Lao New Year / Makeup & History


This is an extremely late post because Lao New Year was earlier this month around April 13-15, but it really lasts more than 3 weeks. But I wanted to share a little about the  history and beauty standards of Laos since it’s a great opportunity to touch on how different cultures perceive different things as beautiful.

Some history about Laos New Year:
The Lao New Year consists of a three-day celebration and is traditionally celebrated on the 13th, 14th, and 15th of April. The date of the festival was originally set by astrological calculation, in which certain years have four days of celebration, but it is now fixed to the above mentioned dates Source The celebrations usually include Lao classical and folk dances and costumes, modern music and singing, traditional alms offerings to Buddhist monks, and a ceremonial procession in celebration of the Lao New Year. There’s also a lot of water being splashed everywhere and kids running around with shaving cream.

April 11 I got the chance to do makeup for a young lady named Lily who was participating in the Nang Sangkhan Pageant which benefits the Laos temple (vat). You can click to learn about the history of Nang Sangkhan here.

Usually with these pageants, the traditional dress, sinh (worn by laos women) is paired with a heavy smokey eye, bold red/pink/dark lips, bright colored cheeks, and dark brows, and that is exactly how I did her makeup (: Tell me what you think!

Products used:
MAC – Pro Conceal Palette
Anastasia Beverly Hills – Dipbrow in Dark Brown
ME cosmetics – (Makeup Essentials) Palette
Stila – Stay All Day  Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
Stila – True Red Liquid Lipstick
Urban Decay – Perversion Mascara
Make Up For Ever – HD Microfinish Powder

It was really fun doing her makeup, especially because in the end…



Congrats Lily <3

More pictures in the portfolio!