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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Melissa on

Melissa L. 28 Houston: I wear concealer everytime I leave the house and that includes going to the gym! Who wants to look in all those mirrors and be distracted from your workout by your circles?

robin on

To L, Everyone looks at people’s eyes first..DUUH! To say someone who wears a little mascara is insecure and stupid is foolish! There are good waterproof brands that don’t even come off…people that get offended by someone wearing mascara or even some colored lip balm at the gym always seems the the ones that are just jealous of that person.

Jellie on

These people who are all anti-makeup are SO phony. Did anyone ever consider that wearing makeup is not the same as trying to pick up a man?

Laura on

It’s already on from getting ready earlier in the day. And, it helps that I look better with a little makeup than a lot.

cyn on

Settle down girls – there’s nothing wrong with wanting to look at and be looked at when you’re in the gym. I’ll assume that all these women who seem so down on the idea of being looked at by the opposite sex, must be wearing baggy sweats and loose tank tops.

and I dont believe the article says anything about wearing “full” makeup or 5 tonnes of th stuff. Just makeup. Yes, a little concealor and mascara never hurt anybody.

Cat, 40, Oceanside CA on

A little bit of Revlons skinlights in Mocha on the eyelids and some mascara and i’m fresh and good to go with no make-up running as I’m running around the track!

Kayla G. on

I don’t think that you should wear make up at the gym – I like to work out, not create pimples and blemishes!

comment4U on

Of course not….I’m there to make faces like Rocky, on a bad day, while torturing myself on the elliptical machine. Raquel Welch wouldn’t make herself up to perfection only to grimace….

Eleanor G, Dublin, Ireland on

I always wear a little make-up to the gym. I consider it a pivotal part of getting psychologically ready, any time I leave the house. It’s not a defence-mechanism, it’s just a matter of getting psyched up for whatever tasks lie ahead. I take a couple of moments to put on some light foundation, eyeliner and neutral eyeshadow – nothing flashy. Usually I’m also visualising where I’ll be and what I’ll be doing, which is part of getting in the “Zone” for me. Then, when I’m working out and catch sight of myself in the mirror, I think “Okay! Not too bad! This is something worth working on”. I know that if I didn’t take those couple of steps before leaving the house, I’d feel frumpy and wouldn’t work out to my full potential. Feeling like you look presentable always puts an extra spring in your step, whether you reach that feeling by using make-up, clothes, or au naturel. It’s a matter of maximising what you’ve got, for the right reasons.

Jenn on

I can’t go out into public without my eyebrows – everything else can stay at home haha!

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