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Marathon Makeup

Nov 2, 2013 | Lifestyle | 0 comments

When I run in the morning, I literally tie my hair up, put on my outfit and leave the house. No make-up, no thought to how I look (I’ve even left the house with toothpaste around my mouth, classy.) However, when it comes to a race, or meeting up with others to go for a run, well it’s a different story. After a few too many really ugly race photos, I have started to apply ‘minimal’ make up before races.

Last year, when my friend Emily and I ran the Portsmouth half marathon, she noticed that I was wearing mascara. Her words were something like, ‘you sod, now you will look great and I’ll look awful, why didn’t you tell me you were putting makeup on?’ Later when we ran the London Marathon together, she turned up with black glittery eyeshadow on, just to outdo my marathon makeup, which was actually very minimal.

When I spoke to my friend, and beauty writer, Gillian, she said running in make up was a big no-no. However, when I said that her advice probably wouldn’t stop me wearing it, she agreed to share her tips to keep us running in style, without damaging our skin!

Although wearing a full face of make up (like Katherine Jenkins) while running 26 miles isn’t advised, here are some beauty tricks and products so you can go the distance and cross the finish line in style!


 No more panda eyes
Book into a brow bar for a lash tint and brow shape to avoid eye make up smudging while running. Groomed brows and dark lashes are timesaving, instant face framers. If you can’t bear to be separated from mascara then make sure it’s waterproof. Max Factors Clump Defy Waterproof Mascara, is robust enough to withstand sun, sweat and tears, plus the clump-free formula means you can re-apply as many times as you like (if you feel like a make up touch up on mile 20!)


Put down the make-up!
Wearing foundation while exercising is a big no-no! Sweating and heat causes pores to open, so over time skin will become blocked, leading to breakouts and dullness. A light oil, free tinted moisturiser with sun protection like Laura Mercier with SPF 20,  is a good compromise. Post-run, cleanse your face as soon as possible with a light, non-foaming cleanser which won’t irritate skin. Try Cetaphil Gentle Cleanser


Cover up

Running outdoors, potential in the midday sun, means that you need to keep skin protected to prevent lines and wrinkles. Ultrasun’s Sports 50 Body Spray, has a non-sticky, clear spray formula, which only needs to be applied once. For the face, Ultrasun’s Face 30, is one of the best I’ve used – it sinks into skin brilliantly and doesn’t leave a white, chalky residue like a lots of creams do.


Nail it
The one area that you can afford to go all out on is your fingernails! As your feet are going to take a battering, it’s best to avoid polish. It might even be worth seeing a podiatrist ( before the race to make sure that feet are in tip-top condition. For nails, there are some brilliant textured wraps and nail pens out at the moment, Revlon’s 3D Marchesa, appliques look beautiful and are really easy to apply. While L’Oreal and Barry M have some eye-catching textured polishes. Paint your ring finger the statement shade and the rest a complementary colour if you’re unsure about taking the plunge! 

I’m getting loads of compliments about my New York Marathon Nails here in NYC, including the immigration officers, and lots of people at the expo! I’ll share with you the amazing expo later when I get a chance! Hope you’re having a great weekend! 



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