Your Luckiest Makeup Colours, Based On Your Chinese Zodiac
Regardless of which culture you’re from, there’s always certain practices or beliefs to help improve one’s luck. From ornaments or decoration that help bring luck, to wearing lucky colours, we will do anything for that extra huat. Even if you don’t believe in such superstitions, there’s no harm in switching things if you’re all set to make 2019 your best year yet. And if you’re not too keen on giving your wardrobe an overhaul, you can easily work new colours into your makeup routine to ease yourself into the idea. Here, the luckiest makeup colours to wear to get Lady Luck on your side in 2019.
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Text: Navin Pillay
Additional text: Joyce Cheo
Zodiac Sign: Rat
Born in the years: 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996, 2008
Lucky Colour: Fuchsia Pink
Congratulations! Your lucky colours include fuschia pink, a gorgeous colour that’s really easy to work into your makeup routine. Try Tarte Amazonian Clay Waterproof Liner in Bubblegum, $32, as its cream-gel formula is perfect for creating a subtle winged liner and it is also perfect as a creaseless opaque eyeshadow. You can even use it to tightline as it’s smudge-proof.
Zodiac Sign: Ox
Born in the years: 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, 2009
Lucky Colour: Green
Don’t be daunted by green being your auspicious colour, you can still add incorporate into you makeup look with this foolproof Shiseido Kajal InkArtist in Birodo Green, $38. Thanks to its long-lasting formula, it is perfect as an eyeliner, eyeshadow and if you’re game to, an eyebrow filler. Best part—it is also crease-proof and waterproof so it’s perfect for Singapore’s heat and humidity.
Zodiac Sign: Tiger
Born in the years: 1962, 1974, 1986, 1998, 2010
Lucky Colour: Grey
With slate grey as your auspicious colour, you know it’s time for a smokey eye look. Try NARS’ Single Eyeshadow – Shimmer Finish in Pryeness, $33, to help you achieve the perfect smokey eye. It has incredible colour payoff thanks to the brand’s Pigment Powder Suspension technology. The formula is buttery smooth and glides onto your lids without tugging. Plus it is also ultra-blendable so you can easily create any look you prefer.
Zodiac Sign: Rabbit
Born in the years: 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999, 2011
Lucky Colour: Pink
Pink is an incredibly versatile colour and can be used on the eyes, cheek and lips and we love it! Estee Lauder Pure Color Love Lipstick in Naughty Nice, $38, is a delicious hot pink shade that’s perfect for a youthful makeup look. Bonus? Dab some on your cheeks and blend for a monochromatic pink finish.
Zodiac Sign: Dragon
Born in the years: 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012
Lucky Colour: Red
The colour red has often been associated with fire, so it should come as no surprise that it’s also your lucky colour for the year. If you’re looking for a multi-purpose product with great colour payoff and wear, try the Jill Stuart Cheek and Eye Blossom Blush and Eyeshadow in Deep Dahlia for $39. It’s a highly-blendable product that applies like a dream—thanks to its incredibly soft texture—and turns into a powder once set and doesn’t budge. And the best part is that you can apply with your fingers for a natural finish.
Zodiac Sign: Snake
Born in the years: 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2013
Lucky Colour: Brown
If you can’t live without bronzer, you’d be happy to learn that your auspicious colour is brown. Try Marc Jacobs Beauty O!Mega Bronzer Perfect Tantric, $62. It’s a universal bronzer that’ll warm up your skin for a flawless finish. Plus points go to the fact that it has buildable coverage so you can chisel your cheekbones to perfection.
Zodiac Sign: Horse
Born in the years: 1966, 1978, 1990, 2002, 2014
Lucky Colour: White
White is a tricky colour to incorporate into a makeup look, but we’ve never bowed out of a challenge before and we’re not going to start now. Our recommendation? Try Kat Von D Beauty Ink Well Matte Liquid Eyeliner in White Out, $32, to create a graphic liner that’s seen on the likes of Bella Hadid and Rihanna. It has a felt-tip applicator so it’s easy to use and lasts for up to 24 hours.
Zodiac Sign: Goat
Born in the years: 1967, 1979, 1991, 2003, 2015
Lucky Colour: Blue
Trade in your blacks, greys and browns for a deep midnight blue shade the next time you’re thinking of doing a smoky eye look. Take the plunge and try Natasha Denona’s Metallic Eyeshadow in Blue Space, $39. With a metallic finish, it is super glamorous and accentuates all skin tones. Sweep onto lids with a sponge applicator or a wet brush for a high impact effect. Either way, you’ll look fabulous!
Zodiac Sign: Monkey
Born in the years: 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, 2016
Lucky Colour: Mayan Blue
When you get Mayan Blue as your auspicious colour, it calls for a bold eye look. Try the By Terry Stylo Blackstar in Midnight Ombre, $45, a waterproof eye colour stick that can be used as an eyeshadow or eye liner. Formulated with Silk Absolute to ensure comfortable wear for hours, it also blends easily so you can create your preferred look effortlessly.
Zodiac Sign: Rooster
Born in the years: 1969, 1981, 1993, 2005, 2017
Lucky Colour: Emerald
When venturing into new makeup colours, it’s always easier to begin with rich jewel tones. Case in point: a rich emerald eyeliner that perfectly accentuates Asian eyes. Try Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner in Emerald, $32, to create everything from paper thin line to a dramatic winged line. Its fine-tip applicator provides foolproof application that’ll stay put till you remove it at night.
Zodiac Sign: Dog
Born in the years: 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018
Lucky Colour: Yellow
Yellow is such a vibrant, happy colour which makes it perfect for summer, or any time of the year really. While it’s not necessarily an easy makeup colour to wear, there are still ways around it. Try the Laneige Silk Intense Lipstick in Exotic Yellow, $36. When layered over your favourite lipstick, it transforms your look instantly by brightening the colour. For example, apply it over a red lipstick and you get a bright coral shade.
Zodiac Sign: Pig
Born in the years: 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019
Lucky Colour: Red
Have we mentioned how much we love a red lip? And one of our favourite red lipsticks definitely has to be Givenchy Le Rouge Lipstick in N325, $55. It has a demi-matte finish and comes in a fabulous genuine leather case. And the colour payoff is great too as it delivers a gorgeous opaque red colour in just one coat.