Flatter your figure
While fashions come and go, the important thing when choosing clothes to work out in is to go for something you feel completely comfortable in. If you’re not 100 per cent sure when you try it on in the shop then don’t buy it - it’s unlikely to grow on you. Also, just as you would when planning an outfit for any other event, go for clothes that flatter your body shape, aren’t too tight or too baggy and which show off the parts of your body you’re proud of.
Opt for breathable materials
Sweat patches aren’t the best accessory for any outfit, but luckily they are easily avoidable. As well as using an antiperspirant before your workout, make sure you avoid wearing cotton if you are heading out for a run or intense workout, as the material will absorb heat and moisture and cling to your skin. Instead, go for clothes made from lightweight, breathable materials such as polyester, nylon and spandex - that will wick moisture away from your skin.
Go for natural makeup
While many ladies think bare-faced is the best way to go when working out, some of us need a bit of extra confidence to spur us on. For a flawless yet fresh-faced complexion, opt for a light base of tinted moisturiser or mineral foundation. Mineral makeup is particularly good for those with oily or acne-prone skins as it will help to reduce shine and provide coverage without blocking pores. Pair this with waterproof mascara and some tinted lip balm for a natural look.
Wear a well fitted sports bra
Not only can wearing the wrong bra size (or one not specifically created for exercise) lead to health problems including back, neck and breast pain and poor posture, it can also affect the appearance of your breasts, both short and long term. Make sure you get measured and choose a supportive bra to ensure you are getting the support you need.
Create your perfect silhouette
If you’re feeling self-conscious about your lumps and bumps, consider investing in some shapewear which can help smooth and conceal problem areas. As well as tummy-control trousers and leggings for running or exercise classes, you can purchase swimming costumes with tummy control features or padding at the bust to help you create the look you want and feel confident for your workout.
Go for colour
No matter how much you love exercise, we all have days when we just can’t get ourselves motivated or in the right frame of mind. For those days when you’re feeling lacking in energy or enthusiasm, why not invest in some vibrant workout gear to help brighten up your workout? Pair a colourful top with some slimming black trousers or shorts for the perfect fun workout look.
Opt for an updo
Girls, no matter how much you love wearing your hair down, trust us, at the end of an energetic workout or run, you are not going to love this look quite so much. To keep your hair neat, groomed and out of your face while you are working out, go for an updo such as a high ponytail, ponytail braid or bun. To make sure it is completely out of the way (and to prevent it from getting sweaty) you could complete the look with a cotton hair band.
Blot away shine
There’s nothing like an oily, sweaty complexion for spoiling your look while working out, but luckily these problems are easily fixable. To blot away shine and cool down while you are at the gym, take a bottle of water and towel and try blotting your face with the dampened towel during your workout. Alternatively, try a sports sponge. These absorbent and cleansing sponges can be kept moist in their containers for a refreshing wipe as you exercise.
OK, so you’re probably not going to want to wear your best pair of dangly earrings or necklace down to the gym (and we would definitely advise against it if you do); however, accessorising your workout gear with some unique (and useful) accessories such as a decorative water bottle, a nice sports watch or a colourful kit bag is a great way to add some personality and fun to your workout look.
Tone down redness
Together with a sweaty and oily complexion, sporting the red-faced look is one of the biggest beauty problems when working out. Fed up of resembling a tomato? There are plenty of things you can do to tone down this look. Wearing some light mineral face powder can help to even out your complexion. Also, try to drink plenty of water before, during and after your workout. Investing in a water spray, like Avene Thermal Spring Water spray, can also help you to stay looking cool and refreshed.