Happy Lunar New Year, lovely ladies! In the auspicious spirit of angbao-giving, we challenged maquillage master Clarence Lee to conjure up a look that’s both lucky and luxe, and he was only too happy to oblige.
The fresh face you see here on our model of the moment Lily K is a complete cinch to pull off – and a testament to the versatility of the vivid colours courtesy of Cle de Peau Beaute. The chartreuse, champagnes and cantaloupes meld together so very harmoniously – sort of like the brightly hued bits and bobs that make up a platter of prosperous yusheng, come to think of it.
Let’s break it down, shall we. Skipping straight to the star of the show – the lips! Do as Clarence does and smudge out a satiny lippie in an opulent orange, using clean fingers to start from the centre of your pout before fanning out towards the edges. Because hey, this marvelous makeup hue is fabulous for feng shui – and what better way to incorporate orange into your look than a sexy slick of tantalising tangerine on your lips? Worn judiciously like so, orange lips lend an instantly brightening effect to your face.
Proceeding to the peepers. Treat your entire lid to a lovely lemony wash of yellow, then rim your upper lash with a gorgeous metallic green, smudging it ever so gently for a calculated dose of sexy nonchalance. Next, use the pointy end of a soft brush to apply a cool champagne accent on the inner corners and lower lash-line; this will catch the light for a multidimensional glimmer. Finish by “tightlining” the sparse spots between your lashes with a creamy brown pencil. No Adele-esque winged tip, please; restraint is required here, so stop lining at the farthest end of your natural lash line. The result? A richly opulent eye that retains just enough airy sandiness to pull off for day.
The same “soft” approach applies for the skin, which is delightfully dewy and beguilingly bare-looking – the goal is to look like you've just swam a few laps at dusk in the infinity pool of your penthouse suite. The final flourish? A delicious dusting of an apricot highlighting powder along the top of the cheekbones for a subtly shimmery effect; sort of like an “abridged” Asian twist on the contoured cheeks favoured by the Kardashian Klan, if you will.
Press “play” on the video below to see the artist in action, then click through to peruse the products you need to create your very own posh and prosperous look. Enjoy!
PHOTOGRAPHY: ZAPHS ZHANG HAIR & MAKEUP: CLARENCE LEE USING CLE DE PEAU BEAUTE VIDEOGRAPHY: SOPHIA DAO ART DIRECTION: EUGENE QUEK MODEL: LILY K/ NU MODELS