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An astrologer on the 2 products your sign needs for the best year ahead

WHILE OUR PISCES FRIENDS WILL BE SOCIALISING THEIR WAY THROUGH THE YEAR, LIBRANS AND AQUARIANS ALIKE WILL BE INDULGING IN SOME SERIOUS R&R. TAKE NOTE, AND DO YOUR YEAR RIGHT.

New year goals, resolutions and rules have absolutely no right to start in January; it’s peak party season after all, and the chance that your newly set ambitions will fall by the wayside is high, if not guaranteed. Now, we’re one month into 2020, and our aspirations finally have the chance to become feasible. While we don’t know what the year will bring, we enlisted someone who might — our go-to astrologer, Alice Bell. To help us navigate the year ahead the best way we know how, Bell has prescribed the beauty essentials to count on for each star sign from January right through to December.

Aquarius: SUMMER FRIDAYS R&R MASK and DIPTYQUE BAIES CANDLE

You'll be craving some extra alone time this year, Aquarius, as you might be dealing with your emotions more than usual. You will be gaining a greater understanding of your subconscious mind, and letting go of any negative habits that are no longer serving you. You could find large group gatherings to be a little draining, so you may want to opt for more relaxing nights at home with a detoxifying face mask and mood-balancing candle.

Pisces: NARS FREE LOVER CHEEK PALETTE and URBAN DECAY ALL NIGHTER MAKEUP SETTING SPRAY

You're expanding your friend group this year, Pisces, as you put yourself out there more and interact with a new crowd of people. The different connections you're making will prove to be important in the future, and you will accomplish more with the help of other people. To stay prepared for sudden plans that might pop up, you will need makeup that can transition easily from day and night. Think a colourful palette that covers all your highlighting, blush and eyeshadow needs at once.

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Aries: SUNDAY RILEY C.E.O. ANTIOXIDANT PROTECT + REPAIR MOISTURISER and SHISEIDO ULTIMUNE EYE POWER INFUSING EYE CONCENTRATE

Your career will be your main focus this year, Aries, as you consider where you want to be in the long run. You might be taking on more job responsibilities or finally be getting that big promotion you've been working towards. Since work is going to be a priority, don't let your skincare routine fall by the wayside. To counteract the late nights you might be pulling at the office, make sure you have a brightening moisturiser and a repairing eye cream in your beauty bag.

Taurus: SUMMER FRIDAYS JET LAG MASK and TATCHA THE SERUM STICK

The world is your oyster this year, Taurus, as you open yourself up to new ways of thinking about life. You might be travelling more and interacting with other cultures, or you could be intensely teaching yourself a new subject. As you break out of your regular routine and have different experiences, your opinions will be evolving. For your upcoming travels, you will need products you can carry easily between destinations, and that help fight any signs of jet lag.

Gemini: URBAN DECAY NAKED HEAT EYESHADOW PALETTE and NARS LIPSTICK FIRE DOWN BELOW

You're going beyond shallow small talk this year, Gemini, as you develop greater intimacy with people. You might be getting more serious about a relationship, or you could be entering into business and sharing your money with someone. You might also be making positive psychological changes within yourself by learning how to let go and trust the outcome. Whatever it may be, you will want to go with more sultry makeup, such as a darker lipstick or a sensuously coloured eyeshadow palette.

Cancer: WESTMAN ATELIER BABY CHEEKS BLUSH STICK and BYREDO LA SÉLECTION FLORALE FRAGRA NCE DISCOVERY SET

Your relationship skills are being put to the test this year, Cancer, as you learn how to better compromise with people. You will have to put more effort into your partnerships, and you may find yourself enjoying your one-on-one interactions over huge group outings. You might also be taking things to the next level with someone, or if you're single you could have better luck dating. To keep up with your active love life, try a blush stick you can easily swipe on, or a spritz of floral perfume.

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Leo: SHISEIDO WASO QUICK GENTLE CLEANSER and MECCA COSMETICA TO SAVE FACE SPF50+ SUPERSCREEN

You will be juggling a lot of responsibilities this year, Leo, and at times your daily schedule might feel a bit overwhelming. You will be working on getting an efficient routine in place and taking better care of your body to keep your energy levels up. You may want to pay more attention to your health and the little steps that go into your beauty routine. Since work will be busier, keep it simple with a gentle cleanser and a daily coat of hydrating SPF.

Virgo: REN CLEAN SKINCARE READY STEADY GLOW DAILY AHA TONIC and PATCHOLOGY POSHPEEL PEDI CURE

You are getting some tough lessons in self-love this year, Virgo, as you work on developing the skills that set you apart from everyone else. You might be spending more time with your own creative hobbies and the activities that leave you feeling good about yourself. As you build greater confidence, people will in turn be more attracted to you. Make your inner glow more evident with a skin resurfacing toner or an at home pedicure kit.

Libra: 111SKIN ROSE GOLD MASK and BASTIDE CAMARGUE BATH SALT

Home is where your heart is this year, Libra, as you figure out what kind of environment you need to feel the most grounded and secure. You might be spending more time with family, or you could be moving and decorating a new place for yourself. Because you'll be interested in staying in rather than going out on a Saturday night, it will be worth treating yourself to a luxurious sheet mask and indulgent soak in the tub.

Scorpio: RMS BEAUTY SIGNATURE SET and GO-TO EXFOLIATING SWIPEYS

You're going to be on-the-go this year, Scorpio, as you juggle learning new skills with handling the details of your everyday life. You might be intaking a lot of new information or teaching yourself a fresh set of skills. Opportunities for writing and shorter travels could pop up as well. To carry you through your upcoming busy days, you might want a pack of exfoliating face wipes to give your skin some love in record time, and a portable makeup set for touch-ups between meetings and events.

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Sagittarius: OMOROVICZA MIRACLE FACIAL OIL and SUSANNE KAUFMANN LIP BALM

You are building your self-esteem through your work this year, Sagittarius, as you see the results of your recent efforts come to fruition. You might be building your own business or getting a big raise at your current job, and you will feel confident in the skills you have to offer. Since you will be enjoying greater financial stability, you may want to treat yourself with high-quality beauty products such as a luxurious facial oil or an elevated lip balm.

Capricorn: JOUER POWDER HIGHLIGHTER and HOURGLASS AMBIENT STROBE LIGHTING BLUSH

Any stress you've been feeling will start to lift this year, Capricorn, as you come into a new and improved version of yourself. You are taking on a more mature outlook on life, and you're cutting out what's not absolutely necessary. As you go through this phase of positive personal growth, you might be attracting more attention. It will be difficult to go unnoticed, so enhance your appearance with an illuminating highlighter and a glowing blush.

For chart readings, advice, updates and uber-cute outfits, follow Alice at @stalkalice.

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