#SheRides - How to Look Good On and Off Your Bike
The thoughts and opinions of a woman who's always on the go...riding two wheels!
I have to start off by saying that this story isn’t about how to look good on group rides. However, the below suggestions can help you out if you're riding with someone you have a huge crush on.
If you read my last story, you know that I like to commute to work on two-wheels—rain or shine. Of late, I’ve been doing this more frequently than I have in the past, and now I feel that I have enough information and experience to write about how to hop off your bike and look fabulous within just five to ten minutes of walking into work. Whether you work in a suit and tie environment or a business casual one, I hope that these tips will make you feel more confident when walking into any meeting.
(Note: This piece is intended to be an open forum of discussion. As I previously mentioned, I’ll write how I personally do it, but I definitely want to encourage all lady riders to submit their input on how they look fabulous in the comments section below.)
When it comes to looking polished, this is the most important one in my opinion. I feel that if you can’t get your hair right, everything else (makeup, outfit, etc.) won’t help. It’s also a huge concern for women riders (or anyone with long flowing 'do) because of the dreaded helmet hair! It’s almost a given that every time you put on your helmet, the minute you take it off it will look out of control.
The good news is that there’s a way to tame it. First thing first: always pack a small comb. It doesn’t have to be a thick bristled brush, just something that can smooth out your locks whether you have super curly or super straight hair.
Now, for ladies who have curly or straight long hair, the easiest style is the ponytail. Hairspray and hair gel are your friends when it comes to this look.
Bandanas also help with preventing the hair from frizzing everywhere. Spritz some hairspray first before putting one on though.
For those who have short wavy (such as myself) or curly hair, putting in something that helps hold your waves/curls before putting on your helmet is ideal. I spritz some Bumble and Bumble Surf Spray before I put on my helmet, pack it in my bag, and sometimes spritz some more on once I get to work (if my hair needs it). Once I’m at work, I simply finger comb my hair and I’m ready to start the day.
For ladies who have short straight hair (or if you want to wear it straight), I recommend the Bumble and Bumble Straight Blow Dry (I know, you might be thinking Bumble and Bumble are paying me to promote them, but I’m not. I genuinely love their products), or any other straightening balm to put in before blowing drying it. A good straightening balm works perfectly and it prevents the hair from drying out. It also allows your hair to spring into a straight shape after you remove your helmet and quickly comb through it.
Now that you’ve accomplished amazing hair, do you bother with makeup? I do and you probably should too if you have an important meeting with stakeholders, or if you need to give a presentation to a group of colleagues. You admit it’s a must, but how to do it without smearing it all over your helmet and face?
I have the secret, and it comes in one product: Benefit Cosmetic’s Stay Don’t Stray Eyeshadow Primer. If you decide to buy only one thing that I mention in this article, this needs to be it. Even though it says it’s an eyeshadow primer, I also use this as a concealer under my eyes (to cover the dark circles).
If you wear eyeshadow, mascara and eyeliner, it’ll stay put all day long. I apply this primer first thing before I put on all the aforementioned. It’s been cold lately, and my eyes tend to tear up, so I’m incredibly impressed ride to work, work all day, and my makeup still looks flawless by the end of the day. It takes a good scrub using my makeup remover towel to get it off.
For those who want some face coverage, I highly recommend a BB cream as it has sunblock, moisturizer and evens out your complexion. If you must wear blush, go with a stick because compact blush powder can easily break apart if you toss it in a bag.
Finally, for lipstick I recommend more of a balm over a traditional lipstick. I’d personally go for Neutrogena’s Revitalizing lip balm with SPF 20. It gives a lovely, subtle color and it’s very hydrating, especially on those days you’re riding in colder weather and your lips tend to chap more.
It’s so quick and easy to head into the restroom after you get off your bike, apply the BB cream with your fingers, dab on some blush and lipstick—you’re now ready to discuss the proper way to do those TPS reports with the big man (or woman).