The 4th of July is only one day away, which means that summer is in full swing. I know, I know people consider Memorial Day as the official start of summer, but I always feel that Independence Day is the true beginning of summer. Up until this point, the kiddies have only been out of school for about a week and temps are usually pretty mild until July here on the East Coast.
Whatever you consider to be the official start of summer there is no denying that it’s a fun time of year where you can enjoy being outside, going to BBQs, the beach and watching the sunset as you head out to see the fireworks. In celebration of this festive time of year, I have cooked up four fun and festive makeup looks you can take with you anywhere you go.
Bold Blue Lips
Bold lip colors are having a moment right now (check this out Maybelline Loaded Bolds: Crazy for Blue) and what better way to try out crazy blue lips than the 4th of July. If you’re feeling shy about rocking this daring lip color you can just shrug it off as you being extra festive. When wearing a daring lip color such as this, I like to keep the rest of my makeup simple. Neutral eyeshadows, blush and a classic winged eyeliner keeps the focus on the lips and makes it more wearable for that BBQ you are going to later in the day. I am wearing NYX Liquid Suede Cream in Stone Fox. It’s almost a cross between gray and blue which makes it unique and so much fun to wear.
Classic Red Lip
Since we are talkin’ bold lips, I have to suggest going with one of my favorite lip colors a deep red. This color is way more wearable than the NYX’s stone fox but it’s still festive and perfect for the 4th. Red lips are a classic and I would encourage everyone to do a little experimenting and find their perfect shade of red. It’s especially great in the summer months when you don’t want to wear a ton of eye makeup that you are just going to sweat off anyway. Throw on a little mascara, a tinted moisturizer, those red lips and your good to go. My red of choice for today is NYX Liquid Suede Cream in Cherry Skies.
Sparkly Red Eyes
For this look, I am wearing a shimmery white shadow on the upper lids and some bronzer in the crease for a little contour with a winged liner. I added some silvery shimmer with Revolt from Urban Decay’s Electric Palette. I used NYX Eyeshadow in Sunrise, a bright red shimmery shadow that I used to line my lower lashes with. You’re probably thinking red eye-shadow? I can’t get away with that! Red eyeshadow can be a very pretty choice when used sparingly and as an accent color, rather than a shadow you cover your whole lid with. I added some black liner on my water line to keep the red from washing me out and to make my eyes pop. I kept the lips nude since I wanted the focus to be on my eyes.
Red, White and Blue
This last look is the same as the above except I added a bright blue liquid liner by Bourjois in Electro Blue, above my winged. This look is so much fun and it’s an unexpected way to wear patriotic colors. Again, I am wearing a nude color on the lips, since they eyes are so colorful. If I wear this look on the 4th, I am going to keep my outfit simple.You don’t want to look like you’re trying too hard or some kind of crazy patriotic cartoon character (unless that’s your jam, then totally go for it). A simple white sundress or ripped shorts with a white flowy top would look amazing.
These four looks are bold, but I think that they are so much fun. Holidays are the perfect excuse for experimenting with bright colors and for trying out daring new looks. What do you think? Would you try out these 4th of July looks?
**I have realized that I have used a few NYX products in this post but I am not sponsored or affiliated with NYX in any way. I’m a big fan of their pigmented products, and I just went a little crazy on the buy on get one half off sale at Ulta.