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26 Oct

Just a hop skip and trot until the Melbourne Cup and apart from the focus of the horses and race itself, we all know it is all about the fillies and their beautiful frocks and stunning fascinators. And of course, with your frock and fascinator being the main eye catcher, why can’t your makeup be on-point and last all day long, too? Especially with it being set in the day, we want your face to last and not drip off. Whether you’re planning to go to Derby Day, Oaks Day, Melbourne Cup Day or just a nice day out in Sydney with friends at the race track, here are some tips for Spring Racing Makeup. 

With the weather getting warmer for Race Day, be mindful that it’s going to be an all-day thing, to ensure that you are sun smart and start your skin and face regime with moisturiser with a high SPF in it. After that, go for a pea-sized amount of primer and apply that on your face. Wait for the primer to settle in for about a minute onto your face before you apply your foundation.

Swap your contouring for bronzing, I personally love using Chanel’s Tan De Soliel, luxurious yes but oh so worth it. The creamy formula is build-able, glides on and smells delicious to give yourself a dewy warm bronze. I apply it with a dense foundation brush and bounce that onto my temples, side of the forehead and near my cheekbone, but for the few of you that contouring is your ride or die makeup must, opt for a powder contour only for a softer approach rather than going heavy with your cream and setting it with a contouring powder for another Spring Racing Makeup look.

Be sure to set your face with a light powder, for oilier skin people. Dip your powder puff in your setting powder, tap the excess and when you place the powder on your face. You want to roll the puff onto your oily skin areas, especially the areas where there are larger pores rather than using a powder brush to dust over the powder on your face. Using the pat and rolling technique will give the illusion of smoother skin and will blur out your large pores. You want to let your outfit shine and not your face. Stash a handy compact mirror with you for mere touch-ups during the day.

Now with all of your face being done, you want to go in and set your makeup with a really good finishing setting spray. I love using Skindinavia The Makeup Finishing Spray-Bridal – it lasts me all night long and sets my makeup in place. Just some light spritz across the face in either a cross or a plus shape and you’re good to go. 

So with Spring Racing, go for a dewy and fresh makeup look that is more feminine and soft on the face. Don’t go too crazy on the contouring, but amp up your highlighting game to give yourself that radiant glow. Concentrating on highlighting areas like the under eye area, the brow bone, cheekbone, cupid’s bow and if you’re exposing your neck area, of course, add some highlighting onto your décolletage. I love using Josie Maran Cosmetics Argan Enlightenment Illuminiser to highlight and strobe my face.  More Spring Racing Makeup tips below.

Derby Day is all about black and white shades so keep your makeup look simple, chic and elegant. Choose from either a wing, a red lip, or neutral eyeshadow to match with your monochromatic ensemble. 

For Oaks Day, it is all about the ladies and the blooming florals, so let the prim and proper fem in all of us prance around the gardens and go for soft and fem looks with pinks, pastels and groomed eyebrows. 

With the last day of the epic racing season in Melbourne being the Melbourne Cup, go for bold and flashy colours that will compliment your outfit. Think a bold coral lip, or a to mix it up ditch the black liner and go for a funky electric blue liner. And if you do wish to go for a smokey eye, too keep it less heavy and charcoal, so swap your black for light browns and taupe shades.

So there you go racegoers, happy punting. If you like this blog please comment below. I’d also love to hear about your spring racing makeup tips.



Tako Phanoraj

Tako is a Beauty Editor at AMR with a Diploma in makeup artistry having graduated in 2015. She is passionate about all things beauty and in her spare time loves to keep up with the latest trends and trialling new makeup. When she is not invested in makeup, she is busy being mum to one gorgeous baby girl.

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