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.

Capricorn Love Forecast

Look who’s bringing sexy back this July! On the 1st, a rare convergence of amorous Venus and super-sizer Jupiter takes place in Leo and your seductive eighth house. Your magnetism will be off the charts, and with global Jupiter in the mix, you could attract a wide spectrum of admirers. Keep an open mind. A full moon on the 1st only adds to your appeal. Fly your freak flag shamelessly — being transparent is the best way to attract a truly compatible mate. But, be forewarned, this cosmic convergence could turn Independence Day into Co-dependence Day. You just can’t get close enough to the object of your affections in the first week of the month. Easy does it, Cap, because you could come across as a little too needy if you aren’t careful.

The sun will be in Cancer and your committed partnership zone until the 22nd. After that, it will blaze a month-long trail through your erotic eighth house. Relationships take a turn for the serious near the new moon on the 15th. (Do we hear bells?) But, just because you want a solid partner by your side doesn’t mean you’re looking to hunker down in “old marrieds” mode (yawn). Venus gallops into Virgo and your thrill-seeking ninth house from the 18th on, setting the stage for shared adventures. Pull your passports out of the safe, and put an amazing summer vacation on the calendar. Even if you can’t hop to another continent, try to get more creative in your date planning. There’s always time for a road trip, and anything from tantric-breathing workshops to tandem skydiving can bring a high. The only hitch? Venus will be retrograde from July 25 to September 6. Don’t take too many risks when playing out your shared fantasies. What’s titillating to talk about could open up a whole bag of complexities if you try to enact the scene IRL.

Your beauty forecast: Sultry Metallics
To get the look, blend a shimmery bronze shadow from your lashline through to your crease. Mirror your metallic eye on the lips by applying a rich metallic-bronze lipstick, using a lighter hand in the center of your lips. In the center, apply a lipstick one shade lighter for highlight. You can use a lip brush for a smooth, diffused finish.

To get the nails,
start by applying basecoat. Paint a neutral-colored polish over all your nails and let dry. Next, pour a small amount of black nail polish out onto a paper plate. Dip a dotting tool into the paint, and place three black dots in a vertical line on the nail of each middle finger. Finish with a matte topcoat for contrast against your high-shine lip look.

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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; Model wearing Asos dress and Ona Chan earrings.