With Derby Day today and the Melbourne Cup just around the corner, looking our best track-side is the only thing on our minds right about now. Joh Bailey's got us covered with his top tips for race day hair, so now it's time to talk makeup. We asked the gorgeous Nicola Burford, who's painted faces in many-a-country, to share her pearls of wisdom on races makeup and what absolutely needs to go in your clutch.
TIP #1: The most successful makeup looks for race days are those that are simple and refined. Wear makeup that complements your dress and hat, be it glamorous or spring-fresh.
TIP #2: One of my favourite looks for an elegant but simple makeup look is a light tinted moisturiser as a base, some natural coloured cream blush on the cheeks, a little mascara on a curled lash with some white or cream coloured eyeliner applied in the waterline, groomed brows and a flash of either a bright coral or fuchsia pink cream-textured lipstick.
Keep reading . . .TIP #3: If you are wearing a heavy brimmed hat, focus makeup on the lips and skin rather than the eyes as the eye makeup will be in shadow.
TIP #4: Always take sunscreen, tissues, a drinking straw (especially if you are wearing a bright or strong lip colour), hand sanitiser (for the port-a-loos), lip colour and touch-up powder or blotting sheets.
TIP #5: Eye brightener pens are also handy for touching up under the eye area. A disposable vial of some eye drops are great, especially if the weather is windy or sun glaring. And if you can fit it in your bag mosquito repellent is also a winner.
TIP #6: Decant some rose-water spray into a small travel spray bottle or use a small can of mineral water mist to refresh your skin and makeup throughout the day.
TIP #7: Applying a lip pencil all over the lips before you apply your lip colour will help your lipstick last all day.
TIP #8: If you do like to wear eyeshadow, opt for creamy textured long-wearing shadow as this will look fresh all day long.