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Top looks and dress code for the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

The Melbourne Cup Carnival is upon us. I do love love love all the fashion and the glamour, can't deny it. If you're confused about the dress code, or looking for a little makeup and fashion inspo with a couple key products to help you nail your look, read on.

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Photo: The goddess that is Megan Gale @megangale.

I've not felt good about celebrating The Melbourne Cup for some years now. Cut to a couple weeks ago, I listened to Rachel Griffiths interview on Mia Freedman's podcast NoFilter. I'm rethinking my attitude .. a little. Rachel Griffiths directed the movie, Ride Like A Girl. Rachel makes a very compelling and valid point that whole Australian communities would be destitute and wiped out if there was no racing - real people, real lives. So let's hope that the immense public awareness surrounding the dark side of the sport, keep the folks honest. Moving on to the more frivolous side of the whole schbang .... quick tips, inspiration and the rules for Melbourne Cup Carnival 🐎

For the best run down, fashion inspo and all the rules that go with Melbourne Cup Carnival - visit Elle Australia magazine, click here.



Stylish. Black and White.


Keep makeup simple, pair with a banging red lip.

Dannii Minogue red lip


I love Kylies Professional Xtreme Runway lipstick in Fever.

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kylies red lipstick



Colour, colour, colour, Fun, bright, - even neon - bold tones. And yes, you can definitely wear a little sparkle and shimmer.


High sheen skin and a soft, neutral smokey eye.

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For high sheen skin buff a little Ere Perez Natural Cosmetics Vanilla Highlighter in Falling Star onto the high points of your cheekbones, cupids bow, collarbones, shoulders.

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Feminine, pretty and a soft. Think ruffles, pastel tones and delicate florals.


Embrace the Summer trends of pastel makeup. A wash of pastel pink through your eye, a strong pop of pinky peachy blush and a slick of gloss or full coverage pink-toned lip.

Rachel mc adams pastel makeup


Soft pastel pink is an easy colour to wear, and work on most complexions. I like the ease of mii cosmetics Forever Eye Crayon in Sorbet. Soft, shimmery baby pink.

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pastel pink eyeshadow

And do you really need to wear a Fascinator?

I can't bear them. So I'd say no. But you defo have to wear something on your head.

Try a fun headband (a la Megan Gale above) - and hair clips - they are so hot this Spring/Summer season and add a little fun without looking ridiculous. Or a fabulous hat, or yes, the silly fascinators (sorry to those that love them - I know they're works of art - but they're just not for me.)

And if you're fed up with paying someone else to do your makeup every time you've a special event .. or you'd just really like to know how to make this seasons colours work for you - to enhace your features in an age relevant way, join me for your Makeup Masterclass. Makeup classes specifically designed for women over 40, 50, 60 and beyond. Click here to find out more.

Sparkle on!

Love Amanda x

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