Spring racing season is well & truly upon us (insert clapping here) so it’s time to start prepping for the big days ahead! Thanks to my good friends at Priceline Pharmacy, I am able to get race day ready with all the beauty & health products under one roof. Plus, I’ve rounded up all of my fave beauty products, trends & tips to get you trackside looking & feeling your very best!
Having been an avid carnival-goer for a number of years now, I have my beauty routine sorted. This year, I headed into Priceline Pharmacy to stock up on my race day faves & here’s 11 reasons why you should too…
1. Matching Nails
I love to co-ordinate my trackside nails to fit in with the traditional race day themes & colour schemes. So for Derby Day, white is always my go-to choice to compliment a monochrome look. On Cup Day I love to go bold with a statement colour such as red or coral. For Oaks Day I love to sport a nude or beige tone to pair back with your pastel ladies day outfit & for Stakes I love to have some fun with something different such as blue or lilac. I am a big fan of the Essie range which always goes on smoothly for an even finish.
2. A Healthy Fake Tan
Whatever look you are going for at the races this season, a healthy and bronzed glow always works wonders trackside. One of this year’s biggest trends in the fashion stakes (& one that is sure to be everywhere) is an off-the-shoulder or asymmetrical cut. For this style, it’s great to have some colour across the chest and shoulders to contrast the garment. I am a long-time user (& lover) of Aussie-based tanning gurus Bondi Sands. They have a fabulous range of products & the results are always natural – never orange! Winning!
3. Hair Styling Tools
It’s always fun to try different hairstyles across the race week, depending on your outfit & overall look. This year, I am loving slicked back & neat at Derby, big barrelled curves for at Melbourne Cup, a messy high pony for Oaks Day & loose textured waves for Stakes Day. To create these looks you’ll need a utility belt of hair products. I always start by using a spray in volumiser & heat mist protection spray before messily blow drying my hair upside down. To finish, I love using Toni & Guy’s hair spray to keep it all in place for the long day ahead.
4. Illuminating Highlighter
I recently discovered the Maybelline Strobing Liquid Highlighter at a beauty tutorial I attended & have been a converted fan ever since! It provides the most beautiful, iridescent glow to highlight but be sure to use sparingly as a little goes a long, long way. Use it to provide a shine to areas such as cheekbones, your upper lip and eyelids. Or, for an all over glow, don’t be afraid to mix a touch of this liquid into your foundation. A glowing complexion will match any race day outfit!
5. A Winged Eye
My all time favourite Derby Day look is a bold red lip paired back with a thick winged eye, as it always works perfectly against a black and white outfit. And this year is sure to be no different. Try a matte lip colour so it lasts all day & add some fake lashes for extra glam!
6. A Nude Lip
Expect to see plenty of pastel pinks and neutral shades in the fashion stakes at the races this year. Either blocked out in head-to-toe or patterned in gorgeous florals, these tones are a huge spring racing trend. To match your beauty look, opt to go for a beige or nude lip colour to compliment your outfit. Maybelline have even released a dedicated nude lip range which will have certainly have you sorted!
7. Sun Protection. Always.
An absolute essential under that Australian sun. Avoid that dreaded race day sunburn with a light sunscreen spray that won’t leave you with white streaks or a heavy coating. My fave? This Neutrogena Ultra Sheer Body Mist which is non-greasy and easy to apply from any angle.
8. Pain killers (just in case!)
To keep you feeling good at the track, Nurofen is always one of those things I pack in my handbag. It’s always handy to have as you never know when you may need it!
9. Bobby Pins. Bobby Pins. Bobby Pins.
One of the big millinery trends to emerge this season is the classic turban. It’s undoubtedly a beautiful look, but one that needs some upkeep with a bobby pin or four! Keep everything secure with a stash of these in your clutch. Be sure to pack plenty as we all know they run away faster than most horses!
10. Hayfever medication
If you’re like me & sneeze your way through spring then make sure you take a Telfast before heading to the track!
11. Cushioned heels
A pair of Party Feet are your trackside lifesavers. This year, think ankle strap heels & ruffles on your feet in terms of trends at the track. Keep your feet happy throughout the day with some cushioning from these handy little inventions. It will make your day a lot more comfortable trust me!
So there you have it. My fave race day beauty & health products to get you prepped for the spring carnival. The team at Priceline Pharmacy will have you race day ready ASAP! Be sure to check out their beauty pavilion at Caulfield where you can get prepped, pampered and retouched throughout the carnival! See you there!