I have a huge girl crush on Asian super model Liu Wen, so as a birthday present to myself I decided get down to business and compile this post. It took a bit of translating, but now we can all learn to be as gorgeous as Liu Wen! Or, failing at that, I’d settle for simply getting her gorgeous skin! (after all, she goes to all her castings with no makeup!)
Liu Wen has the most gorgeously glowing skin ever, which is probably why she was the first ever Asian model chosen to be a face for international makeup mega-brand Estee Lauder. In an interview in 2009 with the web site Tom’s (which I translated with the help of my awesome father) Wen stated that she spends around 30 minutes a day taking care of her rather sensitive skin. She is a firm believer in having a set cleansing and moisturizing routine to keep skin consistently radient. Her routine is cleansing with Estee Lauder’s Perfectly Clean Foaming Cleanser, Jurlique’s Rosewater Balancing Mist, and Estee Lauder’s Advanced Night Repair Concentre.
She also stresses the importance of sleep and always tries to get at least 7 hours a night. Her biggest beauty “no-no” is going to sleep with makeup on. During fashion week, when there is a lot of strain on her skin, she drinks a lot of water and orange juice (for the vitamin C). She also uses deep cleansing and hydrating masks 3 times a week – her favorite mask is Estee Lauder’s Re-Nutriv Intense Lifting Mask.
Finally, her favorite makeup brand is MAC but she likes to give her skin “days off” from makeup when she’s not working, so oftentimes she goes around with only a bit of lip balm.
Diet and Exercise
Liu Wen keeps a balanced and healthy diet to maintain her model physique, saying it’s a myth that super models only consume cigarettes and water. She eats a lot of vegetables and high-fiber cereals combined with traditional Chinese dishes. She makes sure to choose foods that have high nutritional values and she avoids empty calories at all costs. Her favorite breakfast food is tahini (a sesame paste) with whole wheat pita. Tahini is rich in iron and calcium, as well as vitamins B2 and E, and known for its antioxidant and blood-cholesterol reducing effects. She advises all women to incorporate sesame into their diets.
Wen works out regularly, but is not a fan of intense exercising. She does cardio and a bit of light weight exercises every day and she always exercises outdoors when possible stating in Savoir Flair that “when you can breathe fresh air and smell the blooming flowers as you exercise, everything just feels more soothing”. If she wants to shed a few pounds she’ll eat several small meals a day (rather than three large meals) and continue exercising regularly. Her biggest diet rule is to never eat after 8 p.m.
Liu is known for her style on the runway and off. She loves to combine boyish pieces (dress shirts, blazers, and motorcycle boots) with leg-emphasizing skinny jeans and feminine accessories (dangly earrings or statement clutches). Her biggest style secret, as told to Tom’s, was to not be afraid of colors and prints and she told Tom’s that her favorite party accessory is a great lipstick.
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