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Can't-miss make-up tips.

Many of us put so much thought into their World Cup dresses and so little into anything else that by the time the day rolls around, we wake up bleary-eyed, bushy-haired and clearly in need of a beauty fix. Add to that the pitfalls inherent in spending a long, hot day in the grass surrounded by beautiful women and the occassional horse, and it is clear that the Dubai World Cup is no ordinary cherry Chapstick day.

Which is why we enlisted the advice of Kat Sumners, a make-up artist for Bareface Models who knows all about getting a hot look and keeping it that way in the heat. Here are her top tips for a flawless day.

Bear in mind that make-up is an accessory too, so think about how it will work with the rest of your outfit. A flawless face is absolutely essential to achieving a polished overall look. And for a day at the races, it needs to stay fresh all day long and into the night. Mineral make-up is great for a natural look that you can build up later in the day to make sure you look fabulous at night. The lipstick of the moment is matte but bright - perfect for day. Then just put some lipgloss and eyeliner in your bag so you can add some spark when the sun sets.

Remember your personal style. What are your favourite colours? The more you know about yourself, the easier it will be to follow the latest trends with style.

Pick the colours and make-up styles that you think have the most potential of fitting in with your personal style and outfit.

And relax. Don't worry if none of the current trends fit your personal style. No one says you need to wear coral lipstick if you prefer a deep red shade. The most important thing to remember is that you make sure you choose the colours that go with your complexion.

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Opting for in-your-face make-up, super-trendy '80s make-up or copious amounts of glitter are definite no-no's. Skip matchy-matchy lipstick - it doesn't have to be the same colour as your dress.

Looking stylish and relaxed is a difficult business when temperatures soar, especially when heat is accompanied by high humidity.

Use moisturiser sparingly under your make-up and avoid applying it altogether to your nose and forehead if you have an oily or combination skin.

Stick to a light dusting of powder (try M.A.C's Mineralize Skinfinish compact) over the central panel of your face. This will absorb shine but leave you with a natural, fresh look.

Avoid heavy make-up, particularly matte foundation, as it will run and leave you with a smudged look. Opt for light and luminous colours because they stay fresh looking for longer.

Light shade lip gloss looks fresher than heavy matte lipstick in dark colours. Use a light-weight and fragrant body lotion on your exposed skin areas.

Remember your powder compact, concealer, a long-lasting lipgloss or lipstick, and a blush. If you need to do more than just touch up your lips or add a fresh dusting of powder and blush, you are probably using the wrong products. Once you've applied your make-up for the day, you shouldn't need to reapply eye products, so leave the eyelash curler and mascara behind.

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Date:Mar 26, 2009
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