While you're out running or biking, you probably don't care if you have splotchy skin or dull lip color. The benefits to your health, body and mental happiness far outweigh cosmetic concerns.
But for work or a night on the town, "being an athlete doesn't mean you don't want to look beautiful," says Michelle Barge, a New York City-based beauty and wellness expert. "You want to look like yourself, and you want your best features to show."
Many beauty products can do more than just improve your looks. "Makeup is actually good for people to wear, as long as they're not using products harmful to their skin," says Janelle Rush, a master esthetician in Utah. Luckily that's easy these days, with lines of makeup packed with vitamins, minerals and sunscreen.
We've tested some of the newest, good-for-you products. Here are our top makeup picks for a natural, healthy look.
A moisturizer, foundation and sunscreen (yes, even in winter) are the key components to any skincare regimen. But if you don't want to spend the time layering products on your face, use a combination product such as the tinted moisturizer Jan Marini Skin Research Antioxidant Daily Face Protectant SPF 30 ($45; janmarini.com). If you have oily skin and use powder to control shine, try the NYX Black Label Compact, a sunscreen, powder, foundation and concealer all in one ($25, drugstores).
Mineral makeup--made of finely ground, all-natural minerals applied as a powder--is the newest cosmetic superstar on the market. Usually free of fragrances, preservatives or other chemical components that often irritate skin or clog pores, mineral makeup feels light and lasts all day. Nature's Source Mineral Cosmetics, Jane Iredale, and Bare Escentuals all make good ones, many with SPF in them.
On your cheeks, use cream or gel blush instead of powder. Cream blush is easier to blend and gives a more natural glow. Plus, it stays on longer. Using bronzer alone makes skin look dull. Try this trick instead: After blending sheer cream bronzer onto cheeks, apply a vibrant shade of cream blush on the center of cheeks; blend in using small circles.
"One of my favorite looks is tinted moisturizer, cream blush applied to the cheek and brow bones, some gloss and a light coat of mascara," says Chicago makeup artist Elise Brill, president of leesi b. cosmetics. "You're out the door in minutes."
Your eyes communicate volumes about your health. Dark circles or swelling, for example, reveal stress and a lack of sleep. While a healthy, relaxed lifestyle is the best cure for these ailments, that's not often possible in today's go-go-go world. In a pinch, makeup can help.
Give eyes an instant lift by stroking a soft, oyster-pink eye pencil directly under the arch of your brows (use your fingertip to blend into skin). Then swipe a subtle taupe-colored powder shadow over the brows, using a stiff slant-tip brush. For a more dramatic look, we like Red Earth Magic Line in Night Shine Kohl Eyeliner ($13, ulta.com), with vitamins C and E to condition your lids.
For natural eye shadow, try Alima Satin Matte Eye Shadow ($8.50, alimacosmetics.com), or Mineral Fusion Eye Shadow Trio ($28, Whole Foods), both made of pure minerals.