Personal Best

Five products that saw Tory Frost through a half marathon.

Make up is war paint, and I knew dragging my arse around 13.1 hilly miles of the Great North Run was going to be a battle. So once I’d pulled on my Lycra, pinned on my number and French plaited my hair, I put on my face.

People can be pretty disparaging of women who exercise in make up. I’ve heard friends moan about ‘gym bunnies’ hogging the machines, or been sent Facebook screengrabs of old school friends running in lashes.

This judgment always makes me feel queasy. A man could work out wearing head-to-toe Yeezy for Adidas or a T shirt he slept in the night before and no one would give two shits either way. But a woman who wants to look good for Zumba is automatically a bimbo?

I ran wearing make-up because, while you’re sweating balls, the BBC puts cameras in your face. I didn’t want to look like a zombie in my official race photos or a melting candle in my victory Instagram. Putting it on was also a nice, calming ten minutes in the morning. I forgot, for a while, that I had to run for two and a half hours, gaining blisters and chafing while losing a toenail in the process. Exercise is gnarly – make up helps. Here are the products I can vouch for.

Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer

The trick is to buff it in with a small brush where you need it, almost like a foundation. I used the Real Techniques setting brush and just covered my nose, chin and spots. It was almost all in place 13 miles later.

Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara

This dries quickly, didn’t smudge or streak with sweat, held my brows flat and covered patches all day.

L’Oréal Paris Waterproof Superliner Black Lacquer

Does not budge. Ever. I wouldn’t even recommend it for daily use because I once lost four lashes trying to get it off. But for exercise, it’s a doozy.

Schwarzkopf Got2b Glued Blasting Freeze Spray

Nailed my French plaits in place, drying solid, while the smell didn’t gas me at all on the course. Spray it at least an inch away from your hairline so it doesn’t run into your eyes.

Topshop Lip Marker – Hot Shot

Even for me, a statement lip was a step too far for a half marathon (I advocate plenty of Carmex, to guard against wind). But if you’re going all out, or fun running, this once survived an entire spin class, shower and post-gym kebab.

Tory Frost

Tory is a freelance journalist who writes about most things for money and beauty for fun. Her favourite smells are Elnett and Oud.

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