Race Day Beauty Essentials That Won’t Melt, Fade Or Cake

Your ultimate races make-up guide

You’ve found your fascinator (better yet, try a wide-brimmed boater), chosen a dress and booked your (subtle) spray tan, but not so fast: you’re not race day ready yet. It isn’t just the fillies on the field that require stamina at this time of year: your hair and make-up needs to see the distance too.

Read on for the long-lasting make-up solutions that will ensure you look glowy and gorgeous all day long – no matter how many glasses of Moet you may have.

1/ Primer

A shine-free, cake-free, long-wearing make-up finish is all in prepping the canvas properly. After applying your usual serum and SPF+ moisturiser, pat on a mattifying primer to absorb oil and ensure your foundation lasts as long as possible. We like the new Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer.

marc jacobs primer
Marc Jacobs Under(cover) Perfecting Coconut Face Primer, $63, Sephora

2/ Foundation

Consider long-wear foundation your new best friend for racing and wedding season: the secret is in finding a formula that isn’t too thick and mask-like. Try the new YSL All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation, which offers a flawless, slightly luminous and natural finish while keeping shine at bay.

ysl all hours foundation
YSL All Hours Full Coverage Matte Foundation, $89, Mecca

3/ Bronzer

You only have so much room in that race day clutch, so anything that pulls double duty is a win. The Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette offers a bronzer and a highlighting powder in a slimline compact; both offer a natural, long-wear finish.

charlotte tilbury filmstar palette
Charlotte Tilbury Filmstar Bronze & Glow palette, $97.

4/ Setting spray

Looking for an alternative to translucent powder? Give your beauty look longevity with a setting spray instead. Urban Decay’s is the most in-demand of the bunch: their All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray prevents product from changing colour, settling into fine lines and melting away by midday.

urban decay setting spray
Urban Decay All Nighter Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray, $49, Mecca.

5/ Lipstick

Get extra mileage out of your smile by filling in lips with liner before applying your lipstick with a brush, not straight from the bullet. A matte formula will outrun satin or shine finishes – you can’t go wrong with a Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick.

rimmel longlasting matte lipstick
Rimmel Lasting Finish lipstick, $10.95, Priceline.

6/ Fenty blotting paper

Leave it to Rihanna to answer our beauty prayers – the star’s new Fenty make-up line includes a handy mini roll of blotting paper that you can pop into the tiniest clutch to mop up excess oil on the fly.

fenty beauty blotting paper
Fenty Beauty Invisimatte Blotting Paper, $24, Sephora

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