It is so much fun to get photos from your race after it is over. You shouldn’t be embarrassed by them either! We all have those photos that make you think, “wait…I don’t actually look like that, right?”
There are a couple of things I do in the morning before a race to help myself out in this department. I know it may seem superficial, or silly, but “look good feel good” – am I right?
- Moisturize your skin really well the night before. I have super dry skin, and it gets red and scaly (sorry for the grossness, but it’s true) when it is cold/hot/running/moving/breathing. You get the idea. Really well moisturized skin is your friend. I also wear sunscreen EVERY DAY. Yes, even in the winter. Yes, even when it is cloudy. UV rays are a real thing. Melanoma runs in my family, so I’m not taking any chances. My favorite daily sunscreen is the Clear Face Liquid lotion from Neutrogena. I also love their line of moisturizers for sensitive skin.
- A very thin layer of BB cream goes a long way in keeping redness to a minimum. Tap a little baby powder on your t-zone and chin and it will stay put no matter how much you sweat. I really like this BB cream from Maybelline. It is a great price and the formula works well with my skin. Plus it has SPF 30. In case you didn’t notice – I love me some sunscreen.
- Fill in your eyebrows. Seriously. I know you are probably laughing or rolling your eyes. It really helps to frame your face and open your eyes. I learned this trick from watching Jaclyn Hill on YouTube. Her channel is really how I taught myself to do my make up ha! I use her recommendations to fill in my brows: Anastasia Brow Wiz pencil in Soft Brown & their clear brow gel to set it.
- Lip stain/tinted link balm. My lips turn white when I’m cold, which gives me a really nice Adam’s Family look, and makes my lips blend into my face in pictures. Not so cute HA! You can use this tinted color from Benefit to get a little bit of color on your cheeks and lips and it will not move. It is a stain, so no bleeding or fading.
- Wear your favorite running clothes. If you are self conscious about your hair, or need a little extra warmth, a cute hat is always great too. I have a pin head, so hats don’t usually fit me well, but I really like the ones from Lululemon. They are small enough for me and stay on great.
My last, and most important tip is to SMILE. You are running the race you have worked so hard for! Enjoy every second and smile big for the photographers. Flash them a thumbs up. We all feel silly and we are all so critical of ourselves – especially in photographs. Love yourself at every stage of the journey. The best news is that you are always going to be your worst critic. None of your friends and family are going to notice that stray hair, or think your legs look big, your nose looks shiny, ect in your race photos. They are proud of you and your accomplishment.
Cheesing sooooo hard. HAHA.
With love & racing,