All-American beauty means many different things thanks to our diverse population, but it undoubtedly involves fresh skin, rosy lips and cheeks, and healthy, free-flowing hair. In honor of Fourth of July weekend, we’re breaking down how to nail the forever-chic vibe for day or night.
America, The Beautiful
Day: California-Girl Cool
Whether you're attending a backyard BBQ or spending a day at the beach, glowy, sun-kissed makeup is the perfect off-duty look to emulate all summer long.
Apply an illuminating tinted moisturizer for an allover glow. Give your cheeks a subtle flush with a highlighter-blush hybrid. If you're feeling frisky, dab faux freckles onto the cheeks, bridge of the nose and forehead with a brown eyeliner—don't feel like you have to be too methodical, as a variety of shapes and sizes will make them feel more natural.
Swipe a bronze cream shadow along the lids with your finger. Apply a natural-looking lash stain to give your fringe definition without going overboard. A glossy brow gel that brings out natural highlights in your arches looks effortless for summer.
A lightly tinted moisturizing oil will do wonders for keeping lips hydrated this season. A pink flush of color is all your pout needs for warm-weather days.
Apply a sea-salt spray in a scrunching motion and let air-dry.
Night: Classic American Beauty
Nothing says American glamour quite like a bold red lip, flawless skin and polished hair. Whether you're headed to an evening wedding or planning a date night, consider this a fail-safe look for your next occasion.
When wearing a bold lip, it's important to neutralize all other redness in your complexion with a green color-correcting primer. Since you've already done the glowy-skin look for day, try a matte finish for night. Apply a full-coverage foundation with a sponge or brush for a perfect canvas. Create a slight contour to make your features pop.
Make your eyes sparkle with a cream shadow in a shade lighter than your foundation and line your waterline with a nude pencil. Curl lashes and follow with a few coats of mascara.
Fill in your lips with a satin-finish lipstick in a bright red shade. Use your foundation and a small brush to touch up any smudges.
To get big, bouncy waves, apply a volumizing mousse on wet hair from roots to ends. With a round thermal brush, blow-dry while lifting at the roots and curling at the ends.