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Date Night Makeup after the Gym

Date Night Makeup after the Gym
Team LF
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When it comes to wearing makeup in the gym, it's a big no-no. But, once you've showered and cleansed; putting a little makeup on won't do any harm to your skin. It is however, important you choose the right products that will nourish and condition rather than block your pores, as your skin will still be working to remove toxins from your system long after your workout.

We have put together an exclusive guide to wearing makeup after the gym, so if you have a date night or important occasion, you can be ready and gorgeous in the quickest of times, and with the healthiest of products.

Post-Workout Makeup Tips

  • Look for lightweight formulations such as tinted moisturisers instead of foundations. They contain more nourishing ingredients and less ingredients so your skin can breathe rather than be covered.
  • Choose glossier products as these will have hydrating botanicals infused into them to help replenish the lost moisture after your workout.
  • Don't follow your full Saturday night makeup routine, your skin won't thank you. Your complexion will have a lovely post-workout glow anyway, so it's all about enhancing that instead of covering it.

Your "After the Gym" Makeup Look

Tinted Moisturiser

MAC's Lightful C Tinted Cream is a fine balance between skincare and cosmetics thanks to its nourishing yet tinted formulation. Coming in a range of shades, the cream helps to reduce redness on the skin and conceal pigmentation and imperfections, so your complexion looks even and perfected.

Its non-acnegenic formula means that it won't block or clog your pores, so even after a sweaty workout, you can be sure your skin remains healthy.

Bronzer / Blusher

You don't want to go over the top with bronzer or blusher when you get out of the gym as your cheeks will naturally be flushed from your workout. However, a light sun-kissed glow and a little rosy blush will just enhance your complexion and make your glow appear a little less "sweaty!"

The Contour Cosmetics Contour Rocks are perfect for adding a light bronze to the skin, and contain a little shimmer to help add dimension. Follow this with a swirl of benefit's Galifornia, and you'll have that post-holiday glow we crave all year round.


If you love the glowing and radiant look, then you might want to add a little extra highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones and nose area to enhance your own natural luminosity.

TheBalm's Cindy Lou Manizer is a rose gold highlighter that looks super natural on the skin and won't look like you're wearing a heavy highlighter; instead your complexion will just look beautifully glowing.

Tinted Lip Balm

Your lips can feel super dry after a workout as you have lost a lot of moisture, so replenishing them with hydrating ingredients is essential to keeping them plumped up and healthy.

Clinique's Chubby Sticks are enriched with Shea and Mango Butters to condition the skin, while the range of colours suit every skin tone and finish. It's a cult product we cannot stop loving.

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