From The Straits Times    |

Chinese New Year is a whole lot of fun – all those goodies to feast on, catching up with your besties and favourite cousins, picking the prettiest outfits to trot out in.

But it can also be stressful (cue your well-meaning auntie: “Girl, when are you going to get married?”). So don’t let your makeup add to the stress.

Get inspired by the likes of Charmaine Sheh and Myolie Wu, so you have the right face on for every gathering – and can feel at your most confident and beautiful.  


Visiting your relatives

Photo: Myolie Wu/Instagram 

The look: Something a little more understated while you’re chatting with your aunts, uncles and grandparents about your love life and career. 

A pink lip in a glossy finish like Hong Kong actress and singer Myolie Wu’s is always a pretty look.

Keep the rest of your makeup natural-looking – a slight rosy flush on the cheeks, a touch of highlighter on the high points of the face and lengthening mascara on the eyes.  


Meeting your significant other’s family  

Photo: Grace Chan/Instagram 

The look: The sexy, heavily-lined, smokey-eyed look you wear everyday may end up screaming “wild child” to some parents. To make a good impression and score brownie points with your (future) in-laws, follow Hong Kong actress Grace Chan’s lead and keep your eye makeup to a minimum.

Consider applying eyeliner only on the upper lash line to open up the eyes. To complete the look, there is nothing prettier than a coral blush for a healthy complexion. Make sure to go easy on the contouring (you don’t want his mum thinking you have dirt on your face when it’s actually makeup!). Complete the look with a barely-there peachy pink lip colour.


The office lohei lunch

Photo: Charmaine Sheh/Instagram 

The look: The office lohei is a chance to show your colleagues a different side of you. We think a sure winner is “Story of Yanxi Palace” actress Charmaine Sheh’s bold red lip – it’s elegant yet intense.    


CNY gathering with your besties

Photo: Eliza Sam/Instagram 

With friends, you can be a little more imaginative and bold. A CNY get-together is the perfect occasion to try out ta hot trend like the ’80s bright eye makeup seen on the Golden Globes red carpet.

See how Canadian actress Eliza Sam does it: A simple swipe of red eyeshadow over the lids is a good place to start.