It was Oscar Wilde who once said, "I can resist everything except temptation". And what greater temptation is there than a day at the races? The spring racing carnival is the perfect mix of fashion and fun, and unofficially signals the start of soiree season. Lets face it, the horses aren't the only ones in competition thanks to the track-side talent. So when the style stakes are this high, good grooming is essential. Here are my top tips and rules to have a 'face that stops the nation'.
1. Safe Bets for Skincare
The races tend to be a day event so sunscreen is a must. Certain foundations do contain an SPF but I like to layer on sunscreen first and then apply base on top. Hopefully you've opted for a wide-brimmed hat to stay protected track-side; they tend to be a safer bet for more reasons than one. The last time I was at the races, my friend had chosen to wear a headpiece with several rather long pheasant feathers trailing down. As we mingled, one of them accidentally poked a well known Australian rugby player in the eye. He staggered to the floor, clutching his eye (while his friends laughed and patted him on the back). I couldn't believe this famous ruby hero (initials B.M.) was taken down by a feather. Needless to say, we did not become WAGS after that.
For your skin use Clarins to keep you safe and Tom Ford lipstick to keep it sexy. Shop Tom Ford & Clarins now
2. Pre Game Prep
It's the little details that perfect a look. Don't ignore your nails. The day before your outing, book in for a manicure and pedicure (especially if wearing open-toed shoes). Selected David Jones stores offer manicure services, I love to get mine done at David Jones' Elizabeth Street Sydney Store with a friend so we can catch up while getting our tips and toes seen to. Shellac or Gel finishes are long lasting (up to three weeks) and great for ladies prone to ruining a recently done coat (like me). Factor in the colour of your outfit when choosing a nail polish. I tend to stick to the classics - bold red, nude or sooty shades bordering on black but these days, any colour goes.
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For my nails I love Chanel and the cheeks I go with Bobbi Brown. Shop Chanel & Bobbi Brown now
3. Match your hair to your headwear
"The busier the headwear, the simpler your hair should be," says hairstylist Barney Martin from Barney Martin's Sydney salon. "If you have a flamboyant headpiece, don't let your hairstyle compete with it. A slicked back pony always looks chic and well groomed and will allow your headpiece be the focal point."
Martin also has a few safe bets for getting your style to last the day, "never underestimate the power of a good hairspray. People tend to forget about the classics. If you're going for a textured look, dry shampoo won't go amiss. Keep a travel sized dry shampoo or hairspray in your clutch for touchups on the go." And as for any race day strand do's or don'ts? "Don't try too hard and have an overly complicated do." adds Martin. "You want your look to last longer than the race! A well secured up-style is a great option to last the distance."
Before I put on any foundation I like to use Napoleon Perdis' skin primer and then top it up with Laura Mercier's tinted moisturiser. Shop Napoleon Perdis & Laura Mercier now
4. Long Distance Romance
I like my base lightweight and subtle with a just a hint of illumination (I'm not demanding at all!). Laura Mercier's Illuminating Tinted Moisturiser fits the profile perfectly and will disguise any imperfections and protect your face from sun damage. The new era of CC and BB creams will also answer the needs of those into sheer coverage. If you prefer a more traditional foundation, follow makeup maestro Napoleon Perdis's classic rule, "not to prime is a crime." Prep with a primer (after sunscreen) and layer on your foundation from the centre of your face outwards for an undetectable finish. It's daytime after all, so don't go too heavy with your base.
For my foundations I love Mac and for liquid illumination you can't go past Clinique. Shop Mac & Clinique now.
Don't forget you have to smell amazing and keep that hair tidy! For spring there's nothing like Amouage to keep you fresh and best to carry a Rock & Ruddle brush for any 'in case of emergency' strands.
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The final touch? Stick to bubbles! And by bubbles I mean mineral water. You want to look chic and composed when your headpiece pokes a famous footballer in the eye.
Words by Danielle Jackson - JONES Beauty Director