Mary Phillips and Justine Marjan Dish on Workout Routines, Sports Bras and Gym Hair and Makeup
Mary Phillips is a celebrity makeup artist and Justine Marjan is a celebrity hairstylist. Having worked with many of the world’s most famous actresses, singers, models and artists, both women have established a significant presence in the beauty industry.
Just as much as Phillips and Marjan love when they get the opportunity to work together on the same client, they also love when they get to work out together.
“The last time we were on a trip together, Justine was actually the hardcore one,” laughs Phillips. “She was going to the gym twice a day.”
Phillips continues, “I feel like sometimes I'm on a trip and I'm the hardcore gung-ho one. It's always best when you can motivate the other person to come with you to the gym because it's always better when you have somebody working out with you.”
Phillips and Marjan recently joined Reebok for a workout at The Body Los Angeles with trainer Jenn Glysson. Here, the women had the chance to put Reebok’s newest sports bra, the PureMove Bra, to the test.
The PureMove Bra, which was the brainchild of a woman designer who felt current sports bra offerings were doing an injustice to women, embodies this idea of having a strong support system (but in this case, we’re talking about supporting your breasts during your sweat sessions).
After class, we caught up with them about how the bra felt, as well as how they make time for these workouts amid such crazy schedules and travel.
If I can multitask it into my life, by combining a workout with seeing someone, that's great.
“We're both so busy,” affirms Marjan. “Sometimes it's hard for me to squeeze in time to be social or meet up with people. So then if I can multitask it into my life, by combining a workout with seeing someone, that's great.”
In fact, it was planning these “workout dates” that first got she and Phillips into the gym together.
“It definitely makes me show up,” says Phillips, noting how she feels more accountable when she knows a friend is meeting her for a workout class. “When you know you have to meet somebody it definitely gets you there.”
Phillips adds that she prefers to work out first thing in the morning.
“I feel like I don't think about it too much,” she says. “It's like I'm still too tired to think about it or overthink it, so I just show up.”
“Oh my god, I love it!” Marjan agrees.
When you know you have to meet somebody it definitely gets you there.
As for how the PureMove Bra felt during this particular sweat session, Phillips jokes that she forgot she had it on … and for her, that’s the best case scenario!
“Honestly, I didn't think about it, which is a big deal for me,” she says. “I'm usually like, ‘Oh my god, I can't wait to get home and take this sports bra off!’
“Usually that's the first place I sweat is under my boobs and I feel like that's where it starts to get very uncomfortable for me. Either it gets wet and stretches out or it gets wet and somehow gets really tight on my skin. But in this, I felt like it was so easy to move and just was super supportive the whole time.”
I felt like it was so easy to move and just was super supportive the whole time.
Both women call out that they gravitate towards high impact activities like HIIT workouts and cardio, making a proper fitting bra even more critical.
“I do a lot of dance cardio,” says Phillips. “You need that support, otherwise it's painful. Also, it's really important to have something that helps me keep my posture upright.”
It’s safe to say the masses would agree with Phillips on this one. Fifty percent of women experience breast pain while working out, and twenty percent of women don’t work out because they don’t have the right sports bra.
The PureMove Bra was designed with these statistics in mind. It is the first ever bra treated with Motion Sense Technology—a technology that is designed to respond to breast movement. The fabric will naturally stiffen during high impact movements, like when you’re on the treadmill, and release during rest and low impact movements, like when you're hanging in the locker room, meaning the bra will withstand any and all workout varieties.
When asked how they’d style the bra, Phillips and Marjan both simultaneously agree that their go-to gym look is “all black clothes.” Their workout at The Body was no exception; both are in head-to-toe black, including leggings and zip up jackets over their sports bras.
“I can mix and match everything,” says Marjan. “I don't have to worry about that when I'm working out.”
And of course, we had to ask these glam gurus about their preferences on gym hair and makeup.
“Makeup-wise, during a workout I always recommend nothing,” says Phillips. It’s a comment that may surprise many coming from a renowned makeup artist. But, Phillips reminds us that makeup artists care just as much about skincare and proper skincare is what draws her to this response.
“You're sweating and you want your skin to breathe. Working out with makeup on is just something you don't want to do.”
You're sweating and you want your skin to breathe. Working out with makeup on is just something you don't want to do.
For those, like her, who like a little bit of glam, she recommends putting on makeup after the workout instead of before.
“After your workout when you want to leave the gym and look cute, I always recommend having a little face wash in your gym bag, washing off your face, moisturizing or throwing on a tinted sunscreen, a little concealer and some gloss. You look nice and fresh, and good skin with a little bit of color. That's kind of my go to after gym routine.”
As for Marjan’s thoughts on workout hairdos, she says, “I love braids for working out. I just feel it keeps the hair in place. You don't have to worry about adjusting your pony tail, tightening something, or hair falling in your face.”
“Then, for after the gym, if you need to wear your hair immediately, I would just suggest keeping a dry shampoo in your gym bag.”
Marjan shares that the most common question she gets asked is how to make hair grow faster. Ironically, exercise is part of her answer.
“Stress is the biggest cause of having your hair stop growing. So the solution is living a healthy lifestyle to reduce stress. This means exercising regularly, meditation, and then taking vitamins. This is the first time in my life that I’ve had long hair and I swear it's because I've been taking vitamins regularly. It's awesome!”
Stress is the biggest cause of having your hair stop growing. So the solution is living a healthy lifestyle to reduce stress.
The most common question Phillips gets asked is similar: What is the key to having good skin?
She agrees with Marjan that your overall health is an important factor. “It really starts within and pairs with having a great skin care regimen.”
“It really is all about drinking a lot of water, getting plenty of sleep, exercising and having really good skin care products. I just feel like taking care of yourself as a whole. You can't party all night and smoke and drink and then have a good cream and expect to look great.”