Red alert: The best beauty gifts to celebrate Lunar New Year


Red alert: The best beauty gifts to celebrate Lunar New Year

The must-have beauty gifts that mark Lunar and Chinese New Year 2021

Get ready to welcome in the imminent Year of the Ox! As the celebrations around the Lunar New Year commence, beauty brands have dressed some of their best sellers in striking red limited edition finery for the occasion. 

The Lunar New Year is a period where a number of countries and cultures including China, Korea, Vietnam and Singapore mark a new year based on the first new moon in the traditional lunar calendar. 

The first day of the Lunar New Year in 2021 is Friday February 12, which is the Year of the Ox, according to the Chinese Zodiac. 

The celebration of the new year is the perfect time to gift tokens of affection and good wishes in the form of beauty products adorned in red – a colour considered to bring good fortune and joy – and plenty of beauty brands have come to the party with reverent or playful packaging to mark the festivities. There are also nods to the Ox, said to represent strength, determination and honesty.

These are some of the most desirable options for Lunar New Year 2021:

MAC Cosmetics has gone the pop-art route for its Moon Masterpiece collection. The stunning collectible fish-adorned Extra Dimension Skinfinish, $75 is undoubtedly a highlight of the range which also features the 9-pan ‘Sea of Plenty’ eye palette, $88, and limited shades the brand’s popular soft matte Powder Kiss lipstick like Turn Up Your Luck, $38.

If you’re needing to stock up on iconic skincare serums and moisturisers that are staples in a well-rounded skincare routine, these options offer a bit of fun. Clinique’s Dramatically Different Moisturising Lotion+ $59, even gains a golden ox head on the cap. Lancome’s Advanced Génifique Youth Activating Concentrate is available in a rarely seen bumper size 100ml, $295 and Estee Lauder Advanced Night Repair, $196 comes in chic chrome packaging. 

Upping the luxe factor is Guerlain’s Rouge G De Guerlain Chinese New Year collectors case created by jeweller Lorenz Bäumer, that comes adorned with crystals and contains the 214 Lip colour, $457. If you already have some of the interchangeable Rouge G lipstick shades, the limited red Blooming Bee case, $60, is a perfect seasonal upgrade.

NARS’ 3-piece Lunar New Year collection includes a limited edition Light Reflecting Setting Powder, $65, Eyeshadow Quad in Deep Sunrise, $92, with two matte and two shimmer shades, and a lipstick, $46, that comes in four different shades.

Mecca also plays host to a number of other celebratory editions including Urban Decay All Nighter Makeup Setting Spray, $61, Dr. Dennis Gross Chinese New Year Limited Edition Alpha Beta Extra Strength Daily Peel, $155, and Origins Dr. Andrew Weil For Origins Mega-Mushroom Relief & Resilience Soothing Treatment Lotion, $61.


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