Here's the Makeup You Should Wear, Based on Your Zodiac Sign

It's written in the stars.

product compilation of zodiac makeup products

 Byrdie / Cristina Cianci

If you feel like you’re in a bit of a makeup rut with your beauty routine lately, why not get some inspiration from the stars? After all, we look to horoscopes for guidance all the time—at least, that’s something we do here at Byrdie—so we figured we might as well apply our knowledge of astrology the best way we know how: As it relates to makeup.

That's why we've tapped the astrology experts behind the mega-popular Drunkstrology Instagram account, Tayla Jones and Samantha Gorman, to guide the way. Whether you’re a feisty fire sign or a whimsical water one, we guarantee you’ll find inspiration in your makeup horoscope (even if you’re beautifying on a budget) below. 

Meet the Expert

Samantha Gorman and Tayla Jones are the astrology experts behind the famous Drunk Astrology platform (@drunkstrology), a beloved Instagram account with over 400k followers.

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Aries (March 21–April 19): Moody Burgundy Lipstick

Anyone who knows you knows you can be audacious and a little bit brash (they love you for it!)—and what speaks to that side of your personality more than a statement lip? "Aries are the bold initiators of the zodiac, and are likely to be drawn towards attention-grabbing colors," says Jones.

You could go for something fire-engine-hued that’ll guarantee you’ll be the center of attention, but you love surprising people.

Try an unexpected bordeaux shade that feels so-right-now. It’s a good idea to aim for matte too; a long-lasting formula will stay on until the wee hours of the morning when you’re out with your besties—no matter how many cocktails and conversations you have.)

"Aries are incredibly impulsive and unpredictable—so they definitely need their makeup to be able to last through anything and everything," says Gorman.

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Taurus (April 20–May 20): Epic Foundation

You’re the most practical and grounded sign in the zodiac, and everyone knows the foundation of any great makeup look is, well, foundation. "Tauruses are stubborn creatures of habit, so they need their everyday makeup to stay as consistent and reliable as they are," says Gorman. Foundation is arguably the most important step in achieving any flawless makeup look—and you know that (‘cause you’re smart).

Foundation, thankfully, is something you can feel good splurging on if you know you'll use every last drop of a high-end formula. "Tauruses love the finer things in life, and don't like settling for anything less than the best." Either way, you’ll have the perfect base for glowy, evenly-complected skin. 

Whether you’re going for a no makeup-makeup look or dewy goddess, a weightless, skin-perfecting formula can be your new best friend. And depending on the needs of your skin, you can opt for a hydrating, luxurious formula too.

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Gemini (May 21–June 20): A Face Duo

Gemini, you have many moods and personality facets—sometimes you’re introverted, other times you’re ready to hit the party circuit—and that’s what’s so great about you. "The Gemini sign is represented by 'the twins'—they have a dual personality that causes them to shift moods and opinions every five seconds. Because of this, they're often bored if they stick to one thing for too long," says Jones.

Embrace your versatility and go for a functional bronzer-blush duo. Achieve the sultry, bronzy-goddess look by night or flushed pixie dream girl by day—either way, a two-for-one package will help you feel like your sweet, sexy, multifaceted self.

You can layer the luminous formulas together or wear 'em on their own. Either way, you'll catch the light from every angle. "Geminis need versatile makeup products to fit their many moods and ideas, and they'll love something radiant they can wear while switching from talking people's ears off to secretly analyzing everyone at a distance."

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Cancer (June 21–July 22): Smudge-Proof Mascara

Mascara has been a daily must for many of us for years. "Cancers like to hold on to things that make them comfortable, and mascara is often one of the first makeup products dabbled with," says Gorman.

Of course, as a practical, forward-thinking Cancer, you know it’s probably a good idea to invest in a quality, high-end formula you'll use everyday. "Cancers are sentimental, so tend to be drawn to classic, timeless looks, and the one common thread throughout the history of makeup is mascara."

A long-lasting waterproof one like this one will last all day—and even survive a teary-eyed spell for when someone shows you puppy video at work. "Cancer is ruled by the moon, so Cancers can tend to be on the emotional side. They feel all the feels, so something smudge-proof is perfect."

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Leo (July 23–August 22): Sparkly Lid Gloss

It’s no secret you like to make a statement, Leo—and although you enjoy the occasional muted look, you truly shine when you have a bold, head-turning eye or lip. "Leos like to be the leaders of the group, and glitter makeup can act like a beacon of light for their friends to follow on a night of fun," says Jones.

Try a glistening, glossy shadow—you can make it as saturated or as subtle as you’d like (simply by blending with your fingers), depending what your ~current mood~ is. We have a feeling you’ll go the bold route, though. 

You're guaranteed to stand out with something ultra-pigmented and vivid. "Leo are bold, bright, and tend to like to be the star of the show, and they love when compliments roll in."

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Virgo (August 23–September 22): Precise Lip Liner

You’re a bit of a perfectionist (to say the least). "Detail-oriented Virgos like to do things in their particular way, and they have a plan for every situation," says Gorman. "Virgos also tend to be the friend that holds everything together for the group, much like lip liner holds lipstick in the right place."

If you haven’t previously been a lip liner fan, we guarantee you’ll be hooked once you try it—you can tailor it to your needs, filling in subtly for day or slightly over-lining for a dramatic look by night.

The thing you'll love most about lip liner is that it’s formulated to last all day (no feathering or bleeding) so your perfectionist, man-with-a-plan side will be oh-so-satisfied. "Virgos are usually well put-together and artistic, and that's the vibe a precisely drawn lip liner gives off."

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Libra (September 23–October 22): False Lashes

You’re a true socialite (and a bit of a flirt), Libra, which means you love batting dramatic, lush lashes all night whenever you go out on the town. "Libras are ruled by Venus, so they tend to appreciate aesthetics—and they'll never pass up an opportunity to enhance a look," says Jones.

"Libras love being cute, they're flirty, and they want people to like them." Try a dramatic pair that can instantly upgrade any makeup look.

That said, you also don’t love spending exorbitant amounts of time on your appearance—and what can give you the most long, fluttery lashes in a flash? A great, trusty pair of falsies like ones that don't require trimming.

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Scorpio (October 23–November 21): Vampy Eyeliner

Whether it’s your personality or your makeup, people usually describe you as striking. "Scorpios love to seem dark and mysterious. They're arguably the most intense, passionate sign of the zodiac, and they tend to be drawn to darker looks that others might consider too intimidating," says Gorman.

You're never afraid to go for the bold, Scorpio—and nothing catches people off guard quite like a perfectly achieved, so-sharp-it-could-kill-a-man cateye. Try an ultra-precise liquid formula like this one.

A saturated, matte-black formula will be your new best friend—gliding on your lids with ease for instant-knockout status—and this one is waterproof, in case it needs to last through any classic Scorpio shenanigans. And here's a bonus, according to Gorman: "Scorpios know how to intimidate their enemies, and they definitely will with a certain vampy look."

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Sagittarius (November 22–December 21): Lip-Blush Stick

You’re a fun-loving, fearless personality who never takes themselves too seriously. A bright pink lip is playful and unexpected—aka, the things you love the most. "Sagittariuses are always on-the-go, moving between different places and interests. They're easily bored and don’t like to spend too much time on any one thing, so they aren’t likely to spend a long time on their makeup," says Jones. Since you're relatively low-maintenance, an effortless monochromatic look will be your new go-to.

A lip chub that doubles as a blush stick is perfect for throwing in your purse when you know you might head to cocktail hour after work, and bright pink works for your vibrant personality.

Pro tip: Opt for a long-lasting formula that can stay in place during all the conversations you strike up, like this one by Charlotte Tilbury. (You are ridiculously outgoing, after all.)

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Capricorn (December 22–January 19): Subtle White Eyeliner

You’re full of tips and tricks, Capricorn. You’re one of the more intelligent, hard-working, and well-read signs in the zodiac—which is why a sneaky white eyeliner illusion is right up your alley. All you have to do is line your bottom waterline with white, and when people compliment you for having bigger, brighter eyes, you can share your secrets—and add to the legend of the mysterious, wise Capricorn. 

"Capricorns are prone to overworking themselves and being a bit perfectionistic—sneaky white liner will keep them looking awake and alive even if they haven’t slept in days," says Gorman. A bright white eyeliner pencil will probably suit your lifestyle perfectly.

"Capricorns are intelligent and full of 'pro tips.' They're always calculated with their approach in what they do." Try an ultra-precise pencil to fit your always-intentional lifestyle.

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Aquarius (January 20–February 18): Versatile Eyeshadow Palette

You’re totally unpredictable with your style and taste, and you might swing any which way with your makeup on a daily basis. Who’s to say what you’ll really be feeling on any given occasion? "Aquariuses love anything strange and unusual, and they love to experiment with new styles—they need something as eclectic as they are," says Jones.

Get a versatile eyeshadow palette you can have fun with, and tailor to suit your many, many moods—try a rich, brown smoky eye for a sultry look or a pop of purple for when you’re feeling wild. 

As much as we loved the Naked palette (RIP), you're happiest when you're expressing yourself aesthetically, so make sure you invest in something that can flex with your changing moods and tastes. "Aquariuses are extremely artistic and creative."

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Pisces (February 19–March 20): Dewy, Champagne Highlighter

You glow from the inside out. "Pisces spend much of their lives daydreaming, and have probably fantasized about being a fairy, mermaid, or other mythical creature at least once," says Gorman. A dewy highlighter has the ethereal fairytale vibes you've always dreamed of, while also giving you a confidence boost.

Your slightly shy personality might cause you to get flushed and occasionally, but—believe it or not—that look is highly enviable. Embrace it by dabbing a cream highlighter with a pearlescent finish on your cheekbones. 

"Although Pisces are introverted, they're extremely intuitive and wise, which gives off a somewhat ethereal vibe." Get a dreamy, creamy highlighter to match, like Benefit's iconic, easy-to-use formula.

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