Gym-to-Office Beauty Tips From Celebrity Fitness Pros

Victoria Moorhouse
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If you have your locker room beauty routine down to a science, we give you props. It’s hard enough to get ready quickly at home, let alone in a cramped (and somewhat sweaty or damp) space with less than half your product stash and a ton of other people. But getting gym-to-work makeup that actually looks good (and will impress in any meeting) in 15 minutes flat is possible—and you don’t even have to leave class early. Just try out these fitness pros’ product suggestions, and you’ll have an office-worthy look in no time at all.

Of course going through the entire wash-blowout-style routine is going to take what seems like 5 years. Skip out on that entirely and find a hairstyle that looks chic but is relatively simple to create. Founder of Ballet Beautiful Mary Helen Bowers (who works with celebs from Lily Aldridge to Gigi Hadid) opts for a quick ballerina bun with the help of some genius products. She tells us that she spends minimal time on her hair, reaching for giant French bobby pins and L’Oreal Paris Elnett Stain Hairspray ($12, to fight off fly-aways.

If you’re working out with your hair down (think dance) or even want to volumize locks that have been tied off in a ponytail, try a refreshing product or a dry shampoo. Anna Kaiser, the founder of AKT inMotion who, yes, trains Kelly Ripa, uses Oribe Texturizing Spray ($22, to refresh her hair.

When we chatted with Bowers about her post-workout, pre-office beauty routine, she says the key is to keep everything simple. We can get behind that. She also explained that she puts most of the focus on perfecting her skin. “For the face, I like a simple cream cleanser followed by a hydrating toner, eye cream, serum, face cream, and then sunscreen,” she says. “But once your skin looks great, you only really need concealer, mascara, and blush, so it’s definitely worth the time invested.”

When it came to talk tips for readers trying to get out of the locker room in a hurry, Bowers stresses the “less is more” philosophy. “It’s easier to add a sultry eye once you wrap with some liquid liner and mascara than maintain too much makeup during a workout,” she told us. She also suggests using highlighter or luminzer for a healthy glow, RMS Concealer ($36,, and cream blush for a “ballerina on-the-go” look.

Kaiser follows a similar simple routine. She reaches for Sisley Paris Mist ($100, to “refresh” and “wake-up” her skin, followed by BB cream. She also says she loves the Sisley L’Orchidee Palette ($110,, a blush/bronzer duo, as well as the Cover FX Illuminator in Sunlight ($28,—she says it “brings natural glow and reflects light for dewy skin.”

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