At Chinese New Year, beauty brands clamour to update classic products with new designs. And we’re all for it, especially if the packaging is as beautiful as Givenchy’s Prisme Libre Loose Powder and its fire-engine red Le Rouge Lipstick No. 325. Both feature the four-leaf clover motif previously showcased in artistic director Clare Waight Keller’s couture shows, set against red to bring good fortune in the new year.
If there’s one product you’re likely to always need in your bag, it’s a cushion compact for instant skin touch-ups. Nars’ Asia-exclusive Aqua Glow Cushion Foundation SPF 23/PA++ has been given a makeover in red and gold for the Year of the Pig, so you can have this eye-catching lucky charm by your side to cover up what needs hiding, and hydrate at the same time.
The blush flush
Drop summer’s bronzer and contour palettes and instead try for a winter maiden’s look – dewy skin that’s accentuated by a bright, almost shocking sweep of blush. By Terry’s Terrybly Densiliss Blush in No. 2 Flash Fiesta is a long-lasting and luminous formulation that also contains anti-wrinkle ingredients to help you maintain that “first” flush of youth.
Tips and tricks
Vermillion is the go-to colour for manicures at Chinese New Year, but if you’re feeling a little more vixen, swing for a darker hue a la Uma Thurman in Pulp Fiction, who kicked off the trend back in 1994. For this brand of not-trying-too-hard kind of glam, you’ll need a flawless coat of Tom Ford Beauty Nail Lacquer in Bordeaux Lust.