Before I begin listing my favorite sweat-proof formulations, I should caveat that I never wipe my face if I want my makeup to last. If I must, I dab with a towel. Actual wiping, with a towel, a sleeve, or your hand, will remove, or at least smudge, even the toughest cosmetics. Don’t wipe!
Both powder mineral and pancake foundations last through a workout and beyond. Liquid and mousse formulations don’t seem to stay as well. I do find that my foundation gets a little “crusty” where salt has accumulated on my skin, after a more strenuous workout. I usually remove the salt with a damp paper towel and then redistribute the remaining foundation with a little lotion.
I use a cream blush and it does not budge. Of course, after a workout, I’ve got a natural flush, as well!
Liner and mascara
Waterproof is the way to go, especially as you age and the skin above the eye begins to sag. Before I started using waterproof products, I’d end a workout with liner smudged under my brows and mascara below my eyes. Waterproof products stay put when I’m sweating. However, even waterproof mascara seems to fade a bit by the afternoon (perhaps just from the physical stress of blinking?), so I usually recurl my lashes and apply a little more mascara during my workout recovery.
I don’t wear eyeshadow every day, but, when I do, I choose products with a built-in primer or apply a primer independently. Primer is amazing stuff. As long as I don’t wipe my eyes, my shadow looks just as fresh in the evening as it did when I applied it in the morning, no matter what I did at lunch. Even my hairdresser has commented on how well my shadow-with-primer lasts. (And she gets a very close look at my makeup.)
My face eats powder for breakfast. I think I’d have to reapply by 1 p.m. even if I didn’t exercise. I keep a compact in my gym bag and reapply it to minimize the “glow.”
Reapplying lipstick is part of the fun. I don’t expect it to last through a workout, however, on the occasions that I have worn a long-wear lipstick to work, it lasted through intense exercise sessions. And it lasted through the rest of the work day, and dinner, and overnight, and swim practice the next day. I probably looked a little clownish, swimming with bright red lips, but that stuff STICKS.
The above photo was taken on a Tuesday, after a full day of work and 5 miles of treadmill sprints. I’ve used all the products and techniques mentioned above (except for lipstick). Other than a little cakeyness on and around my nose and mouth, my makeup looks just as it did when I applied it 12 hours before.
Because I work for a major cosmetics manufacturer, and want to avoid any conflicts of interest, I won’t mention specific brands or product names here. I recommend researching any new products on Makeup Alley. The user reviews on MUA are always a must-read for me!
Everyone’s skin is a little different. The above formulations work well for my dry-ish complexion. What cosmetics last through your workouts?
Sporty Sunday is a recurring feature in which I share my fitness routine and offer and solicit advice. While this content might seem a little out of place in an outfit diary, a healthy, strong body is the foundation of my wardrobe. I hope to inspire my readers to be fit as well as stylish!