Carla Dyson shares her top beauty looks for the races
Spring racing season is near and getting your beauty look right for each key race day is just as important as choosing your outfit. I share my top looks for key days of the Racing Season below.
Derby day makeup is something you can have a little fun with. Having a strictly monochromatic theme for clothing, it’s always nice to add a pop of colour onto the face.
But why is choosing the perfect bold lip colour, so difficult?
I think we’ve all spotted a lipstick on a friend, but when you tried it on yourself, it’s a big no no? Remember there are many things to consider when making this decision; skin tone, hair colour, eye colour and even your outfit and accessory choice.
If you’re new to this game, I would strongly recommend a trip to Mecca or Myer to get an expert opinion, and you know... try before you buy!
For this look, I opted for a burnt orange red - MAC ‘so Chaud’ (available at Myer) it’s the perfect tone for a warmer complexion.
Everyone can wear red! It’s just finding YOUR perfect red that’s the issue!
As a general “rule” - orange undertones work best for olive skins, you’ll immediately see your complexion glow. True reds with a slight blue undertone will make a fair complexion pop, don’t forget to balance this with a complimentary blush to avoid looking washed out!
We are spoilt for choice with all the options on the market. My favourite bold lip options right now are; Dior lip tattoo ‘natural peach’ (available at David Jones), YSL liquid stain ‘pink squad’ and ‘unconditional coral’, MAC 'ruby woo - classic red', MAC so Chaud (both available at Myer) Revlon COLORSTAY™ Ultimate Liquid Lipstick ‘stellar sunrise (available Priceline).
TIP 1: Don’t forget to prep!
Before applying any bright lip, always prep the lips by using a lip scrub to remove any dry skin. Frank Body lip scrub is a personal fave of mine. Then prime the lips to ensure it stays put! MAC prep and prime (available at Myer) is great to smooth the lip texture and keep the colour on all day.
Lining the lips with a waterproof pencil will also help you ‘stay within the lines’ when applying your lippie. My favourites are MAC pro longwear lip pencils or MUFE waterproof pencils (available at Myer).
TIP 2: Keep the rest of your face fresh
The key to making a bold lip pop is keeping the rest of the face neutral. I love creating fresh dewy skin, and adding a champagne wash on the eye to. Mixing textures on the face is such a great combo.
When wearing colour in your outfit, I like to keep the face neutral so there isn’t too much going on.
I always start a glowing skin with skin prep. Tatcha is my current Go-to! Spray (available at Mecca Maxima) with dewy skin mist first, then prep the eye area with Luminous deep hydrating eye serum. The silk canvas is the perfect way to filter imperfections and ensure your makeup lasts all day long.
To achieve the perfect bronzed, glowing skin - apply a liquid bronzer like Nars liquid laguna, to keep the skin feeling fresh. Benefit’s hoola (available at Myer) is my favourite matte contour as this creates a natural shadow on most skin tones - shadow is what contour should be after all!
TIP 1: Perfecting the sultry bronzed eye
Cream shadows work a treat for a perfect bronzed eye, as they are long lasting and super pigmented. For this look, I used Tom Ford cream shadow in ‘platinum’ (available at David Jones). For a cheaper alternative, maybelline colour tattoo (available Priceline) would work in a similar way - colour ‘bad to the bronze’ is a beautiful rose gold colour and will really make green eyes pop.
Make your eyes appear larger with a flesh tone pencil on the waterline. My favourite is MAC cosmetics NC15 pencil (available at Myer).
TIP 2: Groomed brows
Comb brows up first to see how much space you have to work with, then take a very fine brush like Rae Morris brow brush (available at Mecca Maxima) to feather in hair by hair strokes and make the brows appear fuller.
Finish this look with a natural lip - waterproof lip pencil MAC pro longwear pencil in Subculture, velvet teddy or Honeylove lipstick - my fave nudes of the moment (both available at Myer), topped with Mecca Maxima lip de luscious lip balm, to make the lips look as full as possible.
For Oaks Day or Ladies Day as many call it, I love to create soft and feminine looks and embrace the ongoing pastel trend. Peach and pale pinks are a big hit here.
I love a peach wash over the eyes and a balmy or glossy lip - although you will certainly need to have the gloss in your hand all day for touch ups... and be sure to wear your hair up if it’s a windy day in Melbourne. Hair + wind + lipgloss = not a good look!
The palette I used for this eye look was Too Faced Just Peachy Velvet Matte Eyeshadow (available at Mecca Maxima) which gives you many options if you’re feeling daring. The peach colour in this palette is perfect for a soft subtle wash on a tanned skin, and will contrast well with blue or green eyes.
Tip 1: Pale Skin? Beware
If you have a paler complexion, be careful using peach colours - it will show up a lot more on your skin. Opt for lighter tones for a subtle enhancement.
Tip 2: Make your eyes pop
If you’d like to make the eyes stand out more, try adding a classic winged liner, extending slightly upward in the natural direction of the lower lash line. This will enhance the shape of the eye and give more structure to the look.
TIP 3: Pay attention to your T-Zone
For the skin, I went with more of an irridescent finish here, mixing MAC strobe cream with Armani luminous silk (both available at Myer) to make the skin glow. Don’t forget to powder down the T-Zone to avoid shine in the wrong areas.
The lip for this look was created using Nars Velvet matte lip pencil in Balero (available at Mecca Maxima). This can be left matte, or apply Mecca Maxima Lop De Luscious over the top for a balmy finish. MAC peachstock (available at Myer) is also a favourite peach nude, complementary for olive skin tones.