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.

Pisces Love Forecast

Cupid’s quiver of arrows has Pisces written all over it this July, so forget about dodging the love game. With the brilliant Cancer sun illuminating your true-love zone until the 22nd, “dust yourself off and try again” is a mantra worth adopting. You don’t have to settle on a favorite flavor too quickly. The whole dating process can be fun if you lighten up a little and understand that you don’t owe anyone anything just because they paid your cover charge at a DJ set and kissed you passionately while the sun was rising outside the 24-hour diner. Of course, you might just swoon for someone truly special. This may even be someone you’ve known for a while. Venus’ backspin at the end of the month could bring an old flame back into the picture. While your ex knows how to pile on the charm, you won’t get a clear read on the potential of a sequel until September. Pace yourself, and if it’s indeed time to let go, July’s second full moon on the 31st falls in your 12th house of transitions, helping you hit the quick-release valve.

Are you dreaming of ring shopping or secretly mulling over baby names? The new moon in Cancer on the 15th could herald that Tiffany’s walk-through or even a pregnancy if you’re ready to rock the cradle. Another rush of “let’s make it official” energy comes on the 18th, when love planet Venus heads into Virgo and your committed seventh house. One hitch: Venus will be retrograde from July 25 to September 6, so beware of hasty moves. If it’s meant to last forever, Pisces, what’s the rush?

Your beauty forecast: Dreamy Violet Vibes
To get the look, line your upper lashline with a glittery topaz liquid eyeliner, extending the color just past the outer corner of your eye in a straight line. Add a couple coats of mascara for definition. Next, apply two coats of an opaque orchid lipstick. A liquid formula allows for buildable coverage.

To get the nails,
start by applying basecoat. Next, apply two coats of a vibrant lavender nail polish to all your nails. Once dry, use a black nail-art pen to trace around the outside of each nail. Take your time to ensure clean, precise lines. Finish with 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 Alexandria M for Red; Model wearing Sachin & Babi dress and Melanie Auld ring.