The Best Gym Makeup for Your Workout

By Carly Cochrane - 8 months ago | Updated
woman applying makeup in the gym

Going to the gym barefaced is a no brainer, but sometimes a spot of concealer and layer of lip gloss can’t be helped – especially if you’re squeezing in a session after work.

The makeup vs. no makeup debate is one that the majority of gym goers have faced. And, whilst there’s no right or wrong answer, we all know that the experts wouldn’t be best pleased if they saw us rocking a full face of glam to our morning spin class.

As you exercise your body temperature increases, meaning you sweat more and pores open up, experts explain. Wearing makeup to the gym therefore increases your chances of a breakout, as particles can block pores and trap the bacteria you're trying to purge. Eeek!

But with that being said, makeup has come a long way, as many brands now offer products that are totally workout-friendly – phew!

To point you in the right direction, we’ve compiled a list of the best gym makeup products that will help you look a little less sweaty, all whilst being kind to your skin.

e.l.f. Cosmetics Prep & Hydrate Balm

e.l.f. Cosmetics Prep & Hydrate Balm

A primer is the key to keeping your makeup in place, but in this case, you'll want one that enables your skin to breathe.

This water-based primer stick is the perfect addition to your gym bag as it instantly moisturises and hydrates skin, as well as smooths out uneven skin texture.

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Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Brightening Makeup SPF25

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Brightening Makeup SPF25

Heavy foundation paired with an intense workout is nothing but a recipe for disaster. Keep your skin comfortable and zit-free with a lightweight, oil-free foundation.

This formula perfects and brightens your complexion with a light to medium coverage and ensures that moisture levels are maintained as you sweat it out in the gym.

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bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Foundation

bareMinerals Blemish Rescue Foundation

If liquid foundation isn’t really your thing, then give this powder formula go. Mineral-based products are a great option for the gym as they’re oil-free and won’t clog pores.

To make things even better, bareMinerals bring you a matte formula that will literally fight acne as you work out, thanks to an infusion of skin-clearing salicylic acid.

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Lily Lolo Mineral Blush Doll Face

Lily Lolo Mineral Blush Doll Face

Disguise a tomato-tinted face with a sweeping of this mineral blusher. Oil-free and weightless, it's the perfect formula for a flush of subtle pink.

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Maybelline Tattoo Brow Waterproof Gel

Maybelline Tattoo Brow Waterproof Gel

Never worry about your brows going MIA as Maybelline provide the ultimate long-lasting gel.

Simply brush this weightless formula through your arches to reveal a defined, natural-looking brow that's water-proof, smudge-proof and lasts for days.

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Eyeko Yoga Waterproof Mascara

Eyeko Yoga Waterproof Mascara

This award-winning mascara literally belongs in the gym. Boasting a sweat-proof, smudge-proof and water-proof formula, you can plunge into the pool and go wild with the weights knowing that your eyelashes are intact.

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Lancôme Juicy Shaker Lip Gloss

Lancôme Juicy Shaker Lip Gloss

Kick dry lips to the curb with the Juicy Shaker – a super cool lip gloss that’s ideal for the gym. Bursting with nourishing oils, this gloss keeps your pout plump and full of moisture, all whilst lacing it with a subtle colour of your choice.

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Max Factor Lasting Performance Setting Spray

Max Factor Lasting Performance Setting Spray

Lightweight, non-greasy and oil-free, this setting spray locks down your gym look and minimises shine for up to eight hours. Simply mist your face for a matte finish that lasts all day or give tired skin a little post-workout pick-me-up.

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Now that you're kitted out with a beauty bag that's fit for the gym, you can hit your workout hard and rest assured that your makeup (and skin) will stay A-OK.

Find out more about caring for your complexion with our Top 6 Tips to Prevent Getting 'Gym Skin'.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

My special talents include scoping out the best beauty dupes, nailing a winged liner and carrying an unhealthy amount of lip glosses in my handbag at one time.