Instagram Insta-Glam: 4th of July Makeup

Rachel Nussbaum
Instagram Insta-Glam: 4th of July Makeup
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When we talk about bold makeup, we usually mean something eye-catching and daring, but your average statement lip or colored eyeliner look tends to stay pretty tame. Life is all about balance: yin and yang, smoky eye and nude lip, you get the picture.

That all goes out the window on the 4th of July, right along with most people’s respect for state firework laws. This holiday is all about patriotism, and there’s nothing more American than taking something and going way overboard with it (see: capitalism, the stock market, nail art). And we say run with it. We can’t all live the Katy Perry lifestyle on a day-to-day basis, but this Wednesday, you just gotta ignite the light and let it shine.

Just own the night, some would say, like the 4th of July.

For More 4th of July Ideas From Beauty High:
Nail Art How To: Fireworks for the 4th of July
50 Festive 4th of July Inspired Editorials
Nail Art How To: Picnic Nails For the Park

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Completely wearable while still on theme (and doable without a makeup artist skillset), this look's perfect for those in search of a slightly more down-to-earth take.

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All or nothing, people. All or nothing.

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Cat eye plus colorblocking? All aboard, we're hopping on.

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Maybe not the best for activities like eating, drinking or talking, this lip look takes major dedication. Do it for our country.

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Here are two great looks with relatively tame blue eyeshadow, although we admit our perspective may be a little skewed after that last slide.

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Like a Turbo Rocket popsicle for your eyes. Bold moves, but inspiration can come from anywhere.

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This look stays thematic with blue and white eyeshadow, and smartly uses the white to its full brightening potential.

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Blue mascara is also fun for the occasion, and you could try a dark navy to get more everyday wear out of it.

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Clean lines and beautiful blending give this look a professional air, and the white again serves as an on-trend highlight. Replicate her style with a folded tissue or cotton pad, held diagonally while the red and then blue eyeshadow is applied.

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Double-decker eyeliner looks complex, but isn't too hard if you apply everything from the top down (aka the blue, then red, then black). Color payoff: you'll be the belle of the bonfire.

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