Racing in full make-up


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09/12/2012 at 16:30

This is genuine curiosity, not a criticism. Admittedly I've never been a very girly girl, but I always find it surprising when I'm at races and other women runners have gone to the trouble of applying full make-up. If I'm getting up on a freezing cold December morning to run 13.1 miles, you're lucky if I even bother having a wash. And I even saw one very carefully groomed young woman just before a muddy 6km cross country race. No idea what she looked like afterwards.

So, women: what I want to know is: how many of you put on make-up before a race? If you do, do you just do it as part of your normal routine, or do you take more care over it because it feels like an occasion? And doesn't it just come off when you sweat anyway?

09/12/2012 at 18:17

I never wear make up so certainly not for a race. Sometimes I see people wearing make-up in the swimming pool - now what is that about?

09/12/2012 at 18:24

absolutly not!!!....something I have never understood either....although I do feel like a bit of a bog rat standing next to these very groomed women at the begining of the race!!!!......However we all look the same at the end, just some of us with less mascara down our faces....!......x


seren nos    pirate
09/12/2012 at 18:27

the women with full makeup son't sweat... they glow.

 i only wear makeup...once or twice a year...

09/12/2012 at 18:30

No way! I don't see the point. Although admittedly, I do feel a bit naked without my eyeliner on

09/12/2012 at 18:33

I glow buckets. Never wear makeup.

09/12/2012 at 19:21

Apparently Jordan has run Brighton half. Wonder what she wore?

09/12/2012 at 19:32

A lot of pink, apparently. Anyway, glad it's not just me and I'd forgotten about the glowing! Though I'm starting to suspect 'being a woman on a running forum' and 'being a woman who runs in make-up' are two separate things.

09/12/2012 at 19:41

I've wondered about this too, and those in the gym applying their make-up before a class. Personally it feels like a waste of time unless for a special occasion - a friend's wedding or similar. I like to be able to 'scrub up well' as my grandma would have said.

09/12/2012 at 19:44
And there was me thinking only rough looking women ran
09/12/2012 at 20:02

well, clearly everyone on this thread is so breathtakingly gorgeous already that we just don't need it

09/12/2012 at 20:51

Women of all types run, but we all look knackered when we cross the finishing line, and the last thing i am thinking about is how i look. Maybe thats a male thing. I will never forgot when i did the Boxhill ultra half, and this one girl, almost like supermodel, and perfect make up. Her appearance didnt flicker even when she crossed the finishing line. Maybe she got a taxi there.

10/12/2012 at 05:23
I detest wearing make up. Yuck - who'd put all that junk on their skin??! I'm always amazed at the girls turning up at the gym at 0630 with full face applied. And in the changing rooms afterwards - how long some of them take to get themselves looking fabulous for work...
Or maybe I should take more pride....
10/12/2012 at 08:02

Women of a ll types run. Good point.

When I was watching the Olympics I got to wondering why some sports, like boxing and judo, have different categories whilst other don't. The main one I was thinking about was basketball. It really does disadvantage the short and I would have height categories. Under 5 feet, 5-5.5 feet, 5.5-6 and giants.

Thinking about running and women I think having age group categories is rubbish. They should have categories based on bust size. I have noticed that women at the front usually have flat chest and women at the back have large ones. The 1st Double G runner was, would be much fairer.

10/12/2012 at 08:14
Ghostrider wrote (see)

Apparently Jordan has run Brighton half. Wonder what she wore?

i stood with her on the start line of the silverstone half 2 years ago and chatted for a bit, she was actually sans make up (or at least obvious make up) and pretty excited and vocal about her training and the race. came over as a pretty nice person actually, i must admit i was quite surprised. 

10/12/2012 at 08:19

each to their own i say

10/12/2012 at 08:19

I'm a girly girl but there's no way I would wear make-up to go running.  

If you're so vain that you can't draw some sort of distinction between how you look when you're going to work, going out etc. and how you look when you're exercising then you're a bit flipping weird IMO.

10/12/2012 at 09:42

I never wear makeup for running.  I wear makeup for going out, when I want to look nicer than usual!

If you wear a faceload of slap all the time, how do you make it different for special occasions?


10/12/2012 at 10:31

I regularly do spinning classes with a woman who starts off looking like a woman wearing lots of eye make-up, and finishes looking like Alice Cooper.  I can't fault her efforts on the bike.

10/12/2012 at 10:46

I don't think it is necessarily about vanity, I know some women who are genuinely very self conscious about how they look without makeup (one in particular who has acne scars on her cheeks, not very noticeable in my opinion but it bothers her a lot, and she won't ever go without makeup in a public place even though she knows that sweating while wearing heavy foundation is probably making her skin worse).

The only makeup I have worn running is mascara, just because I wear it for work and do a lot of training during my lunchbreak. Mascara is a right pain to take off (and get it all off properly so I don't turn into Alice Cooper half way through my run!) and then reapply in the space of an hour without making my eyes feel gritty and irritated. I found a super-sweat proof one that doesn't budge at all during workouts so I just leave it on I wouldn't apply it especially for running though.

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