4 Quick and Easy Beauty Tips to Get Festive For July 4th

07/03/2014 at 05:00 PM ET

Happy Independence Day! How are you celebrating? If you’re anything like us, you’re looking for a little patriotic beauty inspiration to complete your look before a night out to catch (and maybe make?) some fireworks. Because we love you, we’ve got you covered. Here are four quick, easy and totally doable nail, makeup and hair tricks to get festive for the Fourth without going overboard. How quick and easy? We enlisted four staffers to do them in the beauty closet at work yesterday afternoon. (From left, say hi to fashion intern Zoë Roscoe, editorial assistant Christina Decker, fashion intern Bridget Rooney and freelance beauty assistant Sarah Kinonen.)

July 4th Beauty looksCourtesy People Style Watch

Hair: All out of American flag-inspired headbands? Not feeling a hat with your outfit? Not to worry: We’ve found some red, white and blue accessories you can easily throw in your hair to play up your patriotic side. If you’re planning on wearing your hair up tonight, try twisting a few of these too-cute Forever 21 hair ties into a classic ponytail or braid. (These Emi-Jay ones are the fancy version!) If you’re wearing your hair down, slide on one of these LoveSick headwraps for a more polished look. Christina tried the polka dot version of the headwrap (there’s an anchor one, too — paging Taylor Swift!) It’s chic, wearable with many hair types and doesn’t budge!

Nails: Rather than heading to your local nail salon to get a quick mani or giving yourself an at-home paint job, save yourself some time (and money!) and use nail appliqués! Get your nails red, white and blue faster than you can sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” with easy-to-apply nail sticker appliqués from brands like NCLA or Incoco. To apply, simply remove the sticker from the packaging, apply to nails and then file down to remove any excess material. (Bridget tried the Incoco appliqués in “Independence Day” right at her desk in under five minutes — they’re that easy!)

July 4th Beauty looksCourtesy People Style Watch

Makeup: Looking to spice up your simple sundress this weekend? Try a bold red lip! We’ve got tons of super-hydrating reds we love, from Fresh’s Sugar Balm in “Cherry” (it’s got SPF, so great for the beach bag) to NYX’s Extra Creamy Round Lipstick in Electra, which is super long-wearing, making it a must for a BBQ. Sarah’s wearing the long-lasting Maybelline New York Color Sensational in “Very Cherry,” and it really did last all day!

Not into the bold lip look? How about adding a bit of blue hue to your eyes! Blue eyeliner and shadow is really happening this summer (seriously!) so a patriotic holiday is the perfect time to test it out. To apply, simply swipe a pencil liner like Revlon’s Colorstay Eyeliner in “Sapphire”) on your upper lash line (hug it close to the lashes for a subtle look or wing it out for more impact). Want to really shine? Apply on your lower lash line, too. Zoë opted for the more dramatic look with the Essence Kajal Pencil in “Beach Bum,” and it was still work-appropriate with a nude lip and overall glow.

July 4th Beauty looksCourtesy People Style Watch

We bet you can try all these tricks this weekend without spending a second less by the pool than you need to — and we guarantee compliments on all of them. So the only question is, which will you try first? Sound off in the comments!

–Sarah Kinonen

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