We only have to look at our white towels to know that exercise and makeup were not meant for each other. Dermatologically speaking, makeup can be an absolute nightmare for your skin health. Your skin is supposed to be cleaning itself out during exercising, pushing out dirt and toxins from your pores as you sweat. That already sounds pretty gross, but now just imagine having a load of foundation and powder blocking the way of this detox, too.

Ideally, we shouldn’t be working out with make up on. Yet some of us still can’t bear to go bare. It’s totally understandable — looking good can really boost your confidence, motivate you, and empower your workout. Even the British track and field Olympian, Jessica Ennis, admitted to wearing a full face of makeup when she competes. But even though most of us don’t have thousands of cameras pointing at us as we run, we still might want to look presentable at the gym. After all, you never know who you might bump into, right? Luckily, there are products that are designed to withstand sweat while still letting your skin breathe and detox. Take a look at our favourite gym-friendly makeup products for a clean, clear, and on-fleek workout.

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Benefit: Goof Proof Brow Pencil

If having power brows fuels your power session, you’ll want this sweat-proof brow pencil. Locking in its soft colour for 24 budge-proof hours, your eyebrows will stay perfectly put as you goof around all day in the gym…or even all night at a party.

Benefits Goof Proof Brow Pencil. (THB 1120)

Available at Benefit and Sephora. Locations: Emquartier, M Floor, 639 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-10pm). Siam Centre, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, Level 1, 229 Choaren Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). 

 

CliniqueFIT™: Lip & Cheek Flush

The CliniqueFIT™ collection is basically your all-inclusive setlist for the flawless gym look. With products for pre-, post-, and during workouts, they not only make sure you look good on the elliptical, but they also help your skin get as clean and clear as it should. The Lip & Cheek Flush comes in a convenient pocket-sized tube and has a gorgeous rosy pink tint that complements your natural glow.

CliniqueFIT Lip & Cheek Flush. (THB 850)

Available at Clinique. Locations: Emquartier, M Floor, 639 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-10pm). Siam Centre, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, Level 1, 229 Choaren Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). 

 

Smashbox: Always On Gel Liner

The name doesn’t lie: this super-saturated, easy-to-apply gel eyeliner stays waterproof for 24 hours. After allowing you to blend it for a few seconds, the liner then locks securely on to your lids. It’s definitely a top pick if you’re looking for a liner that won’t run even when you do.

Smashbox Always On Gel Liner. (THB 630)

Available at Smashbox and Sephora. Locations: Emquartier, M Floor, 639 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-10pm). Siam Centre, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, Level 1, 229 Choaren Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). 

 

theBalm: SCUBA Mascara

Here’s a mascara even scuba divers can use. Super water-resistant, its “pool-proof” formula leaves you free to sweat, swim, and ride the waves while knowing you look flawless. If we could have one thing on a desert island, we’d take SCUBA.

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theBalm SCUBA® Water Resistant Mascara. (THB 750)

Available at theBalm and Sephora. Locations: Emquartier, M Floor, 639 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-10pm). Siam Centre, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, Level 1, 229 Choaren Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). 

 

Tarte: Rainforest of the Sea Water Foundation

While regular foundations contain oil and powder particles that can block the way for pores to clear themselves, Tarte’s water-based foundation is less clogging and lets your skin breathe. Meanwhile its hypoallergenic formula and anti-oxidant ingredients help your skin get rid of toxins and free radicals. Also, it’s worth checking out the rest of Tarte’s “athleisure” line for more gym-friendly skin products.

Tarte Rainforest of the Sea Water-Based Foundation . (THB 2900)

Available at Tarte and Sephora. Locations: Emquartier, M Floor, 639 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-10pm). Siam Centre, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, Level 1, 229 Choaren Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). 

 

Bobbi Brown: Long Wear Gel Eyeliner

Actually tested on professional athletes, Bobbi Brown’s award-winning gel liner is definitely a safe bet for any sweaty, humid, or watery activities. It combines the precision of a liquid liner with the ease of a gel formula and doesn’t fade or smudge even if we tried. Take this to your next gym session and you’ll have an eye liner as tough as you.

Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Eye Liner. (THB 1150)

Available at Bobbi Brown. Locations: Emquartier, M Floor, 639 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-10pm). Siam Centre, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, Level 1, 229 Choaren Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm). 

 

Hourglass: Vanish Seamless Concealer

With a shocking 32 shades to choose from, this waterproof concealer-foundation hybrid was designed for anyone doing anything. The high-pigment stick has the coverage level of a concealer, but it also works as a quick and clean way to apply foundation with one swipe. There’s even innovative technology that allows the concealer to adjust to your body temperature and blend into your skin tone even as it changes during exercise. It’s a concealer that won’t leave little light patches on your skin when you get those rosy post-workout cheeks. Finally

Hourglass Vanish Seamless Concealer. (THB 1400)

Available at Hourglass and Sephora. Locations: Emquartier, M Floor, 639 Sukhumvit Road, Bangkok 10110 (10am-10pm). Siam Centre, G Floor, Rama I Road, Bangkok 10330 (10am-10pm). ICONSIAM, Level 1, 229 Choaren Nakhorn Road, Bangkok, 10600 (10am-10pm).