Fourth of July Weekend Makeup…Happy Independence Day!

Above: 4th of July Makeup!
As the parades, barbecues and other festive gatherings reach a fever pitch today, I wanted to share a simple 4th of July inspired makeup look that takes but ten minutes to achieve!  Reds, whites and blues at their most restrained…

Above (clockwise from top left corner): Serge Lutens Quant a Soi Primer, Rouge Bunny Rouge lip pencil in Vasco, NARS Light Reflecting Pressed Powder, Tom Ford lip color in Scarlet Rouge, Chanel Le Volume Mascara, Chantecaille Waterproof Eyeliner in Orchid, Le Metier de Beaute Liquid Liner in Artemis, Edward Bess Blush in Soft Orchid and Rouge Bunny Rouge Eyeliner in Salome

Above:  A close up of the beautiful pale violet pink Edward Bess blush, Soft Orchid.
Above: Product swatches (from bottom to top)…Serge Lutens Quant-a-Soi Primer (the tiny strip of white), Edward Bess Blush in Soft Orchid, Rouge Bunny Rouge Feline Gaze Eyeliner in Salome, Chantecaille Waterproof Eyeliner in Orchid, Le Metier de Beaute Indelible Inks Liquid Liner in Artemis, Le Volume de Chanel Mascara, Rouge Bunny Rouge Lip Liner in Vasco and Tom Ford lip color in Scarlet Rouge. 
  • I patted Serge Lutens Quant-a-Soi around the orbital region to even skin and add a light white glow.
  • I then created a winged liquid liner look with Le Metier de Beaute Indelible Inks Liner in Artemis, a deep indigo blue (note the step by step process below).
  • I added a lightly smudged line of Chantecaille Waterproof Eyeliner in Orchid, a blue-tinged purple, very close to my lower lash line.
  • I applied Rouge Bunny Rouge Feline Gaze liner in Salome along my lower lash waterline.
  • I applied two coats of Le Volume de Chanel Mascara on my upper and lower lashes.

Above: This time, I started with the wing, then drew the line along my lash line to connect with the wing and finally, filled in the space along the lash line for a smooth and even result!
Above: Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge with Rouge Bunny Rouge Vasco applied around the edges of the mouth to soften the shade and make it more wearable.
The following images reflect the look in various lighting situations…

Bottom Line: I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July weekend, celebrating joyously with friends and family.  We are truly blessed to live in this great country and may we remember that today and always! 
What makeup are YOU embracing this weekend? 
–The Beauty Professor

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Comments (20)

  • Unknown Reply

    your eyes look fab

    July 5, 2013 at 4:37 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thanks, Betzy…it is a bit more than I usually do but it was for a festive occasion ; )


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 5, 2013 at 6:59 pm
  • LipstickBoulevards Reply

    love the brighter lip on you !

    July 5, 2013 at 4:38 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you so much…I'm working on trying to feel more comfortable with it!

      Have a lovely weekend…xo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm
  • Tiffany Reply

    TF Scarlet Rouge looks beautiful on you!

    July 5, 2013 at 6:20 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you, Tiffany!! Dark lipstick is always an adventure!

      xoxo and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 5, 2013 at 7:05 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    Hi Rachel!
    I must say that, as much as I think pink nude lips suit you wonders, you should embrace more of redish pouts as they also do you a lot of favour! Looks modern and fresh.
    Hope you had a wonderful Holiday across the pond.

    July 5, 2013 at 11:49 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Hello Bianca,

      Thank you ever so much! Tom Ford Scarlet Rouge is one of the only reds I own am I love its texture and coverage…so pigmented!

      I hope you are in the midst of a lovely weekend…xoxo!

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm
  • Unknown Reply

    Happy 4th! Love the lips! And NARS, oh how I love NARS :). In fact, I love every single product you've used here. So now, not only do I have to purchase the Maestro foundation, now I want to try the Kanebo. Oh, the money I will spend…*falls twitching to floor* <3

    July 6, 2013 at 1:41 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you and the same to you!! The NARS powder is nothing short of brilliant, no?! I cannot get over its seemingly magical effects. I am glad you are enjoying my choices, Twyla and highly suggest picking up the Kanebo foundation if you can locate it!

      xoxo, talk soon and hope your weekend is going well!

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 6, 2013 at 8:13 pm
    • Unknown Reply

      I found it online (i can find anything online given the proper motivation – i.e. VANITY). 🙂

      NARS really is brilliant – i was a makeup artist for them for quite some time, and i still use so many of their products regularly – especially their shadow duos and lip colours.

      Foundation-wise, i am in love with the Chantecaille New Stick right now!

      Have a great week, see you soon 🙂

      July 8, 2013 at 9:26 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Excellent! I am with you…my sleuth skills are formidable when makeup is involved ; ) I really appreciate the consistency of NARS…how long were you a makeup artist for them? I've tried the Chantecaille New Stick…it's beautiful…at the time, I couldn't find the perfect match for my skintone, but I may have to revisit this formula this summer!!

      Have a lovely week and talk soon…xoxo,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 9, 2013 at 1:03 am
    • Unknown Reply

      I'm lucky, i'm *super-pale* and their line sort of skews the foundations my way ;). I like that they have a cool/neutral/warm selection, because i tend to buy foundation with neutral/yellow undertones to counteract my PINKness.
      I was an artist for them for two years – also for Chanel, Lancome…i've been doing this so long I was an artist for Borghese when they were a thing, lol. I started out at the Elizabeth Arden Red Door salon when i was 21.
      Now i feel ancient, heh.

      Just read your review on the TF Traceless Foundation – i'm having a thing for stick foundation lately so that's looking tempting. Oh dear 🙂

      Talk soon xoxo


      July 9, 2013 at 9:57 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Fantastic…there are a lot of wonderful options for the alabaster lovelies in the Chantecaille line! Oh my goodness…I remember Borghese…one of my first eye shadow purchases ever (a deep dark purple quad) was from that line!! So special.

      The TF Foundation Stick is fantastic…it has more coverage than the Chantecaille and lasts the whole day without budging (when applied over a primer!). Alabaster would likely be a perfect match for you!

      xoxo and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 10, 2013 at 1:42 am
    • Unknown Reply

      Haha, i LOVED Borghese back then :). Remember the HUGE makeup-case gifts they had for Christmas? I'd get one every year. Ah, memories…

      Now i'm thinking i definitely need the TF stick…gah! It does look like it has a lot of product and i'm sure with the extra coverage it would last a long time. I'll have to go back and see what you wrote once more – i'm hoping it plays well with my foundation brushes…

      Have a great weekend!


      July 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      I completely remember those giant treasure chests of makeup…so massive and completely unpractical for any form of portability!

      The TF foundation just might be what you're in the market for…I like using my Sephora Airbrush for application but think I'll see what happens if I use a Beauty Blender…ahh…got to love "makeup science" ; )

      xoxo and have a wonderful week,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 15, 2013 at 4:19 am
  • Lynn127 Reply

    I agree, you look great in a brighter pout! Love your choice of festive colors but how well they go together. Seamless! Modern!Fresh!

    July 8, 2013 at 12:45 am
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you, Lynn…I had a lot of fun putting this look together as it was such a departure from my norm! I hope your 4th of july weekend was lovely!


      –The Beauty Professor

      July 8, 2013 at 5:45 am
  • Kainita Reply

    Dear Beauty Professor, you look absolutely fabulous and fresh in these photos as you do in all of them. I love how each look reflects your personal style which really comes across in an authentic and genuine manner. I have being desperately trying to get the Kanebo foundation and have looked at it on line at all the major department stores but they don't seem to stock it! As I live in Australia I would have to have one of those services ship it here, so if you happen to have any tips on how I could purchase one that would be great! Thanks for your great reviews and inspiring tutorials, Cheers Karen

    July 31, 2013 at 12:57 pm
    • The Beauty Professor Reply

      Thank you so much, Karen!!

      I am completely touched by your sweet words and appreciate the positive feedback! I am going to see my Kanebo Specialist, Kimmie, later on this week, so I will make sure to ask her if she has any suggestions for locating the foundation in Australia…if she anyone would know, it's Kimmie!

      xoxo and I'll report back here once if I find out anything useful!

      xoxo and talk soon,

      –The Beauty Professor

      July 31, 2013 at 7:32 pm

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