Ah the Spring Races. You have your outfits, you have your jewels, and you have your headpieces. What is left to have you looking as flawless as Beyonce? A killer beauty regime, that’s what is left. The be all or end all to your look and something that cannot be brushed off lightly, because let’s be honest, a perfect look demands perfect makeup.
Your beauty regime does not just start on raceday or the day before however. It starts now. With only one and a half months to go until Derby Day (October 31), time is ticking. So here are some hot tips to ensure that beautiful face of yours is clear and radiant as ever. We want you looking flawless and effortly airbrushed all day long at the races.
Starting today, I would like you to look into facial treatments and masks. I will be trialling a facial treatment at Jurqliue this week, and from what I have heard their treatments are quite the treat. If you are always on the go and have very little time to put aside to head into a salon for a treatment, you can look into investing in a face mask to do yourself at home. There are so many different types that benefit your skin in different ways, so look around and take your pick.
I will be doing a deep exfoliant this week and in a few weeks time, and then a hydration mask the night before raceday. The exfoliating face mask removes dryness from the skin leaving you with a smooth, glowing complexion. On the other hand, the hydrating mask leaves your skin looking lively and radiant, perfect for the coming sunny days. Brands that specialise in face masks are Clinique, Charlotte Tilbury, SK-11, and Dr. Lewins. I have been absolutely obsessing over my SK-11 masks over the past months, which will be perfect as we leave the cooler weather behind and enter what is hopefully a season full of warm sunshine!
**A quick note on hair preparation while we are on the topic of preparation. Although hair looks best when you start styling a day in advance (to ensure it stays in place), over here I will be starting weeks in advance to get my locks looking perfect for the track. To do so, I have L’oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil, Kerastase Paris Elixir Ultime Oil, and the original Moroccan Oil on heavy rotation. All three leave your hair silky and shiny.
Follow these instructions and you will be laying the foundations for a flawless beauty look!
On the day, we still have some preparation for our canvas (also known as your face). If you plan on going straight into priming, you my friend are missing a vital step in the process, which is the application of sunscreen and moisturiser. Applying sunscreen is essential to keep your face in pristine condition. You will be outdoors all day long, and there is nothing worse coming home after day one of the four day carnival, to a lobster face.
Moisturising is the other important prep-step, where a thin layer can go a long way to hydrate and protect your skin, giving it an extra healthy glow. Many moisturisers come complete with sunscreen as a 2-in-1, and there are countless options to choose from. I have been using the Clinique Daily Defence moisturiser as of late and am loving it! Trust me in following these steps, and your skin will thank you later.
Primer and Powder
Ah primer and powder. Your two best friends for the racing days. When considering our beauty plan, we must always think endurance. That is, looking as fabulous leaving as you did arriving. To avoid any signs of a melting or oily face, primer is your friend. By priming before applying your makeup, you ensure that your foundation will be kept in place until the final race is complete. It creates a smooth surface for the makeup to stick to, helps finesse the foundation, and acts as a barrier from the makeup seeping into your skin. Essential in your beauty regime on any day, on race day this step cannot be missed. I mean, think of those notorious faux paus’ like foundation streaks and obvious pores. All three can be avoided by the simple use of a primer.
You can pick up different types of primers that work in different ways for different skin types. They are mattifying, luminizing, hydrating, colour correcting, wrinkle-reducing, anti-creasing, and oh the list goes on!
At present, I have two go-to primers on rotation that I interchange depending on how my skin is feeling and where I am going. My absolute favourite is the Stilla One-Step Correct Primer, a revolutionary all-in-one colour correcting serum which creates brighter looking skin. The green potion neutralises redness and conceals blemishes, the lavender tone counteracts sallow undertones, and finally the peach tone helps to diminish the appearance of dark spots for an all-round brighter complexion. The light gel blends into my skin without clogging my pores, leaving my smooth canvas ready for painting!
Another go-to primer favourite of mine is the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer. This water-resistant liquid primer also neutralizes the skin, minimizes shine, and creates a smooth canvas for flawless makeup application. Not only that, but it absorbs excess oil and minimises the appearance of pores and imperfections by evenly distributing light to the face for a softer look.
When you go to apply your foundation (my favourite being Estee Lauder Double Wear and Nars Sheer Glow), you will notice a huge difference. Complete your look with a setting spray (hello Urban Decay Setting Spray) and you will be good to go! On the day you can take along a hydrating spray to leave your skin glowing at all times, as well as the Shiseido Blotting Paper which helps to remove any unwanted shine from the face, because let’s be honest, shine shine shine is not always best.
Powder and primer go hand in hand. Although applied at the end of your makeup look, powder holds the reigns after primer has done its thing, to top up its effect by keeping your face looking as smooth as possible. For a brighter and illuminated look, try Laura Mercier Translucent Powder or the MAC Prep + Prime Transparent Finishing Powder. Both silky finishing powders are equally as fabulous and set the makeup whilst reducing shine and minimising the visibility of pores, lines, and imperfections.
Eyes + Lips
Before I get started on the nitty gritty, I must point out my number 1 beauty rule for the raceday, that you must wholeheartedly abide by. That is, to not go over the top in the makeup department. We are at a sporting event celebrating the races outdoors under the sun (hopefully) for an entire day. The last thing you want to look like is a party-goer at such a sophisticated and poised event. Although it is a huge social event, going for your usual nighttime makeup is a definite no-go zone. Think sophisticated, chic, and polished.
Ah…Now that I have that out of the way, let’s get talking.
Eye makeup and lip colour go hand in hand. The notorious beauty rule of thumb is to have one feature as the focus. That means picking between bold eyes and lips. One or the other. They are mutually exclusive of one another, so definitely don’t go for a bold look for both unless you are going for a “makeup fail” label.
For an event such as Derby Day where you will be dressed in a black or white number, a smoked eye is the way to go to increase the dramatic feel of your ensemble. Personally I love a good smokey-eye and feel that it brings me up a solid two points in the beauty department. I manage to spin the original black smokey-eye for whatever the occasion may be – day or night. On top of that, because brows are huge this year (literally and figuratively speaking), putting a focus on the eyes and the brows will leave you right on trend.
For daytime events, especially during the Spring months, it is still best to go for a minimal and natural look. To do so, think sunkissed and wind swept. You can then incorporate in a neutral (or darker) smoked eye, and of course some liner and lashes. Go for an “effortless” look. Combining this with a sleek pony tail or very soft waves (keeping in mind the headpiece, not the hair, is the feature of the races), will leave you a sure bet in the beauty department. To complete your look, keep the lips simple with a nude, soft pink, or peachy lip shade. You will be looking all kinds of pretty, giving Julia Roberts a real run for her money.
For the other carnival days such as Melbourne Cup or Oaks Day, feel free to experiment with your makeup a little more. You could add a subtle colour or two to the eyes, or if you are going to go for basic eye makeup, try a burst of colour on your lips, bringing in a pop of Spring colour to your look. It will go beautifully with a sweeping bronzed cheek. On the plus side it is super easy to reapply, and there will be a lot less stress in the panda-eye department from darker eyes as the day progresses. However on the downside there is the potential for your lipstick to get messy with all the talking, drinking and eating. For a clever alternative, you could consider a lip tint such as YSL’s Rouge Pur Couture Glossy Stain. Take your pick and see what works for you! Whatever you choose however, keep in mind that we are after relaxed elegance, so stay classy.
In the eye department, after of course applying my Urban Decay Eye Makeup Primer Potion, I turn to my absolute favourite Tom Ford Eye Makeup Palettes. The eyeshadows are amazing quality, last forever, and don’t move from my eyelids all day! Ever since makeup guru Trish Sousa introduced me to them I cannot seem to change things up! For mascara and eyeliner I use ModelCo Cosmetic’s Lash and Line. Being 2-in-1 makes it super easy and allows you to squeeze it in your bag for a quick touch up of liquid eyeliner and volumizing mascara. Another long time favourite mascara of mine for dramatic lashes is the YSL Volume Effect Mascara.
For lipsticks, my favourite neutrals are:
- MAC Velvet Teddy or Brave
- Tom Ford Sable Smoke, Blush Nude, or Spanish Pink
- Nars Satin lipstick in Honolulu Honey
- Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Canotier
For a pop of colour, my favourites are:
- Chanel Rouge Coco Shine in Suspense
- ModelCo Cosmetics Part Proof lipstick in Splendourful or Bimbo
- Chanel Rouge Allure in Badine
- Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Shine Sculpting Lipstick in Surreal Sun
- Shiseido Veiled Rouge in Sloe
Now that we are all done, the icing on the cake is your fragrance. Again don’t go overboard with the scent, but to keep you fresh and feminine as ever, keep a sample sized perfume in your bag for a quick top-up as the day goes on. Gypsy Water Perfume Pen is another one of my lifesavers which I take everywhere with me. Being so tiny, it is the perfect size to squeeze into a tiny bag.
Enjoy my loves and see you on the track!