I wore makeup to the gym for the first time in forever yesterday (There was a reason… More on this in a sec.), and guess what? It led me to develop a list of go-to sweat-proof long-lasting makeup products that I know won’t budge an inch, even after an intense 60-minute HIIT class!
Not that I ever wear a full face when I exercise, but it never hurts to be prepared, right? At least now I know what to grab if Sydney Cummings ever asks me to do a workout video with her.
I think having a number of sweat-proof, water-proof products on hand is a good idea for people who do performances (dude, those stage lights are HOT), or if you’re going to be a guest at a destination wedding in a tropical locale, or if you’re going to Vegas to sit by the pool — basically, any situation where you know you’ll be sweating and you don’t want your brows/lashes/lips to melt off.
Anyway, the reason this particular makeup challenge came about was because my HIIT teacher asked me to be the “member of the month” at the gym for September 2019.
Being member of the month entails having your picture taken, which will appear on a big ol’ poster in the middle of the gym (EEK), and answering some exercise-related interview questions.
We did the picture part during Monday night’s class, and that included some action shots of me sweating (and hopefully) looking somewhat cute with makeup on, even in that terrible overhead florescent lighting.
I used the least amount of product I could get away with because I didn’t want to be wearing layers and layers of heavy makeup. Also, most of the items I used were from Urban Decay, a line with a solid reputation for long-wearing makeup.
I’ve noticed that filled-in brows make all the difference in pics, so I used Urban Decay Brow Blade Waterproof Pencil and Ink Stain in Dark Drapes to fill them in (pencil first, then the ink).
By the end of the workout, the drawn-in tail on my right brow had faded ever-so-slightly, which wasn’t surprising, really, with the amount of sweat that was pouring out of me, but both brows remained more or less intact.
Because I have slightly hooded eyes, I wanted to define my lids a little, so I buffed the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Smog, a rich brown, all over my lids to simulate a slight crease for depth and dimension. Then, I lined my upper lash line and flicked out the ends with Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine Point Eye Pencil, before coating my lashes with Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Mascara to open my eyes up.
After the workout, everything was still in place…even the kitten flicks!
Again, I didn’t want to be wearing layers of primer and powder, so I tried getting away with as little as possible. Just enough to even out my skin and cover up a pimple on my chin.
I started by wetting a Real Techniques Buffing Brush with Urban Decay All Nighter Spray and buffing it all over my face as a makeup primer.
Then, I did a mix of the the longest-wearing, lightweight base products that I know 1) photograph well, and 2) don’t break me out. These include MAC Face and Body Foundation in C5 and Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-in-Place Makeup, which I buffed all over my face using the same brush I used for the primer.
After it dried, I sprayed another layer of All Nighter on top to lock everything down.
For the lipstick and blush, I used a long-wearing soft matte liquid lipstick in a coral pink called Honest Beauty Liquid Lipstick in Happiness.
And that’s it!
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,