The Best Gym Makeup for Your Workout

By Carly Cochrane - 1 year 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.

That's because 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 Aqua Beauty Primer Mist

e.l.f. Cosmetics Aqua Beauty Primer Mist

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 mist is the perfect addition to your gym bag as it instantly moisturises and hydrates skin.

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Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Brightening Makeup SPF 25

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW Brightening Makeup SPF 25

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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Morphe Fluidity Full Coverage Concealer - C4.25

Morphe Fluidity Full Coverage Concealer

Your workout is most certainly going to wake you up, but this concealer ensures that you look bright-eyed and bushy-tailed before, during and after. Boasting a sweat-proof and transfer-resistant formula, it stays put whilst you power through. Browse the 30 shades and discover your true match.

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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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IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte With SPF 40

IT Cosmetics Your Skin But Better CC+ Oil-Free Matte With SPF 40

Your skin but better. This is a fab option for those that don't want to workout with a heavy layer of makeup but still want to conceal some blemishes and redness. Colour-correcting, oil-free and anti-ageing, this cc cream gives skin just the right amount of coverage. Your complexion is kept matte, not flat, throughout those treadmill sessions and beyond.

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Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic

Charlotte Tilbury Cheek To Chic

Disguise a tomato-tinted face with a sweeping of this blusher. Staying true to its name, it'll take you from cheek to chic as it laces skin with a flush of subtle pink. Thanks to an infusion of Charlotte's signature Light Flex Technology, which captures and reflects light for a natural glow, your complexion will never look more lit-from-within.

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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 or 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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Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30

Coola Makeup Setting Spray SPF 30

Lightweight, non-greasy and oil-free, this setting spray locks down your gym look and minimises shine all day long. Plus, it's packed with all the good skin stuff that your post-gym-complexion needs. Simply mist your face for a matte finish that lasts or give tired skin a little 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.

Carly Cochrane

Written by Carly Cochrane

Carly is a beauty editor at Cosmetify and has been a part of our family for three years. She has over five years of experience in health, beauty and wellness writing.