Makeup Look Suitable for Dance Lessons or Maybe the Gym


Some people might think it is silly to get all dressed up for a workout session, be it on the dance floor or the gym. You are going to sweat it out anyway, right?

Yes, I am going to sweat it all out, but I want to look good doing it. Or at least, less horrifying. Haha!

While I prefer going all naked on the face when I go to the gym because gym workout is mostly a solo activity, I do make an effort to put on some makeup when I go for dance classes that require social interaction. (Oh, I just started taking up Salsa lessons and social dance sessions are great fun!)

Not because I want to bat my eyelashes at the opposite sex or impress people with my makeup skills and color coordination under the low lights, but because makeup gives me the confidence to get into the groove and dance better.

You want to make yourself feel good while exercising, so if hot pink shoelaces or a colorful bandana gives you that extra ounce of motivation, go for it! For me, some light eyeshadow color, eyeliner, and mascara works for me.

So here’s what I wore to a salsa dance class two weeks ago!


Face Primer – Murad Oil-Control Mattifier SPF 15

Foundation – Lancome Maqui Blanc MiracleLiquid Foundation SPF 26/PA++ (with Sigma F80 Flat Top Kabuki Brush)

Powder – MAC Studio Fix Foundation NC 25 (with EcoTools Blush Brush)


Eye Primer – Urban Decay Primer Potion Original

Lid – MAC Gorgeous Gold eyeshadow (with MAC 239)

Contour Area – MAC Peaches blush (with MAC 239 and MAC 217)

Outer V – Urban Decay Smog eyeshadow (with MAC 219)

Highlight – Kat Von D Beethoven Palette Tequila eyeshadow (with elf eyeshadow brush)

Lower Lash Line – Urban Decay Smog eyeshadow (with MAC 219)

Eyeliner – Bobbi Brown Black Ink (with MAC 263)

Upper Waterline (Tightlining) – Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Zero

Mascara Base – Shiseido Nourishing Mascara Base

Mascara – Lancome Oscillation Vibrating Infinite Mascara

Brow – NYX Auto Eyebrow Pencil #EP05 Dark Brown


Contouring Powder – MAC Gold-Go-Lightly Studio Careblend Pressed Powder (with MAC 109)

Blush – Too Faced Papa Don’t Peach Blush (with MAC 168)

Highlight – MAC Beauty Powder Too Chic (with MAC 188)

My lips are usually rather dry. =(


Conditioner – Estee Lauder Lip Conditioner SPF 15

Lipgloss – NYX Lipgloss Lollilop

And done!

I’m also taking Bhangra/Bollywood dance lessons. The first one started last week and oh my, was it intense! Non-stop grooving for one whole hour! But I love it because it made me sweat without feeling yeeky-yucky.

I don’t like to jog/run; there is nothing to distract me from my loud panting and perspiration, which I find annoying. Dance is a great sport because it takes my mind off those when I am preoccupied with learning the steps, moving my body, listening to the music.

Do you wear makeup when you work out? Anybody learning any kind of dance too? =)


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About Bun Bun

Hello! My name is Juli and Bun Bun is my alter-ego. I blog to share my love for makeup, how to apply it, and what works or what doesn’t work, all from an Asian perspective.

My first makeup product was a shimmery light blue lipstick which I proudly wore all over my eyelids and lips. It cost $2.50, felt like $250, and made me feel like a million bucks.

  • Kirsten

    This is really nice for work too! Simple yet not boring.

    • Bun Bun

      Thanks Kirsten! Yup it certainly is very work-appropriate!

  • Nicole

    I wear makeup to the gym. Like you said, it makes me feel more confident about myself. I like to put effort into all aspects of my appearance and care for myself inside and out. Thanks for the post, it is validating.

  • a!kO

    This is so cute and simple, it can be an everyday makeup 😀 love it. wanna try to see if i can do this 😛 oh I so want to take salsa!!! I think it’s sexy and i wish my partner was here to take it with me! I guess i could take my uncle but it would be so awkward 😛


    • Bun Bun

      You don’t need to have a partner! Everybody just goes by themselves or with friends, and then go for lessons to make new friends! It’s very fun! You should absolutely try it! And you don’t have to bring your uncle… lol

  • rene

    Hi, I enjoy a lot of your make-up tutorials and I’m glad that someone finally understands me. I am an amateur at make-up and my eyes have a fold, but the moment I open my eyes, you can’t see the fold anymore, I have the shape of the person in the wide eye pic in a earlier post, but my eyes aren’t wide apart. The point is, I tried that darker to lighter technique, but when i open my eyes, the darker part dissapears so I was hoping for some tips. thanks 😀

    • Bun Bun

      Glad that you find my makeup tutorials useful, rene! =D

      That sounds like the eyes of one of my friend, so I can imagine how yours look like. =) What you can do is bring the darkest shade higher, slightly above the fold. Try doing it with your lid half-closed so that the fold can be seen for you to gauge where to stop.