. I run with my hair down not for vanity sake but because hairbands just hate living with me and will escape from any bedside cabinet or shelf I place them upon (it’s all very The Borrowers).

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Recently I’ve been trying to follow these simple hair and beauty rules for running, mainly to avoid a choking hazard or from scaring small children with my cosmetic-less face…

Hair Tie Reminder
I’ve been looping a few of these around my door keys so I can tie my hair up on the go. I tend not to forget my keys when I go for a run… Otherwise loop a couple around your iPod (at least you’ll have neat hair when you’re locked out). Then there’s Kirby grips, my tip for these little b**gers (where do they go!?) is to buy in bulk from Sally’s, you can get a massive tub for around a fiver which should last you more than a few weeks.
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Wipe Your Face
Recently I’ve taken to using face wipes to remove make-up before exercise. I swear by Ole Henriksen Truth To Go wipes, £15 (at look fantastic). They are moist and contain vitamin C – an antioxidant – ideal if you’re running outside and exposed to the elements.
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Protect from the Sun
Which brings me on to SPF. Use it every day. At least SPF 15 and look for a lotion that is designed for face and protects from both UVA (ageing rays) and UVB (burning rays). I love Dr Nick Lowe Supercharged SPF 15 Day Cream, £17.49, it’s my daily moisturiser so that kills two birds with one stone. I rub any excess on the back of my hands – as these age faster than your face partly because they are always exposed and not treated to the same amount of attention. Think on. On really hot days use a suntan lotion on any exposed areas, especially shoulders and the back of your neck.

Mist Your Hot Face
I go very red. I look like I’m about to combust after any form of exercise so I always keep a bottle of Evian Brumisateur Facial Spray, £3.50 (at Cult Beauty), in my fridge so I can cool myself down. On really hot days I’ll just bury my head in the salad drawer. You know, whatever works for you.
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Lashes in the Wind
I don’t really ever leave my house without mascara and when I know I’m going running I’ll apply waterproof mascara. Traditional mascara tends to run when I run. Maybelline Great Lash Waterproof Mascara, £3.99 (at Superdrug), is good.

Complexion Perfection
If you have problem skin there can be nothing more daunting than stepping out with no make-up, just for your complexion to become even more blotchy as you pick up the pace. Don’t feel bad about applying foundation to go running! Who cares? (Unless of course you’re Katharine Jenkins and the Daily Mail is watching you). Go for a non-comedogenic tinted moisturiser whether you have problem skin or not, this will just prevent the product clogging your pores – a bonus whatever your skin type. NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser also has SPF 30, £28.
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