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Celebrate the Chinese New Year on Feb 10, 2013, by slithering these snake-adorned beauty products and accessories into your wardrobe.

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Chinese New Year 2013 marks the Year of the Snake. To celebrate, we’ve rounded up snake-adorned beauty products and accessories from NYC stores, including M.A.C., Monika Chiang and Piperlime.

  • To celebrate the Year of the Snake, M.A.C. is releasing a trio of sheer, shimmery lipsticks from its permanent collection in serpent-inspired, limited-edition packaging (both the box and the actual product’s sides are embossed with a coiled constrictor), available through March 21. Whether you opt for Cockney (a yellow-based red), Freckletone (a peachy nude) or Plumful (a purple-tinged pink), your pucker is guaranteed to glisten. The creamy, moisturizing formula also ensures your pout won’t be scaly. M.A.C. Cosmetics Year of the Snake Collection lipsticks, $15 each, at maccosmetics.com

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    This enamel bangle studded with coral and emerald cabochons reminds us of Kenneth Jay Lane’s whimsical animal bracelets—only at a fraction of the cost. We also love how the hinged accessory mimics nature by appearing to wrap around your wrist. AntoniaBee Coral ’n Coil snake bracelet, $42, at antoniabee.com

  • Although they may be named after a venomous viper, these delicate rose-gold–plated brass earrings show a softer side to snakes. Wear them with practically any outfit to quietly remind foes you’re not to be messed with. Stella & Dot Sidewinder studs, $29, at stelladot.com

  • For a believable, just-bitten flush, apply this lightweight, sheer cheek tint with your fingers until you achieve your desired vibrancy. The smooth, buildable concoction glides over skin but boasts the same matte finish as a powder. It even doubles as a vitamin-packed lip color. Urban Decay Afterglow Glide-On cheek tint, $24, at Sephora, locations throughout the city; visit sephora.com

  • Local designer Monika Chiang is known for imbuing her feminine clothing and accessories with edgy details, and these studded drop earrings are no exception. The slithering serpent provides a badass yet sensual touch that your girlfriends are sure to be hissing over with jealousy. Monika Chiang serpent drop earrings, $75 (normally $149), at Monika Chiang, 125 Wooster St between Prince and Spring Sts (212-625-3300, monikachiang.com). Mention TONY in store or use code “FINAL50” at online checkout to receive this discount through Feb 14.

  • There’s something sculptural about this double-banded swirling snake ring, which local jewelry designer Nissa Wegienek hand-makes in NYC using mostly recycled materials. The garnet crystals along the length of the serpent’s body remind us even more of medieval art. Nissa Jewelry gold snake ring, $73, at nissajewelry.com

  • If you want to rock this year’s lucky charm in an understated way, this necklace from NYC jewelry designer Valeria Bergna’s Medusa collection will have people doing double takes. What at first appears to be a series of polka-dotted loops turns out to be a tangled snake. Viento Viper necklace, $100, at Wink, 129 Prince St between West Broadway and Wooster St (212-334-3646) • 1330 Third Ave between 76th and 77th Sts (212-249-2033) • 188 Columbus Ave between 68th and 69th Sts (212-877-7727) • winknyc.com

  • We’re counting down the days until it’s warm enough to wear these metallic snakeskin-and-suede sandals, whose straps resemble a reptile coiling around your ankles. Cocobelle Snake ankle-wrap sandals, $110, at piperlime.com

To celebrate the Year of the Snake, M.A.C. is releasing a trio of sheer, shimmery lipsticks from its permanent collection in serpent-inspired, limited-edition packaging (both the box and the actual product’s sides are embossed with a coiled constrictor), available through March 21. Whether you opt for Cockney (a yellow-based red), Freckletone (a peachy nude) or Plumful (a purple-tinged pink), your pucker is guaranteed to glisten. The creamy, moisturizing formula also ensures your pout won’t be scaly. M.A.C. Cosmetics Year of the Snake Collection lipsticks, $15 each, at maccosmetics.com

Follow Cristina Velocci on Twitter: @cvelocci


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