The One Mistake That’s Ruining Your Race Day Beauty Look
The race that stops a nation is just a day away, and at Byrdie Australia HQ we're getting in the mood with talk of dresses, lawn-appropriate heels and what on earth a superfecta actually is. (Also, there may or may not be an open bottle of Bollinger floating around...) To further team with the theme, we're breaking down the most common race day beauty mishaps and how to avoid them because, well, we're nice like that. Ever realised approximately three minutes before bed you've forgotten to fake tan for the races the next day? How about popping into the ladies post-punt only to notice your bright red lipstick has worn away leaving a weird ring behind? We've all been there—it's how you handle these beauty mistakes that makes all the difference. If you're off to the Melbourne Cup tomorrow (the event's 155th birthday BTW), or just need to brush up on how to keep your makeup on all day long, we've got you covered.
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Whether you're attending the races to place some well-researched bets or are more interested in day drinking (#MoetForTheWin), it's safe to say you'll be out and about for the better part of a day. If you want your makeup to stay put, primer is essential—no-one wants to be the girl who looks bare-faced by lunch. (Unless you're going for a makeup-free Alicia Keys vibe, in which case have at it.) We love Napoleon Perdis' Auto Pilot Pre-Foundation Skin Primer ($59) and Cover FX's Illuminating Primer ($60).
scrimping on lip liner
Wearing a bold lip to the races is a ballsy move when you consider the amount of eating, drinking and chatting that generally takes place. As someone who's been known to reapply her lipstick after every champagne, I can tell you it doesn't take long for even longwear formulas to wear off when faced with that amount of action. To keep your statement pout in tact (and avoid a telltale lip ring), make sure you prep, prep, prep. Start with a smoothing lip scrub, then line and fill in lips with a budge-proof lip liner before painting on your lipstick. Blot, apply again, and—if you're really serious—finish with a light dusting of translucent powder to lock everything in place.
overdosing on tanner
For some reason the racecourse seems to attract a higher-than-average number of fake tan mistakes. Blame it on an uptick in rush jobs done the night before, or an increase in first-timer tans, either way it's a patchy, orange-palmed mystery for the ages. The good news is, beyond a pro spray tan, there are steps you can take at home to prevent tanning mishaps. If you're no good with a mousse or full-strength lotion, get your mitts on a gradual tanner and start using it two days out. If you've totally forgotten and need an emergency fix, buff on an instant budge-proof tan like Benefit's Hoola All Over Body Bronzer ($52).
not checking makeup in natural light
This beauty mistake isn't reserved for race days, but it does happen more often when attempting more-dressy-than-a-regular-day-face-but-not-quite-ready-for-the-club-makeup. First off, ensure you apply your makeup in natural light. Trust me, all that sculpting and highlighting you did in your dark bathroom probably doesn't look as realistic in the harsh light of day. If you don't have great lighting in your home, at least pop outside to check your blending. (Chances are, you'll need a little extra time with your Beautyblender, $30.) Also, resist the urge to layer on foundation and powder like you're buying stocks in the stuff—in sunlight it'll only draw attention to every pore and blemish.
Forgetting emergency supplies
Be like a girl scout and be prepared. If you're wearing falsies, you'll want to take along a tiny tube of glue just in case one comes loose. (Don't forget a bobby pin or something you can use to direct the wobbly lash back to your lashline.) A compact of pressed powder is never a bad idea for touch-ups. (If you get particularly oily at your t-zone, try blotting with Beautyblender's Blotterazzi, $30, first.) Throw in a mini liner, lipstick and a sealed face wipe and you're set for just about any beauty mishap that could befall you.
wearing the wrong sunscreen
I know too may women who skip sunscreen on occasions they know they'll be photographed for fear of evoking the ghostly flashback that can occur when a flash is used. Heading off for a big day in the sun sans sunscreen is never a good idea, but happily it's also not at all necessary. The jury is out on which sunscreens in particular cause flashback but the general consensus is that anything containing a physical or mineral blocker is likely to photograph a little more pale and opaque. If you're really concerned about it, test your daily sunscreen with a few selfies beforehand to make sure it won't betray you, then ensure your foundation, concealer and powder are SPF-free.