Hair & Beauty

Races Ready | Your One-Stop Style Shop

By Iro Kotsimbos
13th Oct 2014

Giddy up, Urban Listers – the racing season is upon us! From frocks to fascinators, and everything in between, we love this time of year. I mean, who can say no to champagne and dressing up?! (Ohhh and, ummm, we love watching the horses, too…)

Come race day, the last thing you want to be doing is running around like a mad woman, dashing between hair and make-up appointments – oh no, ain't nobody got time for that!

That's where The Poodle Blow Dry Bar comes in. Located on Toorak Road in South Yarra, right near the corner of Chapel Street, The Poodle is your one-stop-shop for fast, affordable and bang-on-trend styling.

The team know that girls on the go don't have time to waste, least of all on race day, which is why they've got all your pre-race pampering services in the one spot – from Melbourne's best blow dry to killer braiding (via their awesome braid bar service), brilliant updos and expert make-up services.

Inspired by the latest runway and red carpet trends, The Poodle Blow Dry Bar is the go-to for a winning race day look. Keen to get the inside scoop, we sat down with Debbie Pereira from The Poodle for her expert tips on the hottest Spring Racing Carnival hair and make-up trends.



Polished bohemian waves, paired with a hair chain or hair wreath, are one of the hottest hair trends for the Spring Racing Carnival. Want more of a hippy vibe? Brush the waves out for a softer, looser look.


The textured top knot, a slightly more dressed up version of the beloved messy bun, is a cute fresh look that's perfect for the races. Dress it up by adding in a few flowers for a Spring Racing Carnival look that's right on trend. 


Looking for something more classic? The Chic Chignon, with its sleek styling and retro feel, ticks all the boxes. Add a pillbox hat and you're off and racing!


A super summery look, the French braid this season should be worn very low and can incorporate hair extensions for extra length. This is a great style if you're after that goddess look!


From red carpet to racetrack, the faux bob is a winning look! Achieve the style by tucking the ends of the hair up 'n' under the lengths and secure with bobby pins. Add waves for a super sleek feel.



From coral to neon, orange lips are one of the hottest make-up trends this season – not to mention a great look for the races! One of the easiest ways to wear bright lip colour is via a chunky, glide-on lip pencil.


This season, eyeliner has gone graphic with straight flicks and angular shapes. This makes the retro obsession instantly more modern, but still super-sexy.


The trick to nailing the nude look? It's all about layering natural tones, like beige and taupe, and highlighting with bronze and gold. Add some white eyeliner to the inner rims to open the eyes and a touch of natural gloss to the lips.


Girly pinks are again one of the key make-up trends for the season; however, this year try mixing it up by adding some smokey eyeliner. Finish the look with some bronzer and a pop of bright pink blush on the apples of the cheeks, along with some pink gloss or balm on the lips.


Go for gold this Spring Racing season with uber glamorous gilded eyelids. Blend a little charcoal shadow to give it a bit of an edge, plus a touch of pink or red gloss to make the lips pop! 

For all your Spring Racing hair and make-up needs, head to The Poodle Blow Dry Bar!

Image Credit: Indulgy

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