You’ve got the frock, you’ve got the fascinator – now complete your Spring Racing look with fresh, natural makeup. Don’t take a gamble with your Spring Racing Makeup (excuse the pun) and put down your heavy foundations, thick eyeliner, and dark lipsticks because when it comes to makeup this spring, less is more.
Ace that base.
The ultimate goal with race day makeup is to make sure you stay polished from the first sound of the hooves to champagne hour after sunset. Keep your makeup light at the beginning of the day, especially if you’re going to be reapplying all day. It’s a daytime event and sunlight will emphasise the amount of foundation you wear so keep it to a minimum – you don’t want to look like you’re wearing a mask! Even better, opt for a BB cream for a gorgeous dewy complexion.
Ditch the dark and heavy chocolate bar contours.
While contouring is all the rage right now, it’s easy to overdo it. Accentuate your features with blush and or a rosy bronzer instead, and pick a finely-milled light-reflecting powder without the glittery sparkles for highlight.
Pastels are a recurring trackside trend, and it’s all about the soft tones and ladylike elegance again this season. Embrace Oaks Day femininity with a candy eyeshadow palette and add subtle definition with a swirl of colour to the apples of your cheeks and lips for an au naturale finish. Top tip: Use your pink-y lipstick as a cream blush to save room in your clutch.
If you’re parading the black and white at Derby Day, leave the smoky eyes for the nightclub as you don’t want them to compete for attention with your veil. A classic thin-winged eyeliner will do. Instead, add a pop of colour with bold lips and be a sure-fire front-runner with orange. A tangerine pout looks insanely good against a monochrome scheme. Top tip: if you’re wearing a bold lipstick, always drink through a straw to prevent embarrassing glass stains and excessive touch-ups.