If you're worried you've missed the mark to try things you've never done before because January 1 is long gone, don't fret. The Chinese New Year is just as great an opportunity to start working on the things you've been shying away from, including a change in how you look. It can be as grand as overhauling your entire wardrobe, or something as liberating as donning a new hairstyle.


How about playing with colour? Taking a cue from the Chinese's lucky color, red, is practical – but you're not taking the big plunge for something that's been done before, are you? We say, pastel is the path to take. Pastel became a phenomenon last year, and it's not surprising that the hype has been carried over this year. Not only are pastel colors nice to look at, they also complement Asian skin well, giving already beautiful faces an even more radiant glow.


Now, it's only practical that you think about the damage going for a pastel hair color can do to your hair. So it's important that you choose a product that is free from ammonia, which breaks the hair's integrity. With the L'Oréal Professionnel INOA #PastelistheNewRed Chinese New Year Collection, you can rest easy knowing that you will achieve the color of your new year without the damage. Plus, there are four super fun colours that fit different personalities to choose from.


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INOA Pastel Rose




If fun is your favorite 'F' word, this hair color is just right for you. Designed for the sporty girl-next-door, the Pastel Rose shade gives off an approachable, easy-going vibe.


INOA Pastel Lavender




Created with girl bosses in mind, the Pastel Lavender shade is perfect for sophisticated go-getters who have the right mix of femininity and spunk.  

INOA Pastel Mineral




For the modern woman who is always on top of her game, the Pastel Mineral shade is for you. The greige tones of this shade scream edgy, strong and feisty.


INOA Pastel Mint




As fresh as the views of a newly discovered destination, the Pastel Mint was created for women who are free in spirit and are thirsty for adventure.


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Transform your hair with the L'Oréal Professionnel #PASTEListheNewRed Chinese New Year Collection at L'Oréal Professionnel salons all over Singapore.

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If you’re Asian, chances are you have single eyelids, also known as monolids. Since the beauty industry has often been dominated by Western culture -- women and men who usually have deep set eyes or double eyelids -- it can be hard to find products or looks that would look great on your sultry peepers.

But thanks to the Internet, finding makeup looks -- from simple ones you can do everyday to full-on glam -- isn’t difficult anymore as more and more women with monolids are coming out with their own tutorials. So if you have single eyelids and need a little guidance on how to contour, shade, and line them, keep reading for our favourite makeup looks you can cop.

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Soft Smokey Eye by Dasha Kim



For an easy and soft smokey eye, you don’t need to look any further because this tutorial by Dasha Kim is all you will need. And the best part is that the final look is versatile – wearable for both day and night, for whatever occasion.


Everyday Glowing Makeup by joycebean


If you’re just looking for a simple and easy way to make your beautiful eyes (and other features) pop, this glowy makeup look is the answer to every single eyelid lady's prayers. 

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Winged Eyeliner by Kicki Yang Zhang



Getting the perfect winged liner is most likely the number one thing most Asian girls want achieve as it just complements monolids beautifully. Thanks to Kicki Yang Zhang's tutorial, you’ll be able to rock a winged liner in no time.


Neutral Cut Crease by Coffee & Cashmere


Lovers of a cut crease, rejoice, because this tutorial will inspire every man and woman with monolids to create their own versions of this glamorous EOTD.



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Valentine’s Day Makeup by Hana Lee



With the holidays and New Year festivities over, the next occasion to look forward to is Valentine’s Day. Whether or not you have a boyfriend, you can always get glammed up with this pink, romantic look that will be perfect for going out with your best single friends.

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Want more makeup tips? Then read here for the best eyeliner hack for girls with monolids.

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Welcoming the new year is always exciting because present are the ideas of getting another fresh start and having more opportunities to look forward to. But to us beauty addicts, there's another thing that makes us anticipate the new year even more: new beauty launches.

From drugstore to high end, skincare to make-up, we simply can't say no to brands announcing what they have in store for us this year. So to keep you in the know with the latest beauty launches this month (and help you prep that beauty stash upgrade list), here are some of our top beauty picks we can't wait to hit the stores ASAP. 

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Kiehl's Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream



For the new year, rejuvenate your skin and take your skincare routine to the next level with Kiehl's new Pure Vitality Skin Renewing Cream. With Manuka Honey and Korean Red Ginseng Root as some of the main ingredients, this helps heal and renew skin that has been damaged by environmental factors we encounter everyday. It's definitely great for keeping your skin fresh and glowing throughout the rest of the busy year! 

Benefit POREfessional Pore Minimising Makeup



If you loved the original POREfessional Face Primer, this one will surely be another staple in your beauty stash. Get ready to have smooth and flawless coverage that minimises the appearance of pores. Benefit's new POREfessional Pore Minimising Makeup comes with a sponge-tip applicator that makes it convenient to bring for whatever adventures you have during the day. And did we mention that it controls excess surface oil for up to 8 hours?
Etude House Limited Edition Give Me Luck Collection


Whether or not you believe in the universality of "luck," this new limited edition Give Me Luck collection from Etude House will surely prove that there are lucky beauty finds indeed.  Be ready to take on this season’s latest Spring/Summer trends, ranging from warm neutral tones to refreshing peachy colours reminiscent of spring, with the brand's signature Look at My Eyes eyeshadows and Color in Liquid Lips Juicy lip tints in a range of limited-edition colours.

Innisfree Orchid Sleeping Pack



Want to wake up to fresh and plump-looking skin? Take this one home and add it to your nighttime routine! Reverse damage caused by sun, pollution and other free radicals while you sleep with innisfree's new jelly-like Orchid Sleeping Pack, and seal the deal to strengthen, firm up and smoothen skin.



Laneige Lash-fessional Mascara + Two Tone Tint Lip Bar

Off to plan out your new beauty haul? Add these two new products from Laneige that will definitely be your next faves.



Bid goodbye to all mascara problems as this K-beauty brand introduces the latest multi-functional Lash-fessional Mascara, which promises volume and length, minus the clumpy, spider-legs look and feel. No need to be a pro to achieve lush lashes that brighten up your look with this one. 



Plus, following the global success of their Two Tone Lip Bar, another soon-to-be must-have is their new Two Tone Tint Lip Bar that helps you achieve a youthful, moisture-rich pout which Korean celebs are sporting. This comes in eight pastel colors, including mint, purple and blue, combined with reds and pinks, for that beautifully fun gradient finish.


Sulwhasoo Perfecting Cushion Intense



As the brand's first anti-aging cushion, Sulwhasoo's Perfecting Cushion Intense encapsulates the brand's expertise in precious Asian ingredients and cutting-edge makeup technologies to come up with a formula that achieves a firm and smooth complexion. The lightweight formula also blends perfectly with the skin while making sure that it doesn't clog up your pores, making this the perfect pick to reach for when you do your makeup. 

SK-II Facial Treatment Essence In Chinese New Year Festive Bottle

What better way to celebrate the coming of the Year Of The Rooster than with bright and glowing skin? Packaged in a multi-coloured Phoenix limited edition design, SK-II's sought-after Facial Treatment Essence invites everyone to greet the new year with transformational beauty both inside and out. 


Maybelline Super BB Fresh Matte Cushion



Lightweight with buildable coverage, this new addition to Maybelline's collection of affordable and amazing products gives us another reason to drop by and linger a little longer at their counters. It's a great pick for those with oily skin as this comes with a matte finish; you don't need to worry about your skin looking flat as this gives a smooth and radiant effect as it sets.  

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Aside from upgrading your beauty stash, make sure you push through with your New Year's resolutions throughout 2017 with our top tips here.

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