Surviving spring racing
If you’re a girl and you’ve ever been to the races, you’ll know that it’s an all-day event that seems like it’s pretty much made for the boys. There’s no traipsing around the place in killer high heels or endless make-up touch-ups for them. Nope, the only thing the guys have to worry about is who to include in the trifecta – which just isn’t fair!
Never fear ladies, we’ve prepared a cheat sheet for you this spring racing season; a list of must-haves that is guaranteed to make you feel like a fabulous filly all day long.
To be the fittest filly on the field, ensure your hair looks smashing from start to finish without having to be re-done. While girly curls will still work with most races looks, more sophisticated styles are on the up and up. Think sleek ponytails with a fascinator pinned to the left, a chic bun tied low to one side or an oversized Carrie Bradshaw-style topknot. To carry off any of these styles, you’ll need a great hairspray that will lock your ‘do in place all day and a set of bobby pins to keep any shorter hairs from straying. We love L’Oreal Paris Elnett Satin for its velvety soft finish and Scunci Grooming Mini Bobby Pins, as they’re small enough to be pretty much undetectable.
To start the day looking lit from within, treat your skin with Gatineau Activ Éclat Instant Radiance Concentrate. The combination of the bright orange colour and mother of pearl contained in the formula give your skin an instant pick-me-up you’ll love. Next, prep your skin with a hardworking primer that will act as a sturdy base for your make-up to stick to all day. We love Glamourflage Jane Gem Face Primer, as it works to reduce shine throughout the course of the day and evens the skin tone. Team this with a foundation that won’t budge once applied (we love Natural Compatibles Wet & Dry Foundation) and you’re ready to rock the paddock.
For less touch-ups during the day, go for a long-wear lip shade that won’t need to be reapplied between champagnes. We love Maybelline NY Superstay 24hr Lip Color – in either a flirty berry shade or vampish red which will have you looking ravishing this racing season.
To ensure you look slim and sexy in that fitted frock, grab yourself the Jockey Next Generation Shapewear Bodysuit. Ultra smooth stretch microfiber lets you breathe and pulls you in where you need it most, so you’re guaranteed a sleek silhouette with no visible panty line!
For a gloriously glossy bod, make sure you apply an easy to use fake tan two days before the event. This way you can leverage the colour and ensure any mistakes have time to be fixed. To be on the safe side, use a mess-free bronzing spray like Garnier Ambre Solaire No Streaks Bronzer Spray. We love it because the unique nozzle makes hard to reach places easy to access with the fine mist! If you don’t like fake tan, or run out of time, never fear – an instant bronzer can be just as good. Face of Australia Bronzer Instant Tan comes in a spray, gel and a mousse and glides on effortlessly for a subtle colour with an even subtler fragrance.
Hot heels are a blessing and a curse all in one. On the one hand they make your legs look incredibly longer than they actually are, but they’re also the main culprit of unsightly blisters and twisted ankles.
Stay one step ahead of the pack with the Hollywood Feet Soothing Spots. They’ll work wonders all day long protecting your feet against shoes that rub you up the wrong way. Already feel a blister coming on? Keep Compeed® Blister Patches in your clutch to stop blister pain in 10 seconds. After a full day standing, don’t put up with backbreaking heels anymore; simply slip into your Scholl Party Feet Ballet Flats that you were smart enough to remember to plant in your purse in the morning. The full-length padded insole will make you feel as though you’re walking on clouds, while the shiny exterior will have everyone thinking they were a planned part of your outfit. Genius!
What is your tip for looking flawless all day long?
Hollywood Feet Soothing Spots, $5.95, https://www.hollywoodfashiontape.com.au/
Scholl Party Feet Ballet Flats, http://www.schollpartyfeet.com.au/