How to get a winning look whether you're trackside or at a Melbourne Cup do!

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1. DO consider the weather.
If it's blowing a gale or rain is on the radar, trade a perfect blow-dry for a sleek ponytail or chignon instead. And finish with a generous mist of frizz-fighting hairspray.

2. DON'T forget your fingers and toes.
Polished nails are a must to complete your race-day look. Consider a pretty pastel shade or nail art for an up-to-the minute mani.

3. DO pack wisely.
It's sure to be a long day, so carry a few basics, including bobby pins, blotting papers, a compact and lipstick in your clutch.

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4. DON'T go overboard.
Keep your make-up look fresh for the daytime – save shimmer and dark eyeshadows for after dark.

5. DO match your hairstyle to your headpiece.
For oversized or embellished hats, keep your hair sleek and up in a ponytail or chignon. For smaller headwear, a bouncy blow-dry is the perfect match.