Tuesday, March 11, 2014


Some of my clients tell me that they know they should go to the gym, but feel so discouraged by the way they look when they first start to workout.  Yoga and Pilates studios and gyms rooms are plastered in mirrors, so the image of themselves bare faced with sweaty hair, wearing clothes that reveal every bodily defect can defeat them before they even walk out the door.  What I recommend is that they prepare themselves like an actor getting ready for a performance.  It’s like getting into a costume.  Once you see yourself looking healthy and athletic, you will be inspired enough to go to the class and it will keep you motivated to finish it.  


the "samurai" bun I styled for Vogue
Keep it simple.  Instead of just letting your ratty ponytail flop around, I recommend what I call a “samurai” bun.  Simply pull it back and fasten with an elastic, either high like Pebbles Flintstone, midway below the crown or lower if you are more comfortable that way.  When you get to that final pull of hair through the elastic, stop before you pull it all the way through so that it forms a small loop-like bun.  Then, take a wide, black elastic head band and pull back the front securely.  You can pin the head band in place with a few pins if you are going to be very active.  If you have short hair, just do the black headband.  Basta!   

What I love about this hair style is that you can use this as a set to create fullness if you are going out afterwards, as long as you haven’t gotten too sweaty!  The upwards pull creates lift at the roots, so take out the elastic and brush with fingers for sexy volume.


another Vogue shoot
Some women find it hard to go out the door bare-faced, but runny mascara or heavy lip color can make you look like the Joker during a workout.  Here’s what I recommend to create a healthy polished glow that works on the street and in the gym:  cleanse and moisturize your skin after putting your hair up.  If you have deep, dark bags or circles that make you look and feel tired, you can put on a touch of creamy concealer, both under the eyes and in the corners of the upper eye lids.  You can even dab on dark spots, but in all cases, be sure to blend really well.  Use a cosmetic sponge to taper off the edges if necessary.  Then, use one of the great new tinted lip balms or even a tinted Chapstick first on your lips and then dab lightly on your cheeks as well, just on the apples.  Blend into the skin lightly to create a healthy, moisturized glow.  Viola, great gym face. 


The last element is a great set of workout clothes.  Swap the baggy sweatpants and stretched-out tank top for the latest gear that offer support for the back, tummy and chest while creating a smoother silhouette instantly, like Spanx for the spinning class.  Target and Walmart all have full workout clothes departments, so you don’t have to spend a fortune. 

YOU CAN DO IT:   Remember that it’s more important to be healthy in body and mind than to worry about how you look while you are getting there.  Focus on that rather than the imperfections you see in the studio mirror to push through any self-defeating roadblocks you put in your own way.  Namaste!

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