July 4th beauty essentials
Your weather app is projecting high temps and humidity for the Fourth of July but you still want to celebrate and look cute, right? These eight products will not only keep you looking like you’ve never sweat a day in your life or ever heard of the word “frizz,” but will make you look festive without being mistaken for a firework.
Normally, you’d probably be spending this Friday trapped at work, bearing too-cold air conditioning and terrible florescent lighting. Having the day off to barbecue and drink all day is part of what makes this holiday so great. But if you want to avoid looking as red as an American Flag, you better double-up on the sunscreen. We love Alba Botanica Very Emollient Sunscreen Sport Mineral SPF 45 because it’s water resistant up to 80 minutes.
$11.49, Whole Foods
Finding a concealer or bronzer that won’t sweat off your face or cause pimples may seem like an impossible feat, but lo and behold, By Terry Tea to Tan Watercolor Bronzer does the trick. It contains black and red tea extracts, which soothe skin while blending, creating a transparent glow that can last through a 5-hour outdoor cookout.
Give your eyes a hint of star-spangled blue with a sapphire-colored eye pencil; it’s more subtle than a blue eye-shadow, but still striking. A dark blue makes blue eyes look even bluer and brown eyes really pop. Our pick is glo minerals’ Jeweled Eye Pencil in Cobalt because it works for day or night.
Even if you usually shy away from a red pucker, red lipstick is a July Fourth must. For a lipstick that won’t fade or rub off, try Susan Posnick’s Coloressentials in Paris. It’s that perfect in-between texture of not looking too shiny or too matte.
Your nails are the perfect place to go all out with your red, white and blue. Pinterest has tons of awesome Fourth of July nail art ideas, but if just painting your nails without it getting all over your fingers is hard enough for you, go for Formula X’s Liberty polish. The red, white and blue confetti top coat will add a patriotic pop that all your friends will be jealous of.
If you haven’t switched to a new summer fragrance yet, it’s time. Jean Paul Gaultier’s Classique smells like a vacation in a bottle: the notes of orange blossom, jasmine, lily and vanilla form an exotic mix, that’s more lively than lazy. Plus, how cool does the new bottle look?
Chances are, your Fourth of July will be long and humid. To keep your hair from completely frizzing out, spray Bumble and Bumble Thickening Dryspun Finish all over your hair before heading out. Besides fighting frizz, it keeps hair from falling flat. If you’re putting your hair up, secure your style with a red or blue hair elastic, like one of these Mia Beauty Tony Ties.
$16, Sephora; $5-$7, miabeauty.com
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