As that one friend who is constantly taking too long to get ready, nothing was better for my makeup routine/friendships than my recent discovery of liquid eyeshadow.
If you’re late to the game like I was, let me tell you about a new one that should 1,000% be on your radar RN: L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes. The creamy shadow paints on super easily, is bold enough to carry your whole look, and actually stays in place all day. It’s exactly what you need for a kick of confidence before a big meeting, job interview, or first date—on Zoom or IRL!
Now that you have the perfect shadow, let’s find your perfect shade using (what else?!) your zodiac sign. Astrologist Jake Register helps us break down each sign’s ideal color match below.
If you’re a ram, this bright red shadow—called Radiant Ruby—is practically calling your name. “It’s the clear choice for Aries,” says Register. “Just like the fire sign that you are, this shade makes a statement and naturally stands out.” TL;DR: you’re bold and confident and your shadow should reflect that!
Shout out to the makeup-obsessed Taurus who knows a beauty product they’ll get miles out of when they see one. That’s definitely the vibe you’re getting from this earthy Bronze Light shade, which can be worn in a soft wash of color or bumped way up. Plus, says Register, “Taurus is practical and very no-nonsense, so this shadow that looks great on everyone is a perfect pick.” For those extra fancy moods, pair this color with Amber Sparkle to add even more depth to it.
According to Register, “Geminis are famous for having a special twinkle in their eye,” and that will *certainly* be the case with this attention-grabbing Diamond Drop hue. And while some might call Geminis two-sided (which, rude!), let’s just go with “versatile” here—’cause that adaptable nature means you can flawlessly pull off this shimmery shade. Layer it with String of Pearls (which, yeah, looks just like what it sounds like) for extra shine. You deserve it—and you know it.
As Register points out, you crab BBs are ruled by the moon, so String of Pearls, a glimmering true white that’ll illuminate your face like a lunar beam, is practically guaranteed a spot in your makeup bag. Plus, Cancers are known for their luminous looks in general, so wear it solo to live up to the hype, or pair it with the insanely glam shade Crystal Shine for even more bonus glow. No one can dim your shine.
“This Crown Gold shadow is the option for Leo,” says Register. “The bright goldenrod color stands out just like the fire sign. Lions want to make a statement and catch everyone’s attention—a total Leo mood—without looking over the top.” Leo is also the sign of royalty (NBD), so the gold connection makes total sense. And if you’re like, “ohh, royalty sounds good!,” add an accent of Amethyst Quartz shadow, because purple, too, is considered a regal color. With your shadow firmly in place, you can continue on like the queen that you are.
Nature-loving Virgos aren’t known for doing the most (you earth signs are much too practical for that), but you still love your low-key makeup moments. You lead with a twinkle in your eye(lid), you know? Amber Sparkle is a major Virgo-season vibe that you can use to channel your power all year-round. Register points out: “The color is light, subdued, and reminiscent of end-of-summer aesthetics, but it still has warm, yellowish-gold tones.” When the time does come for a full-on fall mood, pair the shade with the orange-y Precious Lava hue and a guilty-pleasure PSL (might as well own it).
The scale is Libra’s symbol for a reason—you’re ALL about balance. Which is why Crystal Shine has your sign written all over it: It’s a super-flattering shimmer with an insanely pretty iridescent effect, and can be used as an all-over shadow or a quick highlight. Register also points out that Libra is ruled by Venus, aka the planet of beauty, so double the beautification and pair it with the pretty pink Blush Jewel shade for a seriously stunning eye-makeup moment.
Scorpios are here for seductive and unique beauty looks, and the pinkish-nude Rose Gem shadow delivers. You’ll get to channel your ~romantic~ vibes with this warm hue, and it’ll also help you subtly stand out from the rest of the pack, which is basically your destiny.
“Scorpios tend to fit in with the rest of the crowd easily,” says Register, “but if you take a closer look, you’ll see that they’re very different and special in their own way.” And if you’re looking to go even bolder (let’s be real, you scorpions love turning up the heat), blend it with some Diamond Drop for extra shimmer and shine.
“Sagittarius is the zodiac’s traveler, and they have a wanderlust unmatched by any other sign,” says Register. Enter: the bright golden-honey tones of Precious Lava, which looks just like the center of a gorgeous Caribbean sunset. It’s bold, but you Sags will innately know how to rock it with confidence and style. Your wild nature might also inspire you to blend the color with the shimmering Crown Gold shade, for a look that’s lit.
“Mature” and “intense” are two words that Caps could basically have tattooed on their foreheads, so the deep brown Royal Onyx was practically made for you. “Capricorn’s intensity is unmatched by other signs,” says Register, “and this shade is great for a high-contrast, vivid look that lets the world know you’re not messing around—you mean business.” For more of an everyday situation, trying adding in some Bronze Light shadow to soften the look a bit.
“This Blush Jewel color and Aquarius are like two peas in a pod,” says Register, “Both are just a little bit different, but still incredibly lovable.” You Aqua babes are also not about to put a lot of time into your makeup (you’re too busy daydreaming about—and then crushing—your goals), so a pretty shadow like this one that can stand on its own is exactly what you need to swipe on quickly and keep on dreaming, so you can start leading. If you have some extra time (and a rare dash of extra attention), blend in some Crystal Shine to amp up the shimmer factor.
You quirky fish are most likely going to gravitate towards Amethyst Quartz, a shade that Register describes as an “otherworldly purple” that’s almost as dreamy and romantic as you are. Pisces are too busy doing their own thing to fit in (which, no biggie cause you’re a powerhouse that doesn’t need to follow anyone), so a bold pigment will be a welcome addition to your makeup collection. And because you’re all about creativity, you’ll probs love mixing and matching it with other colors—layering in some pinky Blush Jewel is a good place to start.
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