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The make-up and skincare essentials that belong in your gym bag

The ‘bare-faced workout’ rule no longer applies

By Trésor Prijis  August 20th, 2018

For most, a workout begins with lacing up a pair of trainers and not necessarily slicking on a halo of metallic jade cream eye shadow that is unless, of course, you’re me. Don’t misunderstand—I’m not trying to look like a disco babe on my morning run (though that does sound quite fabulous). I’ve just learnt that this is the perfect way to test a beauty product’s performance. It is by putting them through the paces under harsh conditions that I discovered waterproof mascaras that deliver on their promised claims, and a foundation that has stood by me through some very sweaty situations. And now I find my ‘scientific’ method has gone and become a legit beauty trend; they’re calling it athleisure beauty.

Athleisure beauty, which has emerged in many brands’ collections, refers to skincare and make-up products that are meant to withstand the rigours of all your training methods, while also remaining a healthy choice for your skin during this heightened state of activity. Take for instance, the lightweight foundation Clinique FIT Workout Makeup SPF 40; it offers even coverage, protects against the sun, and won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts. Besides the multi functional base, these lines also feature a mascara, a cheek and lip tint, and wipes or a spray to freshen up after a sweat sesh.

Innisfree Green Tea Balancing Cream, Rs 1500
MAC Next to Nothing Powder Pressed, Rs 2000
Clinique FIT Workout Makeup Broad Spectrum SPF 40, Rs 3450
Stila Covertible Color Lip and Cheek Cream, Rs 2070
La Roche-Posay Anthelios XL Fluid SPF+, Rs 1500

But are these products truly a better investment than those you may already have in your beauty arsenal? The answer is both yes and no. The formulas are no more efficient than non-athleisure competitors (that control shine, and are sweat-proof or budge-proof), but they offer skincare benefits alongside the aesthetic results as well.They truly out perform in the packaging department, these compacts and tubes are lightweight, leak-proof and can handle a good knocking around as you travel. Personally, on simpler days, I enjoy using something like an ultra-hydrating serum that gives me a boost of antioxidants and boasts a luminous finish beneath my sunscreen. A hint of tinted balm and curled lashes wouldn’t hurt either.

Featured image: Photograph: Emma Svensson; Styling:  Johana Andersson