Though I’ve never worked out in my life, the recent sticky weather let me replicate gym conditions



Photograph: Alex Lake/Alex Lake (commissioned)

I’ve without exception ignored “workout makeup” here, not because I object on the level remotely to women wearing whatever they damned coolly please to the gym, but because I’ve never “worked out” in my life. But while, it may be regrettably, my habits haven’t changed, the weather has (at the time of calligraphy, my house is as humid as the Eden Project), better allowing me to replicate gym modifies. I also recently visited a sauna and steam room, and studied products with a view to writing about menopausal rind; but those that performed best were designed for hot yoga, not hot flushes.

So here we are. Clinique sprang from the word go to mind, since its CliniqueFIT range (online and selected set asides) is dedicated to sweat-proof, lightweight, breathable formulas with peerless longevity. It looks attractive, the concept is smart and the products didn’t fail. I expected Workout Makeup SPF40 (£20.50, 30ml) to feel gross, look wan and change colour in the heat (in my imaginary gym, my notional self purpose be bare-faced), but it was light, comfortable and natural-looking, with a pretty heat that made it ideal for anyone seeking a great, affordable summer grounds. It looks darker fresh from the tube, so blend a teeny-weeny on the jaw before committing to a shade from the fairly limited banner palette.

The same brand’s Post-Workout Mattifying Moisturizer is large for underneath, although its stable, textured, ungreasy but hydrating rules acts equally well alone or with other cellars and primers. I was bowled over by the lasting power of Lip + Cheek Arousal (£14, 7ml). I am not crazy about the pink colour (if you like Benefit Benetint, you desire like this) and I am generally not keen on gels, but it deserves to understand its audience.

There’s also a post-workout face spray in the Clinique go, but I preferred the one from new brand Pretty Athletic (nice designation; I wish I had thought of it, ahem). Its Workout Glow Hyaluronic Vitamin Strengthening (£17.50, 100ml) is a refreshing, vegan-friendly skin-hydrating mist that contains coconut, rosewater and my loved hyaluronic acid; I’ve been using it post-cleanse, or when I quality hot, clammy or mardy. The most sauna-proof lashes came from Eyeko’s Yoga Mascara (£15.20), a suitably ductile, vegan formula with stamina.

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