Ask Belle: Belle’s Makeup Touch Up Kit
Feb 25, 2015
Can you do a post on what you put in your gym makeup bag?
Whether you’re touching up throughout the day or refreshing your makeup post-workout, the process begins with your morning makeup application.
Using a primer will keep your makeup from wilting as the day goes on. I use NARS Pro Prime Oil-Free Primer, but many budget-savvy women substitute Monistat Anti-Chafing Gel (no, really). If your eyeshadow creases throughout the day, the Urban Decay eye primer is a great product.
Need a makeup bag? I love the one below from River Island. H&M also has this lovely buff-colored bag and this tribal print pouch. And these laminated pouches from Orla Kiely are good for frequent, heavy use.
When you start a post-workout/end-of-day touch-up, the first thing you need to do is remove excess oil. The NYX blotting papers are great for that. Once your skin is mattified, it’s time to re-apply.
First, I use swabs filled with makeup remover to clean up smudged mascara, etc. Then, I reapply concealer to any uncovered blemishes, the under-eye area, etc. and set everything with powder. Because this is a re-application, you don’t want to overdo it on the powder or you’ll end up looking cakey. The HD Powder from Makeup Forever is so fine, that when you apply it with a soft, fluffy brush you can apply just the right amount.
My cheek makeup always needs a touch-up by end of day, but again, I don’t want to over apply. This Almay blush blends well with my morning shade, and perks up without overwhelming. No need to look like Bozo the Clown post-gym.
To touch up my eye makeup, I trace the original line of my eyeliner and apply a bit more shadow. I like a slightly pearlescent shadow, because if you apply matte shadow at the end of the day, it tends to look piled on. Then, I use the Anastasia brow pencil to highlight the hollow of my eye and the area under the eyebrow. If I need it, I add a bit more mascara.
Finally, I use a clean makeup sponge to blend everything. Blending is critical. This is the step that ensures that you don’t look overdone after your touch-up.
If you need to touch up your hair as well, I recommend a travel size Psssst dry shampoo. I also carry a travel-size hairbrush, a hair tie, and some bobby pins. If you find dry-shampoo drying, a texturizing spray can lift fallen roots and absorb a bit of the oil as well.