The Fourth of July is the perfect time to declare your independence from ho-hum beauty regimens. This month, why not sample the season’s prettiest new styles, colors and makeup application techniques? These bold, bright yet unquestionably wearable looks from Jmore beauty expert Ariel Lewis are guaranteed to create some fireworks. 

The Eyes Have It

For a sassy but never brassy eye makeup look …

Try: Ultimate Shadow Palettes by NYX. These well-priced shadow sets come in a variety of color combos ranging from warm and neutral to bright, smoky and cool. For a great Fourth of July look, apply a warm blue shadow to the center of the eyelids while blending in a darker blue shadow to the outer corners. Then, really fire things up by highlighting inner corners and lining the lower lash in red!

Well Red

Red lips are always in style. For a matte-textured red lipstick that moisturizes and stays put …

Try: Sarah, by Ariel Lewis Cosmetics! Pair this lipstick with a flirty eyeshadow look and bouncy curls for an All-American holiday look.

Hair Today

Nothing says Fourth of July-festive like some carefully applied hair tinsel. Get this look, inspired by beauty icon Beyoncé at a local salon or purchase tinsel online (about $10) and apply it yourself. Hair tinsel is heat resistant so while you’re wearing it, maintain your usual shampoo and styling routine. 

Lush Lashes

Coveting those long luscious lashes, you’ve seen across Instagram? Same. But many of us can’t seem to achieve the same result at home. The secret? Eyelash serum!  With regular use, eyelash serum will give you the gorgeous, long, thick natural lashes you’ve always wanted.

Try: Rodial´s Glamolash Serum. Formulated with sympeptide complex and vitamin B-5, Glamolash fortifies and creates fuller, thicker-looking lashes.

Red, White and Blue Mani!

Busy life? It can be tough to fit in regular manicures. That’s why Ariel loves nail decals. Choose the right brand and get a long-lasting, professional manicure right at home!

Try:’s American Flag Nail Enhancements. Easy to apply, a Zazzle manicure can be had for less than $20 and lasts for about a week.

Ariel Lewis is the owner of Airbrush Makeup by Ariel and the Alist. For information, visit or