Survival Tips: Makeup for Working Out

Working out with a face full of makeup seems like a bad idea. In many cases, it can be. Makeup can clog the pores during a workout, trapping sweat, dirt, and bacteria in your skin. However, in reality, many people don’t have time to remove their makeup before they work out—or in many cases, makeup gives them the confidence to work out in public in the first place. Thankfully, the right products, applied in moderation, can bridge the gap between confidence and cleanliness.



When exercising outdoors, it’s important to protect yourself from the sun. Make sure to choose a BB Cream or tinted moisturizer that has an SPF of at least 20 to not only keep your face safe, but looking good as well. These products provide a light, breathable coverage that blends uneven skin tones while keeping your pores open. Also consider a protective salve or balm for your lips to protect against wind and exposure. If you end up working out and you haven’t had time to remove your makeup, a setting spray can help keep your makeup from moving.



Working out at a gym, especially inside a class area, can get particularly humid. Cardio-based classes are meant to make you sweat, and with a full face of makeup on, that can lead to dirty, clogged pores and breakouts. Still, there are ways around going bare-faced.

Waterproof mascaras and eyeliners add definition to you eyes, and hydrating lip stains, or even an airy, nude lip product, add color without clogging pores. In addition, a light brow product, such as Kevyn Aucoin’s Precision Brow Pencil can go a long way in making you feel totally put together.

Regardless of whether or not you choose to wear makeup, be sure to cleanse your skin after a workout, as well as exfoliate and hydrate your skin!

Justin Talaga