This is the kind of post that is probably going to have a lot of haters, so for goodness sake, please don’t share it on Reddit! The “serious” runners will get their $60 custom performance undergarments (panties) in a bunch over the concept that someone might want to know what makeup works best while running.
The funny thing is that I rarely wear makeup, only for special occasions like work presentations, nights out with friends and races. The reason I like to wear makeup for races is that it makes my race photos look so much better! Vanity? Probably, but it’s been so long since I’ve liked pictures of myself that I’m going to celebrate with the best race photos I can get. As you can see, I don’t layer it on, but it does help keep me from looking too washed out.
Racing isn’t easy on makeup. The first requirement is that it is comfortable and doesn’t cause any skin or eye irritation. The last thing you need when you’re racing is to have your makeup give you trouble. Ideally you won’t even notice it. The next requirement is that it needs to stay put, even with sweating and in the rain. Finally, it needs to be smear-proof so that if you do need to rub your eyes it won’t turn you into a raccoon.
After some trial and error, here are the items I now use for my races:
L’Oreal Double Extend Mascara is just amazing. I hate mascara. I always end up rubbing my eyes and smudging it all over my face. The reason this mascara is perfect for racing is that it won’t smudge and it doesn’t irritate my eyes (even with contacts in). The tube has two halves each with their own brush. The first is the primer which is white. Then you put on the colored (brown or black) mascara over the white primer. Magic happens (or maybe science happens) and results in the mascara turning into little plastic tubes on each eyelash.
If you rub your eyes, the worst that happens is that the tubes kind of flake off and you can just brush them off your skin. Rain and sweat don’t cause any smearing or smudging. To remove you just use warm water and a washcloth. The friction of rubbing warm water is what just kind of peels off the tubes. It is a little more clumpy than other mascaras, but it’s the only mascara I’ve ever been able to use and it works great for running
Too Faced Perfect Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner is a recent find for me and I love it. I had the same trouble with eyeliner that I had with mascara. I rub my eyes more than I should and it tends to smear. This eyeliner applies very smoothly and stays put better than any other brand I’ve tried. And it doesn’t irritate my sensitive eyes!
Covergirl Outlast Lipstain has been a long time favorite for me. I’m just a tomboy, low maintenance kind of person at heart. I have no time or patience for makeup that needs to be reapplied or that tends to smear if you touch your face. Traditional lipsticks last for about 45 seconds on my face so I never saw the point, but lipstains last for hours without any fuss, smears or issues. Perfect for races and they have the added benefit of not having the risk of melting if left in a car or sparkleskirt pocket!Prescriptives Virtual Skin Foundation is another one of my old favorites. I think you can only buy this online now, but I’ve stocked up and one bottle lasts me about a year. This is a super lightweight foundation that doesn’t feel heavy at all. I don’t usually even bother with foundation when I race but if I do, this is what I use.
Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray is the final touch. You spray it on your face after putting on your makeup and it helps keep it all in place. It’s a little disconcerting to spray it directly on my face, but it doesn’t hurt my eyes and after it dries I don’t feel it.
Even though these are my favorites, everyone will have things they like more than others. Do you wear makeup during races? What’s your favorite product? Have you had any disasters? Are you a “serious” runner and now you’re all offended that I even wrote this post?