Horse Show Day Make Up

Well, the weather outside is completely awful in most parts of the country so it’s a great time to do show season prep that doesn’t involve your horse.  We groom our horse’s to perfection, it is also important to groom ourselves on show days.
I wear make up every day. I don’t think everyone needs to, but I know it makes me look my best. When I go into the show ring it helps that I already know how to apply it. I don’t wear my make up too much differently when showing than I do at home, I just wear a bit more.  I feel it helps me have a more professional and polished look.  Whatever you can do to get an edge over the competition, do it.


Toned down everyday make up.

Add a little more color and my face will be show ring ready.



All the small things do add up. If I ever get caught without my makeup on, which I sometimes do, I just don’t have the same confidence that I have when I am looking my best. In the show ring, confidence plays a big part of a winning strategy. Your horse even knows whether or not you are feeling confident and he responds accordingly.  
Some of my make up tools include:

Ardell Brow Perfection Stencils.

I absolutely adore this product.  My brows are kind of sparse, and I look much better when I fill them in and can achieve a professional looking arch.  Something I could never do on my own.  

Two major staples in my make up bag, eyeliner and eyeshadow.  I like to use a cream color eyeshadow to highlight the arch of my brow.

I apply eyeshadow along my lash lines (over top of my eyeliner) with a flat edge eyeliner brush.  This helps give my eyes a smoky look and gives the eyeliner more staying power.  I use a high quality eye shadow, not all are created equal some just slide right off of your face which doesn’t look pretty.

Don’t forget to use an eyelash curler,  when I combine that with Rimmel Glam’Eye Mascara it looks almost like I am wearing fake lashes they look so great.

Some other products are foundation, powder, blush, and bronzer.  Sometimes I use lipstick, or just lip liner to line and fill in my lips, and I always use lip gloss.   My favorite lip glosses come from Victoria’s Secret. The Lip fusion is amazing and really plumps your lips.  That one is kind of expensive, so I like to also use the beauty rush lip gloss too.  


I do my makeup base first thing in the morning when I get ready, when I leave the house I look about like the picture above.  Adding some more color to my eyes, lips, cheeks, and adding more powder before my first class.  I have doubles of everything instead of having to pack a make up bag each time I go somewhere running the risk of forgetting something.  I keep my makeup bag packed and ready all the time.


I am by no means an expert with makeup, but everything you ever wanted to learn about applying make up and more you can find on YouTube.  Now is the time to learn and practice before show season starts!  Check out Celebrity Make Up Artist, Make Up Guru Danica on YouTube HERE.  Whatever make up look you want, she has a tutorial for it.  


You can also go to your local department store and schedule a make over at one of the make up counters.  Let them know what colors you will be wearing and they can make you over and teach you how to recreate the look yourself at home.  Too little make up and you will appear washed out, too much make up and you will look like a tranny so unless you are an expert don’t try to do it all on your own.  


PS.  I would never wear hoop earrings anywhere near a horse ;) .



About Deanna Castro

Deanna Castro has been training horses and riders professionally for over 18 years. She trains riders in Horsemanship, Western Pleasure, Showmanship and Trail Riding. Deanna is married to Native American Horse Trainer Fredi Castro and she is the author of "Six Weeks to a Better Horse".
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9 Responses to Horse Show Day Make Up

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  2. Sabrina says:

    Ooooo…GREAT entry!! Thanks for posting this! I’ve never had the knack for makeup…so I almost NEVER wear the stuff!! I’ll have to take notes on this post later this evening!! Thanks again! :)

  3. Ron says:


    Here is my 2 cents, I like a gal to where a little makeup but most you beautiful women don’t need as much as you wear. Or think that you need. A womans natural beauty is like a springs first blooms.

    You gals look great so let the world see it! I bet if you use less people will say you look great..

    I tell my wife she looks great everyday. And she really does even if she argues with me. We see through different eyes.

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  4. dcastro says:

    Thanks Sabrina! I’m glad you liked it. Make up isn’t easy, and it certainly doesn’t come natural to me, I definitely have to practice. Danica’s video’s have really helped me learn a lot.

    You’re welcome and have fun with it :) .

  5. Emily says:

    Do you have to make an appointment to have your makeup done at the mall?

  6. dcastro says:

    I believe so, but some times if they don’t have another appointment they will take you. Stop by the make up counter next time you are there and ask about the policies.

  7. Betsie says:

    What I did was contact a local Mary Kay Consultant. This way I could try out all the colors and see what looked the best. I do my makeup the same for shows, just a little more or a little darker colors. I had a hard time picking out what would look good and I hated to waste the money if it didn’t work! I ended up liking the Mary Kay so much, I became a consultant! A Mary Kay consultant will come to you and you have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. You can’t go wrong!

  8. I envy your piece of work, regards for all the interesting posts .

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