When I say I wear make-up to the gym, I’m not saying I look like a contestant from RuPaul’s Drag Race at my yoga and weights session. I just like to glam it up a little bit, regardless of where I’m going – and the gym is no exception.
I rarely head to the supermarket without at least putting some concealer on. It’s about preparing to face the world and whatever little rituals we can do to make ourselves feel more bullet-proof are our own business, as long as they don’t harm anyone else.
In fairness, I teach yoga, barre, pilates and occasionally, BodyPump, so the gym is also my place of work. And so just as most women – and some men – feel more confident getting the job done when they are armed with foundation, bronzer, and mascara, it makes me feel more confident too. I don’t do it to disguise flaws, or to make myself into someone I’m not. I just really love make-up.
There’s something hugely powerful and transformative about being able to express yourself through your fashion, makeup, hair and movement. All of these things are expressions of who we are.
I used to go to a BodyPump class with a teacher who wore matte red lipstick that stayed flawless regardless of how sweaty and red her face became. The power of it hadn’t struck me until I showed up one Saturday and there she was, makeup free.
There’s a lot to be said for the psychology of makeup: somehow that day she just didn’t seem as fierce and energetic. Think of that classic advice to dress for the job you want, not the job you have. Similarly, wear the lipstick for the energy you want- not the energy you have.
Listen: Rebecca Sparrow and Robin Bailey ponder the question – Do you want to be fit? Or do you want to be thin? (Post continues after audio)
Personally, I’m not a bold red lipstick wearer, but I do want my makeup to survive barre, yoga, BodyPump, lunch and an afternoon meeting before another evening class, though.