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Red and gold are the colours of Chinese New Year. With new clothes to match, you’ll need to have your makeup being on point for your family reunion dinners. But incorporating red and gold in your makeup can seem quite daunting. Using red eyeshadow can end up making you look like you have an eye infection. Furthermore, you wouldn’t want to end up looking like a walking red packet!

To aid you in picking out your Chinese New Year makeup look this year, here are some inspirations on how to use red and gold in a very flattering way.

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1. Subtle Gold

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Try this trick if you’re not that comfortable with putting on eyeshadow: gold eyeliner at the top and bottom lash line, and the inner corners of your eyes. Define your eyes with black eyeliner. To finish off the look, put on your favourite red lipstick.

2. Wash of Gold

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If you’re feeling much more experimental, you can use a gold eyeshadow all over the lids and blend it well. Try using a darker red lipstick with this look as the eyes and darker lips would complement each other well. We recommend MAC’s Eyeshadow in Woodwinked and NYX’s Matte Lipstick in Bloody Mary.

3. Gold Lips?!

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Hang on there! What we mean here is to dab a bit of gold eyeshadow on the centre of your red lips. This will give the illusion of plump and juicy lips. Keep the eyes simple with a cat eye look and neutral eyeshadow, if you like.

4. Rose Gold

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Rose gold is very popular right now, and even though it’s not yellow gold, it still looks very glamorous (and less reminiscent of the ang bao). Try using Urban Decay’s Naked 3 palette for this. The rose gold hues are flattering and some shades in there can pass off as gold as well.

For a more intense rose gold eyeshadow look, you can alternatively use MAC’s pigment in Rose.

5. Glitter me Up!

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Now, this is for those who are daring with trying out new makeup looks. Have a simple gold eyeshadow look and oxblood coloured lips. But don’t stop there! Take some cosmetic gold glitter, or gold glitter eyeliner and add it onto the centre of your lids for that extra oomph.

If that’s too much for you, you can even line your lash line with gold glitter eyeliner like this-

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