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Can You (Should You?) Wear Makeup While Working Out

Is make-up a giant no-no in the gym? Or can you wear make-up comfortably? We have your answers.

One question you may find yourself asking as you hit the gym if you’re someone who’s well into your beauty routine is whether or not to wear make-up.

Must you go at it fresh-faced without makeup or can you keep your mascara, lipstick, and blush on as you work up a sweat?

The answer to this depends a little on a few conditions. Let’s go over what you need to know about wearing make-up in the gym.

Your Planned Workout

First, consider your planned workout routine. Are you going in for a light session where you won’t be sweating all that much? Or are you planning on really going 100 percent effort, sweating as you will?

The more you sweat, the more open your pores will become and the greater the chances you have of getting makeup clogged in them, which can then lead to breakouts and acne formation.

Your Skin Type

Also, consider your skin type. Do you have very oily skin? If so, that can be another problem at times. The more oily your skin is, the more sebum you produce and the more this will mix in with any concealer, powder, or foundation you are wearing.

If you have normal skin or slightly dry skin, you likely won’t have as much of an issue.

Your Make-Up Routine

Next thing about your makeup routine as well. Are you applying a light coat of powder, mascara, and lip gloss and calling it a day?

Or do you go through twenty steps when creating your look, applying foundation, concealer, eyeshadows, liners, bronzers, blush, and heavy lipstick?

The more make-up you wear, the more problematic it may be when you are working out. A light dose of make-up isn’t too bad but when you are full faced, you run the risk of the make-up not only running and looking less than optimal but also of it getting into your skin and causing acne flare ups as well.

The End Verdict

All in all, at the end of the day, it’s your decision what you want to do. Just remember that there may be repercussions if you go into the gym wearing too much makeup and are sweating very heavily. For best results, try and lighten up slightly on the days you are planning a heavy workout. If you are just doing a regular workout that isn’t too intense or some light stretching, chances are, you are just fine going in with your full face as you prefer it.

It’s important to look and feel good in the gym as it makes it more likely that you will actually go to the gym. If a little bit of make-up helps with that, so be it. Just be smart in how you go about it.

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