How to look effortlessly hot at the gym
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No Sweat!1 of 10
By Lisa Cohen Lee
You go to the gym to raise your heart rate, not to worry about how good your hair looks. Then again, you never know who might end up on the treadmill next to you. To help you master that I'm-not-trying look (a must for the gym), here are nine essential workout beauty tips.
Dry Idea2 of 10
The best hair helper during a serious sweat session? Dry shampoo. "It adds texture and will keep strands from looking greasy. Sweat brings out more oils in your hair, so with the dry formula, you'll have a nice, natural shine," says Josue Perez, celebrity stylist at Serge Normant for John Frieda in New York City. Before you style, spritz on invisible dry shampoo and comb through to the ends; this new product won't leave behind a powdery white residue.
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Tie One On3 of 10
Whether you hair is short or long, flyaway strands are virtually inevitable—especially when you're working out. Get them to stay put by brushing hair back, away from the face, and blasting it with your dryer. "Use heat for a minute, then switch to the cool button for a final blast to keep them put," says Perez. Hold them in place with a pretty, stretchy ribbon headband.
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Lighten Up4 of 10
Don't let your perfume overpower fellow gym-goers. Instead, switch out your typical scent for a lightweight hair mist. The aroma clings to hair strands, and gently releases a soft fragrance that won't overwhelm.
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Base Training5 of 10
You want your gym towel to wipe away sweat, not caked-on foundation. Celebrity makeup artist Ashunta Sheriff recommends looking for a melt-proof and long-wearing foundation with buildable coverage—use just what you need to blur away imperfections. And skip the blush, since the flush of blood pumping in to your cheeks is the best way to get color.
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Stay Cool6 of 10
To keep your minimal makeup in place, dust a thin layer of powder over your foundation, or spritz on a microfine setting mist. This one has time-release cooling ingredients designed to keep your face feeling chill, not sticky—for 12 hours.
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Brow Beat7 of 10
If you want to hit the gym with the bare minimum of makeup, then just focus on your brows. A structured, groomed brow can open your eyes and add polish to your face, says Sheriff. Comb the hairs into a smooth-looking arch, and fill in bare spots with a gel or wax formula, which "locks the color into place, so you won't worry about streaking," she adds.
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Line Up8 of 10
Craving eyes that stand out from across a crowded Spinning studio? Use a long-wearing gel liner on a naked lid. "Eyelids tend to be oily, so when you're working out, avoid wearing shadow which will crease and rub off," says Sheriff. Stick to a neutral navy or soft brown, and draw a very thin line across the lower and upper lids for a natural look. Finish with a single coat of waterproof mascara.
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Lip Lock9 of 10
A bold lip color is a bit too over-the-top for yoga class. But clear gloss may not be the best alternative: Because blood tends to move away from your lips when you're working out hard, your mouth can turn overly pale. The fix? Add a hint of color by picking out a hue that mimics your natural lip shade in nude, pale pink or coral. A moisturizing stain, like this one, has 30 percent water and light oils and is designed to stay put for six hours.
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Ready, Set, Glow10 of 10
When you hit the gym, you're going to be showing some skin, so a little color can help slenderize and hide blemishes on your legs. Apply a gradual self-tanner to build to an even, natural-looking bronze. Just make sure to do your pre-gym application the night before you work out, since excessive perspiration can affect the deepness of the shade and may even cause streaks.
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