Spring brings with it lots of lovely things- bright colours, gorgeous weather, and Mother Nature’s finest friends. It also brings with it activities that have us wanting to get all dressed up. One such activity is horse racing. The spring carnival season of horse racing is a great time to take advantage of some fun makeup looks. You can incorporate many of the elements of spring into your look, while also being race ready.
There are several ways to achieve a fun spring carnival look, and here is one way to do it. As with any makeup look, you want to start with a fresh “canvas”- a smooth foundation or pressed powder to start with. Once you have a flawless looking base, brush on some spring coloured blush on your cheeks. You want your face to look natural, but not too subtle. You want the colour in your cheeks to be obvious, but not so obvious that it looks like you got a sunburn the day before! The point of the blush is to liven up your face, but don’t go overboard with it.
Next, you want to top your lids with some fun eye shadow. For this particular look, go with a fun royal blue or a deep charcoal grey. The eyes will be the focal point of this look and you want some drama. Apply the shadow to the entire lid, just above the crease. Blend well, and again, make it look vibrant and fun but not clownish. Choose something with a shimmer instead of a matte finish to add some sparkle and minimize the “too much eye shadow” effect. Shop places like John Lewis, which has a good selection of colours and products.
After your shadow has been applied, take a dark eyeliner, in either a deep charcoal, or black, and line your eyes, both top and bottom. Get as close to the lash line as possible, and don’t put it on too thick. Be sure to blend it and wipe away any excess with a q-tip. The purpose of the eyeliner is to add some bold drama to the eyes, but again, you want it to blend in with the rest of the look. Finish off the eyes with a coat of blue mascara. It will really bring out the blue from the shadow. Or, if you chose to use a grey colour, it will be a subtle “highlight” that will look totally awesome!
One product I think is a nice touch for the races is called Gimme Brow Gel, from Benefit. Use it to fill in those thin brows, or make them look more polished. It is a great way to round out the overall look around your eye area.
For the rest of your race face, you just want to find a springy lip colour in the pink or peach family. Something like rose would be a good colour choice. You want something that is just a step or two up from looking natural, but not so dramatic that it takes away from the drama of the eyes.
Finally, get yourself a fun hat or fascinator to wear to the race, and you will have a complete spring carnival look that is fun, classy and that everyone will be asking you about!