How to Look Cute (Not Overly Made-Up) at the Gym: Four Easy Steps to Follow

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Posted 09/14/10 at 08:40PM by Total Beauty

While most people make resolutions on New Year's Eve, I tend to make mine when school starts. Off go the kiddies and out the window go the bad habits I've cultivated over the summer -- or so I hope.

And, though some less-than-stellar behaviors I fell into during the last couple of months -- like being in the sun too often and eating the kids' leftover fries and ice cream -- organically fall to the wayside, others like skipping the gym altogether and not taking even 3 minutes to try and look decent need some conscious effort paid to them.

All this is just my long-winded way of saying that I'm going back to the gym/tennis court and going to attempt to look less like a troll while I'm there. Now, don't get me wrong, I have no patience with chicks that treat a trip to the treadmill like it's a beauty pageant (you know who you are), but there's nothing wrong with trying to look presentable while working up a sweat.

Here's what I plan to do:

Keep My Hair Under Control: I may no longer have a mop of long locks to tame in a braid, but this new Pixie can get more than a little poufy if left to its own devices. That's why I invested in a bunch of cloth headbands. (I like Goody No Slide Headbands, $6.99) They're comfy, keep my hair under control and, best of all, are washable.

Add Some Coverage (And Color) to My Face: While wearing foundation and powder can clog pores if worn while sweating, concealer (like MAC Studio Finish SPF 35 Concealer, $16.50, which also helps block the sun's harmful rays) and tinted moisturizer (try Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer,$42) won't. The concealer helps to cover up my blotchy complexion -- and stays put -- and the moisturizer works like a charm to even out my skin tone and add some color to my increasing pallor as summer wanes.

Keep My Eyes From Disappearing Altogether: I absolutely draw the line at donning a full-on, made up eye to smack tennis balls around or lift some dumb bells, but since I really don't want to look like a total zombie while doing it, I've made the concession to wear waterproof mascara. (Try Bare Escentuals Weather Everything Mascara, $15.) Just be sure to get one that is easily removed -- you don't want to have to yank your lashes from your lids after a workout as that kind of defeats the purpose here.

Maintain a Semblance of Moisture in My Lips: Working out, especially outside, tends to dry the heck out of my lips. I don't know whether it's the sun or that I lick them while concentrating on executing the moves correctly but, somehow they end up cracked and parched. I will not condone wearing lipstick to the gym, but a little balm (I am a certified Carmex Click Stick, $1.69, addict.) or, perhaps a very light pink gloss (try Too Faced Mirror Mirror Lip Gloss, $16) will pass muster.

That's it. A simple, 4-step mini-routine that will make getting back in fighting shape a little less grungy.
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1-6 of 9 Comments

  • Posted by EricaF123 on 04/13/13 at 01:47pm

    Nice

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  • Posted by powerwoman033 on 03/13/12 at 07:51pm

    I promised myself that I would put enough makeup on to look at least put together everyday even if I don't feel like it. I just feel better when I'm ready to walk out the door at a moments notice

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  • Posted by Nicole2814 on 01/29/12 at 06:09pm

    greatt

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  • Posted by Nicole2814 on 01/29/12 at 06:09pm

    greatt

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  • Posted by Nicole2814 on 01/29/12 at 06:09pm

    greatt

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  • Posted by LipglossandSpandex on 07/18/11 at 01:18am

    I totally wear makeup to the gym. I usually go straight from work, and don't take off my makeup before my workout. Even on the weekends, I'll throw on a little foundation before heading out. It hasn't made any difference in my face breaking out or not breaking out. But it's nice not having my blotchy skin showing!

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