I can’t believe racing season is here again! It feels like only yesterday we were discussing the makeup trends of the season and which fascinators were winners and which were not. The wonderful thing about my makeup predictions this year is that not a lot has changed, in the sense that all your old favourites are still here. Many new looks and trends are popping up that are perfect for race day. Anything goes, whether it be a pop lip or vintage glam. So, the only requirements are that your makeup is fresh, clean, bright and not to OTT!
Let’s start with last seasons favourite – the pop lip. We were looking at corals, oranges, neon pinks etc. This year the signature colour is fuchsia! A softer version of a neon but with the same impact. The lip is still bold but just taken down a notch and softened out. Ladies are also opting for dark wine colours instead of a bright colour. As long as it’s bold, it’s a go! Team with minimal eyes for a simple, and clean look.
Lips aren’t the only features being enhanced by a bright colour. Why not take the pop colour to the eye? This must be done as minimally as possible. Keep colour to the eyeline or the lid. If colour is brought up higher than the crease, be warned that you are at risk of time-travelling back to the 80’s.
If a bright eye is not your thing but you still love a bit of colour, why not keep the coloured eye but opt for a soft pastel shade? Think of colours like lilac, pink, lemon, mint green or baby blue? As seen on the runway for Kate Spade NYFW 13, pastels are a fresh new youthful trend that if done well, can lend itself perfectly to race-day makeup.
Another trend that has emerged this season is the classic nod to the 60’s. I’m talking about winged eyeliner, big lashes and twiggy style kohl. Now the races, albeit a scene for demonstrating the latest trends, is not a nightclub, so all looks must be pulled back and kept classy. Play up eyes with a bit of a 60’s twist and keep the rest of the face clean, fresh and youthful. Here is a great example of a beautiful fresh makeup, with 1960’s accents.
The vintage theme is going to be a big one this year, still, keep it fresh and modern, by keeping skin dewy instead of matte and choosing a coral red instead of a classic red. If you really want to mix it up, try a bright pink with liquid winged eyeliner, or even add some metallic silver to your eyeliner for that extra impact. With a heavier look make sure your base is flawless and bright and then go to town!!
Let’s not forget, that despite all the wonderful makeup trends out there, sometimes, nothing beats a classic makeup look. Apply a good coverage foundation, conceal well and use creme products to highlight and contour to create a really beautiful makeup. Choose soft taupes and tans and opt for tawny rose nude lips and let your natural beauty be your best feature.
Now we mustn’t forget nails. No event calls for a perfect manicure like a day out at the races. Luckily with OPI’s new colour range you will have all the popular colours covered, so there is one to match any style and outfit. Drawing inspiration from the release of The Great Gatsby, the sorbet colours of Spring, and your classic nudes and darks, there is a shade for everyone.