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Du Juan, Sui He, Sun Fei Fei, Liu Wen, Ming Xi, and Shu Pei look gorgeous on the cover of September’s Vogue China wearing beautiful Gucci gowns.  These diaphanous gowns have been seen on celebrities like Rosie Huntington-Whitely, Olivia Wilde, and Beyonce, but they really make a statement together in one picture.

The stylist for this shoot picked a lovely dark plum (reddish-purple) lipstick for all the models that really added to the ethereal drama of the dresses.  To get this look use MAC Lipstick in Media.

*picture courtesy of Asian Models Blog.

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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!)

Skincare

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. 

Style Tips

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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Recently saw this article in Telegraph about Asian model Liu Wen, the first Asian Victoria’s Secret model and the first Asian face for beauty superpower Estee Lauder.  It’s a great piece on how she became a model and what her life is like now that she’s made it big.  I urge you all to give it a read!

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Look who’s modeling Prabal Gurung for J.Crew in June’s Vogue U.S.!  My favorite Asian model, Liu Wen!  I love Liu’s bold red lip and understated, natural face.  To get this look, first apply all your regular face makeup (concealer, foundation, etc.).  Be sure to wear powder, as this is a matte look.  Don’t apply any bronzer, blush, eyeshadow or eyeliner.  Apply a little mascara on your lashes, but keep it natural.  Fill in your brows with a black brow pencil (MAC Eye Brows in Velvetone), don’t be afraid to be bold with it!

Top it all off with a beautiful, bold matte blood red lipstick (Nars Lipstick in Fire Down Below).

*Picture from Vogue U.S.

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Inspiration is key to establishing a distinctive personal style.  I like to call my inspirations my girl crushes.  Meet Liu Wen, Asian model extraordinaire and one of my current girl crushes.

Love her in this J. Crew ad.  She used to be oh so high fashion – which, don’t get me wrong, is awesome – but I like seeing her in high street ads too.  She’s proving that an Asian  model can be versatile, I mean she’s a Victoria’s Secret model for crying out loud!  I love this ad in particular because what she’s wearing really resonates with my personal aesthetic.  Annnnnd that’s a win for my girl crush choice!

(Picture from J. Crew Catalog)

But no one will ever replace Tina Chow as The Asian Style Icon for me.  Looking at her pictures, I still think to myself that she was one of the most special-seeming people I’ve ever seen.  Her personal style was exquisite.

oh Tina Chow.

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