While fashion is a focus of the Spring Racing Carnival, there is no point having a fabulous fascinator and killer heels if you haven’t bothered to have gorgeous hair and perfect toenails.

Luckily, the sophisticated riverside precinct of Portside Wharf has a myriad of hair and beauty experts to ensure everybody is ‘race-ready’ from head-to-toe for this racing season.

Ella Bache owner Laura Hooper says luminous skin is a must and finish your look with enhanced eyebrows, the perfect pedicure and a sun-kissed tan.

“To get your skin looking its best, book a few days prior to an event for an ultra-hydrating extreme hydration facial with resurfacing peel,” she says.

“Enhance your brows and have them professionally waxed and tinted – remember the general rule is that your eyebrows need to be a shade or two darker than your hair.

“A perfect pedicure can finish off your outfit and make those beautiful shoes really stand out.

“Finally, sun-kissed skin will ensure you’re glowing so get those sexy pins out sporting a natural-looking tan with Ella Bache’s spray tan.”

 As for hair, owner of Tigerlamb Helen Owens says looking smashing from start to finish on Cup Day is key.

“With a full day of champagne, frolicking and fillies you need a hair style that will love you all day long from the first race to that post-cup celebration at Portside,” she said.

“This is exactly why big, luscious, bouncy curls are a perfect solution to looking fabulous all day long.

“Jump onto tigerlamb.com and book your appointment now to have gorgeous curls for everything Spring Racing.”

And for the boys, make sure you stop in and see Simon Bou-Samra and the team at Bou’s for Men barber for the perfect race day look.

“After one of our professional barbers have given you the once-over, grab some of Modern Pirate’s Superior Pomade to ensure you’ll stay looking like you’ve just walked out of the barber shop all day long,” says Simon.

“This unique hair product is designed to blend into and rinse out of hair easily. The water-based  pomade is formulated to provide a strong hold with a light feel – perfect for a day at the races.

“Flexibility and hold strength can be easily adjusted by the amount of water in your hair and can also be reactivated and re-styled with a small amount of water throughout the day.

“For a lighter hold use a small amount on damp hair while stronger holds can be achieved using a generous  amount on dry hair. Create a classic style with Superior Pomade so you can cut loose and keep it together at the same time.”

Portside Wharf is not just the perfect place to get ‘race-ready’, it’s also the ideal venue to celebrate the big days such as Melbourne Cup.

Restaurants across the waterfront retail and dining precinct are hosting stylish Cup Day luncheons with fantastic food, entertainment and, of course, the big race on big screens.

There will also be live music in the precinct by Soho from 3.30pm – 7.30pm and shuttles into Fortitude Valley from 7pm.

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