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Non-tacky ways to incorporate patriotism into your beauty look

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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.

4th of July beauty ideas

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.

4th of July beauty ideas

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).

4th of July beauty ideas

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.

4th of July beauty ideas

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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