Story Time: Tricks to Get You Post-Gym Beautiful in a Jiff Wednesday 24 April, 2013
Jessyca accepts the Gunnar Challenge, but doesn’t accept the fact that you have to look like a drowned rat after the gym. Here, she shares her post-workout beauty tips so you can get gorgeous in 20 minutes flat!
Trust me when I tell you: I do not need any additional excuses to avoid the gym. So when I embarked on a two-month fitness program called the Gunnar Challenge, it became imperative that I figure out a way to maintain my beauty routine…within reason. Working out six days a week is challenge enough. But working out six days a week without looking like someone tried to drown you in a hot tub afterward? Well, that’s nearly impossible. Luckily, after about a month of practice, I figured out enough little tricks to look pulled together after leaving the locker room. So not only did I walk away from the Gunnar Challenge (a true challenge, let me tell you!) with a rocking body and mindset, but also a gym bag filled with carefully chosen products that I will continue to take with me to my lunchtime gym sessions. (Hey, coming back to the office looking almost as good as I did before I left is something my office-mates appreciate.)
Naturally, I’m going to share my gym-bag-o-tricks with you, so that you too can spend most of your gym time working out rather than cleaning up.
(Everything I need to beautify post-workout.)
Don’t be silly: Take off your foundation before you workout. This is a rookie mistake, but I figured that since I’m not prone to breakouts, I’d be OK leaving my makeup on, right? Wrong. After a bad breakout, I started using Burt’s Bees Facial Wipes for Sensitive Skin. These handy little wipes do an excellent job of wiping off dirt and makeup without drying out my skin. I use them before working out and after, but—and this is important—I make sure to leave my eye makeup intact. Which brings me to my next trick…
Save time by leaving on eye makeup. I’ve learned that I don’t have to reapply eye makeup after a good workout or even a shower so long as I use Urban Decay’s Primer Potion before doing my eye makeup in the morning. Seriously: It really does allow whatever makeup mastery you do on your eyes to stick and stay.
After my workout, I take a quick shower in double-time. (It’s amazing how fast you can be when you want to!) If my hair is too sweaty to be recovered, I use travel-sized Organix shampoo and conditioner to bring it back to a smell-good state.
I’ve found that the trick to a successful post-gym but pre-go-anywhere-important shower is to finish with a blast of really cold water to lower the body temperature. Otherwise, your body is still so heated from your workout that you’ll be sweating post-shower as you reapply makeup. And what’s the point of that?
If my hair doesn’t need to be washed, I’m spraying my roots with Kenra Platinum Dry Shampoo as soon as I step out of the shower. This way, the dry shampoo has time to dry while I quickly apply lotion and touch up my makeup.
Two of my favorite gym-bag items are my roll-on perfume/lip gloss combo and my Double Agent Eyes by Secret Agent Beauty eyeliner/mascara combo. They take up less space in my bag, and they make application easier since it’s one less thing to dig around for while in a rush.
After lotioning up, I grab my Benefit Hello Flawless travel-sized foundation and use my fingers to smooth it around my face. I use a makeup-remover Q-Tip by I.D. to swipe off any stray mascara around my eyes, and I touch up my mascara just a tiny bit. I then use my small brush to smooth my hair out of its post-ponytail craziness, and I run the travel-sized Bedhead Groupie straightener through it. This straightener is perfect for the gym because it’s pocket-sized (1/2 inch!) but it still heats up in 30 seconds, so it doesn’t slow me down.
(Here I am prior to the workout: non-sweaty, happy, not in pain from my workout…yet.)
(Here I am directly after the workout, and yes, I know I’m a brave soul for showing anyone this photo. Note the sweat-soaked hair, bundled in a hair knot, which means it will look super-unruly when I take it down.)
(And then, here I am in 20 minutes flat, on my way back to work, looking as though I never once perspired. Note the dry, clean and smooth hair, the sweat-free brow and the eye makeup I barely had to touch. I’d say I might look even a little better than before the gym!)
Now that the Gunnar Challenge is officially over, I have to maintain my fitness routine on my own. Good thing I have the beauty routine figured out already! —Jessyca Dewey
Do you have any post-gym beauty tricks? Share them in the comments!