Spring Racing Beauty Tips from Hannah Carson

With the spring racing season upon us and the infamous Whips n Spurs not too far away, we spoke to Beauty by Hannah's Hannah Carson (who also won New Zealand's Fashions in the Field Final, Prix de Fashion, here at Ellerslie last season) about her top beauty tips, as well as her predictions for beauty trends to help you look your best at the races.


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Prep is key

For any event, the prep you do leading up to it is key.

Without a solid skincare routine and without looking after yourself, you can’t expect to look your best.

Incorporating cleansing, targeted treatments and hydration into your beauty routine will ensure your skin is glowing.

Tip: At-home sheet masks the night before or on the day will help your skin look plump and hydrated, as will drinking 8 glasses of water a day.

It’s all about the skin

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This whole year, beauty looks have been very skin-focused and that trend is here to stay.

Focus on creating a flawless, dewy look by using a hydrating primer and foundation with a natural finish and complete with a fixing spray.

My current, favourite products are the Too Faced Hangover Primer and Born This Way Foundation, followed by a Glam Glow setting spray.

Tip: Use a translucent powder only where you need it to avoid caking and make sure you take a pressed powder in your bag in case you need to touch up.

Add definition

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Adding definition to your eyes is an absolute must, especially if you know you are going to be photographed oncourse.

  • Start with a skin coloured eyeshadow for all over your lid to create a canvas for your other shadows to blend easily

  • Pick a transition colour - such as a light to mid brown - for your crease and blend until there are no harsh lines

  • Then, add a deep darker brown to the outer third of your eye and drag what is left on your brush under your lower lash line to tie it in

  • Finish with eyeliner and lashings of mascara

Tip: Falsies are also a great way to add definition and individual lashes are my favourite - but they do need practice. Stay away from the thick, black, plastic looking lashes as they are not flattering during the day time.

Introduce colour

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The best place to introduce colour and to tie your outfit into your makeup is on your lips!

If you have a beautiful floral colour in your outfit that is wearable on your lips, you can either match your lipstick to that or just choose a tone similar.

I often mix brighter colours with a nude as well just to get that hint of colour.

If you have a deep, beautiful green, blue or black and white outfit, a bright red lip always looks amazing.

Tip: The one tip I will give here is don’t go too light with your lipstick, as your mouth can disappear.

Finally, don’t try anything new

Don’t try anything new on the day! If you leave it to the day to try winged liner for the first time, you are guaranteed a disaster (or to be extremely late).

If you are wanting to experiment always schedule in time to do a trial - which is also a great time to check out what it looks like in photographs.

And if you really aren’t happy and do need that extra help, book in with a professional.

Tip: Get a personal recommendation for an artist and help them out by having a photograph of the look you are after and you’ll be in safe hands!


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OR visit her gorgeous Instagram account - @HannieCarson

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