The Ugly Truth About Wearing Makeup to the Gym


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Confession: A few of us here at Byrdie have admitted to wearing makeup to work out. Yes, it’s a guilty pleasure even beauty editors indulge in now and then. Reasons vary from hitting the gym right after work to applying just a little to feel more confident while you break a sweat. You do better when you look better, right? But rather than maintain the ignorance-is-bliss approach, we decided to see what a makeup artist actually thinks about working out in makeup.

We spoke to celebrity makeup artist and industry veteran Jo Baker, who has beautified the faces of Emmy Rossum, Naya Rivera, January Jones, and Cindy Crawford, for her take on exercising while wearing makeup. Though we weren’t exactly expecting a resounding endorsement, as it turns out, the makeup-at-the-gym practice is something Baker feels passionately about—and for really good reasons.

Keep scrolling to Jo Baker's compelling take on why you should embrace makeup-free workouts.

What about you—are you guilty of wearing makeup to the gym? Sound off below!

This article was originally published on June 24, 2014.