Bare-faced to full-fledged drag queen – when it comes to makeup in the gym, I have seen it all. But even I didn’t see this one coming: courtesy of a product pitch I received a few days ago I learned that there is now a full line of cosmetics specifically for working out. Rae Cosmetics* helpfully explains, “Look, we know you wear makeup to the gym. Here’s how to doll yourself up without ending with smeared cheeks and a face full of pimples. If you don’t select the right products, though,[sic] you could wind up looking like a hot mess.” Considering that I spend the majority of my gym time looking like a hot mess and proud of it, I did not take them up on their offer to try out the makeup.
My personal philosophy with workout makeup is that if I’m already wearing it when I get to the gym, I don’t worry about it. If I’m not already wearing it when I get to the gym, I don’t worry about it. Meaning, of course, that I am lazy and because I have dry skin I wash my face as little as possible. I’ll go days without wearing any makeup at all other than some mascara because I don’t want to have to scrub my skin. I especially don’t like sleeping with my makeup on – a far cry from my college days where I could tell how much fun I’d had the previous night by looking at the various colors smudged on my pillowcase. Although exceptions will be made for any workout requiring a costume. I once did TurboKick in a wig, false eyelashes, silver lame(accent on the e) cape and so much makeup that my sweat towel was tie-dyed by the end.
Yes, I actually worked out in this get-up. And there is a lot of makeup going on there. Green glitter eyeshadow was involved. (The theme was “wedding turbokick” and my so-creative-that-nobody-got-it-thereby-ruining-the-point costume was to go as the bouquet.)
For the record, I’m not anti-makeup at all. If I’m going out, to church or to parent-teacher conferences I’ll go Kabuki. And for those rare occasions when my husband and I actually get to go do adult things in adult places – you know like talking about how the car needs an oil change while we wait for our order at the California Pizza Kitchen – I’ll get all dolled up. I even have my make-up quirks. For instance, whenever I go to therapy (which is still going awesome by the way!) I have to wear make-up. It’s just something about talking about how messed up I am that makes me feel like I need to try extra hard to look pulled together on the outside. Yes I know that’s weird. But when it comes to the gym, I’m generally either au naturel or wearing whatever I came in the door with. In fact, one of the best benefits of exercise for me is how awesome it makes my skin look.
Rae Cosmetics makeup motto is “heat and perspiration-resistant cosmetics that help improve your skins [sic] natural, healthy appearance.” I couldn’t help but wonder about the wisdom in using something artificial to fake a “natural healthy appearance.” But then I remembered that I wear padded bras so it’s not like I can judge. Indeed, other than the rare occasion when someone’s been completely over the top with the gold eye-shadow and pancake (which sounds kind of awesome now that I write it), I rarely even notice when other girls wear makeup to workout in.
What’s your workout-makeup philosophy? Is there a need for a line of special gym cosmetics? And for kicks, what is the craziest outfit you’ve ever exercised in??
It’s hard to see but for this race I even put on temporary tattoos down the sides of my face. They totally made me run faster.
*I am not being paid by Rae Cosmetics, this post is not sponsored by them nor do I have any business relationship with them.