Don’t let your makeup get in the way of your workout: keep your skin happy with 15 of the best gym-ready, breathable beauty buys

Words Joy Montgomery

Breathable beauty buys

We all know that, in an ideal world, we wouldn’t wear make-up to our weekly gym class (blocked pores, melting mascara yada yada.) Sadly the reality is not always so simple. Whether you’re sandwiching a workout between meetings or simply not brave enough to go bare-faced, sometimes workout-proof makeup is the order of the day. Queue breathable beauty buys.

Alongside the fashion industry’s current obsession for ‘barely-there’ beauty, a host of beauty brands have picked up on our desire for natural, skin-friendly products. Brands such as Oxygenetix and Bare Minerals, for example, both focus on creating foundations which allow skin to breathe, yet still providing full coverage. Perfect for sweaty spin classes.

Multitasking products such as Clinique’s Chubby Stick and Benebalm, meanwhile, are a great way to add colour without clogging up the skin – suitable for both pre and post-workout application. Other must-haves include a great eyebrow gel, waterproof mascara and an oil-free compact. The result? Fresh, natural and healthy-looking skin that will carry you from barre to, well, bar.

Need some inspiration? Scroll through our gallery to discover our round-up of the best breathable beauty buys

SHISEIDO

Pureness Matifying Compact Oil-Free, £27; johnlewis.com

LANCOME

Hypnôse Drama Waterproof, £24.50; lancome.co.uk

BENEFIT

Hydrating Tinted Lip Balm, £15.50; boots.com

ESTEE LAUDER

Double Wear Makeup Remover Wipes, £20; esteelauder.co.uk

BARE MINERALS

Correcting Concealer, £21; bareminerals.co.uk

BENEFIT

Gimme Brow, £20; boots.com

LAURA MERCIER

Tinted Moisturizer Broad Spectrum, £34; spacenk.com

NARS

Gentle Oil-Free Eye Makeup Remover, £18.50; narscosmetics.co.uk

CLINIQUE

CLINIQUE Chubby Stick Cheek Colour Balm, £19.50; clinique.co.uk

LA ROCHE-POSAY

Effaclar Mat, £14.50; boots.com

OXYGENETIX

Oxygenating Breathable Foundation, £49.50; oxygenetix.com

L’ORÉAL PARIS

Brow Artist Genius Kit, £9.99; boots.com

ANASTASIA BEVERLY HILLS

Clear Brow Gel, £16.50; cultbeauty.co.uk

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