While it's technically about the horses, admit it—you want to be the prettiest filly in the room come that first Tuesday in November. From a banging blowout, to honey-dipped limbs, and the perfect mani-pedi, there are some beauty salons in Melbourne that you should definitely keep on speed dial this Spring Racing Season.
We've got your Melbourne Spring Racing beauty squad sorted, Listers.
Victoria's Secrets on Victoria Parade is the place to go for some of the quickest, most professional and discreet waxing in Melbourne. Victoria herself is suuuuper fast and thorough. Give her a call for the silkiest pins this side of the track.
Across town, we're also mad about the team at Waxed in Malvern. Seriously, these gals are experts in any form of deforestation, and do the best brazzy in the business. Try Waxed this Spring Racing Carnival and we guarantee they'll be your go-to Melbourne waxing experts, too.
For the best spray tans in Melbourne, our top picks are Maxitan in Prahran, and SPRAY. Maxitan's Anastasia is a wizard with a tanning wand (ok, spray gun), and will create the perfect shade of bronze for your complexion. Choose from the crème de la crème of tanning brands, including St Tropez, Fake Bake, Vani-T, and Techno Tan, with both quick-dry and 8-hour options available.
Running yourself ragged getting ready for Cup Day? Can't find the time or energy to drag your pale behind to the salon for a spray tan? Lucky for you SPRAY comes to you. Yup. With perfectly bronzed fans including Le Judd and Nadia Bartel, Ellie and Emily do one of the best spray tans in Melbourne (and they're organic!).
If you're a long-haired lovely or want to fake it with extensions this Spring Carnival, might we suggest you get your gallop on and head to one of the best hairdressers in Melbourne, Telleish Hair Studio in Port Melbourne. The Telleish team will have you looking like a modern day Rapunzel in no time at all, guaranteed.
On the other hand, if you're having a Doctor Quinn Medicine Woman moment, it might just be time to consider a restyle. When it comes to cuts, Anaka in Malvern is the bee's knees. (Plus they'll also do your make-up if you ask them nicely. Winning!)
And if your blonde is more brassy than babin', it's time for some colour, ladies! Biba Carlton have some of the best hair colourists in Melbourne on their crack team, if their swag of industry awards (plus the awesome 'dos strutting out their door) are anything to go by.
Finally, if you're as clueless as we are when it comes to getting tressed, The Poodle Blow Dry Bar in South Yarra is your new best friend. Experts at up-dos and blow-dry pros, we're also massive fans of The Poodle's braid bar – perfect for a fun, flirty races look.
The last thing you want to risk on Cup Day is a last minute chip in your nail polish. Our advice, opt for Shellac! We love the girls at the super cute teal-painted Victoria Nails on Burwood Road in Hawthorn, one of the best nail salons in Melbourne. (Hot tip: while you're there, stroll down to Canary Jane's Flowers and pick up something pretty for your fella's buttonhole).
For out-of-the-ordinary digits, check out our favourite Melbourne nail artists.
While a spray tan is great for faking a glow, the natural glow that comes from healthy, happy skin just can't be beat (or faked). Our favourite Spring Racing (or party season) prep? LED, baby.
We get ours at the amazing Take Off Skin & Body in North Melbourne. As well as some of Melbourne's best facials, Erin and her team offer a stellar line up of skincare solutions, including peels and microdermabrasion.
But back to the LED. This super effective (and relaxing!) light therapy treatment involves no down time at all, and gives you lovely plump, glowy, rejuvenated skin. It's the perfect special occasion prep, whether you want to stimulate collagen, or nip any breakouts in the bud. Pop your goggles on, lie back and bliss out.
If you've got skin issues to address, book a consultation at Skinovations in Beaumaris immediately! Offering a plethora of skincare solutions – think IPL, peels and skin needling – we asked owner, Jasmine, her treatment of choice for a quick pre-race solution to dull, tired skin.
The answer—the DMK Quick Peel, paired with the Rejuvenate Oxygen Facial. The Quick Peel for an incredible exfoliation, lowering the skin's PH and removing dead skin cells (the NUMBER ONE enemy of glowing skin), while stimulating the skin with cinnamon. It's oh-so-gentle, and skin will look smooth and more alive.
The 02 Facial is the final step to complexion perfection, plumping the skin and smoothing those fine lines we like to pretend we don't have. Celebs love it and the results are instant, so who are we to argue?
BROWS & LASHES
NOTHING lets down a perfectly made-up face more than a furry set of caterpillars or angry looking fish hook eyebrows. It's time to put down the Tweezerman and enlist the aid of one of Melbourne's best eyebrow shapers, Listers! Head straight to the girls at Amy Jean Brow Couture in the CBD, or Simply Brows & Lashes in South Yarra or Camberwell for the best brow shaping in town.
The team at Simply Brows & Lashes are experts in all things lash and brow, but we cannot rave enough about their threading services. This hair removal technique has been around for eons, and gives an incredibly clean and precise result.
If your lashes are in need of a bit of extra va va voom, Simply Brows & Lashes also offer tinting services, and the best lash extensions in Melbourne. Choose from silk or acrylic, and the lash artists will work their magic on your pretty peepers. If you're already blessed with lush, long, thick lashes, Amy Jean offers a lash lift (similar to a lash perm) that is a great eye opener.
Now for the icing on the proverbial cake—make-up. While you could attempt this at home, the less steady of hand should give the lovely Antoinette at AB Pro Lab in St Kilda a call, pronto. With over two decades as Head of Makeup at the Ten Network, Antoinette knows a thing or two about rouge. She's fast, she's friendly, and she understands the concept of less is more.
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