Femme Boulevard Wishes You Gong Xi Fa Cai

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 mandarins

 

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.

 

FB CNY 1

 

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.

 

FB CNY 2

 

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.

 

FB CNY 3

 

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.

I hope you enjoy this, guys, and now, do head on over to Teri and Joey to see their version 🙂

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

 

 

 

  • Like how wearable this look is and that you have taken orange as your theme colour – a colour I would have never thought of =)
    And you have such sexy lips, how could I have missed them all these while?

    • Ah Joey you crack me up. Thank for the compliment. I never thought my lips could be termed as sexy. LOL! Yes, ORANGE! Because there are so many mandarin oranges at home, it’s really hard to miss. Haha!

  • WOW, Lily! You look so gorgeous–I love love love your lips! I was gonna ask you what you were wearing but then I read it was the Revlon Kissable Balm Stain and I ACTUALLY HAVE THAT!! 😛 haha sorry–it’s not often that I actually own a lippie that someone features just because I have SO few! Totally going to rock that on that day now!! 😀

    • Thanks Becca. You have the same colour, Rendezvous? SO COOL! Yes, give this a try – pair it with a peachy blush as well for that warm flush. Very flattering 🙂

  • I like your CNY face! So soft and beautiful! CNY in Taipei is usually pretty chilly. We’re always bundled up and eating a lot in the house haha. Many go back to their hometowns during that time, so the streets are REALLY quiet. The native Taipei people spend their time going to department stores. Man I miss that!

    • Thanks Sunny! My quiet hometown becomes extremely busy and crowded during Chinese New Year because everyone’s back. We hate going out to eat because food usually loses its quality while prices rocket sky high. So, we cook at home, and just spend the time house hopping, visiting relatives, distributing and collecting ang pows (red packets). Department stores are usually closed the first 2 days, and when they’re fully open again, the crowd!! I get claustrophobic >.<

  • love your lippy! After you reviewed it, i went and grabbed one, love it until now~ ❤

    U just inspired me for cny nails
    Thanks Lily! =D

    • I’m glad you got it, leimun, and that you liked it! Ah, it’s always good to be able to inspire someone. I’d love to see what you did. I’m a newb when it comes to nails.

  • Gosh, CNY sounds great there! I’m currently freezing here, so the sound of heat is good for me, lol. I love the soft orange lips you are wearing, so wearable but with a nice pop of colour :).

    • Love oranges! I was gonna pose with oranges too, but that would be too tacky. LOL!!!

  • I love your mandarine orange inspiration for your look, and knowing that also mandarine oranges are important for CNY. It’s a cool twist on the traditional red, and you look really gorgeous!

    • Sofia

      PS The “clingy children” part made me giggle 😉

      • Heh. Gotta infuse some reality here. Can’t do an elaborate look then have everything melt like crazy, AND not have the time to myself to fix it. Clingy children can be time consuming, and an energy zapper!

    • I was thinking about red, because it’s Chinese New Year after all, but I do love them oranges!

  • Liz

    I LOVE this look – you look gorgeous! It’s funny. I was all about red & gold during the holidays but have phased into orange now as well. I’m so glad that the lip colour is something attainable. Enjoy the feasts! 🙂

    • I know! Nearly all my previous looks were gold and red, with Christmas and New Years… and orange is awesome. You know what they say about great minds. Muahahaha!

  • Hello Chloe! just recently discovered this femme boulevard through Joey’s blog! all of you look gorgeous! I love the lipstick you’re wearing for this look and you have a nice skin!!
    xx

    • Hi Pamela, thanks for dropping by! I love the shade of this lipstick too, and I wish I could take credit for “nice skin” but lighting, foundation and tons of concealers make a huge difference. LOL!

  • Looking gorgeous! I do love that orange lip! I love watching your different takes on the subjects! 🙂

    • Thanks Taylor. I love discovering what the other two did as well. I love my femmes. Hehe 😀

  • Jasmine

    Nice how you worked with the colour orange and you really look beautiful, love the creativity of your first picture too!

    • Thanks Jasmine… the first picture I posted is definitely NOT the first picture I took. I was looking at the camera thinking “this blardy work. I’m sweating like a pig here!”… hence that look. Bahahahahaha!! OK, I misunderstood. That picture of the mandarin oranges was taken during last year’s Chinese New Year. There was lion dance, and this was done by that lion dance troop!

  • Jennifer

    Love the mandarin oranges decor 🙂 And your beautiful lips! Love the shade and blush as well.

    • Thanks Jennifer, glad you like it 🙂

  • I really love the lipstick on you!!! You look fresh and elegant Lily. I have Guerlain Rouge G Orange Euphorique and I think it looks like this on me. Will pull it out, NOW!

    • Thanks Joanne 🙂 Oh, I will check out Orange Euphorique. I love oranges like these on the lips!

  • Honey

    Great look Lily. I will be back just in time to celebrate CNY in Malaysia. I like that you used orange. It has always been red for me for CNY. Will try this

    • I’m glad you like this, Honey 🙂 And it’ll be great if you tried it! Do tell me how it works for you 🙂

  • Tracy@Beauty Reflections

    LOVE LOVE the whole look and that lipstick is GORGEOUS on you!

    • Thanks darling 🙂

  • you look great! and i love the first photo! 🙂

    • Thanks Joyce!