Time can be limited after a good sweat session. It’s rare to have time to shower, blow hair dry and put on a full face of makeup after class. Even if there is time, the redness and sweat on your skin can make it difficult to apply any makeup whatsoever.
Most makeup applied to a sweaty face will just slide right off. Fortunately, there are some sweat-proof solutions to keep you sane, dry and looking fresh. From eyeliner and mascara, to finishing powders and setting sprays, there are plenty of budge-proof options out there. When you only have minutes to apply, make your makeup count with these 5 superstar sweat-busters.
Prep the Skin
Primed and hydrated skin holds on to makeup better than skin that is dehydrated. E.l.f. Prep & Hydrate Balm is a hydrating skincare stick that is used to soothe flushed skin and prep it for makeup, but also can be used throughout the day to refresh makeup that is starting to feel smudged or cakey. The stick is completely clear, so it can be used on any skin tone to smooth out the skin for a flawless makeup application.
Buy it now: E.L.F. Cosmetics, $8
Birchbox created an entire makeup and skincare line called ARROW, specifically to hold up during workouts. This is an “athleisure-inspired” makeup brand intended to look natural while working out, but stay put for the rest of the day. The ARROW collection’s ENDURE Water-Resistant Mascara will hold up during and after a workout. This vegan mascara provides great length and volume, while still giving a subtle look that is easy to remove at the end of the day when you’re ready.
Buy it now: Birchbox, $18
A great lip stain will last you far longer than any lipstick. You can apply a lip stain before even the heaviest of sweaty workouts, and you can be assured it will stay on long after. Try this cherry stain from 100% Pure that you can use for a popsicle-stained appearance on the lips, and you can even pop it onto the cheeks to add color that will last all day.
Buy it now: 100% Pure, $26
The one and only place you might embrace the wet look after a workout class is with a shiny, metallic eye liner. Butter London’s Glazen Lustrous Liner gives the best of both worlds. This wet-look liner is incredibly long-wearing. The felt tip gives great control so that you can get a super precise line near the lashes, giving you just a subtle hint of sparkle.
Buy it now: Ulta, $19
Setting Powder With SPF
Try using a powder that is double-duty. A powder will automatically set your makeup and keep it lasting all day, but while you’re at it you may as well get some sun protection in there. All of the products in the Sweat Cosmetics line were specifically made to stay put while you’re working hard, but the Broad Spectrum SPF 30 Translucent Mineral Powder has the added bonus of being able to protect you from UVA/UVB rays as well.
Buy it now: Sweat Cosmetics, $42
Set your entire look with a mist that will ensure that it will last all day. Marc Jacobs Re(cover) Perfecting Coconut Setting Mist is an ultra-fine mist that feels refreshing, but holds makeup all day. Made this coconut actives, this will cool the skin, hydrate it and then set the makeup, regardless of how sweaty you just got. Nobody will notice that your face was just red and slick with sweat after setting your makeup with this spray.
Buy it now: Sephora, $323