Ladies Day at York Races: Outfit, Make-Up, Thoughts…

I have been desperate to go to Ladies Day at the Races for as long as I can remember. It’s an event where I get to arrive in a gorgeous dress, shoes, a stunning lil hat, and just feel good about myself. (That’s after feeling stressed as hell in the process of planning an outfit, make-up, hair etc.) Any chance to dress up and feel as if I’m a cast member of Made in Chelsea: I am there.
I have never been to Ladies Day, and when we booked our tickets I was already thinking of what colour dress to wear, style of fascinator, type of heel etc etc etc. I must admit, I had no idea the level of stress that would envelope me in the run up to this event. But in the end, it definitely all worked out for the best.

So grab a cuppa tea or any beverage of choice as we dive into my outfit, make-up and what is was like as a newbie going to Ladies Day at the Races

The Outfit…

My lord, the outfit. I was scrolling through Pinterest, Instagram, 21 Buttons THE LOT looking at different colours and styles of dresses people wear for the races. There was definitely a mix, from bold colours like pink and red, to softer shades such as nude and baby pink. The issue we have here ladies and gents is that a pale skin gal with blonde hair like me DOES NOT SUIT those colour palettes. I get completely washed out by overpowering colours and pale colours. So yes, judge me all you like for wearing this colour for a summer event, I wore a black dress.

Black is always a winner. Black is slimming, looks good on everyone and was the colour of the gorgeous dress I wanted to wear for the races. The length of the dress is perfect for an event like this which is made cute n flirty by the frilled hem. When wearing this dress your figure has a spotlight on you, there is no hiding anything so body confidence is key which definitely worried me a little. However, I felt amazing in this dress, classy but still…dare I say…sexy?

When it came to accessories I wanted to bring a different colour to the outfit. I considered certain colours such as white, but I ended up going with grey or specifically metallic grey! At the end of the day, if you’re gonna go with dark colours you roll with it. Additionally, this bag, THIS BAG is something else! I love the metallic features, and took great pleasure styling around this bag.

(Dress- Pretty Little Thing / Fascinator- Debenhams / Jacket- New Look / Bag- Biba / Shoes- New Look)

The Make-Up…

For this event I needed to ensure my make-up was absolutely flawless. Firstly, I wanted my skin to be glowing with little imperfections showing, with no flashback issues when it came to the photos we would be taking. Seeing as this is a full day event, my make-up also needed to last all day without me having to top up powder, concealer etc. Finally I needed to make sure that my eye shadow colour in particular was not too overpowering and dramatic, as my outfit and fascinator are the eye catching pieces.

To get a base that could blur out all imperfections, insecurities, THE LOT I used my favourite products: the Maybelline Superstay 24hr Foundation (Ivory) and Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer (C1). Since I have dry skin I prefer to use cream products as opposed to lots of powders, so to define my face I went in with the Stila Shape and Shade Contour Duo (Light).

For my eye make-up I wanted it to be light, girly and topped off with fluttery lashes. As I was doing my make-up on the morning I was drawing to pink and red toned shades, and a lil bit of glitter was always going to happen. I used two palettes: the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette and the Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette. To finish off the look I went in with the Urban Decay Heavy Metals glitter liner in Distortion and the Suso lashes in Milan.

The Ordinary High Adherence Silicone Primer Maybelline Superstay 24hr Foundation (Ivory) Revolution Conceal and Define Concealer (C1) Stila Shape and Shade Contour Duo (Light) Lottie London Ready Set Go Loose Powder (Translucent) The Body Shop Solar Powder Bronzer Milani Baked Blush (Luminoso) Wet and Wild MegoGlo Highlighting Powder (Blossom Glow) Revolution Brow Pomade (Soft Brown) Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette Juvia’s Place Nubian 2 Palette Urban Decay Heavy Metals Glitter Liner (Distortion) NYX Epic Ink Liner (Black) SUSO Lashes (Milan) Primark Lip Liner (Toast) Revolution Liquid Lipstick (Stripped)

The Event…

So first time ever going to the races, first thoughts would be…drink your glasses of prosecco slowly- those bad boys aren’t cheap. But in all seriousness, it was an amazing day out with my nearest and dearest. Something different to the usual go drinking in town at bars you visit every week. How often do you get to wear a fascinator and three piece suit? Unless you’re a cast member of Made in Chelsea, I’m gonna guess not so often.

As far as betting goes, I don’t think I’m a new found pro with amazing luck. Think I’ll leave the betting to my boyfriend and just enjoy the prosecco and sunshine.

But for anyone wondering whether going to the races is worth doing…book your tickets now!

Hope you enjoyed reading this post which included a little bit of everything: fashion, beauty and what Ladies Day at the races was like!

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Love Emma.x

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