StyleWatch Editors Want To Know: Do You Wear Makeup to the Gym?

01/29/2007 at 11:00 AM ET

Sure, Jessica Biel looks great even without makeup, but most of us like having a little help before we leave the house. But what to do at the gym? You want to look good, especially if there are cute guys working out nearby, but no one likes their mascara running into their eyes while they’re jogging. We want to know what you do. Tell us: Do you wear makeup to the gym? If so, what do you wear?

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FILED UNDER: Beauty , Fitness , Jessica Biel
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Brandy P. on

How pretty can you really be when your sweaty and hot? Mascara running down your face and clogged pores worries me more than attracting men.

Veronica L on

Never leave home with out Cover Girl Color Stay waterproof liquid eyeliner, and Christian Dior’s DiorShow mascara. That stuff will last throught tears and a rainstorm!

Katherine A. Chicago IL Age: 24 on

I won’t leave the house without a clean face and a fresh mouth. When I go to the gym I like to work out in very little makeup. When I exercise I glow (hu-umm, perspire) and that is when I feel most beautiful. I usually mosturize my skin, swipe my lashes with mascara, and my lips with lipgloss and oh- put on some deod and go! Hey, you never know who you might run into.

Kristen on

Your purpose at the Gym is to sweat, not to to try to be glamorous. If you need make-up to go to the gym, then your going for the wrong reasons.

Alice on

Just because someone wears makeup to the gym doesn’t meet they are there to impress guys. Thats the stupidest thing I have ever heard. Most people have lives, so when they go to the gym they are usually coming from somewhere else, such as work. Wearing mascara doesn’t mean you aren’t serious about working out.

rachel on

No, way! That would not be good and who are you trying to impress??? I go to the gym to exercise/sweat and it shouldn’t matter what I look like. I have a natural beauty so it wouldn’t matter and so does Jessica Biel.

Trish M on

Makeup comes off too quickly so I concentrate a little more on other areas like my outfit (nothing crazy like super tight spandex or anything) and my hair, just to look put together. Guys really like the whole athletic look. And I seem to remember an aweful lot of muscle shirts on guys to show off their assets, why not show of mine? Why not meet a guy at a gym? You obviosly have at least one thing in common.

Sam on

Yes, I wear makeup to the gym–because I go right after work. On the weekends no. But I don’t get how wearing makeup to the gym equates to insecurity? There is nothing wrong with looking your best anywhere you are. If you don’t wear makeup fine…but just because the girl next to you is doesn’t mean she is insecure or looking for a man.

KC on

No I don’t wear makeup to the gym, first off if you are there to workout and not date then there is no reason for it. Secondly, it’s horrible for you skin. It irritates me to no end when people come to the gym to get dates and waste other peoples time chatting on equipment. ( not to mention when people wear purfume it’s even worse).

Johanna on

Actually, I do wear make up. Not because of the boys working out, or trying to impress anybody but because I have really pale skin and need a little help from powder and/or foundation. Which is all I wear to the gym, just enough to cover them freckles, and brown spots. Or unless, i go straight from work, then i just wipe off the eyeshadow, blush and lipgloss. I’m sure a lot of women do the same.



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