Sorry if you’re reading this because you thought you were going to get tips about wearing lipstick or if you’re offended because I’m calling you out for wearing lipstick at the gym. Because that’s what I’m doing. Take note this is coming from someone who rarely wears lipstick anyway. Let’s say…maybe once a year. I might put on lip balm or chap stick if I’m feeling like my lips are dry from the weather, but to adorn my lips with sticky paint? Certainly not before working out.

The gym is a place that I consider uber-casual. I get up. I toss some workout clothing on. Sometimes I sniff it to make sure it’s not too rancid from a previous sweat-filled session. I brush my hair up into a ponytail and hope it’s not going to fall out all around me while I work out, ’cause I hate it when the hair sticks to my face.

When I’m at the gym, I am there to work. I literally don’t care what I look like because I’m not there to impress anyone. Sure, I try to make sure my top sort of goes with my bottom. It’s a haphazard fashion statement I make, but frankly, since I’m at the gym, it doesn’t matter.

And when I see women in full makeup at the gym, I shake my head in wonderment. They go to all that effort only to sweat their asses off? This is followed by a change and shower and reapplication process. I seriously don’t get it.

Not only do I go to the gym for cardio, I pump iron. The weight room is pretty much a male domain, but there are a few of us regular women who seem to have no problem invading the space. I am pretty sure most of us are without adornment. I’ve never seen the guys at the gym wear lipstick, either. At least not while they are working out.