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These Chinese New Year and Valentines-themed beauty releases make us blush in excitement.
It’s February, and we’re seeing red. No, literally—with the short window between Chinese New Year and Valentines, our Ayala Malls pasyals are pleasantly inundated with crimson-themed storefronts and rouge trimmings all over.
As you partake in traditional CNY festivities or bask in Cupid’s Day romance with your significant other (or yourself!), our favorite makeup and skincare brands join in on the fun of dressing up for these special occasions, releasing special collections themed after these February events.
Before these red-letter days get even nearer, get a hold of these limited-edition releases to create scarlet makeup looks fit for the season.
Chinese New Year: Fortune favors the bold
We’re thinking: an explosive makeup look for a fiery start to the Year of the Ox. Start by prepping your skin with Shiseido Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming Cream, a thing of beauty inside and out with its intricate Chinese New Year packaging.
After brows and before foundation, ignite this beauty look with its exciting focal point: your peepers adorned with NARS Singapore Quad Eyeshadow, a palette of shimmery neutrals, punctuated with a scarlet red shade we recommend you apply at your outer corners. Make sure you pile on more of the glittery shadow as a finishing touch on top of your blended look.
On your lips, get high on gloss to turn up the glam: apply the NARS Chinese New Year Lipstick as a dramatic base, and top it off with a layer of MAC Cosmetics Versicolour Varnish Cream Lip Stain in Moon Masterpiece. This high-octane look will make as much noise as the fireworks. Kung Hei Fat Choi!
Valentine’s Day: The look of love
Cherry lips and apple cheeks make for a sweet February 14 you and your SO will love. As this day legally permits a lot more hugging and handholding than usual, the beauty look starts in the shower: the Lush Prince Charming Shower Gel and Love Locket Bath Bomb seal in a fragrance that will keep your love magnetized.
On your face, after brows and foundation, mimic your first date flush with the NARS limited edition Claudette Cheek Duo, for a perpetually smitten look.
On your puckers, pick between the MAC Cosmetics Love Me Lipstick in COLOR or the NARS Audacious lipstick in COLOR. Can’t choose? That’s okay. Use one on your lips and the other as an eyeshadow stick, lightly swiping and blending the product on your eyelids with your finger. The aftermath: flushed cheeks, kissable lips, plus heart-colored peepers—trust us, your SO will be convinced that it’s possible to fall in love like the first time, twice.