As a recent Facebook post illustrated, running in makeup is a topic that elicits just a fraction more opinions other crazy important and debatable topics, like whether Red Vines are an acceptable substitute for Twizzlers.
Seriously, though, we think Christy Rose, profiled below, said it best: "In my time as a runner, I’ve found that every woman I’ve run with has her own way of feeling her best when heading out for a run.
From a naked face to a red lip and beyond, we all want to put our best foot (and face!) forward."
Amen to that. We support whatever choices you make for your face — and thought it might be fun to share some routines from nope, I never run with makeup to of course, and here's the routine I love.
Take a look: You might find your next favorite product, or you might decide to take it all off the next time a race rolls around.
Currently, the only makeup in the house belongs to my 16-year old daughter because I haven’t worn it for years.
I’m not making an Alicia Keys-style statement, I’ve simply decided that it’s not a routine I want to make time for. As I’ve aged, I’ve made one exception: I do slather on a moisturizer with SPF every morning (usually Aveeno Positively Radiant but I’m not married to it) and re-apply before an afternoon run. — Adrienne Martini
I don’t wear a lot of makeup to begin with.I’m at an age where I have to be careful about foundations, as they can just accent the cracks in my face. I’m usually concerned with getting up early enough to eat, digest and go to the bathroom, and get out the door. Adding makeup to my face before a run would just be another chore.
Full disclosure: There are times after work when I go running I haven’t washed my face from the morning’s application.I usually end up with black under my eyes afterward.
My race photos are hit and miss, but that’s usually because of the face I’m making at the time the camera caught me, not because my face is devoid of makeup.
The Nike Women's half in 2014 gave out Neutrogena face wipes at the 20 K mark to wipe your face before the finish line camera. It was a nice touch but I don't think it did much for me. The race photo shows me with a very red face.— Susan Atkinson
Tinted moisturizer is good. When you get flushed, it gives you a natural look. Plus, tinted moisturizer acts like a breathable base, which allows you to have sheer tint cover with SPF as well. When you sweat the tinted is less likely to run but it is a moisturizer that absorbed into the skin leaving that sheer base coverage.
I think you should wear something that acts as a barrier, not only from the sun but from any outside elements like free radicals. I like Bb flawless by Younique or Laura Mercier. Rimmel is also nice if you want something high quality but less expensive. — Penny Mislowack-Cooper
I use IT Cosmetics CC cream with SPF 50, a little mascara, and lip balm. That’s it!
It is truly bulletproof.
This combo protects from sweat, water, and Gatorade spills, and it is always still on at the end of the race. It gives me confidence knowing that, at age 49, when the photographer is snapping I’ll look at the pictures and feel great about them. Plus, I like that it has SPF for sun protection.— Erin Humphrey
In my time as a runner, I’ve found that every woman I’ve run with has her own way of feeling her best when heading out for a run.
From a naked face to a red lip and beyond, we all want to put our best foot (and face!) forward. Personally, putting a focus on my eyes makes me feel more “awake” and ready to face the miles — andthe day — ahead.
I rarely wear makeup in my daily life unless I am going out to meet people or for work. I walk around in gym clothes with a fresh face 90 percent of my life.
Other than SPF in the summer, I never wore makeup when I raced. Then I decided to run the Disney Princess half last February. I wanted to be in-theme, so I wore a Cinderella outfit with a crown.
Because I was in what appeared to be a costume, I decided to wear makeup. I just did my makeup like I would if I were going out with my friends/or on a date night: Liquid foundation, bronzer, mascara and a red lip.
I was concerned about the heat and sweating during the race. It was hot and humid but the beginning part of the race was before the sun came out. I really thought I’d look like a mess by the time I crossed the finish. I was pleasantly surprised when my race photos came back and every single one of them was magazine quality!
Since that race, I’ve started wearing my mascara. Typically, I don’t wear a full face of makeup unless the race is a fun run, like Disney or Pride. I try to have my hair tamed and always wear a good sunscreen.— Sarah Pampillonia
I don’t normally wear makeup (except leftover makeup from the day before) on training runs but on race days I like the Neutrogena Anti-Aging Perfector because it blends well, doesn’t look like makeup, but smoothies away the slight melasma from pregnancy and all my freckles from running outside.
It makes me look healthy and youthful, rather than settling into wrinkles, as a typical foundation would.
I use whatever eyebrow pencil I have on hand, because I lose them all the time. I look TERRIBLE without eyebrow pencil because my brows are invisi-blonde. I typically use taupe or light brown.
I usually just use waterproof black mascara, on my eyes, and the L’Oréal Voluminous is what I’ve used since high school. In the picture, I’m wearing L’Oréal eyeliner, which is waterproof, but I usually use Revlon ColorStay eyeliner in black or brown, if I’m going to use eyeliner. I usually use it in the winter when I’m fish-belly white.
The Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry Me keeps my lips from getting wind-chapped. It has a nice hint of color without looking garish. I feel weird in lipstick for some reason so I only ever wear lip balm or gloss. — Susan Landolt
I have always been a makeup person for race day. I want to feel put together at least at the start of my adventure/performance. Whatever happens after that, I just take it as it is. But there are a few things I am consistent about.
Besides the products below, I always wear a hat or buff. It provides some shade for my face and eyes. Plus, it keeps the sweat from running down my face even on the most humid and hot race days.
Below are the products I use and have had the best results with. I have been consistent with the same items for a while:
Step 5)Urban Decay Naked2 Basics Palette: This my favorite natural selection that looks good on everyone with a matte and realistic appearance. I always line the top of the lid with the darkest color with a thin angled shadow brush. I’m sure other brands have similar palettes.