30-Minute Gym Makeover: Go From Hot (The Sweaty Kind) To Hot (The Date Kind)

You're gonna need a bigger bag.

I’ve basically been eating my way through winter. Recently, however, I woke up and thought that maybe it was time to start getting some exercise; sometimes my body actually wants to do something active to try to burn off at least some of the calories I’ve been hoarding. Whatever. Happened to me.

I’m pretty sure it’s with the help of Mars transiting my first house that I’ve been on this crazy workout kick. I also switched to a paleo diet -- the one where you eat like cavemen probably did -- to speed up the fat loss. After a week of forcing myself to either go to yoga or the gym, if not both, I finally made it over the hump and am now in a place where I want to go to the gym everyday.

Not even kidding. I look forward to exercise the way I used to look forward to a trip to Murray’s Cheese Shop. (If you ever go, say hello to all the cheese I can’t eat for me.)

But this article isn't about exercise and diet tips, so let me skip right on ahead to looking sexy for some guy you met at a bar a few nights ago, even though you just spent an hour-and-a-half sweating like a pig in heat. (Do pigs sweat? I don’t know. Go with it.)

Let’s say you have about 30 minutes before you have to catch the train so you can be 15 minutes late to meet him (because, in my world, the meaning of “on time” is “when I get there”). Don’t panic. You got this because you came prepared.

First of all, you need a bigger bag -- one that’ll fit your hot little outfit (you can’t see my butt in the picture above, but boy, can you see my butt when I wear that outfit!), and some baby powder. You also need a plastic bag for your drenched workout clothes, which you will then stuff into the bottom of said bigger bag.

Second, get out of those workout clothes already and hop in the shower! Put your hair up; we’re not going to have time to dry and style.

Once you’re all washed up (I suggest you groom in the morning; I’ve had some nicks in some bad places while rushed), immediately apply a de-bagging eye cream or serum, like conveniently stick-format Vichy Aqualia AntiOx Eyes, and a lightly tinted moisturizer, like Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer SPF 20 Oil-Free. Time saver!

Now, undo your hair and dry it as much as possible with a towel. This is where the baby powder comes in. Sprinkle some of it on your roots and let it set for a minute. Brush your hair out and assess, adding more baby powder as needed. Now your hair is dry and sweat-and grease-free. (If using loose baby powder makes you nervous or you hate how it smells, try dry shampoo.)

Back to your face! Apply Smashbox Camera Ready Full Coverage Concealer in one shade lighter than your skin tone to the inner corner of your under-eye. It’ll make your eyes look bigger. Now apply it to your eyelid because you just realized you forgot to bring eye shadow. Also: mascara! (I love Diorshow Black Out Mascara.)

Now pull out a powder bronzer like Too Faced Milk Chocolate Soleil and swipe it under your chin. It’ll contour your jawline and lessen the appearance of a double chin. (Put that tip under your hat for when you wake up hungover and bloated before going into the office tomorrow).

Apply blush. I’m a classic kind of girl and prefer NARS Blush in Orgasm, but Deep Throat is a good look, too.

Now, in the event your skin is still splotchy (mine usually is) throw Make Up For Ever HD Microfinish Powder all over. It should even you right out.

Last but not least, I’d go with a fire-engine-red lipstick that flatters your particular skin tone. Done and done. (And I mean that second “done” in a sexual sense, because your date will want to do you because you look so damn good.)

Do you have any tricks for getting ready for a date at the gym? Share!