Smoke Signals
Derby Day calls for smoky eyes to complement your monochrome ensemble. Not confident with an eyeshadow brush? No problem. Maybelline NY Expert Eyewear Shadow Quad in Charcoal Smokes makes it easy for you – simply apply where it tells you to and blend vigorously.

Beautiful Beige
Thanks to normcore – the trend that isn’t a trend that is now trending – minimal makeup is big business. When preparing for the field, apply a primer followed by a lightweight foundation that leaves your skin looking as if you aren’t wearing any makeup at all. Tip: choose a foundation with added SPF. Your skin will thank you later.

Just-Bitten Lips
In the spirit of dressing up, why not flirt with your feminine side and amp-up juicy, just-bitten lips for a day at the races. Simply apply a lightweight lip colour such as Bobbi Brown Sheer Lip Color in Passionfruit by dabbing it directly with your finger. Pack it into your clutch for necessary touch-ups throughout the day.

Lash Out
The races calls for two things: false lashes and long-wearing mascara. Beat the heat, humidity and long hours spent at the track with the latter. A formula like Bobbi Brown No Smudge Mascara will define, curl and lengthen your lashes without any clumping or flaking. Genius.

Add Unexpected Splashes of Colour
Now wait, hear us out! We know blue eyeshadow can conjure up images of schoolgirls who have just discovered make-up, ‘80s disco divas, and the perennially unused shades in beauty palettes – but not any more. Give this trend a try on the field – but make it modern. Keep the rest of your make-up to a bare minimum. Seriously, just curl your lashes and that’s it. This will allow your eyes to really stand out.

Pull it Back
Choose a hairstyle that works with the weather. If it's raining or humid, and you tend to get frizzy hair, don't wear it out. Instead, choose something simple such as a low-slung ponytail and seal the ends with TRESemmé Liquid Gold Anti-Frizz Perfecting Treatment. Come nightfall, even though you might be carrying your heels in your hands, you'll still feel a lot more confident.

Up, Up and Away
Be adventurous with your fashion on the field. But, here’s a tip: if you want to wear your hair out, opt for a soft – not a severe – wave. That way it won’t compete with your headwear – leaving you to rock a glitzy headband, fishnet fascinator, oversized hat or accessory of choice. Remember: headwear – not your hair – should always be the focus at the races.

Eleanor Pendleton is the editor of Gritty Pretty.