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.

Virgo Love Forecast

Turn on your love light! On July 1, the full moon in your passionate, expressive fifth house ushers in a tidal wave of romantic energy. An undeniable attraction could finally hit the tipping point — hello, fireworks. You may even have a proposal or pregnancy in store within two weeks of this full moon. Some Virgos, however, could start the month with a cosmic wake-up call. With revelatory Jupiter and Venus aligned in your soulful 12th house on the 1st, you could realize that you’ve been settling for far less than what you deserve. Left-swipe the losers from your life and declare your independence. It’s time to clear the decks for real love to come in.

There’s even more to this clean sweep: On July 18, Venus will make her annual stopover in your sign until the 31st. Meow, baby! Your magnetism is off the charts when the planet of love is in Virgo. There’s one clause, though — from July 25 to September 6, Venus will be retrograde. This could stir up some old insecurities or a conflict that was never fully dealt with. Be brave and face those demons head-on. You could rise to a new level of emotional maturity in the process. If you cut off a connection prematurely, Venus’ backspin gives you a chance to mend fences. The sequel could be far better than the first run (but you might not know for certain until the fall). Single Virgos, get out and mingle. With the sun in your 11th house of teams, you could meet your mate in a kickball league, at a meditation retreat, or while caravanning to Lollapalooza with a large group of friends. Digital dating is promising, too, especially near the new moon on the 15th. Click and ye shall find.

Your beauty forecast: Dressed-Up Earth Tones
To get the look, start by applying foundation and defining your brows. Keep your look simple to focus on the lips, adding just a coat of mascara and a subtle sweep of mauve blush. Then, define your lips with nude lipliner for a clean shape. Apply a rich-brown lipstick in a creamy formula using a lip brush. Blot your lips after one coat, and then apply a second layer for added depth.

To get the nails,
apply basecoat or a two-in-one nail color that contains one to protect your nails. Paint a rich-green polish over your nails 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 Nadia for ONE; Model wearing Ready to Fish top, Melanie Auld ear cuffs and ring.