In Chinese culture, red has always been an auspicious colour. Some believe this started with the Han dynasty where the founder and first emperor was called the son of the red emperor. Since then, the colour red has symbolised authority, privilege as well as luck. It’s no wonder that it features prominently in Chinese culture, from the red packets given out to children during Chinese New Year for luck, to the red eggs that parents gift to commemorate the first month of a newborn baby, to the red qipao that brides don. Red is also seen as a lucky colour to wear during the new year, and can also be worn on the lips and nails as a decorative element.
It’s no surprise then that beauty brands have started creating red-themed packaging for Chinese New Year. Beyond creating exclusive designs and illustrations on the outer boxes, the brands have moved into limited-edition collectibles, curated collections and jumbo sizes of some of their best-loved products. Here are T Singapore’s picks
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