Whether you believe in it wholeheartedly or not, there’s something that’s just enjoyable about astrology. And while it might sound strange, if you’re struggling to find makeup inspiration, you could do a lot worse than looking to the stars. For each of the 12 signs, there’s a look that will suit your personality traits and encapsulate the vibes you give off. And hey, if you’re not a believer, we still have 12 cute makeup ideas for you today!
Aries makeup is all about confidence. Opt for a bright, golden glow with a strong powder highlight like the Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector Pressed in Opal on the cheekbones, browbones, and down the center of the face. Complement this by using warm tones in the rest of your makeup, with a strong orange eye like the NYX Vivid Brights Creme Color in “Cyberpop.”
Taurus makeup should radiate a classic energy—and there’s nothing quite as classic as a red lip and cat-eye combination. MAC’s “Ruby Woo” is still amongst the best reds on the market (matte and long-lasting without feeling too tight or flaky on the lips), while I stand behind the Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner as the best for both ease of use and longevity.
Gemini makeup should be loud and proud. Gluing gemstones onto the face using eyelash glue is always a stunning look, but for an easier look that remains eye-catching, go for glitter. The Stila Glitter and Glow Liquid Eyeshadows give the appearance of trying very hard, but are as simple to apply as a swipe and a dab.
Cancer makeup is all about softness. It’s makeup that looks inviting, warm, and cozy. Go for something super subtle on the lid like Glossier’s Skywashes in “Palm” or “Valley.” The warm tones add definition without ever looking harsh. In a similar way, the Glossier Generation G Lipstick in “Cake” gives lips a fullness and even tone without looking obviously makeuppy.
A proud Leo should opt for full glam at all times. A full-coverage foundation like the Fenty Beauty Pro FIlt’r will give skin the airbrushed look of an Instagram baddie, while any of the numerous Morphe eyeshadow palettes should help you cut your crease to your heart’s content. Finish with some fluttery fake eyelashes like the Ardell Extension FX, which are like a lion’s mane but around your eyes.
Virgos are basically synonymous with neatness, and there’s nothing quite so precise and tidy as a ‘60s-inspired eye. Use a matte black eyeshadow to cut the crease, then line the upper lashes with a black kohl pencil. Use the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in “Cottage Cheese” on the waterline to open up the eyes, and load the lashes (particularly the bottom row) with a lengthening mascara like the Glossier Lash Slick.
Romantic blush tones are perfect for a Libra look. The HUDA Beauty Obsessions Pastel Eyeshadow Palette in “Rose” is packed with gorgeously soft pink tones to enhance your eyes. Pair with pink blush (Glossier’s Cloud Paint in “Puff” is a classic) and finish with the Charlotte Tilbury Glowgasm lips in “Glittergasm” for a pink, shimmering stain.
A cool-toned smokey eye is just the right amount of drama for a Scorpio. There are a ton of brilliant smokey palettes out there, but the Chanel Les Ombres Quadra Eyeshadow in “Blurry Grey” is an iconic product. Featuring just four shades, it manages to give everything you need for the perfect smoked-out look. And of course Scorpios would use Chanel, right?
Sagittarius makeup should be both loud and proud. Neon eyeliner makes a bold statement while still feeling fun, so sweep on an Urban Decay Wired 24/7 Pencil and leave it at that. Pairing such a brash, unnatural liner with soft, naturally textured hair opts for a cute contrast. The Maria Nila Salty Cream is perfect for adding some volume and defining curls for a little extra oomf.
Classic grooming is a Capricorn’s MO. Keep skin looking natural yet polished with the Ilia Super Serum Skin Tint, and enhance your eyes with the Charlotte Tilbury Pillow Talk Push Up Lashes. A sweep of bronzer can also help add definition, and the NARS offerings are still some of the best. “Laguna” is a perfect shade for a natural glow, but the matte option in “Vallarta” is even better for sculpting.
Aquarius makeup must balance being both out-there and natural—and the best way to do that is obviously with a statement lip. The new Charlotte Tilbury Hyaluronic Hydra Kisses come in a range of stunning shades, and are ideal for those who are still dealing with winter’s chapped lips thanks to their hit of hydration. But I also love the Wet ‘n’ Wild Megalast Lip Colors for a cheap thrill that actually performs surprisingly well.
Minimal but glam is the balance we want to strike for Pisces. Combining delightfully dewy skin with a full-coverage lipgloss shows some level of effort without looking over the top. Pair the Missha Perfect Cover BB Cream with plenty of the RMS Living Luminizer for the ultimate glossy skin. Add the Fenty Beauty Gloss Bomb Cream in “Cookie Jar” (a warm brown-red) or “Fruit Snackz” (a deep berry) for opaque color combined with a stunning shine.