Want to Wear Makeup During Your Next Workout? Read This First


Wearing makeup while working out is nothing if not controversial. While some can’t imagine stepping into the gym without looking ready for the ‘gram, others are #teamnomakeup while getting their sweat on. Whichever side you’re on, get the scoop from NYC dermatologist Dr. Jeremy Fenton of Schweiger Dermatology group on what exactly happens to your skin when you’re sweating it out with a full face.

We’ll give you the bad news first: According to Dr. Fenton, wearing your longwear foundation during your next spin class isn’t the best idea. When you sweat during a workout –– particularly an intense one — your skin secretes sweat in order to control your body temperature. Heavy face makeup can get in the way by clogging your pores. This gets worse when you use your towel to wipe off that extra sweat. When your wipe you face, the friction of the towel combined with sweat can compress the dirt and makeup deeper into your skin. His recommendation? Use a makeup wipe to clean your face before hitting the gym.

If you can’t bear to work out barefaced, Dr. Fenton suggests mineral and oil-free makeup (with SPF for outside workouts!) for those with acne prone skin. While this type of makeup is less likely to clog your pores, you probably won’t emerge from a pilates class looking runway ready.

The good news? Makeup is evolving to include workout-proof and working out-friendly makeup.

Peep some of our picks ahead:

IT Cosmetics Bye Bye Breakout

Why We Love It: Not only is this concealer full coverage, it’s formulated for acne prone/oily skin. It’s both a concealer and a drying lotion, making it a perfect option for the gym.

La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Foundation

Why We Love It: Formulated for combination to oily sensitive skin, La Roche-Posay Toleriane Teint Foundation just might be the perfect product for your next session at the gym. This non-comedogenic formula is designed for sensitive skin and will have your skin looking flawless all day long.

Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara

Why We Love It: If you’re gonna sweat, waterproof mascara is a must. Pro tip: Use an oil-based makeup remover to safely cleanse your eyelashes when you take off your makeup.


YSL Baby Doll Kiss and Blush

Why We Love It: This multi-use product is for your lips and your cheeks and gives you the perfect “just worked out” flush with a soft matte finish.

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