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Ring in the Lunar New Year With These Beauty Collections

A great way to honor any holiday is with themed makeup. Valentine’s Day brings out rosy cheeks and bright red lips, while St. Patrick’s Day uses up all your green eyeshadow. 

When the Lunar New Year approaches, people worldwide prepare to celebrate new beginnings. To help celebrators ring in the new year with verve, several cosmetics brands have released special edition products for the 2023 Lunar New Year. We’ll discuss a couple of these collections and offer inspiration for your Lunar New Year makeup looks.

November 29, 2022
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What is the Lunar New Year?

The Lunar New Year holiday is celebrated in many East Asian countries, including China, Korea, Japan, and Vietnam. Each culture has unique traditions associated with the new year. This article will focus on the 2023 Chinese New Year: the Year of the Tiger.

The holiday starts with the first new moon of the lunar calendar and ends with the first full moon. Since the holiday is based on the lunar calendar, its dates vary depending on the year, but it typically starts between January 21st and February 20th. 

The new moon also marks the transition from one zodiac to the next. There are twelve total zodiac animals, and this Lunar New Year’s zodiac is the Tiger. The Tiger is known for its fiery passion, courage, and bold confidence.

The culmination of the 15-day holiday is a lantern festival that features traditional food. Red is a central color for these festivals because it symbolizes good fortune and joy, something everyone hopes for in the new year. Gold and yellow are secondary colors, representing beauty and lunar luck. 

The best Lunar New Year makeup collections

Beauty brands often release limited-edition holiday products to help you get in the celebratory spirit. Here are two of our favorite brands offering 2023 Lunar New Year makeup collections. 


This luxury brand is known for its high-end skincare and beauty products. Their Lunar New Year collection includes their Bio Lifting Mask and Lip Veil in Ruby. The themed packaging is gorgeous, featuring a deep red and an intricate gold tiger design. 

Cocokind x Tower 28

Tower 28 and Cocokind teamed up to make a 2023 Lunar New Year bundle that includes a lip gloss, tinted balm, jelly cleanser, and ceramide serum. Five dollars from every set purchased is donated to the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum (NAPAWF), making this a thoughtful gift set.

Chinese new year makeup looks

Use the products you already own or those from your new holiday beauty set to create a look that’s perfect for celebrating the Year of the Tiger.

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How do you create a red lip?

A red lip suits every celebration and is a great way to amp up a more subdued makeup look. Here’s how to get a perfect bold red lip in minutes. 

  1. Use a lip scrub to exfoliate so you’re starting with a soft base. 
  2. Line your lips with a product that’s the same shade as your lipstick. 
  3. Slightly fill in the center of your lips with the lip liner. This gives the lipstick a stickier base to adhere to and makes the product last longer.
  4. Apply the lipstick to your lips in small dabs to create an even color. 
  5. Use makeup remover on a Q-tip to touch up the edges of your lips.

How can I pamper my skin for the new year?

While creating a fun, festive makeup look is a great way to honor a holiday, another excellent option is with some self-love pampering. And holiday seasons are often quite busy, so it’s good to balance this hecticness with a luxurious wellness routine. 

The best way to pamper your skin is with a face mask. We recommend Mary Louise Cosmetics' Turmeric and Honey Face Mask because it fights acne and reduces redness for clear, radiant skin. Kopari's Lychee Clean Vitamin C Face Mask is great for exfoliating and brightening your skin. For a deep detox, try Blesswell’s Blue Charcoal Face Mask. It contains 300mg of CBD so you’ll feel extra relaxed. 

You can also use a body scrub for full-body wellness. Try Pacifica’s Coconut Cream Body Scrub for soft, buttery-smooth skin. 

Makeup looks for all year

Ringing in the new year gives us the opportunity to reflect on old habits and decide to start new ones. It’s a fantastic time to evaluate your current skincare and makeup routines, adjusting to ensure you’re targeting your concerns and cosmetics goals.

While you’re set for the Lunar New Year, there are opportunities year-round to meet the makeup look assignment. Check out beauty tutorials on Flip to find inspiration for everything from work makeup looks to skincare products that enhance your natural, makeup-free glow.

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