Sweat and Still Look Amazing

Can’t leave the house for your workout without any makeup on? We’ve got you covered! 

Most experts recommend sticking to the bare minimum when it comes to makeup for workouts. We’re talking maybe a BB cream/tinted moisturiser, waterproof mascara, and a tinted lip balm. Any eyeliner is likely to run or fade, and blush is unnecessary because it’s time to let that post-workout glow shine! 

We have included both splurge and save options, because let’s face it, working out CAN be pricey, and less money spent on makeup means more money for activewear! These products can be found either in stores, or online.

For the Face

The key is to look as natural as possible, while letting your skin breathe.

Base – BB Cushions

Splurge: Laneige BB Cushion [Pore Control] $59

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You’re probably sick of seeing this particular cushion being recommended over and over again, but there’s a reason it’s so popular! 

This multi-benefit BB cushion gives you a fresh complexion that looks oh-so-natural! It glides on smoothly, and leaves you looking matte. And because it’s water-resistant, you won’t be left with unglamourous sweat streaks on your face and neck after! It also offers SPF50+ protection, so feel free to slap it on before your outdoor workout.

It also comes in 5 shades, unlike most Korean BB cushions, which means you’ll be more likely to find a match for your sunkissed skin!

Save: The Face Shop Oil Control Water Cushion $29.90

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Most moisturising cushions leave you with a dewy complexion that turns oily quickly, but not this one! It controls sebum to ensure you look as fresh as possible, for as long as possible, and it boasts seriously impressive lasting power as well.

This budget-friendly BB cushion comes in 3 shades, and is definitely worth considering if you can find a match!

It’s waterproof, which is perfect in our unpredictable tropical climate, with a classic matte velvet finish. It also offers SPF50+ protection.

Base – Tinted Moisturisers

Splurge: Tarte Amazonian Clay BB Tinted Moisturiser Broad Spectrum SPF20 $55

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This tinted moisturiser has a lightweight, water-based formula that blends easily into your skin.  Formulated without oil, it won’t clog your pores, and its micro-treated mineral pigments gives an even, natural finish. Think My Skin But Better.

Although it’s not waterproof, it holds up well when you get all sweaty, and its compact, fuss-free packaging makes it easy for a quick touch up after your workout. Its formula contains ingredients that nourish, moisturise, and protect your skin, while the SPF20 offers some protection from the sun. 

A range of shades in Asian tones is available, and it’s a great tinted moisturiser!

Save: ZA Total Hydration BB Cream $15.90

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Yes, this is technically not called “tinted moisturiser”, but this incredibly lightweight BB cream is essentially a tinted moisturiser on steroids! The power packed cream features 12 benefits in 1 tube, including SPF43 protection.

The cream contains sebum-absorbing powder that keeps shine at bay, while the poreless powder gives you a flawless finish, even while working out! It’s not as long-lasting, but the sleek tube makes for convenient touch ups on the go.

This drugstore BB cream feels like you’re wearing nothing at all, but unfortunately, it’s only available in one shade. It’s still a great drugstore option though!

Setting Spray

Splurge: Urban Decay De-Slick Oil-Control Setting Spray $48

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This setting spray is no stranger to those whose makeup constantly battles with humidity. Famed for its lasting power and ability to keep your face perfectly matte all day, this spray is the go-to choice for intense workouts!

A spritz is enough to keep the oil at bay, and to keep your makeup perfectly protected throughout any workout. With this spray, you can be sure your makeup will not budge at all, and your workout can be your main focus!

Save: Essence You Better Work! Setting Spray $6

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Your days of sweating your carefully applied makeup off your face is over! This spray is specially formulated to keep your makeup in place, and ensure you flawless while working out.

It keeps you perfectly matte, and the scent is so refreshing. This affordable drugstore brand is cruelty-free, and the low price means you can hoard as many bottles of this limited edition spray as you can find.

For the Eyes


Splurge: Anastasia Beverly Hills Dip Brow Pomade $35

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ABH Dip Brow Pomade is the OG strong brow product that will take your brows to the next level.

Up your brow game with full and defined brows, even through the sweatiest of workouts, because this baby is waterproof, and isn’t fazed by oily skin or humidity. This pomade is the hero we all need in Singapore, if your brows aren’t already microbladed on, that is.

It comes in an amazingly wide range with 11 shades, so you can definitely find one that matches your hair and skin tone. It’s a tad pricey, but a little goes a long way.

Save: Essence Superlast 24H Eyebrow Pomade Pencil Waterproof $5.50

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If you can’t already tell, I’m a massive fan of Essence Cosmetics, and its sister brand, Catrice Cosmetics. These affordable drugstore products hail from Europe, and are proudly cruelty-free. And they work.

This eyebrow pomade pencil makes it easy to touch up your brows on the go, but you won’t have to, because the creamy formula promises to last all day. It comes in a handy dandy twistable pencil packaging, with an integrated sharpener and silicon brush. Shaping and taping your brows has never been this easy!

This pomade pencil comes in 3 shades, and at $5.50, it’s a steal.


Splurge: CliniqueFIT Workout 24h Mascara $30

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This volumising mascara, part of a line touted to be created JUST to survive workouts, launched to much fanfare. Clearly we’ve all been looking for the perfect makeup line to ensure we look good while working out. The mascara promises to be tough enough to withstand all of life’s curve balls.

The mascara doesn’t just guarantee it’ll last your workout, it says it’ll stay on for a good 24 hours. It is sweat- and humidity-resistant, and also contains conditioning ingredients to pamper your lashes. 

If you can’t live without fluttery lashes framing your peepers, this mascara is going to be your new best friend.

Save: Catrice Cosmetics Glam & Doll False Lashes Waterproof Mascara $7

Photo credit: Catrice Cosmetics

I went through a Glam & Doll phase, in which I wore it every day, and recommended it to every single person who complimented my lashes. It gave me the most intense, inky black, luscious lashes, and it cost less than $10. 

This waterproof version promises both volume and length. And it’s as black as I like my coffee. The slightly curved elastomer brush reaches each individual lash and coats it evenly with just one swipe. 

Your lashes will never look, and wallet, feel, better. Falsies without the effort? Why not?


Tinted Lip Balms

Splurge: FRESH Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment Sunscreen SPF 15 $36

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FRESH Sugar Tinted Lip Treatment is one of the hottest lip balms available right now. One of their bestselling products, the lip balm moisturises, protects and smoothens the lips with real sugar—a natural humectant—delivering delectable and dependable moisture. 

You can count on the formula to provide much-needed protection from damaging UV rays, while the tinted treatments offer sheer coverage or buildable colour.

This lip balm comes in 12 shades including untinted.

Save: Innisfree Glow Tint Lip Balm $7

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The Innisfree Glow Tint Lip Balm combines the shine of a gloss with the comforting hydration of a balm for perfectly dewy, and volumised lips.

It deeply nourishes and hydrates your lips, because chapped lips are never sexy, even during a workout, while the 5 shades it comes in delivers a natural pop of colour! It’s infused with natural botanical oils, including Macadamia Nut, Coconut, Almond Oil, and Flaxseed. 

At $7 a pop, it’s a reliable lip balm to stash in your bag at all times!

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