Workout Makeup Routine

I know, this seriously sounds like an oxymoron. If you’re working out, why bother with makeup when you’re going to be sweating like a pig anyway?

But, I’ve learned in the past few months that it’s a hell of a lot easier to go between working out to the rest of the day without having to stop and make sure I still look presentable to the adult world.

With that in mind, I set out to find the ultimate makeup routine that would stay put all day, makes me look somewhat like an adult and won’t end up making me look like a Picasso after some training.

Workout Makeup

Eye Primer – This is an absolute must! Without it, all your eyeshadow will wear off within minutes of any sort of workout. Plus, it helps keep your eyeshadow even and vivid, even if you don’t have a defined eye fold!

My pick: Too Faced’s Shadow Insurance Eye Primer ($23CAD)

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Eyeshadow – I usually pick a shimmery neutral that goes well with most occasions, but this is where your personality will shine! I found that one layer does best for some reason.

My pick: Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow in Chopper ($22CAD)

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Eyebrows – I would say that this is completely optional since well-shaped eyebrows don’t need much to look fabulous. But, if you have patchy, thin or scraggly eyebrows (like me), it’s best to fill in the lines with a wax-based eyebrow filler so it doesn’t wash off with sweat.

My pick: Benefit’s Browzings in Dark ($36CAD)

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Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner – This is KEY to keep your look throughout a good workout. Other eyeliners like kohl and pencil eyeliners will smudge beautifully for a smokey look, but they will melt down your face the second you start your workout.

Most high-end liquid eyeliners dry really quickly and don’t budge no matter how much you rub it! The only detail that you need to make sure is that it’s waterproof.

My pick: Eyeko’s Eye Do Liquid Eyeliner ($22CAD)

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Waterproof Mascara – What’s worse than coming out from a great workout, feeling fantastic and then finding out that you look like you got socked in the eyes? (You might have if you’re in an MMA tournament, but that’s a little different.) Waterproof mascara not only helps keep you looking good if you’re jogging in the rain, but it also works against mild sweating.

Don’t forget to curl your lashes before you put mascara on!

My pick: Maybelline’s Lash Stiletto Waterproof Mascara ($10CAD)

*Note: The website’s picture is wrong. It looks like the washable Lash Stiletto tube but with “waterproof” written on it.

I don’t use foundation or concealer every day so that doesn’t change my usual makeup routine. If you do use foundation and concealer and want to work out with it on, you may end up with more breakouts since they’re specifically for smoothing out complexion over your own skin and pores. Once you add in sweat, it’s almost a sure fire way to aggravate your skin!

Using this combination, I went outdoor parkour training at Cloud Gardens when it started to lightly rain in the hot, humid afternoon. I was so surprised to see that my makeup hadn’t moved too much after 3 hours!

Do you wear makeup to your workouts? If you do, what do you use? More importantly, what do you do to recover?

xoxo,

B.elle

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Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush

I like to keep my brushes clean and in good condition, just like my kitchen knives! You have to maintain your tools of the trade, you know?

I had been using this mini kabuki brush from a cheaper brand before and I was so surprised to find that the entire brush head completely fell out of the handle when I was washing out the bristles! What the hell! Luckily, it was given to me by a friend who got it in a sub box and didn’t want it.

I had already planned on going to Sephora to use up a gift card I had leftover from Christmas, so I figured I might as well use it up! After browsing the store for about 45 minutes with Chris, I finally settled on this one!

Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Brush

Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Multi-Tasking Brush – $40

I really, really like this brush! The bristles are so soft and delicate and it feels great against the skin. It’s also retractable with a lid in a cute pink tin container for storage!

It’s so soft, but the bristles are actually made from “100% teddy bear hair”! Like the rest of Too Faced’s products, the kabuki brush is completely cruelty free without using any animal products at all.

It says that you can use it for bronzers, blushes, powders and even liquid makeup, but I only use powder foundation and it works fantastically! In terms of pro-level brushes, this one is really nice.

I was told to be careful to make sure not to get water below the metal part of the brush when I’m cleaning it out, and to let it dry upside down. When the time comes, I wonder how I’m going to figure out how to dry this thing upside down…

Verdict: 4.5/5 – It’s a wonderful brush! I really do like it, but the price is a bit too high for my liking as a non-pro makeup girl. That being said, it’s perfect as a treat-yourself purchase!

What sort of makeup brushes do you like to use?

xoxo,

B.elle

Sephora Haul!

I thought I lost my Sephora gift card from Christmas, so imagine my surprise when I found it hiding with my Beauty Insider card in my compact mirror!

It couldn’t have shown itself at a better time since I literally just broke my old (and seriously cheapo) kabuki brush just by trying to wash the gunk out of it. Plus, I’ve been eyeing the Tarte Amazon Butter lipsticks for a while, too!

Here’s what I got!

Sephora Haul

Too Faced Retractable Kabuki Multi-Tasking Brush – $40

Tarte Amazonian Butter Lipstick in Coral Blossom – $19 for 3.1g

Aren’t they just adorable? I’ll be posting my reviews on them soon, but I’ll have to admit that this Tarte lipstick is quickly turning into my spring go-to lippy!

xoxo,

B.elle