Gym make-up is officially a thing. Here’s how we feel about it

Should we be packing a foundation alongside our trainers?
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Gym make-up is officially a thing. Here’s how we feel about it

New beauty never fails to be exciting, and we’re open to innovation in any guise, whether it be colour-changing nail polish, scientifically verified skincare or hot new hair tools... however, recently the Grazia team have come across a new breed of product that has left us questioning whether there’s a gap in our make-up bags.

The products in question fall under the ‘gym make-up’ tag, and have been created for the purpose of wearing while exercising. CliniqueFIT offers a sweat-proof foundation, along with redness-cancelling powder and lip and cheek tints, while Eyeko’s Yoga Mascara has been designed so it’s waterproof enough to withstand even the sweatiest Bikram session.

Helpful! Or is it? "No, no and a definite no," said dermatologist and Founder of Dubai-based skincare brand Shiffa, Dr. Lamees when we asked her whether or not wearing make-up when exercising is a good idea. "When you exercise your make-up mixes with oil and sweat and congests your skin leading to blocked pores, blackheads and acne," she says. "It really is a terrible combination."

So it’s a no from the experts and a quick verbal survey around the Grazia office revealed that the gym is a make-up free space for the majority of us too. "The gym is one of the only places I feel void of beauty requirements," said one spinner on the team. This isn’t the case for everyone, though. "I always go to the gym straight from work,"says secondary-school teacher Sian. "It’s always a rush so I end up doing my class wearing the make-up I already have on."

Others told us that applying a wash of BB cream and a little concealer helps them feel more confident walking through the gym doors when they feel they’re having a bad skin day. It’s totally understandable that, for some, the gym is an intimidating space that is better tackled with a little war paint.

If you really can’t face leaving your make-up at the door, Dr. Lamees recommends a thorough cleanse after exercising, followed by a post-shower steam to really help your body (and skin) detoxify.

While the gym may never be make-up-free, we are strong advocates of it being judgement-free. Long may the beautifully made-up and sweaty bare-faced exist harmoniously; so whether you use ‘Fit’ foundation for its true purpose, or alternatively wear it as an everyday sweat-proof base to combat the heat of the desert (guilty as charged), remember Dr. Lamees’ wise words and make sure cleansing is as obligatory as your post-workout stretch. Sound advice whichever camp you fall into.

Image Jason Lloyd-Evans