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Chinese New Year is around the corner. We’ve got some tips from celebs Jeanette Aw and Evelyn Tan on how to look your best for the festivities.

Plus, they share their CNY prep and routines, and also how they go foundation-free when visiting.


Jeanette Aw


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1. How do you feel about CNY approaching?
It has always been a period of time where I can really rest and have at least a couple of off days. The nature of my job is such that I do not have off days and public holidays, so I embrace CNY as a time for rest and spending it with family.

2. How do you prep yourself for CNY?
There is no particular way that I prep for CNY because I’m usually just too busy with work. I do not do the usual shopping for new year goodies or even shopping for new clothes. I buy clothes through the year and sometimes don’t even have the chance to wear them. So most often than not, I always do have new outfits for the new year (at least that is covered). But I like to go to Chinatown and walk around and feel the CNY vibes all around me, if time permits.

3. Which is the most memorable CNY you’ve ever had?
Most CNYs are about the same for me. There isn’t one that is the best, but there is one that is a different experience because I was sent overseas for work and spent CNY away from home, alone. So, I wouldn’t classify that as the best, not at all, but memorable in a different way. I spent it with other Singaporean friends so that wasn’t so bad.

4. Do you typically do a lot of visiting?
Nope, I don’t have to do much visiting. My parents know I’m burnt out from filming, so they like it that I’m at home and it’s ok if I stay at home. Visiting isn’t mandatory for me.


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5. In terms of your appearance, what do you do to prep for CNY? What makeup look do you usually go for?
On my off days I don’t put on much makeup, this is something everyone knows. For me, it’s really a moment to take a break. As for my usual look, I like a lip balm or nude/neutral lips, I rarely go for red lips unless it’s an event. My usual makeup is very minimal, even when filming, I don’t use foundation. On my usual day of rest, which includes CNY, I go almost barefaced, there isn’t a great difference in terms of makeup just because it’s CNY. As such, good skin is important to me. I believe that good complexion is the best canvas for anything, makeup or going barefaced.

6. Are you strict with your diet during CNY?
I love my food. I never restrict myself ever, I just exercise regularly to keep fit and tone.

7. You do some ClearSK facial treatments to keep your skin radiant, what do you like about it?
I like it that it’s non-invasive, doesn’t have down time, and shows immediate results. I have never done any laser treatments before, ClearSK is my very first experience, previously I just go for my usual facials once in a blue moon. I like it that it is gentle and works to enhance your natural skin, not making drastic changes to the face, no needles, nothing invasive.
Evelyn Tan

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1. What is the trickiest part of CNY for you?
CNY means 2 full days of visiting families after families, which also means long hours and a need to look fresh and nice even at the end of the day. Plus, for me, it gets tricky when you add 4 kids in tow.

2. How do you prep yourself for CNY?
I have learnt to buy our new clothes in advance so it gives me more time to plan for other aspects of CNY —- there is just so much to do, spring cleaning, ang pows preparation and the list goes on ….. But CNY is a special time of the year because it’s almost like a second chance to a brand new start each year. It allows me time to make preparation to usher in a new year and new beginning in a more relaxed manner.  I especially treasure those times I would spend at the hairdresser’s or getting my facial done —— That’s where u would find me gearing myself up physically and mentally for what I would like to do in the year ahead .


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3. What is the best CNY you’ve ever had? Which year and what happened?
When I was able to collect Ang bows and not have to give any! Just kidding! I think it was in my first year having started work and financial independence was an exhilarating feeling. I remember feeling free and enjoying all that decision making, based on what I like and what I wanted to buy.

4. Do you typically do a lot of visiting?
Heaps !

5. In terms of your appearance, what do you do in the lead up to CNY?
Most years I will have my hair and facial done before the big day, this year with new projects in the pipeline, I think it would be challenging to squeeze in the facial bit, so I would probably just rely on ‘masking’ daily and I use Frei Ol’s intensive serum to rejuvenate my skin so it won’t look too tired after the long hours visiting.  


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6. Makeup tips for CNY? What look do you usually go for?
Because it’s long hours out the whole day, typically 12-14 hours, plus the hot weather in singapore, I always try to go without the foundation (maybe just some compact powder since the intensive serum would have helped much in priming the skin) and just focus on natural eye makeup and some lip colour to ‘glam up’.

7. Are you strict with your diet during CNY?
I wish I could be but pineapple tarts just call out to me. I love them so much I even learnt to make them myself. And because there are so much visiting to do and you need to eat a little at each stop, by the end of the day, you would have already exceeded your usual portion. That’s why all my Chinese New Year resolutions include an exercise regime that starts on the third day.

8. You are the ambassador for skincare brand frei Ol? What do you like about the brand?
I like it that because Freiol started out as a pharmaceutical firm, they follow stringent guidelines in the development and production of their products, all their products are made in Germany and exported out.  That speaks of quality control and gives me ease of mind and confidence in using their products; best of all, they work.