I recently started doing yoga after my sisters gave me a yoga mat for Christmas. As someone who rejects all team sports, refuses to go running if it’s too hot or cold outside, and spends most of the time reading in bed, I desperately needed some form of exercise in my life.
So far, yoga has been surprisingly enjoyable for such a non-flexible person.
Usually, I spread my yoga mat out in my tiny bedroom and follow along with yoga videos on YouTube. I like doing it this way; there’s no need for shame, unless someone walks into my room without knocking and catches me doing a really bad attempt at a downward dog split in, um... minimal clothing. (That has happened, and there was, indeed, a lot of shame involved.) But USUALLY I can just sweat it all out and get red in the face and then accidentally fall asleep on the mat afterwards in corpse pose.
However, I recently decided to take a class at my local university. This led to me finally buying some actual workout clothes, which was fun, but also caused some stress over how much makeup to wear to the class. The obvious answer is: none. Most of the time, I went bare-faced because nobody there really cared. In fact, I personally spent most of my time training my gaze away from my classmates because the alternative was intently eyeing their butts.
But... What if you have a really hot yoga instructor? Like, what if Tara Stiles is your yoga instructor? (Yeah, I use her videos and might have a bit of a crush.) Or what if you have a date right after yoga, and you’re not going to have time to go sit in your car after class and apply a full face of makeup? The latter actually happened to me a few times, so I figured out an effective way to deal.
No one wants to show up to a date sweaty, smelly, and red-faced, but no one wants to be that person who shows up to yoga class with caked on foundation and a thick cloud of perfume either. Here’s how I found a happy medium.
First, I started with a mostly fresh face. I had already lined in my brows a little bit that morning and slathered on my daily moisturizer with SPF. I put on BB cream next, and although you technically don’t need moisturizer when using a BB cream, I always do anyway because my skin is so dry.
I’m a little obsessed with BB creams and have tried a bunch, including the Garnier (which makes my face a bit too orange and greasy) and the Maybelline (which I liked but wish came in a bigger bottle). I was going to try the Revlon Photoready BB Cream next, until the slightly pricier but SPARKLY bottle of Physicians Formula BB cream caught my eye. (Next time, Revlon.)
I like how the Physicians Formula BB cream is fragrance-free (ahem, Garnier) and has SPF 30 mineral sunscreen, making it great for people with sensitive skin like me. It also provides just enough of a dewy, even finish so that my face looks clear and glowy but not ridiculously overdone. If you’re afraid of getting too glowy during your poses, a little powder helps.
For a few pesky zits and dark spots that the BB cream didn’t cover, I used my Maybelline Fit Me Concealer. Obviously we’re going to skip blush entirely; I don’t know about you, but I get enough of a flush from the exercise. I’m vain (shocker) so I didn’t include the picture of me upside down with a beet-red face.
Then I used my eyelash curler (I totally forget where I got this from but I do remember buying it because it was pink) and waterproof CoverGirl Lashblast Volume mascara for super long, non-clumpy eyelashes that opened up my eyes. That’s it for the eye makeup; I have no desire to have eyeliner or eyeshadow smudged all over my yoga mat.
The last thing I do on my face is use some tinted lip balm; I particularly like any kind from Burt’s Bees. The Hibiscus Tinted Lip Balm is very light and does not stay on long, so you’ll have to reapply; the Rhubarb Lip Shimmer has a darker color that lasts longer, but also smudges more noticeably.
If you want something with a bit more impact to distract from your flushed cheeks, I definitely recommend Wet ‘n’ Wild’s Stoplight Red (or 911D), which I just tried after Kara mentioned it in her article about blue-based red lipsticks. I owe her big-time, because this stuff stayed on after swimming for two hours in a lake.
Finally, there’s the issue of a post-workout smell. I switch between Kiehl’s Superbly Efficient Anti-Perspirant and Deodorant Cream and Tom’s of Maine Long Lasting Wild Lavender Deodorant because the Kiehl’s is expensive and has aluminum in it, which I like to keep to a minimum. Sometimes I combine them if I’m worried about getting really stinky. I like how the Kiehl’s is scentless, and the Tom’s lavender scent is very mild and inoffensive. (I stopped wearing perfume-y deodorant to yoga after the strong scent, combined with my own sweat, threatened to make me pass out on my mat.)
I also pack some wipes in my bag; I use Simple Cleansing Facial Wipes for removing makeup at night but also for wiping myself down quickly after a workout. Plain baby wipes work great too. For when you want to get that shine off your face but not the makeup, e.l.f. blotting sheets are very cheap and effective.
While we’re on the topic of sweat, I’ve found that it also helps to bring either baby powder or dry shampoo to quickly freshen up your hair before your date.
Oh, and don’t forget to use some sunscreen if you’re doing yoga outside. I recently started using Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Dry-Touch Sunscreen and am very pleased with it. It has a fresh, non-overpowering scent, won’t break you out or make you look shiny, and is water (and sweat!) resistant.
Now you have an easy way to look effortlessly pretty and fresh after spending an hour suppressing curses while wobbling on one foot. You’re welcome. In return, tell me what tricks you use to seduce your hot yoga instructor, or exactly how I’m doing all of these poses wrong and what pose I should ruin next. I just managed to do crow pose for three seconds before face-planting--a new record!