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.

Taurus Love Forecast

Swoon! You’re bubbling over with warm-fuzzy feelings as the month starts off on a sweet, sentimental note. On the 1st, amorous Venus and generous Jupiter meet for a play date in your nurturing fourth house. Cuddle up to the one you adore, and spoil your sweetheart as much as they spoil you. Think home-cooked dinners, breakfast in bed, and long talks about your childhoods. Don’t worry — it’s not like you’re going to get trapped behind the white picket fence. With the sun and lusty Mars in your flirty, fun-loving third house until the 22nd, you’ll enjoy plenty of adventurous dates, too. Pick up a pair of Pitchfork tickets, take a road trip, or go glamping to activate a deeper connection with your amour.

Single? Events like these are fine ways for finding your summer love. Give the traditional types a chance to win your heart. Someone family-oriented (even the mama’s boy or the sweet, single parent who is starting over) could be your perfect match. And, they might just emerge from the friend zone — especially near the new moon on the 15th. Your Cinderella story really begins on July 18, when ardent Venus heads into Virgo and your passionate, glamorous fifth house. There’s just one hitch: Venus will turn retrograde from July 25 to September 6. Avoid being judge-y of your friends’ relationships, and adopt a live-and-let-live mantra. People in glass slippers shouldn’t kick stones. That is to say, Taurus, that you might make a decision toward month’s end that takes your crew by surprise. Maybe you’ll elope, take back an ex, or decide to move in with someone after the fifth date. We recommend thinking through any such decisions carefully and, if possible, waiting until the retrograde is over in early September before doing anything too binding.

Your beauty forecast: Shimmer Nights
To get the look, prep your skin with foundation. Define your eyes with a sweep of copper eyeshadow over your entire lid. Then, brush Champagne or taupe shadow with just a hint of sparkle across your browbone. Next, apply a thick swipe of topaz eyeliner all along your upper lashline. Use a large powder brush to dust a shimmery pink highlighter over your cheeks. Echo this shimmer with a rich-amber lip gloss.

To get the nails,
apply basecoat or a two-in-one nail color that contains one to protect your nails. Section off half-moon shapes by placing the top half of a reinforcement sticker over the cuticle of each nail. Paint the portions of your nails left uncovered with a bright-pink polish. Let this dry before peeling off the stickers. Paint a glittery gold polish where the stickers used to sit and let dry. 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 Hua for Q Model Management; Model wearing CF. Goldman dress.