Makeup inspirations for Chinese New Year

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Thursday, January 30, 2014


KUNG HEI FAT CHOI, everybody! Whatever your Chinese horoscope is, let’s hope it’s going to be a lucky year for all of us.

I’ve had actual Peking opera makeup done on my face before during a trip to Beijing.

That stuff is hard to do and even harder to remove. You also need special cosmetics for it. Take inspiration from the look without copying it exactly by making your complexion as smooth and matte as possible, then try just one of the following to avoid looking too costume-y:

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• If your brows are thin, emphasize eyebrows by filling them in a bit more than usual, opting for a brow color just a shade darker than your natural brow hairs. Try to make them appear straight: Create a soft curve instead of an angle at your arch.

• Red eyeshadow can be difficult to pull off, but a reddish brown like burgundy is an uncommon look for eyeshadow. Try out this look on Kristen Stewart by blending burgundy shadow all over the lid and crease, then softening the edges with a taupe or any medium brown shade. Finish off with black liner and mascara.

• Chinese opera makeup is all about red, white and skillful work with eyeliner. Lining all the way towards the tear ducts may make eyes look smaller. When lining all the way in, extend the wing further out on the outer corner to elongate the shape of the eye.

Make your eyes appear bigger with white pencil, which will also pop against the black liner.

• Red lipstick is also an essential look for Chinese-inspired makeup. The dip in the cupid’s bow is heavily emphasized and the sides aren’t filled in to give the mouth a more heart-shaped look.

Get a similar effect by carefully lining with red lip pencil, filling in with a matte red or red-orange lipstick, and then using a small brush with concealer around the mouth to give it a really crisp look.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on January 31, 2014.

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