The no-makeup look is in—just ask Alicia Keys. And while we’re big fans of it no matter what you’re doing, we’re seriously happy that it comes in handy at the gym. The key to makeup that lasts throughout your entire sweat session and beyond? It’s got to be oil-, smudge- and smear-free and breathable to avoid clogged pores and pesky breakouts later on.
So whether you’re rocking a little lip color or mascara for a post-workout brunch with friends or just because it gives you that added confidence boost, here are the best exercise-proof makeup products that will have you winking at yourself in the studio mirror.
If you’re looking for a little coverage minus the creamy, caked-on look and feel, opt for a tinted moisturizer, which brings the hydration you’d get from a normal face moisturizer, along with the coverage you’d get from a full-on foundation. This brand is powered with sodium hyaluronate, which hydrates as well as softens fine and dry lines. It also contains SPF 20 UVB/UVA sunscreen, which is ideal if you’re exercising outdoors.
Buy it now: Laura Mercier Oil-Free Tinted Moisturizer, $44
To give your eyes a bolder, larger-than-life look while you’re flexing those muscles, a waterproof eye liner can do the trick. But not all waterproof liners are created equal. This one promises to stay on all day and night and is smudge-free. It’s also super easy to apply, even when you’re in a time crunch, thanks to its quick-dry, ultra-thin, marker-like tip. Even makeup novices won’t have trouble executing a perfectly thin, bold and dramatic stroke.
Buy it now: Stila Stay All Day® Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner, $22
Big, bold, and bushy brows are back, thanks to celebs like Cara Delevingne and Lily Collins. But if you’re like most of us, who over-tweezed the crap out of our brows during the ‘90s and early aughts, you probably rely on a brow pencil to achieve that full look. To achieve it while working out, try Sephora’s own collection of long-wear brow pencils. They come in 10 shades, have a retractable tip and are made with a waterproof formula so they’re long-wearing and smudge-free, no matter your sweat level.
Buy it now: Sephora Collection Retractable Brow Pencil—Waterproof, $12
For those not looking for a bolder, darker brow look, but want to emphasize their brows and keep them from running haywire mid-workout, a brow gel may be just what you need. Essentially, it’s a clear gel that goes on like a mascara and keeps those tiny hairs set, defined and in place all day. Anastasia Beverly Hills’ formula contains soothing chamomile that conditions the hair in addition to keeping it in place for a glossy, stick-free feel and natural look.
Buy it now: Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Gel, $22
If you think eyelash curlers are a thing of the past, think again. They’re one of the simplest, most effective ways to create longer-looking lashes in seconds. And this one from makeup and hair pro Shu Uemura is a total G. Its enhanced, award-winning design features silicone padding in a new “mushroom” shape that provides stay-put perfection for your lashes. Let the curler work its magic and wear as is, or top off with some mascara for added lash volume.
Buy it now: Shu Uemura Eyelash Curler, $21
Especially when you’re waking up for that early-morning bootcamp, undereye circles are inevitable. But there’s nothing that can enhance fatigue quite like peeking in the mirror and realizing that you look even more exhausted than you feel. Quick fix? This incredible camouflage palette that Kim K herself swears by. It comes in 16 shades for every skin type, skin concern and level of darkness (which comes in handy in the summertime when your tan might make you darker or lighter than your normal skin tone). The best part? It promises to last even under extreme conditions, from super-intense sweat sessions to swimming.
Buy it now: Dermacolor Camouflage Creme Mini-Palette, $32.50
To create that dewy, natural-looking pop of color that gives your cheeks that flushed look you get post-workout, opt for a cream-based blush. MAC’s easy-to-blend formula goes on smoothly and adds a dewy-fresh, long-lasting look that’s not overly moisturizing or overly drying. It comes in four playful shades that work for all skin tones and types.
Buy it now: Mac Cosmetics Cremeblend Blush, $23
Believe it or not, there are mascaras designed to stay on even through your most intense workouts. This one even claims to last through the rain! For big, bold, and voluminous lashes that will carry you through your class and continue to stay on your batting lashes for the rest of your day (or night), try Benefit’s BADgal waterproof mascara.
Buy it now: Benefit Cosmetics BADgal Waterproof Mascara, $19