Makeup, skincare and hair products that’ll last through a day of house visits

Let’s face it, ladies, the Chinese New Year holidays can be a little stressful. No one looks forward to facing nosy relatives and getting intrusive questions about your weight and non-existent boyfriend/future husband.

But look on the bright side; it’s a chance to get dolled up and silence critics when you sashay into the room looking like a million bucks. Here are our picks that’ll help you look your best from head to toe, so you can welcome guests, visit relatives or even indulge in a late-night mahjong session without any worry.

Fresh Rose Deep Hydration Facial Toner


Always start with clean, moisturised skin before applying any skincare or makeup. This gentle toner ($52.60) is infused with real rose petals and hyaluronic acid to minimise the look of pores, cleanse skin and increase hydration for a healthy-looking complexion.

Available at Fresh stores and on Shopee.

Medicube Red Erasing Camu Camu Serum


As much as we love catching up with friends and family, it can get tiring. Revive dull-looking skin with this serum ($37.50) that contains brightening vitamin C (from camu camu extract) to help fade pigmentation and acne scars. 

Available at Medicube’s official online store on Shopee.


Rom&nd Zero Velvet Tint


Matte lipsticks may be long-lasting but can be drying and uncomfortable. With Zero Velvet Tint ($15.92), you’ll get soft, smooth lips all day without any flakiness. It comes in a ‘blurred’ matte, velvety finish with a selection of my-lips-but-better colours for a natural-looking pout.

Available at Guardian and Virvici’s store on Shopee.


Fenty Beauty Lip + Luminizer Set: Lunar New Year Edition


Get this as a gift for yourself, so you can glow from head to toe this CNY. The festive set ($85) features two Fenty Beauty cult favourites—Diamond Bomb All-Over Diamond Veil in Royal Icing for show-stopping champagne and gold sparkle all over the face and body; and Gloss Bomb Universal Lip Luminizer in Cheeky, a gotta-have-it lip gloss in a shimmering bright red orange with explosive shine that feels as good as it looks.

Available at Sephora.

Emery & Co Nail Stickers


No time for a mani-pedi? Easily complete your CNY outfit with these nail stickers ($14.90) by homegrown nail wrap brand Emery & Co. The nine-piece collection features special designs and familiar cultural motifs inspired by the Spring Festival. Just fit, paste and file—you get perfect nails in 10 minutes in the comfort of your own home. 

Available at its online store, KrisShop, Sift & Pick and Design Orchard.


L’oreal Paris Extraordinary Oil Shampoo and Conditioner 


Don’t stress about your tresses. These new ‘Sleek’ and ‘Shine’ shampoos and conditioners ($16.90 each) are infused with either French amber cedarwood oil to smooth dry and frizzy hair, or French rose oil to lock in moisture, prevent colour fading and impart a healthy shine to dull and coloured hair. Plus, they’ll leave your locks smelling great with rich scents reminiscent of French rose fields or cedarwood plantations. Complete your haircare regimen with the Extraordinary Hair Oils range to seal in the benefits.

Available islandwide at Watsons, Guardian, Fairprice, Shopee and Lazada.