Avoid A Make-up Meltdown | People Magazine

Avoid A Make-up Meltdown

IT’S generally not a good idea to put on a full face of make-up for the gym, without running the risk of breakouts and smeared mascara, that is.  But sometimes there’s no other option but to squeeze in a workout during a lunch break or before a dinner date. Avoid smudged eyeliner and splotchy foundation on the elliptical or any other make-up meltdown with these sweat-proof tips.

BB Is Best

KEEP skin looking fresh and healthy during all workouts with a light tinted moisturizer, BB or CC cream.  An oil-free formula that will provide a dewy, sheer finish (with SPF 30 sun protection) is best. It should also be non-comedogenic, so you don’t have to worry about clogging pores.

Anti-Dullness BB Cream: R230, Vichy

Brow Power

A brow gel is great for keeping brows on fleek. Even if the rest of your make-up is minimal, filled-in brows will frame the face and keep you looking put-together

Brow This Way Brow Styling Gel: R94.95 Rimmel


ONE of the best secrets to looking dewy (not sweaty) after any gym session is blotting sheets. Bonus: you don’t have to spend a lot of money on these miracle mattifyers.

Fresh Face Blotting Paper: R99.95, NYX

Just Add Colour

COLOUR should usually be avoided when going for a workout, but if you absolutely can’t go without a hint of colour on your lips, try a tinted lip balm. It moisturises the lips and gives a gorgeous splash of colour.

Eight Hour Cream Lip Protectant Stick: R215, Elizabeth Arden

Save Face

WATERPROOF is mandatory when going to the gym. Of course, it can be hard to give up your beloved mascara. But hey, it’s better than mascara running down your face.

Volume Glamour Max Waterproof Mascara: R69, Bourjois

Blemish Be Gone

A pimple will always pop up if you’re going make-up free. Luckily there’s a way to cover up. If you have one problem pimple or a few blemishes go for a concealer that contains blemish-blasting salicylic acid.

Light Reflecting Concealer: R395, Dr. Hauschka

No Sweat

CONTROL facial sweat with anti-perspirant. Yes, you read that right. Use a solid anti-perspirant over the skin, especially on the upper lip, to help stop sweating. Swipe it on, pat it in and wait a few minutes for it to dry.

Anti-Perspirant Stick: R39.95, Nivea



I am Beauty Editor at People Magazine and a make-up artist. I have worked with many celebrities, including, Phumeza Mdaba, Boity, Zuraida Jardine and Rolene Strauss. I always knew I would work in magazines, as I grew up in publishing (my parents are publishers). When I’m not writing beauty or following my passion for make-up, I can be found reading and spending time with family and friends. I am also a tea-lover

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