A different manicure for each race day


Dress? Check. Fascinator? Check. Heels? Check. Manicure? Ummm….

When it comes to spring racing there are a lot of things that tend to come before your nails on the list of things to do. But that pastel print clutch you bought deserves to be held by a perfectly prepared manicure. So branch out (don’t worry not too far) and try some of these simple, yet spectacular nail looks. You’d hate for the horses hooves to look better than your own.


The day

Derby Day is traditionally held the Saturday before Melbourne Cup and is the only race day with a theme: black and white attire.

The mani

While you may be tempted to spice up your outfit with a bright coloured nail look, I urge you to stick to the theme and try out a milky white manicure instead. You can keep it plain and simple for a classy and elegant look or add gold embellishments for a touch of pizzazz.

The tools

Elegant Touch Rosalia Nail Art Kit – Rosalia and CND Creative Nail Design VINYLUX Weekly Polish in Cream Puff.

(Image source: Instagram @karengnails)


The day

On the first Tuesday of November the race that stops a nation sees some of the most outgoing fashion with clashes of print, wild colour-blocking and fantastic fascinators.

The mani

Your dress, shoes and other accessories will play a big part in the choice of your manicure, so choose your colours wisely. Ombre style nails are a fun and unique way to dress up your nails without going too overboard. Pastel shades are an absolute winner.

The tools

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Limited Edition shade Good to Grape and Maybelline Color Show Nail Color in Fierce and Tangy.

(Image source: Instagram @mpnails)


The day

Also known as Ladies Day, Oaks Day is held the Thursday after the Melbourne Cup and calls for lots of champagne, girly chat and flirty, feminine dresses.

The mani

Keep the fun going with a glitzy or textured manicure using shiny metallic polish or glitter tipped nails. A classic colour like rich burgundy looks fantastic with gold glitter tips.

The tools

Ulta3 Nail Polish in Show Stopper and OPI San Francisco in In the Cable Car-Pool Lane.

(Image source: Instagram @jinsoonchoi)

Which of the above nail looks is your favourite? What’s your go-to simple yet effective nail look?

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