I want to describe that a certain action gives you '面子', or that people do things to try and maintain or protect their '面子' but I can't think of an appropriate English word for it.
You just need to use face, prestige, reputation, and so on.
- 爱面子 be keen on face-saving
- 保全/顾全面子 save face
- 丢面子 lose face
- 给面子 give face to somebody
- 面子问题 matter of face; issue concerning one’s reputation
I hope that would be useful for you.
面子 = Face, self-esteem, etc. A word can contain many meanings by how you use it in a sentence. If you split those two words it will have even more meanings. So just by how you use it in a sentence.
"面子" means the reputation and Compliment from others