13 festive 4th of July makeup and nail-art ideas

The Fourth of July 2020 is going to look a little different this year. You might not be gathering for a big cookout or packing the beach bag to catch the fireworks, but there are still ways to celebrate with your outfit or festive beauty and nail looks.

When it comes to makeup, this summer is all about the eyes. You’ll be wearing your mask, so let a bold shadow or liner make your eyes pop.

So get inspired to experiment with bold beauty looks this Fourth of July with these nail art looks and makeup moments, courtesy of Los Angeles-based brand Olive & June, and a slew of fantastic nail gurus and makeup artists.


The ombré mani

To create an on-trend tonal ombré mani — where each nail is a different color — Olive & June recommends painting one color at a time, rather than each finger in order like you’d usually do. This makes it easier and faster, with less time toggling between bottles! For example, if you’re doing two nails on each hand in silver (like their metallic polish called OJPAS), do all four nails on both hands first. Then move on to red, then blue, then all the white nails.
Olive & June ombre July 4 manicure
Olive & June ombré July 4 manicure


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The polka-dot mani

After shaping and prepping nails, apply two coats of sheer white polish, such as the brand’s BEB. Let nails dry for five to 10 minutes in between each coat. Use a toothpick to create the small red and blue dots. (Try the cherry-red CV polish and cobalt blue CNH polish, both $8.) To create larger dots, use the blunt end of the Clean Up Brush (or the blunt end of an eyeshadow brush) dipped in white polish (HD, $8). Let dots dry five to 10 minutes before finishing with a top coat.

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The star-spangled mani

Apply two coats of the color of your choice, letting nails dry for five to 10 minutes in between coats. (The cobalt blue, called CNH, is shown here). Once nails are dry, press on star stickers ($7.50) wherever you’d like, and seal with top coat. Tip: Try using the stickers, which are also available at Target, to cover up chips!

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The modern French manicure

Nail artist Holly Falcone created a modern French manicure using a sheer pink base and a sky-blue tip. (The shade is Chanel’s Bleu Pastel.)

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The “Rock the Vote” mani

Betina Goldstein uses dainty crystals to send a message.

The half-moon half-French manicure
Miss Pop goes futuristic feminine using Chanel’s limited edition Pure White polish.

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The cheeky cherry manicure

Natalie Pavloski’s fruity look was crafted with toothpicks.

The scarlet squiggle manicure
Another cool Natalie Pavloski creation: Each nail has a unique red pattern painted atop a simple clear base.


A bold blue cat eye
Pro makeup artist Kelsey Deenihan, who is currently partnering with new beauty app Cherie, created this feline flourish with a blue gel liner and matching blue mascara. “For this look, I used the Morphe gel liner in Vitamin Sea and L’Oréal voluminous mascara in cobalt blue,” she says. “Keep the skin and lips pretty fresh and let the eye do all the talking.”

Kelsey Deenihan's bold blue eye look
Kelsey Deenihan’s bold blue eye look


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Red, white and blue eyes

Pati Dubroff, who works with Margot Robbie, Priyanka Chopra and more, experimented with silver stars and matte blue and red shadows.

Punchy painted eyes

Maude Apatow’s brushstroke bright-red shadow and defined lashes is a daring look by makeup artist Jo Baker.

Filled-in winged liner

Allan Avendaño’s architectural eyeliner look is mod, yet sleek.

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White-out liner

Inspired by Lady Gaga’s “Rain on Me” music video look, Katrina Marrufo used Maybelline’s Tattoo Studio white eyeliner to create this dramatic eye look.

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