Makeup Essentials Workout Pros Swear By

Makeup and sweating don’t tend to go hand-in-hand, especially when heat and humidity are added into the mix. There are, however, a few melt-proof products that can withstand even the toughest environments – I’m talking a 105 degree yoga room. To find out the best makeup picks to swipe on for our next workout, I turned to some of the leading ladies of the fitness industry and asked them to share their one makeup essential for working out.

Christina Jensen, instructor at Physique 57

“It can be a struggle finding makeup that is not only sweat proof but good for your skin. I absolutely love Dior’s Hydra Life BB cream. It not only provides healthy protection with an SPF, moisturizer and lightweight coverage, it also has complexion-perfecting properties that work to correct your complexion while you wear it. I never feel guilty when I sweat knowing how good this product is for my skin not to mention it lasts all day long,”

Loren Bassett, founder of Bassett’s Bootcamp and instructor at Pure Yoga

“I don’t leave the house without wearing Buxom waterproof mascara. It’s the only smudge-proof mascara I’ve found that gives you thick, luscious, intensely rich lashes. If it can withstand 75 minutes in a 105 degree hot yoga class, it’s got my vote.”

Kelly Lee, featured fitness trainer on Grokker

“My must-have is TRESemme Fresh Start Dry Shampoo because the struggle is real with long hair. After I get my sweat on, washing and blow drying would take forever, but this dry shampoo is an instant-fix. I love the way it feels in my hair, leaving it clean and fresh. A quick spray leaves it looking great even after the toughest workout and no one can tell the difference.”

Emily Cook Harris, instructor at The Fhitting Room

“I don’t like wearing too much makeup when I workout, my pores need to breathe! But I like a little powder to brighten up my face and smooth over my skin tone. My go-to is Aveda Mineral Pressed Powder. It’s super lightweight and blends well with my complexion. It adds just enough life to my face so I feel more awake and can focus on what really matters – crushing my HIIT workout.”

Elisabeth Halfpapp, co-founder of Core Fusion

“I use Sircuit Molecular Mist about two or three times a day. It helps with hydration and also to set makeup.”

Daphnie Yang, creator of HIIT IT

“When I get ready in the mornings, I have to be ready for a full day of teaching HIIT IT!, my High Intensity Interval Training class, training clients and squeezing my own workouts in. My makeup pick I cannot live without is the Voluminous Butterfly Intenza Waterproof Mascara by L’Oreal. It stays on all day long throughout multiple sweat sessions. It doesn’t smudge and gives me big bold lashes so I look polished and feel confident from my first training session all the way to my last HIIT IT! class.”

Karyn Nesbit, instructor at SoulCycle

“I’m currently loving CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Waterproof Mascara in VERY BLACK. Occasionally, I’ll also apply Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Eyeliner also in black.” 

Kristi Tornga, instructor at trampoLEAN

“I always prime my face with Aveeno Clear Complexion Daily Moisturizer. This lotion works wonders for me. No matter how sweaty I get during my workout, I know that my complexion won’t be compromised. After a workout, I put on a matte lip stain in a nice rosy, blush color. It’s an easy way for me to look put together and feel fresh.”

Andrea Fornarola Hunsberger, owner and trainer at Elements Fitness Studio

“My sweat proof makeup of choice is Mac Studio Fix pressed powder. It looks great after a workout and keeps me from looking shiny after teaching a chock-full schedule of barre and dance cardio classes. It also feels very light on my skin but offers a finished look when I am on stage teaching classes.”