It’s no secret that athleisure has blown up in the past few years, with LA at its epicenter. It’s not at all uncommon to see girls seamlessly transition from brunch to The Studio (MDR), all without an outfit change.
The newest trend should come as no surprise — athleisure makeup.
You heard right: makeup.
We know, for years, everyone from your mother to your aesthetician has been telling you that wearing makeup to the gym is a big don’t and could lead to acne.
So has wearing makeup to the gym finally become a do?
Let’s break it down.
What exactly is athleisure makeup?
Athleisure makeup focuses on adding natural coverage and definition without clogging your pores. These new lines of makeup, skin care, and other body products are specifically made to control sweat and be lightweight, breathable, and long-wearing.
And like athleisure clothing— it’s also great for rest days where you’re hitting Netflix instead of the gym.
So, is athleisure makeup really safe to wear to workouts?
Here’s where the jury’s out. When it comes to your face, the safest bets are mineral-based powders, which are naturally non-comedogenic (non-pore clogging). Even so, mixing with sweat could still lead to clogged pores after a bout of intense cardio. The main takeaway here is that if you’re going to wear makeup to the gym, to choose something that’s light and oil-free—like a non-comedogenic tinted primer or a water-resistant tinted moisturizer with SPF. Confession - we’re obsessed with this Laura Mercier moisturizer that has clean ingredients and a little bit of illuminator to give your skin a healthy glow.
The good news: when it comes to eye makeup and lip color, you’re set. There are fewer pores in these areas, leading to a lower likelihood of acne.
Another great find is Tarte’s new athleisure makeup line which includes items like Lifted Sweatproof Mascara, a new, lightweight mascara meant to offer a natural look and lift that persists through even your sweatiest class.
And we can’t forget to mention Arrow’s BOOST Color Enhancing Lip Balm ($14), which was actually the best-selling product on Birchbox last year. As an added bonus, all of the products in the Arrow line are paraben-free, vegan, and cruelty-free.
Interested in more athleisure makeup options? Refinery29 has a great slideshow featuring their top picks that you can check out here.
We’d love to know what your athleisure beauty routine is and what’s working best for you. Tag us on Instagram @thestudiomdr to join the conversation and of course, share your fave products!