The other night I was at the gym minding my own business. My legs felt like they were carrying 25-pound weights on every step of my three-mile treadmill run. I looked up after my exhausting run and saw something that made me infuriated. Ehhh, I'm exaggerating a little. Strongly perturbed.
A woman. In full makeup with hair looking like she just came from a salon. Curls. Dark brown curls. Tight yoga pants. Small tank top with designer push-up sports bra. Photo shoot-ready.
And there I am, a sweaty mess. Dripping. No makeup. I feel like the ugly duckling on steroids. To be blunt: all I wanted to do was channel my inner Lindsay Lohan and straight up punch her in the face.
Let's talk about wearing makeup to the gym, shall we? I understand if you're going throughout your day and you have some eyeliner and mascara on from who knows when. Putting makeup on to GO to the gym, though, is something I'll just never understand. Why are you wasting your makeup? Or even worse -- when you sweat, your pores open up, and ick, why do you want that grime in there? That, and who wants black streaming down their face 15 minutes into a session on the stationary bike? Answer: No one.
Unless, well, you're like my friend walking three miles an hour on the treadmill and plan not to sweat at all, all the while your hair is tousled perfectly like a Kardashian. Then, I suggest you be alert and prepared for dirty stares from women like me who are angry you're taking up valuable treadmill space that could be used by someone who ACTUALLY wants to drop winter weight.
As a note: I do understand that sometimes physically fit, beautiful people meet other physically fit, beautiful people in this place of sweat. They flirt. They exhange numbers. Really, though, I lose all faith in the male species knowing that an act like THAT really gets your blood pumping.
... and, exhale.
Does it bother you when you see other women wearing makeup at the gym? Have you ever seen someone TRULY dolled up?
Image via Emily Abbate