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An astrologer on the best makeup shades for your rising sign

As we face forward into a life less locked-down and find new beauty favourites that make us look and feel our best, we’re suddenly riddled with choice—which, for everyone (but especially the Librans, Geminis, Sagittarians, and Pisces among us), can feel like a plague of too-many-tabs or swatch-covered-arms. So, we’re outsourcing that task to the stars by way of NYC astrologer Alice Bell, who we called on to help find our most flattering hues, according to our rising signs.

Why rising? Opposed to your default sign (your sun/star), your rising sign (also known as your ascendant) considers your outlook on the world, and the first impression you give to others—it can also dictate how you look. If you don’t already know your rising sign, you can figure it out here (but you’ll need to know your exact time of birth).

Taurus Rising

You come across as someone who is calm and caring, and you always manage to look elegant and pulled together. You probably like to dress in soft neutrals, such as blush or shades of nude. A slightly tinted lip balm or a glow enhancing powder adds just the right amount of colour.

Our picks: Go-To Pinky-Nudey Lips! and Jouer Powder Highlighter in ‘Rose Quartz’.

Leo Rising

You love to make a statement, and wearing colourful clothing and makeup is just another way to express your natural creativity. You have a warm energy and you can be quite playful, so to emphasize these qualities you might be drawn to a glowy bronzer or eyeshadow in shades of gold or orange.

Our picks: Tom Ford’s Shade and Illuminate and Cream and Powder Eye Colour .

Virgo Rising

You dress practically, and you like to wear makeup and clothing that can transition from your job, to the gym, to running your many errands. You may opt for neutrals, preferring shades of grey, beige or cream. Your go-to beauty products are easy basics such as tinted moisturizer or a slightly coloured lip balm.

Our picks: Urban Decay Stay Naked Hydromaniac Tinted Glow Hydrator and Kosas Kosasport in ‘Rush’.

Libra Rising

You are a natural flirt, and you’re very mindful of the relationships in your life. Because your calendar is usually full of social outings or new dates, you like to add some colour into your wardrobe and beauty routine. Light pink lip gloss and rose-coloured blush are must-have products for you.

Our picks: Mecca Cosmetica Hydra Cheek Tint and Illuminating Balm Duo in ‘Rose’ and Kosas Wet Lip Oil Gloss in ‘Malibu’.

READ MORE: The perfect palette for your star sign, as told by a real-life astrologer

Capricorn Rising

You come across as strong and serious, even if you’re secretly sensitive inside. The way you dress is very work appropriate and polished, and you may like colours that blend in seamlessly with the rest of your closet, such as shades of tan and blue. A long-wearing foundation or brightening concealer are your go-to items.

Our picks: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay-In-Place Makeup and Jouer Essential High Coverage Concealer Pen.

Aquarius Rising

You usually don’t follow trends, and you stand out for having your own unique personal style. You might also be more willing to take risks when it comes to your fashion and beauty choices. You could be drawn to futuristic colours, like silver eyeliner or a shimmery glow stick.

Our picks: Chantecaille Les Perles Metallic Eye Liner and MECCA MAX Off Duty Glow Stick

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