You know the adage that suggests you dress for the job that you want? Well, I’ve taken that idea and adapted it to how I approach going to the gym, with my best (slightly made up) face forward.
That doesn’t mean I go for a full daytime look or even spend upwards of 10 minutes on my face—though, if that’s your thing, no judgment. But there’s something to be said for feeling confident and comfortable before I step out the door and into a Pilates class where I am determined to tone my core, strengthen and lengthen with force and focus. And for me, that means a little bit of TLC for my face. Unlike Alicia Keys, I don’t feel burdened by the societal expectations of makeup and traditional beauty; I genuinely enjoy the ritual and feel empowered by the results, on my own terms.
I only reach for four key products before I’m out the door. If you see me, you might assume I’m test-driving the no-makeup trend, but I’m really just looking for a Sunday morning pick-me-up, and these items get the job done—fast.
Brows: Benefit’s Goof Proof Brow Pencil is just that. With my arches filled in, I immediately look less zombie-like. This double-ended pencil comes with a spoolie brush that helps to define or tame, and my brows aren’t done until this little wiry guy comes out.
Eyes: Dark circles under your eyes are a dead giveaway that you had one too many glasses of bubbly. That’s why a good concealer is as precious as the best friend who called you an Uber when it was time to head home. Marcelle’s Flawless Skin Fusion Concealer is cotton candy-light so I don’t have to worry about getting that cakey residue if I start to sweat. (OK, when I sweat. I’m not one of those women who “glow” when they start to heat up.)
Lashes: Because I can’t imagine a good reason to leave the house without at least one coat of mascara, Essence’s The False Lashes is nearly always at the ready. And while I don’t go for my normal there’s-no-such-thing-as-too-much mascara, a little goes a long way to making me look and feel more awake.
Face: I’m not typically one for a translucent powder—I prefer to be able to see the results more clearly—but this compact from Joe Fresh, which has colour-correcting pigments to even out skin tone, is impressive. I want something that feels like a setting powder without the weight, and this does the trick.
After I throw my hair into a topknot and grab my mat and bag, I’m out the door to try and bend and stretch with the rest of the Sunday morning warriors.