All-American Beauty

Ring In July 4th In Style With These Patriotic Beauty Hacks

The Fourth of July is right around the corner – let the celebration begin! Between BBQs, pool parties and firework displays, there will be plenty of opportunities to show off your patriotic spirit by incorporating red, white, and blue into your beauty routine. Here’s a few of our favorite patriotic beauty looks to get festive for the Fourth without looking coming off cheesy.

With nail art continually growing in popularity, festive fingers are the go-to way to show off your patriotism this Independence Day. We love this modern, minimalistic take on Americana-inspired nails. Get the look by coating nails with an opaque white base coat and using an angled, thin nail brush to paint a diagonal row of blue stripes. Follow with an intersecting row of red stripes in the alternate direction and seal the deal with a protective top coat. If your nail art abilities are limited, opt for patriotic nail decals or visit one of our seasoned McAllister nail technicians to handle the job for you.


An All-American Classic Red Lip

There is nothing more iconic and all-american than a classic red lip. The key to successfully sporting a bold lip is to thoroughly prep your pout prior to application. Set the stage for a flawless look by removing dry, dead skin by gently buffing lips with a soft toothbrush or clean mascara wand. Follow up with a generous coat of ultra-hydrating balm to hydrate, as cracked and peeling lips will make your lipstick bleed and appear uneven.

To keep your color as vivid as possible throughout the day, dab a thin layer of foundation over the lips. Give your look staying power by applying a long-lasting liner to the entire lip as a first coat of color, and then using an angled brush to apply lipstick in short brush strokes. Finally, set your shade with a light dusting of pressed powder.

Pro Tip: Go with a red shade with blue undertones to instantly make teeth appear whiter.

Go Bold, or Go Home.  Give Blue Eye Makeup A Go.

As seen all over the Spring/Summer runways, an electric blue eye is not only patriotic, it’s 100% en vogue. For a sleek, modern look, swap in a bright blue liquid liner for traditional black and use the bold hue to create a fierce, winged cat eye. Incorporate a shimmering copper shadow to make eyes pop and compliment your summer tan.

For a more subtle take on the trend, incorporate a bright blue accent to your traditional neutral shadow routine. Do eye makeup as usual and add a dusting of blue shadow to the lower lash line for an added, festive pop of color. Use a densely-bristled blending brush to diffuse shadow, making your blue more natural and less in-your-face.