Do cosmetics and athletics mix? It may not be as taboo a topic as performance-enhancers, but it seems to be almost as controversial in some circles. Some women take offense and believe that it’s a contradiction in terms, while others wouldn’t be caught dead without at least a dusting of products. And then there are those of us who fall somewhere in the middle; we just want to look reasonable in public.
While all athletes can attribute a natural glow to regular heart-pumping workouts, there’s nothing wrong with supplementing it with ‘a little something,’ so I decided to give some gym-friendly products a go and see if they were indeed workout-proof. Here are some of the highlights:
If you’re looking for a true performance cosmetic, try Rae, a new line featuring oil-free mineral formulas made for athletes and other active ladies. Founder Rochelle Rae was frustrated with heavy makeups and wanted a longer-lasting, more natural approach to cosmetics, so after two years of research and development, she revealed her Earth- and animal-friendly line, which uses clinical-grade ingredients that allow the skin to breathe freely and function normally.
I like to layer the SPF 20 Surface Primer with the Climate Control mineral tint, a foundation, non-chemical sunscreen and antioxidant moisturizer all in one. Top it off with water-resistant eye-enhancing products – antioxidant-infused Lush Silk Mascara and a gorgeous palette of vitamin-rich Eyeshadows – then pucker up with a natural-looking soft-tint Lip Shade Lipstick for a look that’s as nourishing as it is flattering. For more information or to purchase, visit RaeCosmetics.com.
Another great option for perfecting and protecting skin while working out is Iredale Mineral Cosmetics. Founder Jane Iredale was the first to create a full line of makeup-based minerals. Sold in fine spas and salons, resorts and medical offices, the line is also recommended by plastic surgeons and dermatologists, which means it’s especially great for sensitive skin.
One of my favorites is the SPF 20 PurePressed Base Mineral Foundation, a sheer yet semi-matte foundation, powder, concealer and sunscreen all in one. Highly-pigmented and very water-resistant, it minimizes pores and fine lines without the use of oil, talc, dyes or parabens. Customize eyes (think gym, work, date night) thanks to Jane’s Eye Steppes, ingenious compacts featuring five complimentary shades of long-wearing, crease-proof and hypoallergenic eye shadow available in both cool and warm tones for fall. Add drama with botanically-packed Lip Fixation stain-gloss combos, and maintain that post-workout glow all day with the new Complete In Tough Highlighter, which gives skin natural-looking radiance. For more information or to purchase, visit JaneIredale.com or click here to find a local San Jose retailer, such as Clarity Medical Spa or Serenity Day Spa.
Endurance-minded ladies may want to check out Avon’s ExtraLasting Line, which is both affordable and formulated for wear up to 18 hours. As the world’s largest direct-seller beauty company, Avon created the line for fast-moving women who were in search of makeup that wouldn’t budge.
I’m particularly fond of the ExtraLasting Liquid Foundation, which contains a light SPF 12, comes in a wide spectrum of shades and resists both water and sweat for flexible all-day coverage. The most amazing product, however, is the ExtraLasting Eyeshadow, which is quite simply one of the best shadows you’ll ever swipe across your lids: Long-lasting, non-creasing and available in an array of colors – all at less than $10 a pop. Finish off the look with fade-, smudge-, rub- and water-proof Extra Lasting Mascara and bold ExtraLasting Lip Gloss, and you can virtually kiss touchups goodbye. For more information, visit Avon.com, or click here to find your local San Jose representative.
And last, but certainly not least, all the way from the UK comes Jemma Kidd Professional Beauty, a brand I discovered after hearing about the model-turned-makeup-artist. Kidd, who has 20-month-old twins, is all about simplifying the beauty regimen — and she offers multitasking products to back up her philosophy.
Prolong your summer glow into fall with the Show Stopper Water-Resistant Bronzer, which is known for its smooth and even application (let’s face it, no one likes a blotchy bronzer) that gives a sheer, natural color while also delivering a dose of antioxidants and Vitamin E. And banish raccoon eyes once and for all with Kidd’s Lasting Tint Semi-Permanent Waterproof Lash Colour, an ultra-lightweight mascara that won’t smudge, flake or fade for at least 24 hours. For more information or to purchase, visit JemmaKidd.com.