Experts dish out tips on looking and smelling good all day while visiting in humid weather. By Yip Wai Yee
Expert tips on how to look good and survive Chinese New Year in style. Photo: tomwang / www.123rf.com
You are visiting the third house of the day. Your hair is limp, your clothes are crumpled and your face feels as oily as a slice of bak kwa. Looking fresh in hot and humid Singapore can be challenging – especially when one has many places to visit during Chinese New Year. The Sunday Times asks experts for tips on how to welcome–and survive– Chinese New Year in style.
For starters, it helps to wear clothing made of light, breathable material such as cotton, says stylist Neo Lirong. “It’ll prevent you from perspiring and you should definitely stay away from clothes made of wool,” she says. Stylist Randolph Tan says women who plan on visiting multiple houses a day should remember that comfort comes first. He says: “For more support, drop the stilettos and opt for wedges or flats instead. “A classic pair of sneakers won’t go wrong either and will give a sport luxe twist to your ouftit.”
Make-up artist Fionna Lau says women should also pack essentials in their bags for touching up on the go. These include wet wipes, which will help to remove perspiration and keep you feeling fresh.
10 tips for surviving the festive period
1. Use anti-perspirant deodorant. You do not want to impose your body odour on friends and family when visiting them.
2. If you are wearing shoes, wear socks as well so that your feet will not smell when you remove your shoes. Make sure your socks are clean and have no holes.
3. Use a make-up primer to ensure your make-up lasts longer. If you have oily skin, doing so will make it look more matte.
4. Choose a bright-coloured lipstick to look fresh.Do not just stick to the usual red, but mix it up with bright pink, orange or plum shades.
5. Carry a facial water spray to freshen up on the go. These sprays hydrate dry skin and help to create a naturally dewy look.
6. Use a sponge instead of a powder puff when applying pressed powder, as this helps to prevent your make-up from looking cakey.
7. Hair becomes limp and greasy after many hours outdoors. Spritz a bit of dry shampoo to keep your tresses looking fresh and clean throughout the day.
8. For women, choose outfits with unique cuts and styles to stand out. Wearing a toga or one-shoulder dress is not only fashionable, but also keeps you cool.
9. For men, look smart longer with non-iron dress shirts.
10. Carry a handheld fan that matches your outfit. It will help you stay cool and look fashionable at the same time.
A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 31, 2016.