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This Natural Mascara Can Withstand a Bikram Yoga Class

Erin Bunch

Erin BunchDecember 24, 2019

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I’m (perhaps clinically) addicted to hot yoga. It’s more than just my workout: It’s my refuge, my therapy, my calm before, during, and after the storm of my busy days. Because I tend to be rushing to and from the yoga studio, I don’t always have time to wipe my face clean before heading into a sweat-sesh. And so, I’ve been on the hunt for a mascara and sweat-proof makeup that won’t drip down my face while I flow.

“It’s ok to want to wear a little something to your workout, but when you’re that warm and sweaty, you want products that hold up and won’t contribute to breakouts,” says Merrady Wickes, a makeup artist and beauty director for The Detox Market.

She recently helped me figure out how to get my eyeliner to stay put, and it turns out that’s not the only trick she has when it comes to staying power. “Kjaer Weis Lengthening Mascara ($38) has been known to last through a Bikram class,” she tells me. “It’s seriously a yoga teacher favorite.” Wickes says the product, which utilizes carnauba wax, delivers length and separation without making you look done up.

Hungry for more help, I ask her if there’s anything else I can apply to my face without looking like a sad clown after class. “It might feel counterintuitive, but a cream bronzer formulated without water will in turn have slightly waterproof qualities,” she says. “I love swiping Vapour Bronzing Stick ($36) on cheeks, temples, chin, and lids for a sunny, slightly sculpting effect.” For the cheeks, she also prescribes Ere Perez Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint ($26). “It’s a super concentrated tint that lasts all day,” she says. “The pigment is no joke, so start with less than you think and allow to dry before building for a juicy flush on cheeks and lips.”

Being that I came of age in the ’90s, Wickes advises filling out my emaciated brows using Kimiko Beauty Super Fine Eyebrow Pencil Automatique ($29) before class while I’m at it. “It’s formulated in Japan with a low-oil lead that withstands heat and humidity,” she says.

And while it won’t impact my look immediately, Wickes additionally recommends layering a sunscreen on as a base ahead of doing anything else. “Suntegrity Impeccable Skin SPF 30 ($55) is silicone and oil-free with just enough coverage and broad spectrum sun protection,” she says. “It’s also packed with skin-care benefits including peptides and hyaluronic acid so your skin actually gets better the more you use it.”

Thanks to these tips, hot yoga can remain my safe place; albeit one wherein I now, potentially meet dates.

Hot yoga can make activewear feel suffocating; here, 8 pairs of pants that stood up to the W+G sweat test. Plus, the non-slip yoga mat that’ll keep you from falling on your face.

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