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Ahh, Melbourne Cup–everyone’s favourite excuse to knock off work early, have a glass of champagne and dress in beautiful, spring florals. If you’re not like the lowly rest of us, though, and actually get to attend the big event, it’s definitely time to get prepping. As well as focusing on skin, hair and body care, though, you’re going to need to get your makeup game plan sorted.
What better way to get inspiration for your look than to think back to last year’s spring racing season? Although new trends are always creeping up on us, there are always going to be tried and tested favourites that sneak their way onto the field, and for good reason!
Keep reading to find out the classic looks Cup-goers keep coming back to, and how you can recreate them for the special day (or simply to spice up the sweepstakes at work!).
The Melbourne Cup is the perfect excuse to pull out the bold, bright lip colours, especially if you’re a nude or neutral girl day-to-day. It’s the start of summer, so a pop of pink, coral or peach lipstick is definitely fitting for race day. Highlight a colour in your dress or fascinator as above, or go for something out there and off-centre that creates a stark contrast with the rest of your look–it’s all up to you!
When wearing a bold lip, it’s important to let this be the focal point of the face. Go for neutral, subtle shades on the eyes, such as champagnes and pale browns. Dab some rosy blush on your cheeks, but don’t go too heavy, as this will make you appear a little doll-like. Voila–you’re good to go! Don’t forget to pop a mini in your purse so that you can touch up your lip colour as the day goes on.
It’s not often we see anything other than bright, springtime colours at the races, but Jesinta Campbell shook things up a little last year–and totally pulled it off. Paired with a stunning gown from Rachel Gilbert, Jesinta’s Caulfield Cup look definitely had everyone talking. Eschewing the same old looks we see on the field from year to year (blah), she rocked a dark, sultry red lip that took centre stage.
To recreate Jesinta’s look, you’re going to want to find the perfect blue-toned red lipstick and make it the focus of your look. Give the eyes a little pop of colour with neutral smoky eye shadows on the lid (think mid-toned and dark browns) and an accent colour along the lower lash line, such as the rusty pink Jesinta has opted for. Finish everything off with natural brows, brushing hairs upward and filling in any gaps with small strokes.
Melbourne Cup hits right as summer does, meaning that it’s the perfect time to rock a golden tan! Play up that bronzed goddess vibe with radiant skin, simple eyes and soft pink lips. This look is the perfect accent to any outfit, whether you’re going for black, white or bright. Paired with stunning gold statement jewellery, you’re sure to draw the attention of everyone on the field.
Highlighter is a must-have for this look, so don’t be shy! We suggest going for something that’s radiant and soft rather than glittery, so your skin takes on that healthy glow. Pop a little pink on your lips for a ‘my lips but better‘ look, and then use a blush in a similar tone very lightly on the apples of the cheeks. Finish everything off with sleek winged eyeliner, flicking out ever-so-slightly to accentuate the eyes without going too dramatic.
Oh, Jen–ever the Melbourne Cup darling, we’re waiting with bated breath to see what the supermodel comes up with in 2017. In the meantime, though, let’s throw it back to this classic, old Hollywood-esque look. If you’re unsure what look to try out for Melbourne Cup, we can assure you that with red lips and a lush lash, you can’t go wrong.
Go for a natural base that’ll hold up in the heat–think medium to full coverage with a matte finish. Then, play up brows and give them thickness with a brow pencil a shade or two darker than your hair. Finally, the pinnacle of this look rests on your red lippie shade and falsies. Think long-wearing on the lips, and full and fluttery when it comes to your lashes.
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I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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