Racing in full make-up

why?

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10/12/2012 at 11:38

These women who apply foundation like they're a plasterer look awful, and there's nothing worse than kissing a girl and all this slimy slop rubs off onto your face.

Women look so much better, even if they think they've something wrong with their skin with little or no make up, less is definitely more.

10/12/2012 at 12:23

I don't wear makeup for races, because I just don't see the point - it's going to sweat off and I'm afraid that I glow buckets when I run - just the way I'm made. 

If I have to go for a run after work, then I will be wearing what is left of the day's makeup (that hasn't slid off...) as I tend to just change and get out as soon as possible before the motivation leaves me...but I would never and have never applied make up just to go for a run - more than anything it's a waste of money as make up isn't cheap these days!

10/12/2012 at 13:45

Maybe RW should do a series of articles on how to look good in race photos. Something similar to Snog/Marry/Avoid, featuring a different woman each month. They could call it Follow Closely/Run Beside/Overtake quickly.

10/12/2012 at 13:50

i never wear any.

10/12/2012 at 13:55
I wear makeup every day for work but never for running mainly because the mix of sweat and slap would play havoc with my skin and I don't fancy the Alice Cooper look coupled with a big red shiny face ... mmm ...

I am slightly disappointed though at the trend for big name female athletes to put their face on to race - raises lots of questions about perceptions of women + sport + appearance + self confidence etc etc. Not great role modelling IMHO (crudely put - you might be a gold medal winner but you still gotta look good) but as everyone says, each to their own.
10/12/2012 at 13:57
TimR LOL they'd probably like that idea if the endless stream of totty they find for the magazine cover is anything to go by
10/12/2012 at 13:57

Maybe our priorities change as we develop as runners - I used to wear full slap when I worked in an office and didn't run but the more I ran the less time I had for faffing about - I'd rather spend an extra few minutes stretching before a crazily rushed shower!  I always wonder how long some ladies spend making themselves look so picture-perfect : there's just not enough time in the day...

And I definitely don't see the point of blusher

10/12/2012 at 16:30

No make up here either. I am always amazed at how long it takes other women at the gym. I don't blow dry my hair either - it takes hours - just tie it up and away I go.  I always reckon that most people would prefer me to turn up at work on time and tidy than with full make up.

I also agree - how do you look like you've made an effort for a night out if you always look like that?

With regards to running, even with a full face of "not run" make up I would look a state as my hair goes really frizzt

10/12/2012 at 17:44

I don't look like I've made an effort for a night out because I generally haven't.

10/12/2012 at 18:13

Never wear make up even for going out. I can't imagine running with it on my face.

10/12/2012 at 20:28

local woman who ran for Britain at 40+ used to turn up with a face of slap on.

But then she did win a prize at EVERY single race she ever did, so was constantly in the photos!

11/12/2012 at 08:36
Fiona J wrote (see)

No make up here either. I am always amazed at how long it takes other women at the gym. I don't blow dry my hair either - it takes hours - just tie it up and away I go.  I always reckon that most people would prefer me to turn up at work on time and tidy than with full make up.

I also agree - how do you look like you've made an effort for a night out if you always look like that?

With regards to running, even with a full face of "not run" make up I would look a state as my hair goes really frizzt

'how do you look like you've made an effort for the night?'  you put more effort in thats what !!!

whilst a full face of makeup is really nor required (especially in high temps) i   do always wear make up for running, just less than i do for work or daily. i dont see anything wrong in wanting to make an effort with appearence , personally i think a lot of the 'cant be bothered/dont need it/takes too much time' attitude is just plain laziness on a lot of womens part, but as i say , each to their own.

my whole reason for running a long way is purely to top up my Bondi tan and make sure my hair is Baywatch blonde *waits for the fall out from this one*..........

11/12/2012 at 08:58

11/12/2012 at 09:38

What do the viewers think about men who wear make up for running ?

11/12/2012 at 09:43
Don't think even Eddie Izzard wore any. But then he wasn't running in high heels either.
11/12/2012 at 10:03
loulabell wrote (see)
 , personally i think a lot of the 'cant be bothered/dont need it/takes too much time' attitude is just plain laziness on a lot of womens part, but as i say , each to their own.

 

But why would I bother?  Who is going to be impressed by the sight of me with make-up streaked with sweat on my face?

That would look worse than no make-up at all.

 

LIVERBIRD    pirate
11/12/2012 at 10:06

I go a lovely shade of purple when I run anyway. Looks miles better than foundation

11/12/2012 at 10:17
Stilts wrote (see)
I wear makeup every day for work but never for running mainly because the mix of sweat and slap would play havoc with my skin and I don't fancy the Alice Cooper look coupled with a big red shiny face ... mmm ...

I am slightly disappointed though at the trend for big name female athletes to put their face on to race - raises lots of questions about perceptions of women + sport + appearance + self confidence etc etc. Not great role modelling IMHO (crudely put - you might be a gold medal winner but you still gotta look good) but as everyone says, each to their own.

Isn't this rather hypocritical? Why do you feel the need to wear make up for work? Does it increase your productivity? Doesn't you wearing make up at work raise questions about perceptions of women in the work place + ability + appearance + self confidence etc etc...

Not great role modeling IMHO


Thing is, athletics is an athletes job just the same as yours is.

11/12/2012 at 11:40
I'll wear mascara to work then it'll still be on when I run after work but that's about it.

If women want to wear a full face of make up to run in, let them be. Does it really harm anyone? If it gives them a bit of confidence to go outside and run, does that make them a bad person? If young, self conscious women who see Jessica Ennis with a bit of eyeliner on when she's winning the heptathlon can think, "hey, maybe I can exercise too and still look a bit feminine, I might try that" - is that really to be criticised?

It's a bit manky wearing slap in a public swimming pool but unless people at races or in the gym are then rubbing their glowing faces across yours, why is it a problem?
11/12/2012 at 11:42
Stilts wrote (see)
I wear makeup every day for work but never for running mainly because the mix of sweat and slap would play havoc with my skin and I don't fancy the Alice Cooper look coupled with a big red shiny face ... mmm ...

I am slightly disappointed though at the trend for big name female athletes to put their face on to race - raises lots of questions about perceptions of women + sport + appearance + self confidence etc etc. Not great role modelling IMHO (crudely put - you might be a gold medal winner but you still gotta look good) but as everyone says, each to their own.

 

As far as I can see it only seems to be in sports of short duration or where less sustained physical effort is required e.g. 100m or long jump. I've never seen a female long distance runner wearing slap.

Wilkie wrote (see)
loulabell wrote (see)
 , personally i think a lot of the 'cant be bothered/dont need it/takes too much time' attitude is just plain laziness on a lot of womens part, but as i say , each to their own.

 

But why would I bother?  Who is going to be impressed by the sight of me with make-up streaked with sweat on my face?

That would look worse than no make-up at all.

 

 

That's the whole point I think - if you are running you are sweating, your make-up is melting off. It's a waste of time, effort and money putting it on and it isn't going to make you look any more attractive - less so if anything. It isn't doing what you believe it to be doing however much you like to think so.

Wearing make-up at work during the day probably is doing that and it's doing it because, by and large, it's staying put - that's the difference. 

Edited: 11/12/2012 at 11:43
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