We are in the midst of Auckland Cup Week and if you’re heading along, chances are that you’re wanting to look and feel your best so here are some of my favourite beauty tips to prepare for an event. This is how I prepped for Derby Day last week and it’s what I’ll be doing all over again this week before Auckland Cup Day on Saturday.

Prepping your base. If you’re wearing makeup for an event you want your skin to be in tip top shape, as your foundation sits best on prepped skin. A few days before the races, exfoliate your skin with a gentle exfoliator. This will remove build up and debris on the surface of the skin and increase blood flow. Once you’ve removed any dead skin cell build up, apply a hydrating mask to plump up the skin and give it a gorgeous glow.

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My picks are the Organic Nation Black Rice Scrub, RRP $60.00 and the Summer Fridays Jet Lag Mask, RRP $83.00.

Hair treatments. A hair treatment during the week in the lead up to the races will not only give your hair that extra shine and tame fly-aways, it will also strengthen your hair for any heat and product that you’ll be applying to it on the day.

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I love using Olaplex No.3 Hair Perfector, RRP $57.00.

Nails. Getting a mani & pedi before the races isn’t just a time to relax, it’s also an opportunity to have a little fun and tie them in with your outfit. Especially if you are entering the The Ned Prix de Fashion you don’t want to ignore your nails as all the little details count.

I go to The Art of Nails as they have an endless selection of colours, and you can also get 20% off with your Ellerslie Races event ticket! Win!

Spray tan. This is something I like to get for every race day, as I feel more confident when I have a bronzed glow. If you’re entering the Fashion in the Field, again this can help you feel your best on stage. Make sure to visit a professional to get a natural looking faux-glow. My favourites are the team at Tan in the City in Remuera – you’ll be in safe hands!

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