You power through a bootcamp or spin class, rush to the locker room for a quick shower, then primp away the post-workout red face before heading to the office or going out with friends. But the next glimpse in the mirror reveals something less put together than when we left the gym: Perfectly applied lipstick is now slightly smudged, foundation failing to hide blotchy skin, and maybe that go-to blush looks more flush than usual.
These are all clues that your usual beauty routine may need some adjustments in the locker room. We’ve found four easy solutions for the most common post-workout beauty issues:
After a sweaty Bikram Yoga class, you shower and swipe on mascara—but it smears.
You may feel refreshed after a shower, but your body is still working hard to cool down after an intense workout in a hot environment. The sweat it produces along the way can smudge freshly applied eye makeup. Before you break out the mascara wand, make sure you you put that towel to good use and soak up all moisture. For especially sweaty days, swap your regular mascara for a water-resistant version, or swipe on a waterproof topcoat, like this one from Anastasia Beverly Hills.
You freshened up with some bold lipstick after a rigorous cycling class—and now it’s bleeding. While it’s essential to rehydrate after an intense cardio workout, fluids can cause lipstick to bleed at the edges. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to help it stay put. Lining the contour of your lips with an invisible liner, such as the Sephora Collection Universal Lip Liner, before applying a bright lipstick will keep the color where it belongs for hours. Or, you can brush a light layer of concealer on your pucker before applying lipstick. Looking for something even quicker? Skip the high-pigment and matte lipsticks and instead use a moist balm, like Clinique’s Chubby Stick Moisturizing Lip Color Balm. The subtle tint looks sophisticated without smearing.
Foundation hid the blotchiness after a challenging barre class—but your skin lost that precious post-workout glow. Many cosmetics companies claim to offer an artificial radiance for skin, but nothing beats the authentic glow induced by exercise. To preserve the natural luminesce and unify skin tone, skip the heavy-duty cover-up and opt for a sheer foundation, like Guerlain’s Meteorites Baby Glow. For even more oomph, apply highlighting blush, like this one from NARS, just before stepping out the door.
You went through your usual beauty routine to get ready for the office after bootcamp—but your cheeks look super flushed. Your favorite plum blush might typically flatter your face, but it could be working against skin that’s already rosy from a workout. Use less powder on the brush, or substitute a soft, sheer blush that’s two or three shades lighter than your go-to. Tarte’s Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Blush comes in 15 different colors that grace the cheeks delicately. A cheek tint, like Benefit’s Benetint, can also help a red cheek become a sexy scarlet without looking overdone. Sample a few different types to determine which shades complement the natural flush that comes from working out.