We are less than three days away from the Lunar New Year festivities, and while you might have your outfit sorted – down to your bag and shoes – you can’t forget about your makeup.
Unless you are planning to do all of your Chinese New Year visiting bare-faced, it’s probably a good time to plan your makeup look in advance rather than enter panic mode on Thursday evening.
To help you out, here are some of our favourite beauty looks inspired by celebrities like Fann Wong and Narelle Kheng.
No other look best represents the Chinese New Year festivities than blushing pink eyes and lips as seen on Chinese actress Ouyang Nana.
One of the easiest ways to make your skin look instantly bright and polished is to match your blush to your lip colour. In a pinch, you can even dab your lippy directly onto your cheeks and blend.
Photo: Ouyang Nana/Instagram
Copy Hong Kong actress Angelababy’s copper eye makeup that is earthy and universally flattering, but add a coral lip for some colour. This fresh-faced look will not complete set of curly lashes.
If you’re new to falsies, always make sure to curl your natural assets to ensure that the real and fake hairs intertwine for a seamless appearance.
A pale pink lipstick goes with just about any makeup look and adds a tinge of colour to a no-makeup. The main focal point of her Chinese actress Zhou Dongyu’s makeup look is her lit-from-within-luminescence.
To achieve that ethereal glow, invest more time and effort into a proper skincare regime and use products that suit your skin type. For supple and bouncy skin, slather on a sleeping mask before you hit the hay.
Photo: Zhou Dongyu/Instagram
If bright hues aren’t your thing, opt for this subtle yet strong look seen on local singer Narelle Kheng. Keep the rest of your makeup simple and give emphasis to the eyes with precisely defined cheekbones.
To recreate Narelle’s sculpted look, sweep a shade of bronzer that is darker than your skin tone across the hollows of your cheeks and around your temples. With a big fluffy brush, blend the bronzer and finish by highlighting the top of the cheekbones for a glowy contoured look.
Photo: Narelle Kheng/Instagram
Instead of the usual red or coral lip, go with a nude shade instead. For added drama, go a step further and amp up your look with winged eyeliner like Mandopop singer Jolin Tsai.
To ensure that you get a crisp and straight line, use an eyeliner brush and eyeshadow to create your wing shape before going over the wing with a gel or cream liner.
Photo: Jolin Tsai/Instagram
Upgrade your lob with loose waves for more volume like local model Fiona Fussi. If your hair is freshly washed, apply a little bit of hair wax or texturising gel over each section to give everything grit before wrapping the hair around the curling iron.
To create that carefree and tousled look, curl your hair in alternating directions without clamping down on the ends.
Photo: Fiona Fussi/Instagram
For a more dramatic look, wear a smokey eye with a bold red pout. Pair this makeup look with slightly undone eyebrows and dewy skin.
To achieve Taiwanese actress-singer Joanne Tseng’s blemish-free complexion, use a cushion foundation or foundation with sheer coverage and apply powder only to areas of your face that tends to get oily like the t-zone.
Photo: Joanne Tseng/Instagram
Spring is always the season to exhilarate the eyes and play with unconventional eyeshadow colours such as pink and lavender on your lids. Follow Taiwanese singer Rainie’s lead and keep the rest of your makeup fresh with soft lips and light coverage foundation.
Any skin tone can pull off lavender and pink eyeshadow, however, it is important to work with the depth of your tones to avoid looking too pale. Lighter complexions, for instance, should use paler shades while darker skin tones should use deeper shades.
Photo: Rainie Yang/Instagram
If you prefer a more natural look, copy veteran actress Fann Wong’s understated eye and just-bitten pout.
To add a touch of radiance, highlight areas of the face like the inner corner of the eyes, cupid’s bow and cheekbones with a liquid of powder highlighter.
Photo: Fann Wong/Instagram