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.

Gemini Love Forecast

Who’s up for a little meet-cute action? (Raise your hand, Gemini.) July flounces in with extremely flirtatious vibes, and you’ll feel totally in your element. On the 1st, romancin’ Venus and gambler Jupiter make a rare alignment in your expressive third house, giving you major game. The effects linger until the 6th, so celebrate your independence by chatting up as many attractive people as you can. And, by all means, go for the ones who seem “out of your league.” We guarantee that you’ve been selling yourself short. In truth, they are the lucky ones for receiving some of that sparkly Gemini energy. By mid-month, you’ll have your hands full of contenders for the esteemed role of your other half. Then, as July wraps up, single Gems have a high probability of enjoying a vacation romance. Use this as an excuse to nab that last-minute Lolla ticket or accept that weekend share for your friend’s beach house.

If you’re in a relationship, July 1 could bring a different vibe. A full moon in your make-it-or-break-it eighth house could push your partnership to the next stage of the game. Are you feeling it, Gem? If so, lock. it. down. But, if you’re not head over heels, this full moon could push for an inevitable breakup. On the 18th, Venus decamps to Virgo and your cozy fourth house. You’ll crave more security from a partner then and perhaps a cohabitation clause. Having supportive girlfriends is also a must while Venus is in Virgo — especially when the love planet turns retrograde from July 25 to September 6. Do your girls encourage you to keep calm, look within, and try to hash things out rationally with your boo? Or, do they hop on the angry blame wagon and bash your honey? Create some distance from the latter — that kind of “support” won’t help you evolve.

Your beauty forecast: Deep Violet Lips
To get the look, start by applying foundation. Give your eyes subtle definition with a sweep of peach eyeshadow and one coat of mascara. Then, define your lips with a deep plum lip liner, exaggerating your cupid's both slightly. Use a small brush to apply a violet-hued lipstick to your lips, then use your brush to blend and buff the liner and lipstick together.

To get the nails,
start by applying basecoat. Paint a greige polish color over all your nails. Once dry, top with a matte topcoat. Next, paint a small splotch of lime-green polish in the center of each of your tips. Finish by topping just the lime-green areas with your regular, shiny topcoat for contrast.

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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 Nadia for ONE; Model wearing Sachin & Babi dress and Wwake earrings.