Athleisure Makeup: Products That Stick With You While You Sweat

Athleisure Makeup
Ruby Feneley

Beauty & Health Writer

May 03, 2019

Wellness and health are considered a bigger part of beauty than ever. With mainstream brands like Covergirl acknowledging that women need beauty products that work synergistically with active healthy lifestyles, it’s time to take a better look at makeup that will stick with you while you sweat. Read on to get our thoughts on their new Athleisure range “Covergirl Outlast Active” as well as our recs for other beauty products that will help you kick your health and beauty goals.

A Waterproofing Primer: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer

The Ultimate Athleisure Makeup Product: Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer will keep you sweat free.
Hourglass Mineral Veil Primer, $29-$115, available at Mecca

One of the hardest working primers in the biz. This oil-free waterproofing primer is seriously weightless, anti-humidity and contains zinc to sooth the skin (for those whose go to gym beauty look is beetroot red). It will lock in anything that goes on top and let’s skin breath while it’s at it. I could recommend others but when you know the best, why mess with the rest?

A Smudge-Proof Mascara: Tube It Up With Kevyn Aucoin or Covergirl Active

Athleisure Makeup Hack: Kevyn Aucoin's game changing Volume Mascara is still the OG tubing mascara.
Kevyn Aucoin The Volume Mascara, $43, Mecca
Athleisure Beauty is Totally Tubular: Covergirl brings tubing mascara to the drugstore
Covergirl Outlast Active Mascara, $19.95, available at Priceline

Since I discovered tubing mascaras I straight up don’t mess with their waterproof counterparts. Why? Waterproof mascaras are hard to get off – which can translate to lash loss, not something I’m ever into. Tubing mascaras don’t flake, don’t clump and when you want to be rid of them they politely glide off onto a soaked towel. No mess, no rubbing, as Johnson and Johnson would say – “no more tears”. The gold standard for tubing mascaras has been, and probably always will be, Kevyn Aucoin’s Volume and Curling Mascara range – but if you’re not the type to shill $40 on a mascara (although I reiterate – forty dollars well spent!) the drugstore now have you covered – aptly, with Covergirl’s newest offering. Hallelujah.

A Lightweight Base: Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Hydrating Gel Cream OR Covergirl Active Foundation SPF20

Athleisure Makeup: BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Moisturizer provides breathable hydrating coverage.
BareMinerals Complexion Rescue Tinted Gel Cream, $49, Mecca

By all means wear your Mac Studio Fix or Estee Lauder Double Wear to the Gym if that is what works for you. However, a kinder to skin option will always be an oil free base. Better? One that gives you some SPF coverage while it’s at it. Bareminerals Complexion Rescue is a water-based gel product that contains mineral pigments, mineral sunscreen and electrolytes – that’s right, the stuff you’re meant to be putting in your body while you sweat you can now put on your face!

Athleisure Makeup Has Got You Covered: Covergirl's Outlast Active Foundation
Covergirl Outlast Active Foundation, $17.95, Priceline

If you want a little more coverage, or a more wallet friendly price point I can recommend the Covergirl Active Foundation with SPF20- I wore it to my first cardio class in five years and it performed against some not-cute levels of facial sweat! I just wish Australia had launched the full shade range – in the US there are eighteen shades but for now Australia only has five – Australian women come in a wide range of shades too drugstore!

If you can find your shade it’s a gorgeous long-wear gel formula with medium coverage and satin-Giorgio Armani Luminous Silk-expensive finish that will only set you back a tenner.

A Refreshing Setting Spray: Urban Decay All Nighter Pollution Defence OR Covergirl’s Outlast Active All Day Setting Mist

Athleisure Beauty: Urban Decay All Nighter Setting Mist with Pollution Protection
Urban Decay, All Nighter Pollution Protection Setting Spray, $55, Mecca

The key to good gym makeup is light layers – if you can skip the powder you should. Setting sprays will serve you well – sealing your makeup in without leaving another layer of product your sweat can mess with. I am a huge fan of the Urban Decay setting spray range. They use temperature control technology to lower the temperature of you makeup which is the kind of NASA level scientific innovation that I feel comfortable taking with me to the gym. They’ve also now added pollution protection to their best-selling all nighter range – minerals and antioxidants protect your skin from environmental damage and also minimize the oxidization of your foundation! Incredible.

Athleisure Makeup: Covergirl Outlast All Day Setting Mist is a great inexpensive option.
Covergirl Outlast Active All Day Setting Mist, $15.95, Priceline

If spending $55 on what is essentially Very Fancy water is not your style though Covergirl’s Active setting spray also does a bang up job – and is as incredibly refreshing post-work out as it is pre-work out.

Take-It-Off: Nivea MicelAIR Expert Makeup Remover Wipes

Athleisure Makeup: Take It Off with Nivea MicellAIR Wipes.
Nivea, MicellAIR Expert Makeup Remover Wipes, $7.99, Priceline

No matter how good the makeup you wear to the gym is, I recommend you get it off ASAP once you’re finished working out. Keeping the sweat you have produced during a workout under a layer of makeup is not a good idea long term. I am a fan of a thorough double cleanse but when you’re running between the gym and the office you may not have the time, or the room in your bag, for a complete K-Beauty approved cleanse. As a notorious makeup wipe hater I wholeheartedly recommend the Nivea MicellAIR Expert wipes. They take EVERYTHING off – even waterproof mascara, easily with no rubbing and tugging. Even better they don’t leave a greasy film on the skin or sting your eyes while they’re at it, and are not overly fragranced – just refreshing. A must have for any skin loving gym junkie.


By Ruby Feneley

Beauty & Health Writer

Ruby Feneley is The Carousel Beauty contributor. Her obsession with makeup and skincare started when she modelled in her teens. While she studied English Literature at Sydney University she pivoted from front to behind the camera – receiving her Diploma of Artistry and working as a makeup artist, assisting industry leaders across multiple top brands. In 2017, she moved to New York where she worked as a copywriter for celebrity children’s wear label Appaman Inc. Ruby is now combining her love of makeup and skincare with her passion for writing. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of makeup and skincare – she can spot a Nars lip from 30 feet and recommend skin creams and treatments from chemists to La Mer at a glance. She is always looking for the next big thing in beauty whether it’s an “unsung hero” product, a highlighter hack or a technological innovation to accelerate your anti-ageing regimen.


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