Fashion and Beauty

The ‘eyes of the tiger’ and other beauty looks for Chinese New Year

CULTURE VULTURE - Therese Jamora-Garceau - The Philippine Star
The âeyes of the tigerâ and other beauty looks for Chinese New Year
You can make tiger eyes with Nyx's Lunar New Year 2022 eyeshadow palette and Matte Setting Spray.
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It’s the Year of the Tiger — in Chinese culture a symbol of good luck and strength, power and respect.  In fact, the Chinese view the tiger as the king of the jungle — a place occupied by the lion in most other cultures.

Many beauty companies have released special, limited-edition collections to commemorate the Year of the Tiger. Whether you opt for a bold red lip, gold eye shadow or do full tiger-eyes, for sure you’ll make a shimmering statement this Lunar New Year 2022.

The eyes of the tiger

Nyx, an affordable yet pro-quality brand, released a limited-edition eyeshadow palette with 12 richly pigmented matte and metallic shades inspired by the Lunar New Year. You can create a bold, smoky eye, color-block the lid, or even create the ultimate tiger-eyes with the longwearing formula.

To lock in your makeup look, Nyx’s bestselling Matte Setting Spray comes in a bottle with red and black tiger stripes. Enriched with Niacinamide, it cuts shine, gives you a “poreless” complexion and your makeup a “just-applied” look.

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Nyx is available online at Zalora, Shopee and Lazada.

A leaping tiger and lucky red

A tiger with sapphire-blue eyes has leapt onto Estee Lauder’s limited-edition collection in red-and-gold enamel packaging.

The Pure Color Envy Cheek Palette is a gorgeous trio for glowing cheeks that includes two blushes and one highlighter. The Double Wear Soft Glow Matte Cushion Foundation creates a soft, fluffy, multi-dimensional finish. The Year of the Tiger Perfecting Setting Powder Compact is a true collectible featuring an embossed gold tiger with crystals.

Estee’s No. 1 serum, Advanced Night Repair Synchronized Multi-Recovery Complex, and Advanced Night Repair Eye Supercharged Complex Synchronized Recovery gel-crème, are in limited-edition “lucky red” bottles with a Year of the Tiger design.

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Visit www.esteelauder.com.ph

Inspired by lucky claret

Lucky red shade claret inspired Bobbi Brown’s new collection for Lunar New Year and spring 2022.

The deep wine hue inspired the popular Bobbi Brown Claret, a tinted lip treatment that hydrates while providing lush color.

The Claret Collection Luxe Shine Intense lipstick is a luxurious product that melts into lips with hyaluronic acid and vitamin E and imparts a plump, 3D effect.

Brown’s bestselling highlighting powder Pink Glow comes in limited-edition packaging. This fusion of gel and powder glides on with a cushiony bounce and makes you look lit from within.

Also in the collection are Sheer Finish Pressed Powder and Soothing Cleansing Oil.

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Bobbi Brown is available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.

An enlightened blooming garden

Dior Beauty’s Lunar New Year collection, Enlightened Blooming Garden, features a Toile de Jouy pattern inspired by 18th-century textile archives that gives the recipient luck and happiness this New Year.

Iconic Rouge Dior lipsticks care for lips with natural extracts of red peony and pomegranate flower, and they’re all refillable: 999 velvet is a timeless crimson red, 100 Nude Look a velvet greige, 720 Icone a velvet rosewood, 772 Classic a satin rosewood lip balm and 000 Diornatural is a lip balm in a universal satin shade.

The scent Miss Dior Blooming Bouquet has been housed in a box with the same toile, while a Dior floral brooch adds a touch of refinement. Infused with a heart of peony and Damacus rose accord freshened by Calabrian bergamot and made sensual with a base of white musks, this fragrance will envelop you in flowery softness.

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Available at Dior Beauty in SM Makati, SM Mall of Asia, The Podium and Ayala Malls.

Greet the lunar new year with glowing skin

If we’re judging by cuteness, Clinique’s CNY collection would win hands-down: an adorable tiger is embossed on Clinique’s Cheek Pop Highlighter, while the limited-edition Jumbo Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel sports a cute tiger cap.

Sweep on the highlighter for a natural golden glow; the Dramatically Different Moisturizing Gel and Lotion are dermatologist-developed facial moisturizers that deliver eight hours of oil-free hydration and soften, smooth and improve skin.

The cute tiger also appears on the red bottle of Even Better Clinical Radical Dark Spot Corrector + Interrupter Limited-Edition Serum, a gold-standard damage eraser with boosted technology to deliver dramatic brightening results.

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Clinique is available at Rustan’s The Beauty Source.

Red and gold

Laura Mercier sparkles in the New Year with iconic makeup items repackaged in limited-edition red and gold. Blush Colour Infusion in 04 Ginger has been embossed with a tiger; Flawless Lumiere Radiance Perfecting Cushion, a weightless foundation with buildable coverage, has been infused with diamond powder to deliver an even-toned, luminous effect. Mercier’s famed translucent loose setting powder comes in a Set for Perfection powder-and-velour puff set. This No. 1-ranked powder is lightweight, finely milled, with no flashback effect to create soft-focus look in photos.

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Available at Laura Mercier boutiques and Rustan’s The Beauty Source.


The year of the peony tiger

MAC’s Lunar New Year spring 2022 collection features products in gorgeous peony packaging: the MAC eyeshadow x 9 Made My Fortune palette features warm gold, bronze and red shades to bring luck to the wearer; the MAC Extra Dimension Skin Finish Lunar Lights highlighter makes the face look sculpted for up to 10 hours; the MAC Lunar New Year Powder Kiss lipsticks in Developed in Luck (neutral pink), Push Your Luck (neutral orange) and Pure Luck (dusty red) were developed to replicate a backstage blurring technique.

Powder Kiss liquid lip colors in Fortune Tell Me (natural light pink), Peachy Party (pumpkin), Token of Affection (red) and Luck Be a Lotus (dark rose) have a whipped, mousse-like texture that delivers a soft-focus effect with 10 hours of hydration. There are even blush and blending brushes with peony tiger handles for serious collectors.

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Available at MAC boutiques and Rustan’s The Beauty Source.

Take me to the Taj Mahal

Nars’ Lunar New Year 2022 collection was inspired by the brand’s award-winning, cult-classic blush Taj Mahal, a burnt-orange shade. A new Taj Mahal Quad shimmer eyeshadow palette features three golden, shimmering shades complemented by a purple-red matte to deepen and add intensity.

The Light Reflecting Setting Powder set with puff is dressed up in limited-edition red-and-gold packaging for Lunar New Year; the powder’s Photochromic technology makes skin look perfect for the camera and face-to-face meet-ups.

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Available at Nars boutiques and Rustan’s The Beauty Source

Designer Bottles

For the Lunar New Year, Shiseido collaborated with fashion designer Angel Chen to create a limited-edition design that fuses traditional tiger imagery with contemporary elements.

This design celebrating strength, courage and beauty adorns the Year of the Tiger-edition Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, Shiseido’s anti-aging serum that has won over 200 beauty awards; Vital Perfection Uplifting and Firming cream, a moisturizer that defines facial contours so skin feels firm and sculpted in a week; and Future Solution LX Enmei Ultimate Luminance, a face serum formulated from Enmei herb — handpicked on the most auspicious day of the Japanese calendar — and Treasured Green Silk, which encourages the renewal of beautiful-looking skin.

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Available at Shiseido boutiques and https://shop.shiseido.com.ph .



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