The first day of Chinese New Year falls on the 10th of February. We were debating whether to come up with a Valentine’s Day look or to do a Chinese New Year (CNY) one, and we decided on the latter. CNY or Lunar New Year is a celebration where all members of families gather at the elders’ house (be it parents or grandparents, depending on the family), eat and be merry, drink and gamble. Yes, it is a feast of decadence, and we all gain a pound or five. Who doesn’t?
For this look, instead of red and gold, the prosperous colours we don on our outfits for the first few days of CNY, I am inspired by the colour orange. Mandarin oranges are an important part of CNY. In Chinese, it symbolizes wealth. For me, I just love devouring it. They are sweet and juicy, but too much might cause the tummy aches.
CNY is also extremely hot here. Every year, the sun will be blazing, and there are so many people in the house that it gets even muggier. Air conditioning sometimes do not help. My makeup has to be hassle and fuss free, something that will last through the heat, and clingy children. Even though there’s makeup meltdown, it has to be unnoticeable, or easily repairable. So, I’ve gone for light bronze on my lids with a pop of orange on my cheeks and lips.
For the face, I used Giorgio Armani Maestro Fusion Makeup, and Lunasol Coloring Cheeks 07 Light Coral as blush. I highlighted the high points of my cheeks using Lunasol Illuminating Highlight 02 Sheer Beige, and slightly contoured using Lunasol Shadings Cheeks 01 Natural Beige. These few Lunasol products are part of a palette I hand picked myself.
For the brows, I filled them in using Shu Uemura hard pencil in Stone Grey, and for the lids, I lightly blended Peripera Taupe on top of Shiseido Shimmering Cream Eyeshadow in BR709. I lined my eyes using a brown pencil, and applied 2 coats of smudge free mascara. For the lips, I used Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain in 040 Rendezvous.
And that’s the final look. Flushed cheeks, orange lips, understated eyes. Match it with a bright cheongsam and we’re ready to go (Note: I don’t like wearing cheongsam. I find the collar suffocating!). For me, falsies are a no no in case something goes wrong. No time to go looking for a glue when the days are filled with photo taking. I kept the lids light because if it creases or fades, then I can just use my pinky and smudge it off while still having my bright cheeks and lips to keep me looking alive. Then again, it will be so hot, I’d be flushed naturally anyway.