| Megan Decker
Remember the epic Fourth of July party
T. Swift threw for her squad in 2016? There were matching swimsuits, perfectly orchestrated fireworks, and lots of very famous, beautiful people (like Tom Hiddleston in a T-shirt that would make headlines for days).
The whole spectacle made our plans look pretty damn boring by comparison. But even if we’re not shelling out thousands on a catered pool party, we’re still going big in the beauty department with glitter, metallics, and lipsticks so long-wearing they’ll withstand a push in the water.
Ahead, find the prettiest, most patriotic beauty looks – all made for Instagram, of course. You’re on your own when it comes to getting Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively to stop by, though.
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White eyeliner is summer’s biggest makeup trend, so why not take the look full-throttle for the Fourth, a la RiRi?
Or you can keep your bright white liner more subdued like Joan Smalls, and let your red-white-and-blue bobble earrings take center stage.
Credit: Don Arnold/Getty Images You can keep your makeup fresh and fuss-free while still adding a patriotic flair, just use Margot Robbie’s soft glitter shadow look as a guide. Makeup artist Pati Dubroff told us she made
the glitter the focal point by using a sparkly gel from Lemonhead on Robbie’s lids, and not too much more. “This looks so effortless and modern because the rest of the face is so clean, though I did give Margot a strong brow, which gives the face strength,” she says.
Credit: Jon Kopaloff/Getty Images If red lipstick feels too boring, you can can take a page from Emily Ratajkowski’s book and swoop some
crimson color around your eyes. Makeup artist Hung Vanngo used the Marc Jacobs Beauty Eye-Conic Multi-Finish Eyeshadow Palette in Scandalust. He cocktailed the shades “They Call Her” and “Scandalous,” winging the bright red color all around the eye and upward for the most flattering shape.
Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images Yara Shahidi’s
new bangs might have stolen the show at this year’s MTV Movie Awards, but we were equally inspired by her show-stopping glossy blue eyeshadow.
It’s clear that
sunset-inspired shades are still on-trend. At last year’s Met Gala, Selena Gomez stunned with a dusty fuchsia-red shadow. With simple lips and easy hair, the look becomes surprisingly wearable – especially on a holiday.
Shay Mitchell is on fire with matte red lipstick, a thick line of bright blue color smudged along her lower lash line, and an unreal highlight.
For an iconic
Fast Times at Ridgemont High just-out-of-the-pool look, skip the blowout and just run some high-shine serum or gel through wet strands, then go wild with cream bronzer and highlighter.
Try gluing on
a strip of cellophane, or just find a really, really metallic liner, to copy Amandla Stenberg’s look.
Why keep sparkle to just your lash line when you could sweep it all the way up to your (amazing) brows? Lily Collins gives us a master class in the technique.
Credit: Jason Merritt/Getty Images Go with waterproof liner and liquid lipstick that won’t budge if you’ll be hanging in the heat all day. Solange executes the look flawlessly.
Photo: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images When the sun sets and the fireworks begin, you can be sure you’ll still be shining and getting all the attention if you rock a metallic blue lip like Lupita Nyong’o’s. Bonus points if you do
chrome on the lids, too.
Credit: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images Glitter doesn’t need to be reserved to the lids: Suki Waterhouse’s unexpected under-eye shadow is perfect for those who are already planning to get a little bit messy.
Credit: Peter White/WireImage If you’re not feeling Taylor Swift-red lips and bright sparkle, go dark and moody with the theme. Our inspiration? Gigi Hadid on the Anna Sui runway.
Or just sprinkle in some stars. Delicate, romantic, and patriotic – you can’t go wrong here.
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