Adventures in Lengthy-Lasting, Sweat-Proof Make-up (and a Shout-Out to City Decay)

Anatomy of an (simple) long-wearing make-up look!

I wore make-up to the fitness center for the primary time in eternally yesterday (There was a purpose… Extra on this in a sec.), and guess what? It led me to develop a listing of go-to sweat-proof long-lasting make-up merchandise that I do know gained’t budge an inch, even after an intense 60-minute HIIT class!

Not that I ever put on a full face once I train, however it by no means hurts to be ready, proper? Not less than now I do know what to seize if Sydney Cummings ever asks me to do a exercise video together with her.

The go-to gang

I feel having a variety of sweat-proof, water-proof merchandise readily available is a good suggestion for individuals who do performances (dude, these stage lights are HOT), or for those who’re going to be a visitor at a vacation spot wedding ceremony in a tropical locale, or for those who’re going to Vegas to sit down by the pool — principally, any state of affairs the place you understand you’ll be sweating and also you don’t need your brows/lashes/lips to soften off.

The earlier than pic: Let’s get sweaty!

Anyway, the explanation this specific make-up problem happened was as a result of my HIIT instructor requested me to be the “member of the month” on the fitness center for September 2019.

Being member of the month entails having your image taken, which is able to seem on a giant ol’ poster in the midst of the fitness center (EEK), and answering some exercise-related interview questions.

The after pic: Make-up after a 60-minute HIIT exercise

We did the image half throughout Monday night time’s class, and that included some motion photographs of me sweating (and hopefully) trying considerably cute with make-up on, even in that horrible overhead florescent lighting.

Sweating in progress…Brows nonetheless in place, YES!

I used the least quantity of product I may get away with as a result of I didn’t wish to be sporting layers and layers of heavy make-up. Additionally, many of the gadgets I used have been from City Decay, a line with a stable status for long-wearing make-up.


I’ve observed that filled-in brows make all of the distinction in pics, so I used City Decay Forehead Blade Waterproof Pencil and Ink Stain in Darkish Drapes to fill them in (pencil first, then the ink).

By the tip of the exercise, the drawn-in tail on my proper forehead had light ever-so-slightly, which wasn’t stunning, actually, with the quantity of sweat that was pouring out of me, however each brows remained kind of intact.


As a result of I’ve barely hooded eyes, I needed to outline my lids just a little, so I buffed the City Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Smog, a wealthy brown, throughout my lids to simulate a slight crease for depth and dimension. Then, I lined my higher lash line and flicked out the ends with City Decay Perversion Waterproof Fantastic Level Eye Pencil, earlier than coating my lashes with City Decay Perversion Waterproof Mascara to open my eyes up.

After the exercise, the whole lot was nonetheless in place…even the kitten flicks!


Once more, I didn’t wish to be sporting layers of primer and powder, so I attempted getting away with as little as potential. Simply sufficient to even out my pores and skin and canopy up a pimple on my chin.

I began by wetting a Actual Methods Buffing Brush with City Decay All Nighter Spray and buffing it throughout my face as a make-up primer.

Then, I did a mixture of the the longest-wearing, light-weight base merchandise that I do know 1) properly, and a couple of) don’t break me out. These embody MAC Face and Physique Basis in C5 and Estée Lauder Double Put on Keep-in-Place Make-up, which I buffed throughout my face utilizing the identical brush I used for the primer.

After it dried, I sprayed one other layer of All Nighter on high to lock the whole lot down.


For the lipstick and blush, I used a long-wearing gentle matte liquid lipstick in a coral pink referred to as Trustworthy Magnificence Liquid Lipstick in Happiness.

And that’s it!

Your pleasant neighborhood magnificence addict,


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