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.

Leo Love Forecast

July begins with a firework display of passion and candid confessions of love. On the 1st, lucky, live-out-loud Jupiter syncs up with romantic Venus in Leo — and you’ll feel the dazzling effect for a whole week. Let your light shine, Leo. Anyone who is meant to be with you will love seeing you on full, uninhibited display. You might even attract an introvert who is happy to be your No. 1 superfan while you rock the main stage. (The quiet ones will surprise you.)

Some Lions may be nursing a broken heart or parsing through some difficult relationship energy. With the sun in your 12th house of healing and transitions until the 22nd, a shift of some kind is inevitable. Perhaps you’re realizing some insecurity or feeling you’ll never find anyone who truly understands you. A session of couples therapy can create miraculous healing, but don’t hang on to a lukewarm love affair just because you’re afraid to be alone. The courage to create the kind of relationship you want is fully at your fingertips with Venus in your sign until the 18th. Summon those spirit guides, and make a vision board of your ideal relationship. Having a clear picture of what you desire can help you manifest it faster. On the 31st, a full moon in Leo — and your seventh house of relationships — can bring those dynamic-duo dreams to life. A casual connection could become more than “just friends,” and existing relationships may hit their stride with an exclusivity clause, even a proposal. One hitch: Venus will be retrograde from July 25 to September 6. Forget about hiring the Elvis impersonator for a Vegas quickie — it’s best to let relationships develop slowly while Venus is in reverse.

Your beauty forecast: A Wash Of Orange
To get the look, apply foundation, and then use your fingers to blend a warm-orange cream blush over the tops of your cheeks. Keep the look monochromatic with a matching orange lip balm in a matte finish. Use a stiff lip brush to apply the balm from the tube to your lips for a cleaner, more precise look. And, if you choose to switch up your look later, simply layer on a clear lip gloss.

To get the nails,
apply a protective or strengthening basecoat. Once dry, paint your nails with a pearly-white polish and let dry. Next, paint a stripe along the right side of each nail in silvery-blue nail polish, using the thinnest edge of the brush to keep the stripe narrow and clean. Finish with topcoat.

All products by Revlon. PhotoReady Airbrush Effect Makeup, $12.59; Brow Fantasy in Dark Brown, $5.91; ColorStay 16-Hour Eye Shadow Palette in Wild, $7.49; Lash Potion Mascara in Blackest Black, $6.39; Cream Blush in Pinched, $10.39; ColorBurst Matte Balm in Mischievous, $7.19; Multi-Care Base & Top Coat, $4.60; Nail Enamel in Sophisticated, $3.99; Nail Enamel in Pure Pearl, $3.99.

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 Nadya for ONE; Model wearing Asos dress.