Want to get festive for the Fourth without looking cheesy? It turns out that red, white, and blue (not to mention star-spangled) was a bit of a beauty trend on the spring runways. From bold red lips to white manis, see how top designers gave a patriotic nod without going over the top—and how you can get each look, too.
A pop of white eye shadow is an unexpected but subtle way to complement a red lip. (And if you happen to have blue eyes, you’re totally on theme!)
Get the look: Choose a white powder eye shadow, and be a little stingy to get the luminescent eye seen here. Pair it with lipstick in the orange-based red shade that happens to be the color of the summer.
Dries van Noten
Applying just a bit of gold to eyelashes is a genius way to get a star-spangled look without looking like a craft project. (And makes a nice excuse to bat your eyelashes, right?)
Get the look: At Dries van Noten, makeup artist Peter Phillips painstakingly applied bits of gold foil to the models’ eyelashes, but Sephora makes it easy with this gilded mascara. To get authentic gold clumps, use the eyeliner tip to apply randomly to the top of lashes. Or, apply over a layer of black mascara for a more uniform, eye-popping look.
White nails were all over the spring runways, but pairing this mani with a brick red lip à la Nanette Lepore is the chicest way to make it Fourth-appropriate.
Get the look: Choose a white polish with no shimmer, and a matte, brick-colored lipstick. Paint, swipe, and go!
If you’re looking to try something a bit more dramatic, Chanel’s couture beauty look is a stunning way to bring some fireworks to your eyes.
Get the look: Use the black liner to swipe on a cat eye to your upper lids, and line bottom lids with metallic liner. If you’re looking for something more subtle, apply the glitter to the top of your cat eye, and skip the bottom lid altogether.
An unfussy bow tied over slightly unkempt hair—paired with a bold red lip—is the perfect marriage of cool-meets-cute.
Get the look: Toss hair into a messy ponytail or chignon, pull some pieces out, and tie a navy satin ribbon (or fabric) into a loose bow as a headband. Pair with a blue-based red lipstick.
Those aiming for something not quite so obviously themed might opt for this still-festive, shimmery look over red, white, and blue.
Get the look: A creamy metallic shadow in a bronze hue is the way to go for something as high impact as this runway look (or a powder paired with an applicator gel, like this Stila compact). Sweep the color so it covers and extends past lids, leaving only brow bones exposed.
Marc by Marc Jacobs
Blue eye shadow can look dated—but at Marc by Marc Jacobs, models donned a shimmery, sapphire hue that was nothing short of luxe (and with a red scarf, Fourth of July-ready).
Get the look: Choose a creamy, deep hue and apply it so it goes above the lid and past the corners of the eye. Keep the rest of the face looking luminescent with strategically placed highlighter and bare lips.