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As we enter into our last month of summer (sigh), the stars are changing along with the weather. February signals Aquarius season, so if you fall under this unique water sign, this is the month where you’ll be at your most powerful. Hello, promotion! (Okay, maybe not — go ask the pros.)
We’re not qualified to give you astrological advice on the important stuff, but what we can do is help you tap into those Aquarius *vibes* with some horoscope-specific beauty picks. Each horoscope has a few dominant traits, so we’re channeling them into makeup tips and must-have products.
Hey there, Aquarius! You fall under this astrological sign if you were born between January 20 and February 19. Although you’ve got an array of unique traits, some markers of an Aquarius include originality, creativity and passion. Your symbol is the Water Bearer, but despite that, your reigning element is air.
Keep on reading how you can channel your special Aquarius traits into your beauty routine!
Each star sign has a prevailing colour or two, and Aquarius’s are turquoise and violet. As an air sign with roots in water, these come as no surprise — vivid jewel tones have always been reminiscent of the ocean and the natural beauty of the sky. However, turquoise and violet can be a little tough to incorporate into your daily makeup, unless you know how.
Rock your Aquarius colours on the eyes by using them as an accent shade. Whether you decide to brush some purple all over the lid, or go for a unique look with a shimmery turquoise shade in the inner corner, this is sure to draw attention. Of course, it doesn’t have to be something you wear on the day-to-day — break out your bolds for a night out, or when you’re feeling extra in tune with your zodiac sign. We love the Napoleon Perdis Loose Eye Dusts in The Life Aquatic and Indigo Girl for pigmented colour.
If you’re not as daring as some Aquariuses, you can still channel your key colours without going bold. Vibrant nail polish shades are a great way to add a subtle pop of colour without too much commitment — after all, if you hate ’em, just reach for the nail polish remover. Our picks for an Aquarius are the Butter London Trend Nail Lacquer in Slapper and the OPI Nail Polish in Lost My Bikini in Molokini.
Aquarius’s flower is the orchid, an elegant yet showy bloom that is often seen in vibrant shades of pink and purple. Not only is it beautiful to look at, but it’s also a botanical with perfecting properties, and can often be found in skincare products. It’s especially good at soothing the complexion and encouraging hydration, and can also repair damage with ease.
We’ve rounded up our favourite orchid-enriched beauty picks, from three of our most beloved brands. If you suffer from dry, dull or mature skin, opt for the Dermalogica Phyto Replenish Oil. Not only does it create a protective barrier against the elements, but it also gives skin a dewy glow that will last all day long! You can wear this baby under your foundation, or pop it on by itself on your no makeup days.
Another product that uses orchid (its petals, in particular) is the coveted Alpha-H Liquid Gold Rose Exfoliator. This chemical exfoliant is key for encouraging effective skin cell turnover, and can be applied to the skin like a toner every other evening. A limited edition derivative of the ever-popular Alpha-H Liquid Gold, this unique formula uses orchid petals to help soothe dry skin types.
Our final orchid-infused fave is the ModelCo Soothing Day & Night Moisturiser for Sensitive Skin. It’s an ultra-emollient (read: skin smoothing) daily moisturiser that’s packed full of beneficial ingredients, a core one being purple orchid flower extract, which offers protective and restorative properties.
Every star sign-lovin’ girl or guy should have a celebrity beauty inspiration that they look to when things get a little repetitive. Break out of your beauty rut by taking a leaf out of your favourite Aquarius star’s book.
Our pick for Aquarius beauty inspo is American Horror Story leading lady Emma Roberts, who you also may know from her stint as a Nickelodeon star in her youth. Thankfully, Emma has come a long way from over-highlighted hair and butterfly clips, and is now an influential gal when it comes to red-carpet beauty.
In true Aquarius form, Emma Roberts can always be seen switching things up, and definitely isn’t afraid to go bold. She’s had every hair colour and style in the book, so if you’re looking for a way to liven up your look, your locks could be a good place to start.
If you’re not ready to foray into baby bangs like she’s recently done, try something a little less permanent with a temporary colour or by picking up new styling tools. The ghd Creative Curl Wand will help you achieve everything from waves to ringlets, whereas the Redken Colour Rebel Hair Makeup is ideal for a fun burst of temporary colour. For a little more longevity, try the Lime Crime Unicorn Hair colourants. Whatever you do, try and inject a little of your Aquarius uniqueness and creativity into your look! There’s never any harm in trying, after all…
Don’t forget to check out last month’s horoscope how-to if you’re a Capricorn struggling to find a little beauty inspiration.
Hey there Capricorn -- looking for a little beauty inspiration heading into the new year? Perhaps it's time to look to your horoscope for advice...
• By Charlotte
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I'm a journalism grad and avid makeup fan with an unhealthy addiction to buying nude lipsticks, no matter how similar they all may seem. I love chatting to anyone who will listen about my new favourite products, skincare dos and don'ts and practically any other beauty-related topic under the sun. That doesn't mean I'm frivolous with my recommendations, though--you can count on me to give you the nitty gritty on all your wishlist products. In my spare time, you'll find me binge-watching old episodes of Gilmore Girls or at brunch with a large iced coffee in my hand.
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