Beauty

This Month's Beauty Advice, According to Your Zodiac Sign

Let the stars get your beauty routine from blah to badass.
ART Clare Magno

Aries

(March 21 to April 19)

Try: Perfect Care Cold Cream Lemon, Pond’s

It’s not always about the next biggest trend or the most hyped product when it comes to beauty. Take inspiration from the real beauties in your life and find out what has worked for them over the ages. Your Lola's cold cream makeup remover or your mom’s '90s lip liner trick may just be the thing to make you bloom.

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Taurus

(April 20 to May 20)

Try: InVitamin Cleansing Micellar Water P600, heybey.ph

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Take the road less traveled this month and test out an out of the box, unconventional beauty trick. If snails make you squeamish, try a Korean snail facemask (you may not even get grossed out!). If you’ve always been a skeptic about micellar water, why not give it a chance? Face the breakout fear—it may just be worth the risk.

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Gemini

(May 21 to June 20)

Try: Moisturizing Cream Crème Prodigieuse, Nuxe

Beauty is all about balance—sometimes we need a little zing, other times we need a lot of calming and relaxation. Give your skin the best of both worlds. Pair up an energizing serum or moisturizer for the daytime with a soothing, relaxing oil or an ultra moisturizing mask before you clock off and head to bed.

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Cancer

(June 21 to July 22)

Have there been any bad habits that have led you to those breakouts, eye bags, and lackluster hair? Nix the late nights for an early bedtime, the soda for water, and the junk food for more healthy and substantial bites. In the meantime, strip your cleanser down to a scent-free, gentle formula to kick off your journey back to your glow.

Leo

(July 23 to August 22)

Want to look good and feel better? You’ve got to work at it, girl. Your fave IG stars may look like it all comes naturally to them, but the flawless no-makeup makeup, the meticulously manicured nails, and the sparkling smiles all come with practice. Want to perfect your eyeliner? Work at it 'til you're so good, you won't even break a sweat.

Virgo

(August 23 to September 22)

Try: They’re Real Lengthening Mascara P1400, Benefit Cosmetics

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You're in your prime! There's never going to be a time where you can put in as little effort in your looks and still come out looking like a 10. Emphasize the parts of you that you can fall in love with. Love your lips? Play up the bright red lipstick! Into your lashes? Max them with mascara. Own your beauty like a queen.

Libra

(September 23 to October 22)

Beauty has fallen a couple of notches down your list of priorities. No biggie—you can’t be beauty-obsessed 24/7...but you also don't want to let yourself go. How can you get creative with your look again? Do something low key with big impact: add a fringe, change your polish, or even try a different cheek tint.

Scorpio

(October 23 to November 21)

That cult beauty product you've been lusting over for days now? Don't even think twice about it anymore and snap it up before it goes out of stock. Take advantage of your online shopping points or hoard the last two pieces up in the shelves. Think of how fast Kylie's lip kits first went. You don't want to be missing out!

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Sagittarius

(November 22 to December 21)

Challenge yourself this month to really commit to a beauty regimen. It doesn't matter how simple or complicated it is. You don't have to undergo a 12-step K-beauty inspired routine if you're not ready (if you are, then more power to you!). Going long term and committing will help you understand how well a product works for you.

Capricorn

(December 22 to January 19)

Everyone can play around with makeup and perfect her DIY techniques, but talking to a professional and seeing him or her at work can really make a difference in how you do your thing. Drop by your favorite beauty brand's counter this month and make an appointment for a makeover. Take notes on technique and snap lots of videos.

Aquarius

(January 20 to February 18)

Try: Pure Color Love in Bar Red P1275, Estée Lauder

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Paint the town red this month by taking your look through a bold, fire engine red turn. Not only is this fiery color energizing, it can also do your overall look a whole lot of good. Classic red lipstick can make your teeth look whiter and brighter! You can take your cue from Kendall Jenner and opt for her go-to red or you can rock a 1950s red nail polish, which can instantly take you from teenybopper to serious sophisticate.

Pisces

(February 19 to March 20)

The stars asked you to take care of your hair last month and it seems like your job's not over. Your coiffure needs more TLC this August—no ifs or buts. Slather on a hair mask and let it sit for 15 minutes over the weekend. Take yourself to the stylist for the cut you've been obsessing over since the start of the year. Don't think twice, just do it.

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The journey of how I won people’s hearts by having a winning heart

Whatever happens tonight, I am a winner. That was the last line I delivered in front of the roaring crowd. My knees were trembling and my smile was shaking. I wanted to radiate confidence but I knew inside me were whirling storms of uncertainty. I wasn’t sure how to carry on for the rest of the night, it was only the first hour and my soul was already exhausted. I stood in front of an unfamiliar sea of people, I felt uncomfortable as they fixed their glances on me. The stage was bright and flashy as my co-contestants glazed the platform with outstanding physique and beauty. I couldn’t look straight at them because every time I did, a bucketful of insecurity was being poured on me. The whole pageant took about a few hours but it felt like eternity to me. I repeatedly asked myself questions every single time I stood on that platform. My vision was impaired by the blinding spotlights and all I could hear were the deafening roar of the audience combined with the booming music of the event. My head was filled with questions like “why are you here?”, “Will you be okay?” What will others think of you?” “What if you fail?”. Every step was heavier as I continued to overthink.

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For a moment on stage, I felt like I was floating. I was staring blankly at the end of the gymnasium. I was awakened by the loud cheer from the front row, I fixed my glance and saw large letters A-B-Y. it was like a snap to reality, I realized that’s my name. This time I could hear the synchronized cheers of people screaming my name. I smiled, walked away from the spotlight as I whispered to myself “let’s do this”. As the curtains opened, I walked towards the stage I felt lighter and different from the person a while ago. Walking was much easier and my knees weren’t trembling any longer. I stood at the edge of the stage, wandered my glance, and smiled genuinely. Flashing those pearly whites took barrels of longtime stored courage from within me. I marveled at how I could see the rainbow in the lights, the spotlights weren’t blinding anymore.

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My feet started stomping to the music every time I pose and my hips would flawlessly sway to the music. The roar of the audience was overwhelming no more, it was like whispers lost in the beat of the music. I knew as I stood there, all I needed to do was smile and be myself. My name was called accompanied by the thunderous applause and booming cheers of the crowd. I stood there alongside with other contestants. I was holding a bouquet and a trophy. I could feel the heavy crown on top of my head. However, the trophy beside me was much bigger, the lady beside me wore an even flashier crown, it was the crown of the titleholder. That night I landed the first runner-up spot. My head was filled with “what ifs”. What if I did just a little better, what if I exerted more effort and so on.

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As I stepped down on stage, several people rushed to me. They were jumping, screaming and clapping. It was so chaotic that it took me a millennium to recognize them, it was my family. They were hugging me from all directions. When I saw their smiles I knew I did great. I realized that was what I meant when I said “whatever happens tonight I am a winner”. Their presence, genuine smiles, and warm hugs meant more than the trophy and sash that night. For them, I was a star who shined through the darkness of the night. Before leaving the venue, a hand tapped me from behind “Congrats,” she whispered I turned to see her, and to my surprise she was a schoolmate who used to tease me because of my chubby physique.

I smiled as I expressed my gratitude towards her. As I walked away, I realized that I accomplished something legendary that night. I was able to showcase that pageants are not only for thin-looking, tall people. I managed to snatch everyone’s attention with this average height and chubby body. That night started with so much uncertainty and insecurity. As I stared at my reflection, I looked exhausted but I was wearing a different smile. A smile of victory and bravery. A smile that defeated the stereotypes and stigma about people like me. That night ended with a realization that maybe winning isn’t always about winning the crown, it’s about winning people’s hearts and having a winning heart.

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