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StyleWatch Editors Want To Know: Do You Wear Makeup to the Gym?

01/29/2007 at 11:00 AM ET

Sure, Jessica Biel looks great even without makeup, but most of us like having a little help before we leave the house. But what to do at the gym? You want to look good, especially if there are cute guys working out nearby, but no one likes their mascara running into their eyes while they’re jogging. We want to know what you do. Tell us: Do you wear makeup to the gym? If so, what do you wear?

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Marti on

I only wear it if I go to the gym after work – which is usually. But I hate it. I hate the thought of my pores getting all clogged with my makeup because I am sweating. I am there to work out – not look good. But dang, you should see some of the girls that go there. They are there for only one reason – and that is to be stared at by the guys. Personally, I think they look ridiculous!!

Heidi on

My skin breaks out if I leave my makeup on while working out. Definitely wash it off beforehand. Prissy women who come in to the gym all polished erk me. It’s a GYM!!!! You go there to work out which means you’re going to get sweaty and dirty.

Cassie T, 25, Cleveland, Ohio on

I actually go natural. Having your pores suffer with makeup along with sweat is not good. I bring some face wipes along to keep me looking fresh!

Abbie H. on

I do end up wearing make-up to the gym, I go right after work and I don’t have a chance to go home and dress for the gym. But if I am at home and planning to go to the gym, then no, I don’t make myself up. I go to an all female workout class anyway!

Tina on

It seems Jessica IS wearing some makeup in this photo…When I work out I basically use mascara and lipgloss and that is it.. but those are things I never go without! But if people do want to wear makeup to the gym its their call…they are probably coming from work anyhow.

~*Ash*~ on

No, when I’m at the gym I’m there to focus on myself and make sure I reach my goals I set for myself before I leave the house not whether or not the guys beside me thinks I’m hot or not. Besides I have enough self-confidence to know that I’m hot anyways HAHA ;)

Sarah on

I like to see my natural, beautiful glow after a long sweat-fest, so no, I don’t wear make-up to the gym. My skin always feels so fresh and soft when it sweats out all the days pollution through clean pores.

Sarah
25
Milwaukee, WI

L on

To “j”,
It does not make sense to wear mascara, that’s stupid and insecure of you, who is going to look at your eyes! DUUUH!

Amy B. on

I go from work straight to the gym, so therefore I do have makeup on. If I have time, I will wash my foundation off. But if I can get to the gym in the morning before work, there’s no need for putting on makeup, no one too impress.

Patricia Smarrelli on

Well, makeup at the gym is a no no. You are there to work out, and trust me, men prefer women to be natural.

Also makeup is actually ageing – so – unless I am going to an event or special dinner etc., I myself don’t wear makeup on daily basis.

So, natural is definitely best at the gym.

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