I have secrets. LOTS of them. But the thing about most of my beauty secrets is I’m more than happy to share them, including my all-time favorite sweat-proof makeup. After all, gear sisters gotta have each other’s backs, right?
When I first started riding, it bothered me so much that I would feel so rubbed, rumpled, and frazzled during the day. I certainly didn’t feel or look like a “hot biker babe.” I just looked HOT. And MELTED. Yes, of course I enjoyed the ride. And no, it’s definitely not all about looks. But how I look is important to me all the time, and it bothered me. A lot. It stole some of the joy out of motorcycle riding for me. Even if it’s just a “ball cap and mascara” kind of day for me…I want to FEEL my best, not like I’m melting into a muddy, streaky puddle with tire tracks under my eyes instead of behind me on the road.
So how exactly is a Diva to stay looking like a Diva on those fabulously long but hot rides? Or even the short, around town riding dates with my hunky hubby? I’ve always gotten comments from my riding crew (especially lady bikers) about how I manage to not look like a drowned or wilted rat while on long rides. (And I’m talking those Tennessee-Gap-Riding-the-Dragon-All-Day-Long-in-100% HUMIDITY long rides…ladies, you know we ride hard!)
Beauty Secrets From a Diva Who Rides
I actually have history as a makeup artist. I worked as an artist for a top line big box cosmetic company for several years before becoming a music teacher. They trained me really well, and in turn I trained others who came to work for us. Now, I own my own makeup company, so I still get to practice my artist skills.
I LOVE helping other women feel confident in every situation. It’s not that I’m “better” at certain makeup tricks than other biker girls, it’s just I know some pretty amazing products to use, and I know how to rock what I got! 😉
So, I’m going to show you some of my “biggest secrets” in this new series of blog posts entitled “Diva Beauty Secrets.” I’ll show you motorcycle-proof makeup and hair tricks and tips that I use to help me feel and look way more confident than a hot mess, with more focus on the “hot” while I’m riding.
Sweat-Proof Makeup for Motorcycle Riding
A Diva’s face is ONLY as good as her foundation. If it won’t stay on, nothing you put on top of it will stay either. Foundation can make or break you…but any artist knows that PRIMING the canvas before painting determines the finished product’s longevity.
It’s the one step everyone wants to skip, but seriously SHOULDN’T. If you take the time to prime, it will pay off at the end of the day, I promise!
So, here’s my first real secret—Primer.
THIS STUFF ROCKS.
And it’s the single reason that ALL of my makeup stays. It’s a smooth-like-silk finished primer that gives everything I layer on top something to grab onto. Makes my skin feel like SATIN. A good primer will minimize pores and fine lines by preventing your foundation and powder from settling into them.
And when we sweat with a helmet on? People…Glorious makes my makeup sweat proof, water resistant and smudge proof.
These are all examples of riding pics on away trips I’ve taken with my hubby. With all of them I’d been riding for several hours at a time. In the second one, I’m actually DRENCHED because we got poured on for hours riding the Blue Ridge Parkway…I’ve never felt so soggy…but! Makeup is in place.
The one with the cute blonde (my oldest daughter), we had literally been riding for 5 hours in an MSF class at that point—in 90-plus degrees wearing full leathers. (We smelled AWFUL, but we were happy.)
Primer doesn’t just affect foundation though…Even my blush and bronzer stays in place because of this sweat-proof makeup product. My eyeshadow never fades or creases now that I use primer, and it all lasts through the hottest, sweatiest gym sessions and riding trips. And yes, I have tested this theory many times. 😉
Another good primer I’ve used is the Laura Mercier Oil Free Primer. You can get it at any Sephora or Ulta. I used it for years, but it doesn’t feel quite as smooth on my skin as Glorious. However it does do a good job of minimizing pores and keeping stuff put.
This primer has a “highlighter” built into it, so if you like the natural “dewy” look, you’ll love it. I tend to create enough of my own “dew” so I prefer a more matte look since my skin is naturally super oily.
Motorcycle Makeup Foundation
What do you put on top of it? Well that depends on what kind of coverage you need. Me? I’m a “hide all the scaries” kind of gal…and I LOVE the Younique Touch Liquid Foundation. It’s smooth and silky, but it feels weightless even though the coverage is buildable.
I use it mainly in the center of my face when I ride. Helmet cheek pads steal everything, especially with cheeks like mine! lol!
When I know I’m going to be riding in particularly hot and humid weather, I do a light dusting of powder down the center of my face, because I get plenty shiny enough on my own. No need to compete with my bike’s headlight!
Some days I will only use a BB Cream (short for beauty balm) on top of the Primer, and that’s enough to make me not feel naked. Whatever coverage you choose to use, keep it focused on the center areas of your face, as rub-off can create a runway effect if you go to the edges of the cheekbones.
Another foundation brand I’ve had success with while riding is Clinique. The SuperFit Foundation they had was really good about not transferring, but they’ve discontinued it. My understanding is the CliniqueFIT Workout Foundation is supposed to replace it, but I haven’t tried it personally, so I can’t honestly tell you how it compares. I mention it only because if you’re a hard-core Clinique biker chick, you might talk to your Clinique representative. Be sure to mention the helmet transfer issue and your sweat resistant needs.
I also usually carry a compact touch up powder in my cross body clutch or jacket pocket for lunch stops or dinner dates touch-ups. If I’m feeling particularly greasy, I’ll do a quick center pat and be on my way. Compacts are pretty flat and light, and don’t take up much space. Blot papers are also a great option if you don’t want the extra powder coverage. Heck, even a paper towel can tame the oil slick and help you feel fresher once the helmet comes off.
Moto Beauty On and Off the Bike
The most important thing is that you FEEL like the Diva you are when you ride. Whether that’s full on glam gal or naked jane, the last thing you want is for the way you look to inhibit your enjoyment of the ride. No one is really going to be looking at your foundation, especially the men we ride with…but if it’s important to you, then YOU will feel more confident if you know you are put together. Using a good primer and the right foundation will help you rock life both ON the bike, and OFF. And that is the first step to rocking what you got! You do you!
In the next “Diva Beauty Secrets” blog post I’ll show you even more ride-resistant makeup tricks. Until then, feel free to follow my blog, DucatiDiva.net, where we celebrate and discuss all things Diva, Life, Love, and Lady Moto.
What has worked for you to motorcycle proof your makeup? Tell us in the comments below.