Summertime parties can be fun and entertaining, especially if they involve any type of barbecue or a pool. So, why not make your outfit and makeup fun enough to match your summertime parties?
One party in particular is soon approaching, your Fourth of July party to be exact. Not quite sure what you'll be rocking in five days? Don't sweat it, Julia and I have got you covered from outfit to beauty inso to you Fourth of July party ready!
One thing that can definitely be a little kitschy is anything outfit or bikini that literally portrays the American flag. But, it's the Fourth of July, so if you're wanting to pull off that American flag shirt, shorts, bikini, headband, you name it, now's the time to do it. Seriously, it'll be cute! And you can always style it any way you like.
Usually I try to stay away from anything that's categorized as kitsch, unless I'm doing it on purpose. But, that's the point right? Just in case you're wondering what kitsch even is, here's the definition provided by google:
art, objects, or design considered to be in poor taste because of excessive garishness or sentimentality, but sometimes appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.
"the lava lamp is an example of sixties kitsch"
considered to be in poor taste but appreciated in an ironic or knowing way.
"the front room is stuffed with kitsch knickknacks, little glass and gilt ornaments"
So, how do you style that American flag shirt you've been eyeing at the mall, or the one you may already have in your closet? Well, it depends on where you'll be wearing it. Most likely, you'll be at a barbecue, cookout or pool party this Fourth of July, and maybe even at a fireworks show later in the evening.
If you'll be at a bbq or pool party, you'll want to avoid wearing jeans in this summer heat. Unless you know you'll be in the shade or mostly indoors. Instead, opt for some denim shorts (of any length or color) and some cute espadrilles or wedges to give that summertime party feeling to whole look.
It can get chilly at night, though, which is where your jeans come into play. You'll also want to avoid getting mosquito bites at night, and wearing longer pants will help you do just that! To get the summertime look with long denim, roll or cuff your denim at the ankles. This will give your denim a beach-y feel, which will enhance the summertime look.
Your American flag shirt should match any denim you currently have folded or hanging up in your closet, so don't fret.
By Julia Horniacek
Smashbox Photo Ready Primer Water
Milani Prime Shield
Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz
Maybelline Brow Drama Pomade
Mehron Celebre Pro HD Cream Foundation in Medium 1
Anastasia Beverly Hills Contour Cream Kit in Shadow
Urban Decay NAKED Eyeshadow Palette: Virgin, Sin, Creep, and Gunmetal
Stila Stay All Day Liquid Eyeliner Pen
MAC Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara
Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Kiss of Fire
Dose of Colors Liquid Lipstick in Kiss of Fire
The Fourth is all about wearing your patriotism proudly! From star-studded denim to American Flag attire, no doubt we’ll be representing our country’s colors head to toe. This year, color match with your cosmetics! Whether you’re all about the full-flag uniform, or are piecing together any scrap of red, white, and blue, this simple, yet still glamorous, look will give you the patriotic pizazz you’re looking for.
Step 1: Prime
I prepped my face with a few spritz of the Smashbox Photo Finish Primer Water across my T-zone and cheeks. The water is sensitive enough to mist over eyelids, but I prefer a separate primer that’s specifically designed for eyeshadow application in that region.
Step 2: Brows
I’ve grown accustomed to beginning at the brows and working my way to the eyes and face, so naturally this was my starting point. First, I comb my brows and outline from the lower brow head to the tail with the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz. For a more natural look, I’d usually just fill in any spacing with this same tool, but for dramatic purposes, I swiped over a coat of Maybelline’s Brow Drama Pomade. Tip: If you’re going for a bolder brow, purchase one shade darker than your natural color.
Step 3: Eyeshadow
Ah, my favorite part of the process. My Holy Grail eyeshadow primer as of late has been the Milani Prime Shield. It’s actually a face primer on the whole, but I used it on my lids when I ran out of the Too Faced Shadow Insurance primer, and haven’t looked back since. You’ll feel it as soon as you dab a bit onto your forefinger; by using this as a base, product will literally glide over each lid without a crease in sight.
I coated the entire lid with the Urban Decay NAKED Palette’s shadow in Virigin. It’s such a gorgeous, sheer pink that provides the slightest bit of shimmer. To create a sharp cut crease, I moved a smaller eyeshadow brush from the inner tear duct to the outside corner of the lid with Gunmetal, adding Creep from the outside in, about halfway across the crease. It’s a nice contrast that’s subtly bold for the perfect pop of color.
I’m a big fan of shine, so, dipping my middle finger in the shade Sin, I dabbed along the lash line for a gorgeous hint of glitz. Add as little or as much as you’d like because baby, you’re a firework. Shine bright.
Step 4: Eyeliner and Mascara
I had big plans for a bold lip, so I kept my liner skinny and sleek to balance out the look. Using the Stila Stay All Day Liquid Liner Pen, I used its precision tip to glide from the center of my lash line to the outer corner, circling back to connect from the center to the inner tear duct. Again, keeping lashes lax, I used the MAC Haute & Naughty Lash Mascara’s mini wand to expand lashes without layering on too much pigment.
Step 5: Face
For this particular tutorial, I decided to test out the Mehron Celebre Pro HD Cream Foundation. I’ve never used a cream foundation, but I loved this product as it applied evenly and made my skin look almost naturally flawless. In terms of contour, I’ve started really experimenting with Anastasia Beverly Hills Cream Contour palette (this must be the month of cream products for me). Again, a lightweight cream blends immaculately. I’m sort of obsessed with how fast the look all came together with a few minutes of blotting with a beauty sponge under my cheek bones and along the sides of my nose.
Step 6: Lipstick
OK so a red lip for The Fourth isn’t exactly revolutionary, but you’ll never go wrong with this classic pick. The Dose of Colors Kiss of Fire is a lovely shade of red, with pink undertones that settle what would be an extremely bold hue so that it can be worn at the pool, going to a BBQ, or bar.