Have you ever gone to the gym but felt a little insecure taking off all of your makeup? Renae Leith-Manos, author of www.bondibeauty.com.au writes about the perfect foundations for your workout.

Renae Leith-Manos has been an Australian journalist for almost 20 years. She has written for magazines and newspapers, worked on TV and radio, and worked on assignment in Kuala Lumpur, London, Paris, New York and LA. She has written on everything from politics to publishing, finance and fitness to buildings and beauty.

She has recently launched her own website www.bondibeauty.com.au giving women the world over a window on the Bondi beach lifestyle focusing on fitness, food, wellbeing, beauty, fashion and travel.

A self confessed fitness junkie, here are Renae's insider tips on the right foundation to wear when working out.

Wearing the right foundation during a fitness session can actually enhance your fitness experience, and help motivate you for your next session. The key is accepting it's highly likely you need a different foundation when doing fitness to the one you wear every day, and it might take some trial and error to find the right one for you.

There are three critical factors when selecting a foundation to wear when you are working out;

  • The first is sun protection. The sun is the number one cause of aging, so there is no way you should work-out outside (even in winter) without full UVA and UVB protection.

  • You need a foundation that wont run into your eyes. There is nothing worse than working up a sweat, then having the experience hindered by running, itchy foundation. Matte is best.

  • Texture and colour. It goes without saying that you want a foundation that is not to oily or shiny, and you need the right colour, remembering your skin colour changes throughout the year.

Top 4 Fitness Friendly Foundations

  • Invisible Zinc UV Silk Shield Foundation. These guys understand both sun protection, and foundation. This gem of a product is a matte stick foundation that glides on easily and is not too thick. It comes in a shiny, silver metal tube, is easily portable, has SPF 30+ and protects against UVA and UVB. There are three colour choices, and the finish is matte. Last summer in Australia, one Invisible Zinc product was sold every minute - and for good reason. RRP$42.00

  • Elle Bache Great 30+ Foundation. This foundation was created to wear at the beach, so is great when working up a sweat. It has a good consistency, so not too thin, but not too thick. It leaves a dewy – but not oily – finish. The bright yellow capsule has a mini pump head, and secure cap, so travels well. It smells a bit like a sunscreen, so you can get primed for the surf before the sea is in sight. RRP: $50

  • Shiseido Sun Protection Stuck Foundation SPF 30+. This stick foundation glides on, smells great and has a flat matte finish. There is no chance of this one sliding off or into eyes, as it sticks hard and fast but manages to lock in moisture, so your skin does not feel dehydrated a day later. SPF 30+ ensures it protects and provides good coverage. Smells fresh, and simple to use. RRP $45

  • Elizabeth Arden Pure Finish Mineral Powder Foundation SPF 20. I speak to women who wont wear anything liquid on their skin when working out, either because they have sensitive skin or they don’t like the feel. This mineral powder foundation is for them. The mineral blend is light, but provides coverage, and absorbs oil but doesn’t dry out skin. The packaging has a built-in grinder which makes it easy to release just the right amount and means you can pop it in your gym bag. RRP $50

Renae Leith-Manos

By Renae Leith-Manos