A full day at the races calls for the most foolproof preparation routine. Chapel Street Precinct has all the best hair, skin & beauty hotspots to leave you looking perfectly polished.

Check out our tips for race-day prep that will have you feeling ready to go the distance.

Mani, Pedi AND a cocktail? Yes please!

Why hello SOAK. Melbourne’s first Beauty Bar & Salon. Enjoy your pre drinks while you get your race day prep on. Alongside a full-service bar, the space includes an impressive 15 metre manicure counter, hair and makeup styling stations, 2 beauty rooms, a spray tan room and a custom-built lounge area. For group bookings SOAK offers a semi private 3 bed beauty room and a semi private pedicure room which can also convert into a private function space.⁠ Book a room for your race crew?

Where? Soak Bar & Beauty, 657 Chapel St, South Yarra

Facial

Ace the base with a facial in award winning salon, Missie Coco. Don’t stress if you haven’t been blessed with the skin of a supermodel, these guys will have your face glowing and hydrated after just one visit.

Where? Missie Coco, 7 Izett St, Prahran

Comfy Feet

Make sure you’re not wearing your heels for the first time (rookie mistake) and shove some Party Feet Gel Cushions from Priceline in your heels for extra cushioning.

Where? Priceline Pharmacy, 299-301 Chapel St, Prahran & 670 Chapel St, South Yarra

Spray Tan

Straight off the back of Winter, the ashen hue is realer than ever. Head into Luella Beauty Bar for a spray tan that will leave you bronzed up and streak free this Spring Racing season!

Where? Luella Beauty Bar, 2-4 Izett St, Prahran

Brows

Fresh brows can instantly freshen up a face, in all the best ways. The Lash and Brow Boudoir and Brow and Lash Co are the experts in threading, brows and lash extensions. Whether its a tidy up, a tint or a tweeze, they’ve got you covered. Let your lashes enter the racecourse before you do with a full set of Volume Lashes. They’re stunning.

Where? Lash & Brow Boudoir, 163 Commercial Rd, South Yarra & Brow & Lash Co, 199 Greville St, Prahran

Wax

It’s ouch but it’s necessary. Silk Brazilian Waxing reigns supreme in the Brazilian Waxing game and will leave you feeling smoother than a babies bottom. Remember to get your wax done before your tan to avoid streak-ville.

Where? Silk Brazilian Waxing,  274 Chapel St, Prahran

Makeup

Getting it done professionally can be a good way to ensure your foundation is set and ready to take on a long day in rain, hail or shine. This team are not new to the makeup game, Runway Room is here to ace your face. This spring, they’re toning it down with a fresher, dewier look. Glowing skin is all the rage and cakey makey won’t be in their vocabulary at all.

Where? Runway Room, 162 Commercial Rd, Prahran

Jiffy’s

Never forget a sneaky pair of flats for your handbag! Party Feet Ballet Flats from Chemist Warehouse couldn’t be more perfect. They’re cute, practical and easy to carry.

Where? Chemist Warehouse, 370-372 Chapel St, Prahran

Hair

Grab a Volume Hair blow wave for just $29! A whole lot of effort can go into race day preparation, but a simple blow wave will have your hair looking effortless. A quick blow wave also fits nicely into the sometimes crazy race day prep schedule.

Where? Volume Hair, 112 Chapel St, Windsor

Killer Knickers

Booze, bums, temperamental weather and short skirts can often mean some flesh gets flashed! That’s why your underwear is just as important as your outerwear. Kisskill Lingerie have you covered with the best range of seamless knickers so you can avoid those awkward panty lines through a slim fitting outfit. Be sure to check out the tummy and thigh shaper range for a slimmer and more even look.

Where? Kisskill, 509 Chapel St, South Yarra

Skin

Esq. Clinic focuses primarily on mens’ cosmetic services; laser hair removal, clinical peels and cosmetic injectables –  always popular leading up to the spring racing carnival for guys who really want to look their best. The clinic was founded by cosmetic and reconstructive surgeon, Dr. Andrew Ives, who now leads a team of highly qualified medical professionals. This clinic is actually Australia’s first specialist plastic surgery, cosmetic treatment and skin clinic with a focus on men.

Where? Esq. Clinic, Pran Central, 325 Chapel St, Prahran

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