Your July Love Horoscope Just Got Interesting

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.

Cancer Love Forecast

Independence Day? Try Independence Month. With the sun in Cancer until the 22nd, you’re going to need a much longer leash this July. You spend so much time caring for others that you don’t have the energy for yourself. Make yourself numero uno for a change. You’ll be a much happier partner that way; plus, a bit of absence can make the heart grow fonder. There’s no need to push the good ones away in the process, though. On July 1, a full moon in Capricorn and your relationship house could raise the stakes on an attraction. You could decide to make a casual connection more exclusive, bringing the security your sign enjoys. Or, if you’re in an LTR, you could commit to a shared purchase or a summer vacation à deux. Challenge yourself to receive as much as you give, and don’t rush to return the favor when a suitor woos you with sweet gestures. A simple, heartfelt thank you is enough to show your appreciation for the frozen margarita tab or dozen roses sent to your desk.

On the 18th, Venus skips into your friend zone (the third house), which could bring some fuzzy dynamics with someone you’ve placed in the platonic category. If you’re going to blur the lines, do so with extreme care. From July 25 to September 6, Venus will be retrograde, which will complicate matters of the heart even further. Don’t play Russian roulette with your heart — or anyone else’s. Venus’ backspin can help coupled Crabs communicate with deeper honesty and clarity, but it could take a while to work through tough knots. Remaining authentic is the only way you’ll both win. A second full moon in your erotic eighth house on July 31 could bring some spicy new shades of summer lovin’ your way. An absolute must no matter your relationship status? Trust the one you’re lusting after.

Your beauty forecast: Black, White, & Red All Over
To get the look, softly blend a silver cream eyeshadow from your lashline to your browbone. Skip the eyeliner, and add just one coat of mascara for definition. For a pop of color, line your lips in deep red and top with a matte-red lip balm.

To get the nails,
start by cutting tape into various sizes of squares and rectangles for your geometric design. Place the tape on your nails, marking off different shapes. Apply a basecoat or a two-in-one nail color that contains one over all your nails and let dry. Next, paint black nail polish on some nails, filling select areas uncovered by tape. Once this is dry, fill in other parts of your nails uncovered by tape with white nail polish. When your nails are completely dry, peel off the tape. Apply topcoat to all your nails, and finish by choosing accents to mattify with a matte topcoat.
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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 Milly top and Tuleste rings.