Race day beauty dos and don’ts

Your guide to avoiding a trackside beauty faux pas

A day at the races is long and sun-filled, so you need to be well prepared. Here’s your guide to trackside beauty dos and don’ts.

Don’t: Be afraid of colour

Whether you wear it on your eyes, lips or nails, it’s a way to stand out trackside. Try: Clinique Skinny Stick in Olive Green; Designer Brands Longwear Lipstick in Shocking Pink; Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Ether.

Clinique Skinny Stick in Olive Green

Designer Brands Longwear Lipstick in Shocking Pink

Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Ether

Do: Take the time to prep your skin with primer

A smooth, even canvas helps foundation last longer and provides a nice base for the rest of your complexion products, like blush and bronzer. Try: COVERGIRL TRUblend Makeup Primer Combo Skin –its balancing formula helps to minimise shine and keep dry patches hydrated. 

Don’t: Just focus on your face

Use a body highlighter, like JBronze Shimmer Instant Illuminiser, on collarbones, shoulders and down the centre of the legs. 

Do: Think about your entire ensemble when deciding on a hairstyle

An easy blow-dry helps balance printed frocks and bold dresses, while statement hats and earrings require an updo. Don’t forget a spritz of hairspray to set your hairstyle before you walk out the door. We love the moveable texture you get from Matrix Style Link Volume Fixer Volumizing Hairspray.

COVERGIRL TRUblend Makeup Primer Combo Skin

JBronze Shimmer Instant Illuminiser

Matrix Style Link Volume Fixer Volumizing Hairspray

Don’t: Forget you’ll be outdoors, so SPF is imperative

Before leaving home, apply sunscreen on any skin that will be exposed, and top up throughout the day with Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder SPF 50, which won’t disturb makeup.

Do: Coat tip and toes in a glossy, chip-resistant gel nail polish

Complement a shade in your frock or stick to classic colours like nudes, pinks and reds. Try: Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish.

Don’t: Go overboard with fragrance

Take your cues from your surroundings and spritz on a fresh floral fragrance, like Bottega Veneta Knot Eau Florale EDP. Save the heavier scents for evening revelry. 

Colorescience Sunforgettable Mineral Powder SPF 50

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Nail Polish

Bottega Veneta Knot Eau Florale EDP

Do: Look for long-wearing cosmetics

The new formulas wont dry out or cake, and they minimise the need for touch-ups during the day (saving clutch space). Try: Maybelline New York Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation; L'Oreal Paris Superliner Gel Matic Eyeliner; Rimmel London Provocalips 16hr Kiss Proof Lip Colour.

Maybelline New York Fit Me! Matte + Poreless Foundation

L'Oreal Paris Superliner Gel Matic Eyeliner

Rimmel London Provocalips 16hr Kiss Proof Lip Colour

Don’t: Go all-out, all over

If your dress, jewels or hat deliver the wow factor, keep your makeup simple and strive for a golden, bronzy and luminous effect. Try: Napoleon Perdis Reflective Refiner Bright Light Highlighter Powder or Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Light Bronzing & Iridescent Powder.

Do: Load up on dry shampoo

Not only will it give hair cool texture, it also provides grip for braids, updos, bobby pins and hats. Try: TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo - Transluscent.

Napoleon Perdis Reflective Refiner Bright Light Highlighter Powder

Dior Diorskin Nude Tan Light Bronzing & Iridescent Powder

TRESemmé Instant Refresh Dry Shampoo - Transluscent

Now that you know the ins and outs of race day beauty, find your spring racing makeup look.

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A beauty editor and vitamin C fanatic who has worked across a range of print and digital publications, including Stellar, marie claire, Gritty Pretty and Badlands Journal.