Must Have Gym Bag Essentials for Women

There’s a large misconception which says that women who wear makeup to the gym are only there to attract men, and while this theory holds some truth, there are girls who want to break a sweat and look good. The truth is women are criticised no matter if they wear beauty products or not, and these double standards need to stop. If feeling confident whilst staying active means applying subtle makeup then we say go for it. Here is our guide to gym bag essentials, active makeup and skin care to keep you organised and feeling good no matter how you keep fit.

Gym Bag Essentials

Whether you like pounding the pavement or beast-moding it during burpee, you are bound to need these five gym bag essentials.

Dry Shampoo

We all hate that greasy hair feeling that you’re left with after a monster workout but there is a way to combat it. Before leaving for the gym spray your roots with dry shampoo, this will help to absorb excess sweat. If you are an early riser who goes from gym to the office then don’t be afraid to spray your hair again. Our choice is Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Shampoo.

Bamboo Style Cleanse Extend Translucent Shampoo

Face Towel

Face towels are a must-have and as the name suggests it should be used on your face, not your hands. Gym equipment is a breeding ground for germs due to the amount of sweaty people who use them and although most places will provide paper towels to wipe down equipment it’s best to wipe your hands with disposable towelettes to prevent the spread of bacteria and leave your towel for your face and body. We love this Petite Microfiber Towel from lululemon.

petite microfiber towel from lululemon


Wipes are great for gym junkies who sweat it out during their lunch breaks or just before work and don’t have time to shower. Keep a packet of KORRES Pomegranate Cleansing Wipes in your bag for a quick freshen up when you’re on the go.

Korres Pomegranate Grenade wipes


It’s natural to sweat up a storm but perspiration isn’t pretty. Keep a deodorant in your bag to apply before and after you train to prevent and avoid any lingering smells and stains. One of the best is Rexona Motion Sense Classic.

Rexona Motion Sense Classic

Makeup and Skincare Essentials

Have you ever returned home from the gym, looked into the mirror and wondered why you ever left home without makeup? Or perhaps you caked on the products and came home with panda eyes? We have all the tips you need for ‘barely there’ makeup that will have you tweeting #Iworkoutlikethis.


Foundation is far too heavy to work out with and will only clog your pores. Choose a BB cream or a tinted moisturiser and look for products that contain SPF, especially if your train outdoors. Choose a shade as close to your natural skin tone as possible because the aim is for subtle coverage that will even out your skin tone without looking too heavy. We love NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser which is available in 11 shades.

NARS Pure Radiant Tinted Moisturiser


Wearing lipstick or lip-gloss to the gym will attract unwanted side glances but don’t fret as you can always apply tinted lip balm. The moisturizing properties in lip balm will nourish your pout while you sweat it out. We like NYX Butter Lip Balm. Choose a shade that’s close to your natural lip colour.

NYX Butter Lip Balm

Cheek Stain

After running a few kilometres your cheeks will begin to flush pink but for added rosiness try wearing a cheek stain. Our tip is to apply it underneath your tinted moisturiser for an inner glow look. Our favourite is Stila Cherry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain.

Stila Cherry Crush Lip and Cheek Stain


To emphasize your eyes without using eyeliners and eye shadows try curling your eyelashes. Rounded lashes will open up your eyes without the need for heavy makeup. If you can’t live with a flick of mascara then be sure to choose a waterproof product. Clinique’s High Impact Extreme Waterproof Mascara is a must have for all active girls.Clinque High Impact Extreme Waterproof mascara

Eyebrow Gel

Eyebrows can change the look of your face but it’s not unheard of for eyebrows to change their shape during an intense workout. For an understated, undetectable lift, tame your brows with Clear Brow Gel by Anastasia Beverly Hills.

Clear Brow Gel by Anastasia Beverly Hills

Makeup Remover

When you wear makeup you are blocking your pores which traps dirt under the skin and can lead to breakouts and blackheads. If you do choose to wear makeup while working out be sure to remove it once you’ve finished. We recommend Shiseido instant eye and lip makeup remover and Estee Lauder Take it Away LongWear Makeup Remover Towelettes.

Shiseido Estee Lauder makeup remover


After a demanding workout hop into the shower and cleanse your skin to get rid of the sweat and grime. The Foaming Cleanser by KORA contains Aloe Vera and green tea to revitalise your skin.

The Foaming Cleanser by KORA