While I’m not ethnically Chinese, I’ve been to enough Lunar New Year events (as a guest or in girlfriend capacity) to know what’s up. Whether it’s surviving the reunion dinner or attending an open house, your makeup has to last your way through multiple rounds of alcohol (and dodging that one uncle that seems determined to get everyone drunk) and varying courses that may or may not involve messy eating. Still stuck on your makeup prep? Let’s have a look.


Setting Spray

Oh man, can I tell you how many times I’ve been kicked to the front porch/outdoor tables because I’m one of the ‘young ones’? You might get a fan, you might not. It depends on your hosts. Either way, this doesn’t bode well for your face. Get your face to last all night with a setting spray, or enjoy the magical powers of oil-repellant sprays. Heck, if you’re in the market for something that cools your night down (other than the beer), you’ve even got sprays with cooling options that you can stash in your bag – right next to your ang pow.


Urban Decay All Nighter – Long-Lasting Makeup Setting Spray (RM130)

Urban Decay De-Slick Oil Control Makeup Setting Spray (RM125)

Urban Decay Chill Cooling and Hydrating Makeup Setting Spray (RM130)

Longwear Lipstick


Nothing’s more embarrassing than taking a post-meal photo and realizing that half your lipstick’s smudged off. Chow down worry-free with a long lasting liquid lipstick, or lip stain: you can concentrate on the food and hope that your food baby isn’t showing instead.

Kat Von D Everlasting Liquid Lipstick (RM99)

Sephora Collection Rouge Infusion Lip Stain (RM59)

NYX Liquid Suede Cream Lipstick (RM35)

All About Eyes

Is it an eyeliner? An eyeshadow? How about both! Powder eyeshadows are so last year, and a cream eyeshadow in stick form is way more conducive to quick touch-ups. It’s also less likely to melt off and is one of those genius products that look better the more ‘worn in’ it gets.

3CE Long Wear Eye Crayon (RM65)

Etude House Bling Bling Eye Stick (RM19)

Elianto Long Wear Eyeshadow Stick (RM19)


What’s your look for CNY 2017?