Your Best Fourth of July Look Ever

It’s easy to dress up for Independence Day—all those stars and stripes, all that red, white, and blue. But dedicating your beauty routine to the star-spangled holiday is decidedly trickier, unless you’re perfectly fine stepping out wearing cobalt eye shadow and ruby lipstick simultaneously.84329cb254d723950b7ecf1b04dd6d4a

We think we’ve locked down just the products you need from TheBeautyPlace.com to make your Fourth of July the most gorgeous one yet. Here’s how to get into the spirit of the holiday and celebrate the nation in style.

e36e9c7484db2d8e866f18914bb0f58dNo doubt about it—it’s pretty hot in early July. Your face perspires, your makeup feels heavy, and your hair seems to take on a life of its own. Thanks to Big Sexy Hair Weather Proof Humidity Resistant Spray ($17.79), you can knock that lastone off the list. With this essential styling tool in your arsenal, your mane will look amazing and stay put while you hang out on the rooftop catching the fireworks. Try a trendy braid and mist it with spray to keep it in place—and don’t worry about pulling off a complex, Kardashian-style plait when even a casual, loose braid looks perfectly adorable.

 

Raccoon eyes are another unfortunate side effect of warm weather, but you can up your game with bareMinerals Flawless Definition Waterproof Mascara ($16.99). Create lengthy, voluminous lashes that won’t budge no matter what
the evening brings.

Now is definitely the time to rock some bold eyeliner behind t696f1be352f141746a048c103383d234hose lush lashes. Try TIGI Cosmetics Perfect Eyeliner in blue ($12.99) to achieve a festive look for the holiday. Don’t be timid—start at the inner corner of your eye and

make your way outward, finishing with a winged effect along the top lash line. Along the lower lashes, use a light color to make your eyes appear even larger. White is a great option in keeping with the holiday’s standard colors, but you can also try the soft peach Glo Minerals Precision Eye Pencil ($11.99) for a similar effect.

 

Balance out those brilliant eyes with a more subdued cheek color. Dust a light, natural shade, such as TIGI Cosmetics Glow Blush in Brilliance ($15.99), onto the apples of your cheeks to achieve an instant, summery glow that will also complement your tan.

Com531df25cb55199191e58cee3b04b8bf3plete your Fourth of July look with the ultimate finishing touch—a kiss of vibrant red on your lips! We suggest bareMinerals Marvelous Moxie Lipstick in Live It Up ($16.99). It makes a strong statement and is a true red hue, free of any pink or brown undertones. Bonus: It’s the ultimate holiday lip color, too.

 

Shop our Independence Day sale at TheBeautyPlace.com and score big on your favorite beauty products just in time for the holiday—and for showing off all summer long.

Self-Tanning 101: How to Achieve a Flawless Golden Glow

tumblr_nt7fg8QHAS1thynt0o1_500Summertime is crazy-fun time – a chance to soak up the sunshine, laze over lazy evening drinks on sidewalk patios, and hit the beach. But it’s also that time of year when a golden glow seems to take precedence over every other beauty goal. Here’s how to make a flawless self-tan come to life (we promise, it’s easy).

bliss-blood-orange-scrubBegin with freshly exfoliated skin. This is the most important step of all! Without sloughing off those dead skin cells and rough spots, you risk applyingself-tanner to areas that aren’t ready for it – and your self-tanning product will definitely show up as darker patches in those areas, too. A product like Bliss Blood Orange + White Pepper Sugar Scrub ($31.59) is a dream in so many ways: it smells lovely, lathers up just like your favorite shower gel, and gentle scrubs away rough spots with mild sugar granules.

Dry off completely. Your skin shouldn’t be damp when you apply a self-tanning product, so towel off your body thoroughly and wait several minutes until you’re completely dry. (Use that time to dry your hair!)

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Next, moisturize any dry areas on your body. A lightweight body lotion, such as Dermalogica Body Hydrating Cream ($25.89), sinks into rough spots like elbows, knees, and ankles, creating an instantly smooth canvas for your self-tanner. Don’t forget your face! Smooth an equally light moisturizer like Murad Skin Perfecting Lotion ($28.89) onto dry areas, such as the corners of your nose and around your mouth.

avene-self-tannerIt’s time to tan! Choose an effortless product that takes the guesswork out of thewhole process. We love Avene Moisturizing Self-Tanning Lotion ($20.99), which applies just like – you guessed it – a body lotion. Smooth on this vitamin E-enriched product to achieve a fresh, natural-looking glow (and much softer skin). Use it for at least three days to reach your optimal shade preference.

 

tantowel-faceWho knew tanning your face could be this easy? Thanks to the TanTowel Face Tan Towelette ($30 for 15), you can enjoy a sun-kissed glow all season long – without worrying about damaging UV rays. Apply it as you would a moisturizer, buffing the towelette in a circular fashion over your entire face. Voila – a streak-free, gorgeous tan from head to toe.

 

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If you’ve made any mistakes, don’t fret – and please don’t attempt to remove all of your hard work by vigorously scrubbing your face and body! Instead, run a slice of lemon over the area and let it sit for about 10 minutes. The citric acid in the lemon will break down the tan and rid your skin of color, so you’ll have a fresh canvas on which to work.

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