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Spring hair and make-up tips from One Spa
Cast aside your casual clothes and have some fun dressing up for spring outings and the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
In a year like no other, it’s time for Victorians to have some fun. RACV City Club One Spa Manager Marnie Bennett says the Melbourne Cup Carnival is a chance to dress up for a parade at home or a family picnic at a local park.
The Victorian Racing Club and Myer have turned their iconic event, Fashions on the Field, into Fashions on your Front Lawn.
“It’s not fashion week at the Cup. It’s fashion week at home. So have fun with it,” Marnie says.
Along with the perennial high-fashion stakes categories, there are four new categories: Family Ties, Lounge in Style, Cup Week Costumes and Mad Hatters.
“You can have fun making your own headwear, especially for the Mad Hatters category,” Marnie says. “The more creative and attention grabbing you are, the better.”
She suggests making your own head bands, scrunchies and even masks to match your outfit.
“If you’re going outside the home and wearing a mask, put your hair up. High ponytails and high buns are popular, as well as big clips,” she says. “You can also have lots of fun with ’50s style dress-ups, with pretty hair bands and head scarves or by setting your hair with rollers.”
Marnie says hair spray is a must to maintain a hairstyle outdoors. Or try a slick back look using a serum or wax product. If it’s been a while since you’ve been to the hairdresser and you’re concerned about regrowth, try a spray-on root concealer product.
In regard to spring make-up, Marnie says “less is more”, especially if you’ve gone months without wearing make-up.
“I would just wear a mineral powder foundation and a nice luminous blush,” Marnie says. “I would also focus on making my eyes pop with a good lengthening, sculpting mascara and make a little cat’s eye with the eyeliner.”
She says eye-shadow colours should match either your accessories or outfit.
“If you are wearing pink hues, then try a soft pink eye shadow and maybe a little glitter to add a sparkle for spring. “For lipstick, soft peaches, pinks and nudes work well, unless you are doing the 1950s look, and you need a bright lipstick for that.”
Most importantly, if you’re going outside, don’t forget sunscreen. Marnie says the beauty industry recommends SPF50+ products.
“Your sunscreen should go on after your moisturiser, or you can mix it in with the moisturiser when you apply it,” she says. “Then apply your make-up. You may need a primer to help your make-up glide over the sunscreen, especially if it creates a sticky layer.”
Marnie says many women are experiencing dehydrated skin and want anti-ageing products.
“I recommend the Comfort Zone Hydramemory range for those aged under 40 and the Comfort Zone Sublime range for those aged 40 and above,” she says. “The Sublime products really focus on hydration, sun damage and anti-ageing.”