Your July Love Horoscope Just Got Interesting

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July is a special month for love. Bookended by full moons on the first and last days of the month, these heart-opening events will make it impossible to ignore your real feelings. In fact, Independence Day will end up feeling rather ironic, since this cosmic coupling makes us crave passion and close proximity to another soul. Embrace these feelings as the sun beams through cozy Cancer until the 22nd — a great time for cuddling in the hammock (or under the AC unit). Then, Venus turns retrograde from July 25 to September 6 — an event that happens every other year. This can scramble signals between lovers or, for singles, may bring back feelings for an old flame. For everything else the planets have in store for your love life this month, read on. You’re going to want to be prepared.

Aquarius Love Forecast

Should you stay or should you go? The answer could become self-evident when truth-bearer Jupiter links up with romantic Venus in Leo, your committed-relationship house, on the 1st of the month. Your real feelings about a partnership will be impossible to deny. If you’re totally into it, it’s time to take a leap. Stop being so darn stubborn about your space and independence, and let your honey be a bigger part of your world. The sun will blaze through Leo from the 22nd on, so what heats up in the first week of the month could hit its stride in July’s final quarter. If it’s time to move on, an accompanying full moon on the 1st will light up your twelfth house of completions. Though it might take a while to heal your heart, staying in an unrewarding (or just plain bad) romance is not your fate in life, Aquarius.

On the 18th, Venus heads into Virgo and your intense, playing-for-keeps eighth house. You could meet someone who wants to go the distance with you — and they’ll be quite seductive. Venus then turns retrograde from July 25 until September 6, and you may make the mistake of confusing sex with love. It’s not that the two can’t meet in one person. Just be careful not to assign long-term-partner qualities to someone who is a tiger in the sheets but a jerk in the streets. Worried that you’ll lose yourself in all this couple-y energy? Fear not! The month ends on a high note, with a shimmering Aquarius full moon on the 31st. Assert your individuality, and remember who you are as an autonomous being. No, we’re not saying give yourself a cheater’s hall pass. Just make sure your life contains a healthy balance of me- and we-based activities. Absence makes your gypsy heart grow fonder.

Your beauty forecast: 2-Toned Lips & Tips
To get the look, line your lips with a red lipliner, using a stiff lip brush for precision. Apply a matching red lipstick right along the edges of the liner and all around the outer corners of your mouth. In the center of your lips, add a lighter-pink lipstick. Then, take your lip brush and, all around the pink color, blend the edges of your red lipstick, blurring the two tones together.

To get the nails,
apply basecoat or use a two-in-one nail color that contains one to protect your nails. Paint two coats of pale-pink polish over all your nails. Then, on a paper plate, place a dot of red nail polish. Dip a thin-tipped brush into the red paint on the plate, and with nails still wet, swirl the red polish over your pink nails. Let the colors run together for a marbled effect. Finish with topcoat and let dry.

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Photographed by Jens Ingvarsson; Styled by Laura Pritchard; Makeup by Ashleigh B. Ciucci; Hair by Casey Geren; Manicure by Maki Sakamoto; Set design by Kate Landucci at Mary Howard Studio; Illustrated by Sydney Hass; Modeled by Alexandria M for Red; Mode
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