There are probably a couple of reasons why you started exercising. A top reason for many people is to improve their health. But the other reason -- the big one -- is to look better. And a regular fitness routine can certainly help you achieve that, in the long run. However, the immediate effects of working out -- hair flattened to your head, mascara smeared under your eyes -- aren't so pretty. Fortunately, a few primping tricks will have you looking polished (or, for the gentlemen -- well groomed) right out of the gym.
If you have long hair, pull it back in a ponytail. Headbands can flatten your hair during a workout [source: Buchan]. Applying dry shampoo or baby powder to your hair's roots, and then combing it through, can absorb sweat and add volume to your locks. When it comes to makeup, don't reapply everything. Not only will it be time-consuming, putting concealer, foundation and powder on over a sweaty face can create a masklike look [source: Buchan]. Just adding fresh lip-gloss and mascara (once you've wiped your old application off with makeup-removing wipes) should give you a presentable look.
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