Try This: The Makeup You Should Be Wearing for July 4th Tuesday 03 July, 2012

Combine these two Fall 2012 makeup looks, electric blue eyeliner and a bright poppy red lipstick, for the ultimate in patriotic beauty.

Whether you’re grilling at a friend’s BBQ or swigging dirty Martis at a posh rooftop bar this July 4th, rather than simply relegate your red, white and blue hues to your clothing, why not rock some patriotic-inspired makeup? But let’s not go hog-wild; I’m not talking American flag-decal lips or star-spangled rhinestone eyelids. Rather, I’m championing two looks from the Fall 2012 runways, and merging them together on the one day you’ll be allowed to without getting the stank eye from those who are less fearless with their beauty. The looks in question? Electric-blue cat eyes, a la the Anna Sui runway, and a poppy red lip straight from the Marc by Marc Jacobs catwalk.

Yep, I’m suggesting you line-up your eyes in the most shocking of electric blue hues, and then lacquer your lips in a poppy red lip hue. Typically, if you’re going down the “oh-no-she-didn’t” path of wearing a blue eye with a red lip, you’d choose a blue-red or true-red lip color. But, being as I’m in an “independence” kind of mood, I’m saying throw caution to the wind—like our forefathers did. (OK, that’s a stretch, but you catch my drift.) And if you simply can’t bear to allow both electric blue and poppy red to take up precious real estate on your face at the same time, promise me you’ll try out one!


Americana Blues: Cobalt Eyeliner that Pops


 Patriotic Beauty Blue Eyeliner Anna Sui

(Electric blue liners, top to bottom: Stila Cosmetics Cobalt Smudge Pot, Lime Crime Lazuli Liquid Eyeliner and Detailz by Mehron Paradise Makeup AQ in Blue)

Makeup artist Pat McGrath painstakingly shaded lids practically up to the crease with cobalt paint at Anna Sui, and while this is a stellar way to get your lids noticed, you may want to keep your stripe a little thinner and closer to the lash line. I’ve found some of the brightest true-blue liners out there from Stila, Lime Crime and Mehron (see above) that will give you plenty of patriotic punch, but if you want to intensify their color further, first line your eye with white eye pencil (Jane Iredale has a brilliant white eyeliner that applies beautifully), then layer on your brilliant blue. Skip the blue dot under the lower lash line—unless, of course, you’d like to change it out for a tiny silver star adhesive!


Lips of the Free: Poppy Puckers


 Patriotic Beauty Poppy Lips Marc by Marc Jacobs

(Poppy red lipsticks, top to bottom: Face Stockholm for J.Crew Lipstick in Chili Flake, NARS Cosmetics Semi Matte Lipstick in Heat Wave and Kevyn Aucoin The Matte Lip Color in Forever)

At Marc by Marc Jacobs, Shiseido artistic director Dick Paige whipped up a custom poppy straight from the lab (it hadn’t yet found a home in a tube, and maybe never will), and “pushed” it on lips using his fingers. “Honestly, the finish is quite flat, like it’s stuck on,” Paige tells me. The idea is to side-step precision and diffuse the edges ever so slightly, allowing the look to be more youthful. Considering you’ll probably be sinking your teeth into hot dogs and hamburgers, a too-perfect lip probably isn’t in the cards for you, making this the ideal mouth to master for your Fourth of July fun. And what about that poppy shade? To me, it’s a less obvious choice for Independence Day than a blue-red or true-red lip, and it’s vibrancy and kick of orange feels fresh and liberating. The highly pigmented lipsticks with a semi-matte finish I rounded up from Kevyn Aucoin, NARS and Face Stockholm for J.Crew (see above) will give you lasting color from midday parade-watching to late-night fireworks oohing and ahhing.

Ready to fly your fearless beauty flag by combining these two stunning looks? Trust me, the founding fathers would approve.

Karie L. Frost Signature


(Images via Beauty Launchpad; product images via Stila, Lime Crime, Mehron, J.Crew, NARS and Barneys)


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