7 Quick beauty fixes to look your best this Chinese New Year

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By Buro Malaysia

TEXT: Wei Yeen Loh Image: Instagram/@sasha.mei
7 Quick beauty fixes to look your best this Chinese New Year
No lash extensions this year? Magnetic lashes are your new go-to. Nails looking like they could use a manicure? Try festive press-ons!

This year’s Lunar New Year falls this Saturday, so if you’ve not gotten organised yet, there’s a chance you may have left it too late. That said, don’t fret just yet—there are plenty of ways you can maximise your time and get sorted in a pinch, whether it’s booking yourself in last-minute for a festive menu or scoring red-hot wardrobe additions to look your best this year.

READ: Are you following these 12 superstitions for good luck this CNY?

If you’re bummed about not getting your usual head-to-toe pampering treatments in time for Chinese New Year, we’ve got a couple of useful beauty fixes to get your look in check. From quick nail art ideas to a two-minute hack on making your peepers stand out, these beauty tips and tricks are worth looking over:


Not going for the bushy-brow look this CNY? Try this trick

Have your overly-grown brows seen better days? If a full set of bushy eyebrows isn’t something you’re going for this CNY 2024, try our nifty guide to cleaning up your eyebrows here. While it sucks that you can’t visit your regular brow-groomer in time for the festivities, we’ve got plenty of tips and tricks from eyebrow experts in our Brow Guide.

If you’re really not feeling 100 per cent about tweezing ’em on your own, flaunt your brows the way they are!

READ: How do you fix “bad” brows? A guide to owning your face framers


No lash extensions this year? Try these alternatives


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Missing how eyelash extensions can give you an effortless look in mere minutes? You don’t have to fret over trying to work your sparse, short lashes into fluttery feathers, thanks to a whole slew of quick eyelash fixes that are available right now.

We did a complete breakdown of magnetic and adhesive eyelashes here—take your pick from adhesive eyeliner (a great alternative to regular falsies) to magnetic clip-on lashes (you only needs seconds to put these on!).

But if you’re going for an au naturel look, try coloured mascara to up the ante—your lashes don’t always need length and/or volume to dress your eyes up.

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This two-minute eyeliner trick to bigger eyes


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Can’t be bothered with lash extensions or full eye makeup? Instead of repping a full-on cat eye, try filling in your waterline instead for a more defined look:

  1. Use a pencil or gel eyeliner and gently fill in your lash line, especially in between noticeable gaps
  2. Optional: Use a cotton bud to lightly smudge your lash line for a subtle look
  3. For extra holding power, dip an angled brush in an eyeshadow colour that’s similar to your eyeliner and layer it over
  4. If you have time for an extra step, use nude eyeliner and line your lower lashline to make your eyes pop

READ: How to create the perfect winged eyeliner for four different eye shapes


Don’t forget about your nails
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What’s better than sporting different nail art on the daily? Getting them customised, of course! We love the convenience of nail wraps, stickers and press-on nails (shop here!), not to mention, it’s an easy way to get your nails ‘done’ for the occasion if you can’t get to a nail salon.

While it isn’t the same as a mani-pedi experience (who else misses hand massages?), there are a few steps you can take to provide extra TLC for your cuticles and nail beds. Read our complete tutorial on how to get your nails to look spick and span here.

READ: 13 Dragon-themed nail art ideas to rock for Chinese New Year 2024


Get your glow on


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READ: 8 Auspicious ingredients to incorporate into your beauty routine this CNY

It’s never too late to treat your skin right, and if you’re breaking out, you’ve got a few more days before Chinese New Year to work some magic. Banish your blemishes with tips from our acne guide here (we swear by these zit stickers); and don’t forget to exfoliate while you’re at it.

Tip: Add a few drops of serum into your favourite foundation for a glowy look.


Add colour to your complexion


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You don’t always need a full face of makeup to look put-together in a couple of minutes. For a pinch of colour on your lips and cheeks, repurpose your matte liquid lipstick(s)—tips here on how you can make the most out of it. Alternatively, you can also elevate your makeup look with a simple wash of shadow over the lids—it’s a pretty eye makeup look that won’t take too much time.

Check out our picks for the best makeup essentials for this month here with some sprightly if you’re going for sprightly hues this CNY.

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Revive limp hair effortlessly


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If your hair has the tendency to fall flat on the second day and you don’t intend to shampoo and blowdry it on the first day of Lunar New Year, check out our nifty, expert-backed ways to add volume to your roots here. The best part? All three methods require hair styling products you may already have at home, from mousse to hairspray to dry shampoo.

But if an updo is your signature look and you can’t be bothered with jazzing up your tresses, try these easy breezy hairdos you can wear to keep your hair up in this CNY heat.

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Click here for our complete guide to prepping for Lunar New Year.

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