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.

Aries Love Forecast

No need to wait until July 4 for those fireworks, Aries. This month is off to a sizzling start for you. On the 1st, romantic Venus meets up with Jupiter in Leo and your house of true love. Big, bold declarations of feelings come flooding out. Warning: Passion could bubble over into the drama zone if you aren’t careful. Remember, speaking the truth doesn’t mean flinging accusations. Wedding or baby fever could strike hard, but wait…do you actually know the person you’re swooning for well enough to go there? Try to pace yourself, even if you know intuitively that you’ve met “the one.” Venus will be retrograde from July 25 to September 6, cautioning you to look a little more carefully before you leap.

These first few days of the month, you’ll have to make an effort not to be overly zealous, but by week two, you’ll get into a cozier groove. Enjoy barbecues while listening to vinyl, cuddling under the AC, and even a little meet-the-parents introduction. Convos may turn to cohabitation, especially near the new moon on the 15th. Single? Venus heads into grounded, practical Virgo on the 18th, and you may find it’s the token nice guy winning your heart. At the end of the month, you’re ready to kick off the flip-flops and slip on the sexy slingbacks as the sun lights up Leo and your playful, passionate fifth house. Have fun, Aries, but remember to cool your fire when the situation calls for it.

Your beauty forecast: A Popsicle Pout
To get the look, line your lips with a pale-pink lipliner. Then, use a lip brush to apply pale-pink lipstick to the outer corners of your lips, diffusing the color in toward the center. Wipe the excess product off your brush, and use it to apply red lipstick to the center of your lips. Use your fingers to pat the red lip color and diffuse the edges. Add a final dab of intensity with just a hint of red lip gloss in the center.

To get the nails,
apply basecoat or a two-in-one nail color that contains one. Once dry, paint a dreamsicle-orange nail color across all your tips. Finish with topcoat for chip-free color.

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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 Hua for Q Model Management; Model wearing Risto top, Ileana Makri ring and Aili Jewelry earrings.