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3 Ways to Bust Your Beauty Rut

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Push Through Your Gym Plateau

Bright Idea  When we asked FITNESS readers if they were more motivated to work out when they look good, 57 percent strongly agreed that a little primping left them more excited to get their sweat on. The one-step wonder to pretty skin is CC cream. "Added hydration makes skin look dewy, and many formulas also contain SPF and optic brighteners that leave your complexion luminous," Menard says. Apply the cream like a moisturizer, blending it into your skin. A good one: Dr. Brandt CC Glow with Ruby Crystal Complex ($39, drbrandtskincare.com).

Tricks of the Braid  Ponys keep your hair out of the way when you're dripping sweat, but your free-flowing strands can get stuck to your neck and back. Steal this trick from Julien Farel, the hairstylist for pro athletes in the U.S. Open: Braid the ponytail to hold all of the loose strands in place, then secure it with an elastic a few inches from the end.

Lash Out  Take it from the woman behind one of the sweatiest workouts: "A little mascara goes a long way," says Ruth Zukerman, a cofounder of Flywheel Sports indoor cycling studios. Avoid raccoon eyes by reaching for a waterproof formula and skipping your lower lashes. Want one that stays put even when you swab your face with a towel? Try Urban Decay Cannonball Ultra Waterproof Mascara ($20, sephora.com).

Sleek and Chic  "When your hair is soaked in perspiration, it's the perfect time to do a slicked-back style like a side-parted low bun," Atkin says. You can wear it for your workout (the low bun is my tried-and-true triathlon style that lasts through a swim cap, helmet, and running visor and still manages to look great in post-race pics) or pull your hair back in the locker room post-workout.

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