4th Of July Beauty Ideas

Not sure how to show you care for your country without painting your face red, white and blue? Put down the grease paint -- we’re here to help point you in a more subtle patriotic direction.

Butter London patriotic colors

Patriotic polish

Dolling up your nails is a great way to show your patriotic pride without going over the top and looking like you're heading to a costume party. We’re admittedly obsessed with summertime manis and our new favorite shades are perfect for the 4th of July. Deck out your nails with Butter London Come to Bed Red (a lusciously rich red), Pearly Queen (a gorgeous pearly white) or Royal navy (a deep, beautiful blue). All polishes are $14.

Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain

Luscious lips

One of the easiest (and fastest) ways to switch up your look is by changing your lip color. We’re especially excited about finding a new shade perfect for the 4th of July. Pay more than lip service to your country (and look amazing) by painting your pout with a glossy, patriotic red. We’ll be splurging on Yves Saint Laurent ROUGE PUR COUTURE Vernis À Lèvres Glossy Stain in Rouge Laque ($32).

Anna Sui Eye and Lip Beach Palette in Ocean

The eyes have it

Let your eyes take the spotlight this 4th of July by giving them an extra pop of color perfect for celebrating the long weekend. Make your peepers pop with pride with the fun shades in the Anna Sui Eye and Lip Beach Palette in Ocean ($35), featuring summer-ready hues like turquoise, pink and gray.

NPW Nail Art Gem Whee

Nail embellishments

Go one step beyond polish to show your true colors this 4th of July and get creative with some nail embellishments to really take your 4th of July look to the next level. Try Sephora by O.P.I Nail Embellishment Stickers ($5) or NPW Nail Art Gem Wheel, which offers 11 shapes and 12 different colors to pretty up your polish ($6).

Get cheeky

Go for the glow this 4th of July weekend and rev up your look with some sun-kissed color on your cheeks. Sporting a faux glow is the perfect party or backyard BBQ look and we love Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Rose Gold ($39). Five subtle shades come together to create a natural-looking faux glow. Bonus: Each bar of color doubles as eye shadow!

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Bobbi Brown Shimmer Brick Compact in Rose Gold


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Comments on "Non-tacky ways to incorporate patriotism into your beauty look"

Katy July 08, 2012 | 3:25 PM

Not only are these great ideas for the 4th and days like Memorial Day, but they can be used all year round too! Nothing is ier than a bright red lip and you can never go wrong with a mani/pedi in a bright fire-engine red.

Emma July 03, 2012 | 1:26 PM

Red, white, and blue are all great colors! But over-doing it on America's holiday is just too much! I love the idea of using nail polish to show your patriotic side, or luscious red lips for the evening! I think having one statement is perfect, you don't need to be dressed in it head to toe!

Erica July 02, 2012 | 10:45 AM

Love the nail polishes! It's not too over the top but it's still festive.

Liz July 02, 2012 | 10:18 AM

I like the idea of subtly showing American pride instead of wearing flag-ridden clothing. These are all great suggestions!

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