Do you love wearing your Lululemon leggings to Sunday brunch even when you’re replacing a sweat session with bottomless mimosas? Or maybe you like to carry your Sweaty Betty bag everywhere, even when it’s filled with anything but gym clothes? This is what athleisure is all about, a casual office-to-gym-to-brunch attire that you can wear anywhere you please – while staying comfortable and looking sexy.
And since comfortable and sexy are not limited to clothes only, there is a new generation of skincare and makeup out there that helps you stay fresh and glowing whether you are exercising or enjoying a slice of avo on toast at your favourite café. You’ll be happy to hear that the beauty market is not limited to dry shampoo and shower gel anymore, here are a few ideas of uncomplicated products that are easy to carry around and offer you beauty without compromise.
The new Urban Decay Meltdown make-up removing range epitomises athleisure beauty at its best, with quick-acting and travel-friendly products such as a creamy gel, a three-phase, oil-based Cleansing Oil Stick that turns into a balm, oil and then mousse, a Dissolving Spray that works on long-lasting face and eye make-up with only three ingredients, and a Lip Oil Stick to easily get rid of waterproof lipsticks.
Pixi have recently launched Sun Serum, with an SPF 30 serum for the face and a solid protective lip balm at the end with botanicals and vitamin E to protect at any time.
The Yuni brand offers mindful beauty for an active life, with skin, body and hair care products inspired by yoga and helping you save time and recover after working out. Some of the staples are Flash Bath No-Rinse Body Cleansing Foam to help you quickly refresh after a yoga class, Chillax Muscle Recovery Gel to treat post-workout muscle soreness and inflammation, and Pocket Savasana Body Balance Concentrate, an aromatherapy roller ball to bring calmness and clarity into your life any time you need it.
Birchbox’s second own range, Arrow, comes with lightweight, long-wearing make-up and refreshing skincare to help you stay active while enhancing (not hiding) your natural beauty. Choose from an odor-busting aluminum-free deodorant, a nourishing lip balm that adjusts to every user’s unique pH to enhance natural lip color, a cooling cheek tint, and a very cute gym-friendly makeup bag.
Supergoop From Barre to Bar is a set of bestselling beauty basics in gym bag-friendly sizes, to help protect from UV light with City Sunscreen Serum SPF 30, lastingly set make-up with Defense Refresh Setting Mist SPF 50, enhance the complexion thanks to Daily Correct CC Cream SPF 35 and add a touch of colour with Perk-Up Lip + Cheek Treat SPF 50.
Looking for that perfect gym selfie? Primark Beauty offer a budget-friendly, sweat resistant line called PS…Work Out, especially designed to be worn at the gym. A selection of foundation stick, mattifying powder, waterproof mascara and eyeliner are in store – Metro have swatched and tested all the products.
Tarte Beauty offer a whole like of Athleisure products that help you keep your skin in shape while you exercise. Brighter Days Highlighting Moisturizer is a sweat-resistant lotion with 70% water with a light brightening effect that promises not to clog pores, whether worn before or after gym. Blot Party On-the-Go Mattifiers come in a compact including a translucent pressed finishing powder, a brush and 50 blotting papers to absorb sebum without blocking pores.
Similarly, the Physicians Formula Organic Wear Work It! range includes Marathonista Tinted Moisturizer with SPF 40, a lightweight cream promising to deliver heavy-weight performance to keep you perfected and protected through even for toughest workout, with botanicals and vitamins to withstand even the most athletic activities – like a full 10k run. You might want to use it with the Full! Flared! Fit! Mascara to last through the toughest workout, with the same blend of nutrients for a gym– and sweat-proof resistance.
Eyeko have also launched a Waterproof Mascara & Eyeliner Duo to help you make it through sweaty gym sessions, with formulas said to survive under extreme sport conditions.
One of the newcomers in the beauty world, Sweat Cosmetics offer high-performance mineral makeup that is developed, tested, and proven by professional and Olympic female athletes. The sweat-resistant products are all natural and specially created to provide multi-tasking and convenient ways to keep skin healthy and beautiful.
Superdrug Active Haircare is a range of UV-protective products that wash away salt and chlorine odour with a shampoo and conditioner, as well as a leave-in treatment spray to moisturise and keep flyaways in check while at the gym – or even better, on holiday.
And speaking of hair care, Cleansing Conditioners are one of the latest trends in athleisure. One of them is Shu Uemura Art of Hair Color Lustre Dry Cleaner, a glorified dry shampoo with musk rose oil to deeply nourish and antioxidant goji berry extract, to help protect the hair from oxidation and colour fade, all in a water-free conditioning base with translucent micro-fine powders to absorb oil without leaving any residue.