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Our favorite summertime celebration? That would be the Fourth of July. In the spirit of the holiday, you've likely already updated your wardrobe with lots of stars and stripes, but your closet isn't the only place deserving of a patriotic pick-me-up. Like your attire, your Fourth of July beauty look and hairstyle should showcase your Independence Day pride—all you need are a few key products and some awesome red, white, and blue inspiration. Here, we’re sharing 10 July 4th beauty ideas to try this year, including makeup looks, manicures, and hairstyles.
Forever the sultry girl’s go-to, the smoky eye is nothing new. To get in the holiday spirit, swap in navy blue eye shadow for classic black, and keep your application the same. Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Midnight Blue, L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Grand Bleu, or the two darkest blue shades in the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Bleu Nuit for a Lady Liberty–approved look!
Another blue-hued way to up your makeup game for the Fourth is by swiping on a teal or cobalt eyeliner. The exact shade is up to you, but we promise that wearing it is sure to be more spirited, and on-trend, than your go-to black. Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in True Teal or Cobalt Blue, and apply it onto both your upper and lower lash lines for a festive look. Or, for daytime celebrations, apply color on just the top lash line, then for evening affairs, boost your color with an additional swipe of liner on your lower lash line. Bonus: The liner we’re recommending won’t smudge or smear off when you inevitably swim or sweat, which is important since it is, after all, the Fourth of July!
Keep your strands out of your face and look super cute? We can definitely get on board with that! One of the best options is a double Dutch pigtail hairstyle—especially since it’s easy to create. Before you start to braid, prep your strands (damp or dry) with a styling cream that will give your hair a bit of texture. Then, simply divide your hair into two sections with a middle part and begin creating your Dutch braids. Fasten at the end with red, white, and blue elastics for an added touch of festiveness!
Of course, everyone’s go-to manicure color for the Fourth is dark red, but we think bright white makes for an even more chic look. Simply polish your nails with a couple of coats of white lacquer (don’t forget your base coat!), then finish with a layer of top coat to seal and protect. We love this fresh and simple way to stand out from the crowd, especially since white nails will enhance the look of sun-kissed skin!
Summer holidays are the perfect opportunity to have some subtle fun with your makeup, and we love how a wash of iridescent white shadow feels fresh and youthful. To give your look a fireworks-inspired sparkle, use an angled brush to dab the upper lash line with a silver shadow, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eye Shadow in Silver Sky or the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Metallics Eye Shadow in Aluminum Foil. To finish, simply swipe on a few coats of waterproof black mascara.
No other holiday calls for multi-colored streaks of hair color in quite the same way as the Fourth does. But don’t worry, you don’t have to commit to a brightly-hued hairstyle for long. Wash out hair colors are practically made for occasions like this one! Grab the colors you want—we suggest you go with red, white, and blue—and use them to create your perfect 4th of July ‘do, then wash out at the end of the day. Try the L'Oréal Paris Colorista 1-Day Spray in Blue and Silver and the L'Oréal Paris Colorista Hair Makeup 1-Day Color in Bronzeauburn, applying the colors in sporadic streaks for an edgy effect.
When it comes to Fourth of July makeup, the red lip reigns supreme! The secret to finding your perfect red lip color is knowing your skin tone and undertones. Those with cool undertones will benefit from a blue-based red, like the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Lipstick Shine Lipstick in Glassy Garnet. If you have a warm complexion, an orangey-red is the way to go—try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Les Macarons Scented Liquid Lipstick in Mademoiselle Mango. And a red hue that has a hint of pink, like the L'Oréal Paris Rouge Signature, Lasting Matte Liquid Lipstick in I Represent, is perfect for women that fall somewhere in between. Once you have your perfect red, take your look to the next level by matching your nails to your lips.
If red lips aren’t your thing, or you just want to think a bit outside of the box with your lip color, go for a shade of blue. We mean, what other day of the year will you be able to rock that gorgeous blue shimmer on your pout?
We’d be remiss if we didn’t mention red eye shadow as an option for the holiday, not only because it’s simply gorgeous, but also because it’s currently super on-trend. To try out the look for yourself this Fourth, swipe your red shade of choice onto your entire upper eyelid, extending all the way upward to your brow bone, then use a thin eyeliner brush to trace the same shade along your lower lash line. Pick an eye shadow that applies easily and will last, like the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte-ison Avenue.
One of the easiest and most stylish ways to upgrade your Fourth of July hairstyle is to throw on an accessory like a floppy hat or a hair scarf. To make things even easier, embrace your natural hair texture, letting your hair air dry and using a few spritzes of the L'Oréal Paris Advanced Hairstyle AIR DRY IT Wave Swept Spray to style. Then, simply toss on your favorite hat or tie-up your hair with a red or blue scarf. Voila!
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