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CNY inspired festive look

Happy New Year Everyone!

I hope everyone’s having a great New years so far, catching up with relatives and friends as well as enjoying all the New Year food. This year, I wanted to try out some Chinese New year inspired makeup that’s a little adventurous. I did not actually wear this out (LOL) but I sure had a fun time doing it and would love to wear my creations out someday without caring about what anyone has to say.

Before I begin, I would first like to apologise for the TERRIBLE pink/orange lighting. I did it in the evening right before CNY reunion and the setting sun was not doing anything for my photos. Also, I was in quite a rush so the flowers are definitely not as precise and well-drawn as I would have liked. Nonetheless, I hope you like what I came up with and let’s get started!


Before we start with anything, a base is always important. For such makeup looks, I always go for a high coverage base so as to ensure I have a neat and even canvas to work on. You can check out how I usually do such a base here.


As usual, I’m just filling in my brows with my trusty Benefit Gimme Brow brow gel. I love this gel because it enhances the shape of my brows and darkens them at the same time. I don’t have to worry about patchy eyebrows or the wrong colour!


I wanted to go for a pretty simple eye shadow look so the focus will be on the flowers, though must say I got a little carried away. Using a light golden shimmer colour from my Naked 2 palette (shade: half-baked), I sweeped it all over my eyes using a flat eyeshadow brush.

Tip: Invest in a good flat eyeshadow brush as well as a dome shaped crease brush. These are pretty much the only 2 eye shadow brushes I use on my eyes and have become part of my staple routine! 

Using a light orange colour from my coastal scent palette as well ad my dome-shaped crease brush, I added a slight orange colour into the inner corner of my eyes. I like this palette for the variety of shades it has to offer though I must say the colour payoff is pretty poor. I can’t say I expected much considering the price ($20), so if you’re on a budget but want to experiment with colours, you could try this! But don’t have too high hopes.

Taking a slightly darker orangey-red colour, from the same palette, I added it to the outer corners of my eyes using the same brush and blended it well so there’s a gradient effect.

Eyelash Curling

Chinese new year simple makeup look

As usual, after eyeshadow I always go in with my shiseido eyelash curler. As mentioned in my Christmas makeup look as well as Winter Wonderland look, I like to do this step before eyeliner so it doesn’t smudge my eyeliner after!


Using my KatVonD tattoo liner (highly recommend!!!), I lined my top lid thickly. I did not do a wing as the line will be extended into the flowers later on.

Here ,I am using a white liquid liner from NYX to line my waterline. This will complement the white flowers late on as well as brighten and widen the eye!


Once the eyeliner is done, I just put on 2 coats of Majolica Majorca mascara and I’m pretty much done with the eyes.


Chinese new year makeup look

If you want to rock a simple, chic makeup look, you can end here and just put on a coat of your favourite lipstick. I’m using one from Nars cosmetics ultra shine collection which I really like. It complements the eyes and isn’t too dark which might take the attention away from the pretty gradient shadow.


For those feeling a little more adventurous, you can try out this really festive look with flowers. Using the same white eyeliner I used earlier, I drew little flower shapes on my face along my cheekbones. It’s honestly pretty difficult to do this through a mirror so if you’re not confident or are super OCD about very neat flowers, you can get someone to do it for you!

Next, using a black liquid liner, draw little lines extending out towards each petal starting from the centre. It should look like 5 lines extended out of a centre point.

Tip: Using liquid liners for the flowers makes everything a lot easier to work with and less messy. The lines are more precise and smudge proof!

Now it’s time to connect the dots! Start from the eyeliner on your eyes and extend the lines to the flowers. Here is where you should use your creativity to link the flowers and add more wherever you feel it is lacking. Don’t worry too much about doing it wrong as it’s makeup after all and everything is removable!

And you’re done! Here is my finished (and unfortunately not very neatly done oops) Chinese New Year inspired makeup look. If you’re daring enough to actually wear this out during Chinese New Year I applaud you because I would love to do so but unfortunately am too shy. If you like this post, do leave a like/ follow and let me know what else you would like to see! You can check out some of my other similar posts here.

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