Opting Out of Running in Makeup

Eye makeup of a woman. Polski: Makijaż kobiece...
If I had to guess, I’d say this is not a woman scanning the horizon for a stretch of road to do her strides. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Running all made up, with a face full of makeup. I have never done it, but many of my friends do. I am always amazed. It is hard enough for me to make sure that I have on matching socks at 4 a.m. There is just no way I could put on eye liner, mascara, and lip gloss before walking out the door, which is why I get my clothes out the night before. I do not even wear earrings while running, but I seem to be in the minority here. Heck, Salty Running already has a post about runnable make-up. And don’t get me started on the trend of trying to look good in race photos!

But, yeah, running in make-up is something I just don’t get.

Don’t get me wrong. I am not judging. If you can put in the miles, I do not care what shade of lip gloss you are wearing or how dangly your earrings are. I just cannot do running all made up. Nor do I want to do it, frankly. I know there is waterproof makeup and maybe it is sweatproof as well, but with my luck, I would have my Mary Kay  hypoallergenic makeup in my eyes or streaming down my face.

Woman applying cosmetics to her lips.
And this lady is not preparing her lips to withstand a cold headwind on her long run. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Not that I think I should look pretty when I run (okay, in my imagination my skin is glowing and I look beautiful),  but I do not want to look like a drowned rat. Plus when I wipe the sweat off my face,  I do not want to worry about makeup stains. While I will admit that my friends look beautiful running all made up, it takes super powers to get all made up before a morning run.

I also can’t imagine running with huge hoop earrings. I hate having anything that moves on when I run. I do not even like wearing a necklace or bracelet. One of my friends wears hoop earring so big I can put my fist through them. Again, I am in awe. Not only does she wear them, but she is a pretty fast runner.

The moral of this post is to each her own. Running all made up or naked face like me, there is room for all of us on the pavement.

Do you apply makeup before heading out for a run or race, or do skip the beauty routine?

I eat miles for breakfast, or occasionally for a snack later in the day. Self proclaimed 50+ and fabulous poster child, US Army vet, college professor, avid runner, yoga enthusiast, guest columnist, and I've used Olay since I was 17 so they should use me in at least one of their ads!

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      1. I’m on the side of sunscreen whenever there is a choice to be made. When I run in makeup, it is because I don’t take it off until I shower and often that is the next day.

        Though, I’ve run in setting-type eyeliner and waterproof mascara, sweat like a polar bear in the jungle, and then jumped in a pool and had it still completely intact. There is some amazing stuff out there. It makes me want to do it for a race. After all, I would think the place to look for dates is really at the finish line not the starting line.

  1. Never, never, never!!! I apply sunscreen and whatever I need to keep my soon to be sweaty hair out of my face. I have enough trouble with getting sunscreen in my eyes without adding the hazards of make-up. I will admit to earrings and, in some marathons, a tiara over my running cap!!! I ran in costume ONE time (a beer girl costume for a brewery run) and finished (a PR) with a whole new respect for tutu’ed runners and a promise to myself that any other costumes I run in will be composed of tights and a running bra. I have enough body parts that flop without adding to the problem!!!

  2. I can’t exist without earrings. And i have learned that one must run in matching garments or run the risk of being confused for a thief or prostitute

  3. I’m totally with you. I don’t run in makeup (except whatever waterproof mascara I didn’t completely get off the night before) and the times I’ve worn earrings, it’s been because I forgot to take them off. I guess the one exception has been on race day, when I’ve forgotten sunscreen and use my base to protect my skin. I’m not hating AT ALL on those who do, it’s just not my game. And I don’t run to meet anyone who will care about how I look!

        1. My socks only match when I pull them out of the dryer the night before or if they are in the drawer. If those two things did not happen no telling what I have on my feet. Once I had on one bright yellow and one pink. And yes I did get dressed in the dark. They ‘felt’ the same so I put them on. So glad they ran the same!

  4. I don’t even brush my hair before a run. Just pull it up into a messy ponytail. What does it matter? My hair in a matted mess after a workout no matter what I do to prevent it.

    1. I just throw my hair in a ponytail and a baseball cap most time. I don’t think it matters. No one has ever stopped me to comment on my lack of make-up. And even if someone did I would not care.

  5. I don’t wear makeup or earrings while running. Of course, as I sit here typing during my lunch break, I am also not wearing earrings or makeup. There may be some correlation there.

  6. All right. I admit it. Sometimes I’m wear make up to run. Never early in the morning though and only if I’ll be out and about in public, like at a race or at a later run – I’m not going to wash my makeup off before running. I am definitely on the lower maintenance side of things, but I do like a little mascara to look a love 😉

  7. I don’t wear make up during training runs, but I often wear it (at least eyeliner and mascara) during races. I like to look good when gunning for a PR. 🙂