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Beauty For Your Sign: Leo (July 23-August 22)

You already read your daily horoscope on DearSugar, right? Well, I've got a little astrology treat for you here on BellaSugar, too. Welcome to the first of a 12-part series about beauty for your zodiac sign. I'll profile each sign as it comes, giving hair and makeup tips to bring out your best look. I'll start with all you Leos out there, but if you're another sign, hang in there! We'll circle the entire Zodiac together over the next year.

Since Leos are happiest when they're at the center of attention, they want their own beauty to be noticed. When it comes to makeup, they can get away with wearing bold colors, but hair is more important for this sign (think of its namesake, the lion, and its beautiful mane). For instance, Jennifer Lopez and Debra Messing are both Leos with "notice-me" hair—whether they're going for an elegant or trendy look, they almost always get attention for their locks.

To find out which colors and cuts work for Leos (and which don't), plus a shopping list of lovely Leo-appropriate finds,

What works if you're a Leo Leos look great when they take risks that others might be too shy to try. For instance, Coco Chanel came back from vacation with a tan, and the world followed her lead. While you may not be able to create that big of a trend, modern-day Leos can nonetheless pull off bold colors on their nails and lips. Since gold is Leo's signature color, try metallic eye shadows and nail polishes to get noticed. Invest in a good haircut that makes you feel powerful and confident.

What doesn't work Neutral makeup palettes. They're pretty, but a little bit blah for your sign. You can "Leo" them up by adding small elements of razzle-dazzle—maybe a bright nail color or daring 'do to balance out a subdued face.

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