Thankfully Mercury finally came out of Retrograde as of 4:30am this morning, so we can safely move onto a new cycle without the added stress and drama caused by 'retro-shade'. As Leo's new moon comes into position, this month is all about taking bold and creative risks - and what better than investing in and playing around with some new makeup.
Here's your beauty buys of the month based on your sign - go on, get artistic!
Lucky colour: Orange
Lucky crystal: Carnelian
Happy Birthday, Leo! Mirror the majesty you’re radiating this month with an equally vibrant colour. Fenty Beauty’s Poutsicle in Sun Snatched is the perfect neon orange for #LeoSeason, reflecting your lucky colour. Rock it like RiRi this August, Leo.
Lucky colour: Purple
Lucky crystal: Opal
August promises to be a month of romance for you, igniting passion into your energy. Chanel’s Poudre Luminère in White Opal is an ultra-fine cream-powder highlighter in a delicate blush tone, perfect for adding a delicate romantic glow. Apply to the cheekbones, décolleté and cupids bow for lit from within beauty and irresistible lips.
Lucky colour: White
Lucky crystal: Moonstone
Glossier’s Haloscopes have a become a staple in many a beauty addicts roster. Its unique blend of moisturising balm and glistening highlight make it a perfect everyday highlighter. Moonstone’s demi-wet-like texture, and soft iridescence will have you glistening all summer long – after all this month you are the star of the show.
Lucky colour: Gold
Lucky crystal: Topaz
Gold is your lucky colour of the month, Scorpio, as your career benefits from your recent successes. So to feel your most powerful self, apply Becca Shimmering Skin Perfecter in Topaz to look 24 karats. This golden sheen is great as a highlight for darker skins, or for fair/medium tones use as a bronzer in a light dusting on the perimeters of the face to get that golden holiday glow.
Lucky colour: Red
Lucky crystal: Rhodonite
We know you fiery Saggitarius’ aren’t afraid to stand out, so Pat McGrath’s Blitztrance Liptstick in Blood Rush is the perfect way to showcase your charm this month. The vibrant red tone reflects your lucky colour of month, plus with a pink tinge it also emulates your lucky crystal rhondonite.
Lucky colour: Turquoise
Lucky crystal: Chrysocolla
Urban Decay’s new Glide on Eye Pencil colour Electric Empire is the ultimate turquoise, as its iridescent blue refracts green sparkles like the Adriatic Sea. Apply as a pop of colour for a very on trend AW19 look, as a little avant-garde makes you a trailblazer this month.
Lucky colour: Blue Lucky crystal: Smithstone
Aquarius your symbol is the water bearer, so despite being an air sign, water plays a massive part in your energy, and your colour of the month reflects this. Alongside your lucky crystal Smithstone (Smithsonite), now more than ever you should embrace those deep sea blue tones.
Milk Makeup’s Eye Pigment in Mermaid Parade is the one for you; it can be used an all-over eye shadow, or as a liner when using an extra-fine brush.
Lucky colour: Aquamarine
Lucky crystal: Larimar
Larimar is a crystal only found in the Caribbean, it mirrors the blue hues and warmth of the region in a gentle sky blue colour and it also mirrors your warm nature. To achieve lucky-lids this month, apply M.A.C.’s Eyeshadow in the colour Aqua.
Its soft colour is perfect for you Pisces who love a bit of creativity.
Lucky colour: Blue
Lucky crystal: Sapphire
Aries, you will sparkle this month, and to shine even brighter; play around with Huda Beauty’s Obsessions Eyeshadow Palette in Sapphire. The array of blue, cyan, and indigo shades in both mattes and shimmers are ideal for you outgoing Aries who aren’t afraid to stand out. Cool down your summer fire this month with this palette.
Lucky colour: Pink Lucky crystal: Rose Quartz
Rose Quartz is notorious for being the crystal of romance, and Taurus, love is in abundance for you this month. So it’s only fitting that you flirt with your eyes this month; NARS Eyeshadow Palette in Quartz offers six shimmer shades which mirror the hues of the crystal – blushed pinks, hints of gold, and taupes. Wink at your summer romance with this palette.
Lucky colour: Yellow
Lucky crystal: Yellow Jasper
Mercury, the messenger of the gods, your ruler, has a message for you for this month “keep your eyes on the prize as that golden ticket has your name on it”. Manifest your golden ticket with Pat McGrath’s Eyedols Shadow in Enraptured, this true yellow gold radiates the colour of yellow jasper and have you glowing brighter than the August sun.
Lucky colour: Green
Lucky crystal: Emerald
Charlotte Tilbury’s Eyeshadow Quads are must-have for any makeup bag, the marriage of shades are designed to be used for day, desk, date, or disco - ideal for you busy Cancers who are abundant with career opportunities this month. The Rebel palette not only emulates your lucky colour and crystal of the month, but also should help manifest some ‘shmoney’ into your account. Boss this August, Cancer.
Graphics by Sasha Green