Beauty

Spring Flutter!

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You’ve got your frock, you’ve got your fascinator, but chances are your makeup is the last thing on your mind, write A Pair of Ones.

The spring racing season is one of the most anticipated events on Australia’s social calendar. The fanfare around trackside fashion and makeup is almost enough to rival the races themselves. From the race that stops the nation—the Melbourne Cup, to Ladies’ Day and the Caulfield Cup, the Spring Races are a time when you can shed your winter woollies and allow your skin to officially emerge from its winter hibernation.

This season, bright lips paired with a glowing and illuminated base, neutral and pared back eyeshadow, strong brows and full lashes are all the rage. As much as we enjoy being part of the spring racing shenanigans, deciding on your makeup look can be almost as difficult as choosing a horse to back, so we’re going to share with you a few of our trackside beauty essentials to ensure you’re the front runner from the first sound of the hooves.

1. All about the base

This season, it’s all about the base and in particular a fresh and radiant one. Along with cleansing, moisturising is a non-negotiable skincare step. Even those with oily-inclined skin are not exempt from moisturising. It is a common misconception that oily skin needs to be dried out with harsh exfoliants or sun exposure during the warmer months, and the heat is often wrongly blamed for oily skin. If anything, forgoing moisturiser or dehydrating your skin will only trigger it to produce more sebum, perpetuating a vicious cycle.

Instead, swap out heavier moisturisers for water-based or gel hydrators that are fast absorbing and light weight. Unlike thicker creams, water-based products are non-comodegenic, so they will not clog up any pores. So the take home message is moisturise, moisturise, moisturise!

2. Foundation

As with moisturisers, if oily skin is a concern, or if you simply want to let your face breathe, opt for a lighter cover-up as opposed to something more heavy duty. We are big supporters of ready to wear skin and tend to default to lighter weight tints and foundations for a natural veil of colour, without the heaviness of a full coverage foundation. Our pick for the Spring Races would be Bourjois’ Healthy Mix Foundation. The lightweight formula provides impressive medium coverage, and has a dewy and natural finish for a lit‑from-within glow. The foundation is enriched with vitamin C, vitamin B5 and vitamin E which provides anti‑oxidant and regenerating action (for anti-ageing!). To maximise coverage, apply the foundation with a brush.

Otherwise, if you are like us, apply and blend the product in with the warmth of your hands, or with a slightly moist sponge.

3. Full blush

Along with lips, blush is another step in your makeup routine that is easy and fun to experiment with. During the cooler months, we were favouring warmer blushes like the dusty roses and rusty plums. However, we have since packed them away and pulled out all our perky shades. Think peaches and bright pinks. L’Oréal’s Infallible Blush Trio in Soft Rosy is our Race day cheek colour of choice. The 3-in-1 shades can be applied separately, or blended together for a hybrid between a blush and highlighter. The mix of salmon and carnation is perhaps one of our favourite spring complexion revivers. The finely milled powder allows for a more natural finish, and the subtle sheen adds automatic radiance without having to add an additional step with highlighting.

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4. Lip service

Once you’ve got your natural glowing base sorted, there’s only one thing remaining—a swipe of a standout lip colour. There’s something about a bold lip that instantly lifts our mood and makeup. While nudes, muted and understated lips have been a winter favourite, there’s no better time to be unapologetically loud and vivid with your lippie choice than Spring. Bold and vibrant hues will be on everyone’s lips this Spring Race season.

Youngblood’s Lipstick in Charm is as vibrant as they come. The rich fuchsia shade is universally flattering and perfect for adding a bold pop of colour to your face. The creamy formula is surprisingly long-wearing, and the natural blend of oils and vitamins, including jojoba and sunflower seed oil keeps the lips hydrated. If you’re anxious about loud pouts, don’t be.

Ease into a bold lip by starting with a soft stain finish, avoiding matte formulas as they can be less forgiving and dehydrating.

Tip: To extend your lipstick life, and define your natural lip shape more precisely, apply a lip liner first. Take it a step further and lock down your lipstick with a dusting of powder. Simply lay a single ply of tissue over your lips and dust translucent powder over the top.

5. Let it glow

When it comes to highlighters, the options can be overwhelming. For newbies, liquid and cream highlighters are the easiest to blend, and the best option for natural illumination. If you’re opting for a mineral or powder highlight, reach for more finely milled powders for a natural, less discoball finish. Less is more when it comes to illuminators or highlighters, so start off by applying the products with a light hand, aiming for that effortless, “I woke up like this” glow.

Placement is important when it comes to highlighting. Apply your highlighter across the high points of your cheekbones and down the bridge of your nose to sculpt and add definition to your face. Highlighting the inner corner of your eyes will make them pop while applying illuminator just above the Cupid’s bow will create the illusion of a fuller, plumped pout sans injections or fillers. Designer

Brands Strobing Stick lends itself quite nicely to natural, glowing skin, and the best thing is that they’re vegan, which means cruelty-free.

6. All set

What we expect from our makeup and particularly on an occasion like the Spring Races is endurance. However, the heat can cause makeup migration and fading, even with waterproof products, and that’s where setting sprays come in. Setting sprays are longevity elixirs. They contain fixative polymers, which create a light and breathable film to give makeup serious staying power while preventing melted foundation, fading blush and products settling into fine lines.

Unlike the traditional makeup setters, i.e. powders, setting sprays are far less cakey and much more breathable. But that doesn’t mean you have to skip powders altogether.

Translucent powders can be used to absorb oil and set makeup, prior to setting sprays.

Rimmel’s NEW #Insta Fix & Go is one we’ve been reaching for to prime, hydrate and set our makeup all in one step.

The setting spray is light-weight, quick drying and oil-free. It works well as a primer, applied prior to makeup to create a canvas for seamless makeup application and durable wear.

But as the final step in your makeup routine, a generous spritz will lock everything in place. Fix & Go also contains cucumber extract which gives the skin a dewy, hydrated finish, making it a perfect clutch essential and mid‑day freshener. To apply, hold the bottle approximately 20cm from your face, and lightly spritz the setting spray 1–2 times in a “T”or “X” shape.

Tip: For budge and crease free under-eye concealer, mix your regular concealer with a few drops of setting spray before blending it under your eyes and nose.

Spring Racing and trackside fashion and beauty is serious business. A day at the tracks under the sun, sweating, mingling, eating and drinking, calls for some pretty durable makeup. Maintaining a fresh, radiant complexion can be a challenge, but it doesn’t have to be. The key is to prep and set. A good primer, setting spray and blotting paper will get you across the finish line. As for colour? Have fun with your look, experiment with bold lips and popping cheeks, and balance it all out with a natural glowy complexion.