How To Look Good After A Workout, Without Taking A Shower
No shower? No problem!
Monika Markovinovic, The Huffington Post Canada
So you just finished an epic 6:30 a.m. spin class at your favourite studio. You're feeling strong, powerful and downright amazing. You get to the locker room, check your phone and realize your morning meeting starts in 20 minutes, leaving you no time to shower. Panic ensues.
Worry not, friends. Even though a shower or a blowout would be ideal after a sweaty gym sesh, they aren't absolutely necessary. You can still freshen up sans washing up, saving you time (and stress).
Don't believe us? Just add Monica Richards from ModaMob. In the video above, she shares some foolproof hacks that you can incorporate into your quick post-gym beauty routine.
First things first: dry shampoo is your best friend (for the obvious reasons of fluffing up your roots). Secondly, invest in the following: elastic coils for your hair and cleansing wipes for your face and body. Elastic coils won't leave you with that annoying hair crease and cleansing wipes won't leave you with clogged pores (which result in acne). Use a facial mist for a last-minute hydration kick and don't forget that dash of blush for a little healthy glow.
See, you can totally trick people into thinking you rinsed off after your morning workout.
Using a matte primer will help lessen the effects of a sweaty complexion. Bonus points if you have one that wont clog your pores while you work out. We love Becca’s Ever-Matte Poreless Perfecting Primer ($44) for its 12-hour shine protection and its silicone-free formula.
Step 2: Lighten Up Your Foundation
Wearing foundation can be a little much at the gym, so opt for something lighter and non-comedigenic (won't block your pores). Don’t want to spend money on a new product? Work with what you have! Mix some foundation with your moisturizer for lighter coverage. We love Benefit’s Hello Flawless Oxygen WOW ($44) for its clog-free formula, blended with Clinique's Moisture Surge Intense ($44) for deep, yet light hydration.
Step 3: Brighten Up
Instead of caking on concealer to camouflage dark areas, illuminate instead for a radiant glow. Yves Saint Laurent's Touche Éclat ($50) will act as a luminous tint to reflect light off these pesky areas, without discolouring the skin or feeling heavy.
Step 4: Light Layers Of Mascara
Mascara can help make your eyes look bigger, but when heading to the gym there's no need for spider lashes. Instead add light layers of a sweat-proof mascara like Benefit's they're Real! ($29). It will last as long as your workout, but is super easy to remove.
Step 5: Boost The Brows
Since brows are the frame of the face, it doesn't hurt to amp them up, right? Brush Benefit's brow volumizing fibre gel, Gimme Brow ($26), lightly through your brows for a water-resistant, enhanced hold.
Step 6: Subtle Blush
A soft pink and pretty flush will give you a healthy glow -- even more so if it's a cream formula. Tarte's Cheek Stain in Tipsy ($36) offers more of a gel-like finish with a high sheen factor and long-lasting payoff. Perfect if your skin has been particularly dry in the cold weather.
Step 7: Lip Love
Avoid drying your lips during your workout by layering on a lip balm to hydrate -- bonus points if it adds a hint of colour! We're in love with Fresh's Honey lip balm ($26) for a warm layer of colour and tons of butter-soft hydration.
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